Reply To: Rhythm and Metric
What you are describing sounds like a persons taste to me. It is just learning how you want to tell your story. and where you want your samples to sit to create the groove you want.
If you are really unsure just study some tracks you love and then copy those patterns.
Moving samples off the grid can work wonders sometimes.. subtle with drums usually but you can be more extreme with bass stabs. Adding that human element can make things sound more natural.
Sometimes that simple drum beat and your bass is enough its just you need some other sounds in with it to provide more depth and excitement(get a vibe going) and then making variations of that.