As you know, I hear beats from lots of people daily. It's just something I do because of IllMuzik but also other areas online like social media. The thing is, there's TONS of beats out there. TONS. And there's also TONS of beat makers! I look back and think of when I first got into this and I didn't even know who made beats for artists I admired, and I figured there was only about a dozen or so that were the ones really making beats (at least for the popular songs I would hear). But after all these years we're at a point where there are so many advances in technology that it's much easier for anyone to make beats AND to have their beats heard. Countless times I see rappers on Twitter asking for beat makers to send them beats. That's it. That's all they ask. "Yo producers: I need your beats NOW". How does one respond to that? The same goes for beat makers themselves that ask "attn rappers: DM me if you need beats". Now, I'm not knocking anyone for hustling and trying to do their thing but it's just kind of sad that this is how it's done. People just texting each other about beats. Then to top it off, 95% of the time the rappers want to low-ball the beat makers and pretty much want the beat for next to nothing, or literally nothing! I don't have a solution at this time, I just wanted to vent and by doing so hopefully others can give their opinions on the matter. I know the days are gone of artists meeting up with beat makers and producers through word of mouth, mutual friends, or bumping into each other at a studio. I guess the main thing is that now it's purely a business rather than what it used to be, which was rappers and producers working together in person in the studio and creating something! As far as today, the market is overwhelmed with beat makers and rappers and everyone is trying to get paid, which creates a very competitive market. So how is someone supposed to stand out from the rest? It's very frustrating. What are your thoughts?