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5 Ways to Make Your Beats More Exciting

5 Ways to Make Your Beats More Exciting

We all get to that point where our beats sound dope but they’re just lacking some excitement. Most producers will immediately search for some sort of plug-in that will help solve the issue (an exciter, perhaps?), but sometimes all you need to do is to try a few things. Let’s see what we can do....

When Your Beat Doesn't Go as Planned

When Your Beat Doesn't Go as Planned

I've often preached that you should make beats that just come naturally. Everyone has their own way of making beats and their own style, but there are also plenty of producers that make particular styles of beats because that's what's "hot". I'm not a fan of doing that, but I understand. So I se...

10 Ways to Be a Beat Maker No One Listens To

10 Ways to Be a Beat Maker No One Listens To

No one wants to be left behind. When it comes to making beats, of course you will want people to listen to what you have created, but it can be hard to stand out from the rest. This is why I've created a list of ten things that you might be doing that is the cause of people not checking your...

Old vs New - Tips for Upgrading Your Beatmaking Setup

Old vs New - Tips for Upgrading Your Beatmaking Setup

I recently saw a video featuring the Beatminerz where they reminisce about how they put together some of their most famous beats - everything with the Boot Camp Clik and even how they worked with Eminem back in the day. What I noticed though was what they had in their home. They have lots of old...

8 Things You Might Not Know About DJ Premier

8 Things You Might Not Know About DJ Premier

When you think of Hip Hop producers, who's the first person that comes to mind? It could be Dr. Dre, or even Kanye West. But what about DJ Premier? Always chilling in the background and quietly making beats day in and day out, Premo has been producing since the 1980's and is still going strong. H...

The Importance of Soundproofing Your Room for Mixing

The Importance of Soundproofing Your Room for Mixing

Making beats is something we all love to do, as it allows us to be musically creative and express ourselves from the pads and keys, with the results blaring out of the speakers. But making beats is not the only thing that beatmakers and producers have to do to obtain a completed product. Mixing...

8 Things I Would Change in Hip Hop Production (If I Had a Time Machine)

8 Things I Would Change in Hip Hop Production (If I Had a Time Machine)

These are things I wish I could go back and change in Hip Hop production. Even though beatmakers and producers continue to move forward in their productions, it would have been even better if we had a bit of help from a time machine. Let's go... Limit Rap and R&B Collaborations Rap and R&B have ...

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 hit...

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 b...

Build Top Notch Beats with Segments

Build Top Notch Beats with Segments

"You have to listen to this song", he said. "I had all their albums back in the day and this song was amazing". The first thing I did was go on YouTube and look up the song "Tower" by the band called Angel. They were popular years ago (not on a superstar level), but I gave it a listen anyway. Th...

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...