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6 Things Rappers Need To Stop Doing Live

6 Things Rappers Need To Stop Doing Live

Rappers, emcees, MC's, lyricists, spit specialists (okay I made that one up), but whatever you want to call them, rappers are a special breed. Esse...

Understanding Studio Monitors 101

Understanding Studio Monitors 101

The main difference between "Speakers" and "Monitors" is that one tries to provide you with the best possible sound and the other tries to provide t...

The Lost Art of Beat Juggling

The Lost Art of Beat Juggling

Beat Juggling has always been the favorite part of DJ'ing for me, ever since I saw famous guys like Roc Raida, Mista Sinista, and Babu tear it up o...

The Lost Art of Freestyle Battling

The Lost Art of Freestyle Battling

Freestyling is dope. To witness an emcee freestyling off the top of the dome is literally an art form among hip hop heads worldwide. Being able to s...

Akai S950 - A Look Back

Akai S950 - A Look Back

One of the most popular hardware samplers over the years for hip hop producers was the Akai S950. Essentially an upgraded version of the S900, this ...

Tascam Porta One - A Look Back

Tascam Porta One - A Look Back

For all you young cats that have been making beats with Reason or an MPC, you must not forget that a lot of this beat-making stuff was done way back...

E-mu SP-1200 - A Look Back

E-mu SP-1200 - A Look Back

E-mu's SP-1200 sampler/drum machine was THE machine to have back in the day, all throughout the 1980's and 1990's. Featuring 26.040 kHz and 12-bit res...

The Beat Grind

The Beat Grind

Today a post in the forums got me thinking about how much time we actually spend making beats nowadays. A while back I used to make beats daily, and I...

Learn The Technique Of Drum Construction

Learn The Technique Of Drum Construction

The construction of drums could either be a simple or complex process. You obviously have your own way of doing things, but with the tips provided in ...

Attention Hip Hop Producers: Just Make Music!

Attention Hip Hop Producers: Just Make Music!

When creating music, usually us hip hop producers / beatmakers tend to find our own style, then eventually we get accustomed to doing things a cert...

Back to Basics: Get Offline: Put the Screen Name with The Face

Back to Basics: Get Offline: Put the Screen Name with The Face

Blowing Up from the Basement is a series of articles and resources written exclusively for the members of IllMuzik.com designed to help the bedroom ...

Less Is More!

Less Is More!

Introduction One of the most overlooked aspects of today's beats is that a lot of times there's too much going on. What I mean is that when it comes ...