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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 ...

5 Lessons I've Learned From Making Beats, Part 2

5 Lessons I've Learned From Making Beats, Part 2

< Read part 1 of the lessons I've learned from making beats > Ever since I first touched a piece of studio equipment in the 90's, I was fascinated with the process of making music. I read everything I could about studio recording in magazines and books, where all the techniques were laid out righ...

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 j...

Learn How To Make Your Own Hip Hop Beats In 6 Simple Steps

Learn How To Make Your Own Hip Hop Beats In 6 Simple Steps

There's been an explosion of enormous proportions in the last few years, and it all has to do with Hip Hop beats. It used to always be about the rappers and deejays, but now it's the producer that is at the forefront and taking center stage. The problem is that a lot of the beats being pumped out...

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 g...

5 Lessons I've Learned From Making Beats, Part 1

5 Lessons I've Learned From Making Beats, Part 1

Ever since I first touched a piece of studio equipment in the 90's, I was fascinated with the process of making music. I read everything I could about studio recording in magazines and books, where all the techniques were laid out right there in black and white on paper. I read about how to overdu...

3 Ways You Can Find The Perfect Drum Break

3 Ways You Can Find The Perfect Drum Break

I'm assuming you dig for your samples. Scratch that - I'm assuming you sample. Well if you do, then that means you spend lots of time looking for the perfect drum break for your next beat. There are tons of breaks out there, and many of them have been snatched up over the years either by famous Hi...

What Is The Best Way To Market Your Beats?

What Is The Best Way To Market Your Beats?

Marketing your beats is probably one of the most boring and annoying things that you have to do in the music industry. I've written articles where I discussed many possible ways that marketing can really affect how well you succeed in the Hip Hop world, but what is the best? We all know that unf...

Should You Pay For Software Upgrades?

Should You Pay For Software Upgrades?

With the announcement from Native Instruments about their Maschine 2.0 software about to be released soon, as well as their brand new Maschine Studio hardware controller, there's been a hot debate all over the internet about whether or not to pay for software upgrades. Maschine I own Maschi...

Should You Only Make Hip Hop Beats?

Should You Only Make Hip Hop Beats?

I'm sure that most of you read the title of this article and were immediately confused. Why would I even DARE ask such a question, especially on a Hip Hop production community such as IllMuzik? Just the mere thought of making beats other than Hip Hop has probably never even crossed your mind (or ...

Why Producers Should Demand Respect

Why Producers Should Demand Respect

I've often wondered why producers are overlooked and not treated as equal to rappers. I know that rappers are at the forefront and are the ones seen on stage, in videos, and are heard on the airwaves, but producers, however, are the ones that piece everything together and make sure that every s...

Does Money Affect Your Beat Making?

Does Money Affect Your Beat Making?

Money is very important, but so is music. Without music, there would be no money, and vice versa. When it comes to making beats and possibly making money from those beats, you could be faced with some tough choices, namely, does money affect your beat making? It's All About The Music I'm sure th...

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