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Create, Innovate, and Keep It Real

Create, Innovate, and Keep It Real

The term "keeping it real" can have many different meanings. It could mean that you're representing your neighbourhood or that you're making beats that come from the heart. The same can be said for any rappers that are writing lyrics. There has always been a debate about whether or not a rapp...

How to Hide Your Music Samples in Plain Sight

How to Hide Your Music Samples in Plain Sight

The Hip Hop beats that we all hear today are nowhere near as influential as the beats of yesteryear, and for one good reason - the music industry's greed. I could go on about the industry and how producers and musicians are not able to express themselves freely as they once did. For Hip Hop produ...

Should Rappers Write Their Own Lyrics?

Should Rappers Write Their Own Lyrics?

It's a never-ending debate as to whether or not rappers should write their own lyrics or have them done by a ghost writer. Ice Cube was quoted recently with saying, "As far as emceeing and being a rapper, you should write your own stuff.” In other genres of music, it's common practice to have a...

Vinyl: The Resurging Relic

Vinyl: The Resurging Relic

I'm going to be a bit nostalgic here; Hip Hop in the 90's saw a plethora of great music and that is why today people worldwide still talk about it. For those old enough to remember Rap music in the 80's, it also saw a great surge in popularity, resulting in arguably the best era ever. Some may sa...

Make Better Beats by Listening Carefully When Sampling

Make Better Beats by Listening Carefully When Sampling

Talk to any Hip Hop producer that uses samples and they will tell you that they're always on the lookout for "that" loop. The one that will make their beat blow up and be one of the best beats anyone has ever heard. It's been done many times before, from the Sugar Hill Gang all the way to current ...

This Is Why Most Rappers Today Suck

This Is Why Most Rappers Today Suck

They all sound the same. Obviously the headline to this article is going to get a lot of people talking, but it had to be said. Most rappers today just suck. I can't believe that I'm actually writing about this topic because I never thought it would get to this point, but Rap music today has gone...

5 Hip Hop Production Tips That You Can Start Using Today

5 Hip Hop Production Tips That You Can Start Using Today

There are plenty of tutorials about music production that are very good, but sometimes it's best to read about something aimed more at Hip Hop. In this article, I offer 5 tips that you can start using in your own productions, from sampling, to using filters, and more. Whether you're making beats o...

Improve Your Mixes By Learning New Tips, Tricks, and Secrets

Improve Your Mixes By Learning New Tips, Tricks, and Secrets

One of the most challenging things about music production is the mixing process. For some, it's not that complicated because they have a lot of experience and knowledge on the subject, but for the rest of us, it's hit or miss. Most of us, including myself, prefer to just make beats and produce mus...

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 Have A Story T...

3 Ways To Keep Your Beats Fresh

3 Ways To Keep Your Beats Fresh

Replaying samples has something to do with the mechanical rights of a song and I think the original artist somewhat has to grant you mechanical rights but can deny straight forward sampling rights (off vinyl). Plus I think it's cheaper to purchase mechanical rights to songs. There are a few videos o...

5 Tips For Having A Productive Session In A Recording Studio

5 Tips For Having A Productive Session In A Recording Studio

The time may come one day when you will want to record your music in a professional recording studio. Making beats and recording an artist at home is all well and good, but at one point or another, you will want to take things to another level. When recording in a professional studio, there are s...

How To Make Beats On A Budget

How To Make Beats On A Budget

Times can be rough, and if you’re trying to get started making beats but you don’t have a lot of cash flow, it can be difficult to make some quality beats. So where do you start? If you’re on a budget, it’s actually not that hard. With all the advancements that have been made in music ...