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A Case for How Sampling Can Be Legalized in the Music Industry

A Case for How Sampling Can Be Legalized in the Music Industry

Sampling. It's what Hip Hop was founded on. From deejays spinning breaks from famous records, to producers piecing together sounds from various songs and creating masterpieces. Hip Hop is sampling. Sampling is Hip Hop. However, today sampling is scarce and frowned upon in the music indus...

A Guide to Selling Your Beats the Right Way

A Guide to Selling Your Beats the Right Way

One of the most controversial aspects of selling beats is whether or not to sell your beats cheap, or to sell them at whatever price you feel is deserved. I think that beats should be priced on various factors, such as how good they are, your reputation, and what the current market is. However...

How Technology Has Changed Hip Hop Sampling

How Technology Has Changed Hip Hop Sampling

Sampling from vinyl is a common practice amongst Hip Hop producers, going all the way back to the early days of beat creation. Going digging at the local record store and finding that hidden gem is what many have done countless times, which has led to a slew of well known tracks and certified hits. ...

Sampling: The Stairway to a Lawsuit

Sampling: The Stairway to a Lawsuit

Once again, the grey area of music sampling has come to the forefront in a lawsuit concerning Led Zeppelin's most famous song, "Stairway To Heaven". Recently, there was a lawsuit filed by a representative of the late guitarist from the band Spirit, and they claim that "Stairway To Heaven" is a bl...

This Is How Hip Hop Producers Can Be Successful in the Music Industry

This Is How Hip Hop Producers Can Be Successful in the Music Industry

The music industry is a tricky game - one that many of us are trying to win at but only a few that really succeed. Many producers, beatmakers, rappers, and everyone in between work very hard to achieve that success without even questioning why they haven't gotten it yet. I believe that hard work ...

Why Most Rappers Don't Get Free Beats

Why Most Rappers Don't Get Free Beats

Money, money, money. It's what motivates everyone in the world, and without it there's not much you can do. In the music industry, money is the backbone, not the music. However, money isn't everything because sometimes it's best to focus on the music and let the money come later. I'm going to tel...

5 Reasons Why You Are Not Successful In The Music Industry

5 Reasons Why You Are Not Successful In The Music Industry

"I want to be in the music industry" is a phrase that has probably between said about a million times, yet only a few select individuals actually "make it" in the industry. Why is that? It could be a number of different things, however most of the time it comes down to these five reasons: I kn...

Make Money With Your Beats

Make Money With Your Beats

Do you want to make money with your beats? Yes! The ultimate goal for all producers and beatmakers - make money. Of course, a lot of you will also say that you want fame and recognition, but be honest - money is the driving force. We all love money and we all love making beats, so it's only natural ...

Do Your Social Media Posts Matter?

Do Your Social Media Posts Matter?

When social media first started to get really big a few years ago, and everyone jumped on it, it seemed like the ideal way to promote yourself and your beats. There were websites such as MySpace and SoundClick where you could upload your beats and tell the world about yourself.

Why Is Sampling Allowed For Some Samples And Not Others?

Why Is Sampling Allowed For Some Samples And Not Others?

I've often wondered about the art of sampling and how some samples seem to be okay to sample, whereas others are not. Sampling has been around for decades in Hip Hop and now it's spilled over into other genres of music, taking sampling to a whole new level. But how come it seems that you can get awa...

5 Reasons Why You're Having Trouble Selling Beats

5 Reasons Why You're Having Trouble Selling Beats

Selling beats has become a very big business in the Hip Hop world in the past few years, and with good reason - it works. The producer gets paid and the (usually) rapper gets their beat. The problem is that not everyone is going to sell a lot of beats, but that's expected because some people are jus...

Should You Give Away Your Music For Free?

Should You Give Away Your Music For Free?

This is a question that is easily debatable because it borders a fine line between promoting your music and being used. I think it's a great idea to give away your music for free, but within reason and mainly so that you can promote yourself. There are some people who think that you should never giv...

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