I guess the choice would be made by what you plan to do with it: how you'll be using it.
The MPC is an excellent sequencer, with great feel. It can sequence itself or external gear with equal ease. It's also a basic drum sampler - good-sounding, but fairly limited synthesis-wise.
The ASR is another great-sounding sampler with a decent sequencer. The sampling engine is much deeper than the MPC's, and would work for building your own "real" instruments from individual note samples, laying out loops across the keys and sound design, modulating the loop position and sample start in realtime.
If you just want drums, and to "make beatz yo", the MPC might be best. If you're willing to learn how an old-school sampler works and invest your time in building instruments, maybe the ASR would be better.
Either way, you're gonna need to build up your own custom library. This is why these instruments are famous: every producer who got famous using one of these did so by creating his own signature sound and filling the machine with it. Kids today want "more presets", but the intelligent beatmaker realizes that music comes from your own personal vision (and conforming the instrument to your will) rather than bending your will to whatever presets are included and accepting them without change.
I dunno what to say if the MPC2000 was "too much visual" for you. It was the first MPC to offer a new-school (ish) operating system. Maybe you get along well with old-school workflow. I know I do sometimes.
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