A while ago I wrote about my musical influences. I’ve been rapping for a minute and I’m sure I’ve picked up a few traits from artists I’ve heard over the years. To be honest, I try not to listen to the same artists over and over because I don’t want to pick up their delivery. I probably stopped listenting to rappers seriously after the mid to late 90’s (referred to by most as the glory days of Hip Hop). Once more of my music sells, I can quit my day job, record more often and hone in on my unique style. Some say I have a unique style already. Who do you think I sound like? Male or female I’m open to those comparisons.
You might be just starting your rap career and or maybe you know a homie or two that’s nice with the beats. It feels good when you meet a producer who gets your style and can make you shine on a track. But don’t be confused, there’s a big difference between a producer and someone who can just make beats. The tricky thing is, beat makers will often use the producer title because they don’t know the difference themselves, or simply to bait you into a work relationship. The more you start recording, the quicker you’ll learn the difference. I know I did.
Off the top, I can say a producer is a business person, but a beat maker is a little less serious. Many times a beat maker’s production is incomplete and they may have little or no plans to finish what they started. Keep that in mind when you get excited over the hundreds of beats he or she plays in the studio during your first meeting.
A producersees a bigger vision for the song than you do. I have a strong personality for a woman, but not for a female rapper. I have bumped heads with plenty a beat maker who doesn’t know what they are doing in the studio. They just press the button run the beat and let you rap. They have no ideas on how to make the track come alive and do the bare minimum during a session. Producers usually have a hook in the mind already before you even start rapping, or shortly after you finish.
The worst thing I hate about a beat maker is that he or she will call you back to the studio to re-record something you spent all day recording. They’ll tell you something wasn’t right or they lost your sh**. This has happened to me only once or twice with a different person and unless it was an act of God, I usually stop working with them. I figure, if you’re not careful enough to capture what we did correctly during our first session, then you’re not ready and are most likely going to waste more of my time.
A Producer can usually play more than one instrument. He or she may have taught themselves to play an instrument. This is another way to add more flavor to your tracks. The beat maker only plays one instrument… The beat machine and maybe the sampler.
Well that’s my explanation of a producer vs. a beat maker. Any other differences you want to add? If so, drop a comment below.
I swear the name of this track was supposed to be “Let’s Roll”, but somewhere between me and the producer it got renamed. At any rate, the 3rd track off my first EP Do Yo’ Thang, “Can I Roll?” is a party jam sure to get your head bobbin’ and hips moving. I talk a little trash in this one, but this was where my head was at when I wrote it. I think a good emcee/rap artist should have layers. You might have a message, but let the audience know you can still party too. Humans are not one dimensional and especially not female rappers. Download “Can I Roll” today and get your party on with this track.
Until the next time…
You can download “Can I Roll?” at all major online retailers.
Hip Hop is everywhere. It jumps out at you when you least suspect it. Recently, while waiting for a friend in a bookstore on my way the magazine section I passed a book titled, “Notorious RBG”. RGB are the initials of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg I immediately thought about the Notorious B.I.G. (RIP) and the oh so popular photo of him wearing the crown. Is this a coincidence? Maybe. But since I don’t believe in coincidences I’m going to say not. To say Hip Hop influences mainstream is an understatement. Hip Hop is pretty much mainstream. Whether or not RGB’s marketing team set out to get the attention of Hip Hop heads like myself or simply trying something new I’ll never know. But I bet it’ll make a great conversation piece in the studio.
No, it’s not what you think. It’s actually one of the tracks off my online LP, “The Second Coming.” I know many of us in life, including myself, talk about how we wish things could get better. We want to be upgraded and fast.. But how many of us actually take action? They say insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. That sounds about right. That’s what Nickel Bag is about.. Ole rap heads are gonna appreciate the sample and others will enjoy listening to verses that kind of remind you of somebody you know. Let me know what you think..