beat this! competition

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August 15, 2017

The results are in! See what went down. Props to all those that entered and to those that took the time to vote.

The beats are up, check them out!

August 14, 2017

The signups are closed.

The signups are open!

August 9, 2017

The next competition will be from August 14-15th! See the information below.


The signups will be on August 14th at around 10am ET, and end around 8pm ET, or until we have 16 contestants (whichever comes first). Voting will be for 1 day, on August 15th, where the results will be posted the same day.

You can discuss the competition in this thread.

Theme: J.Cole "Lights Please" Remix

  • Download this zip file. It has the instrumental (for reference) and the acapella.
  • The BPM is 83.
  • Your beat must be no longer than 4 MINUTES!
  • You must make a beat with the acapella.
  • You can chop the acapella but don't use it with just snippets. You must use the full verses. (You might not be able to use the full acapella track, but use whatever you can fit into 4 minutes. For example, maybe only 2 verses out of 3.)
  • You don't have to use the hook from the acapella (it's wack).

You can use whatever sounds you want, samples, synths, just remember to read the rules for the rest of the restrictions. What the judges will be looking for is originality, creativity, mixing skills and overall dopeness!


The competition will be sponsored by Greg Savage & DIY Music Biz, where the winner will get 1 on 1 consultation from industry insider Greg Savage on music licensing.

Rules for competing

  1. In each competition, there will be a "theme". Check the main page for info on what the current theme is.
  2. Only registered members can compete.
  3. Only single competitors can compete, unless otherwise specified (like a theme for teams).
  4. The beats will be voted on by all members.
  5. The maximum amount of contestants is 16.
  6. Your beat will be hosted on IllMuzik.
  7. Your beat MUST NOT be longer than 2 minutes (unless otherwise specified for a theme). That's plenty of time to show your skills. It must be an instrumental (occasional vocal snippets are OK), and you can only submit 1 beat!
  8. Your beat will be posted in MP3 format.
  9. The winner of each competition will receive battle points and bragging rights.