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Producers vs. Beat-makers – What’s the difference?

This is a question that I’ve seen come up on various platforms over the years, so I decided to offer my perspective.

Regarding producers, they can be the visionary for a song, or the director of a project. They can create an idea for a track and create a plan for how it will be fleshed out in the studio.

Producers can be:

  • songwriters,
  • composers
  • arrangers of the music
  • and don’t necessarily have to assist with beat production.

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What Do You Like The Most About Being a Music Producer?

I remember the first beat I ever sold….

I was up all night working on my smoke gray MPC 2000XL (I know I may be dating myself here but it’s all good lol).

I had just bought it used from Guitar Center a few days prior for around $900 bucks.

I opted to buy this much-acclaimed drum machine instead of making a down payment on some new wheels that winter. I didn’t have a car at the time and we were in the middle of one of the coldest winters that Atlanta has seen in a long time.

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Why do Rappers Claim to be the King of Their City?

Hip-hop has long been a gladiator sport. And as with all competition, there will always be a fight to see who is the best.

Rappers claiming to be the king of their city is nothing new. It’s braggadocio and machismo in it’s purest form. With hip-hop historically being known as an art form rooted in aggressiveness, regardless of the location, the tales of rivalry and bombast run deep.

New York, widely recognized as the mecca of hip-hop (although some have said my hometown Atlanta may have taken that title in recent years…) has spawned some of the most historic examples of this. While many think 6ix9ine’s more recent claim to be the king of N.Y. was merely a strategic marketing ploy, there have indeed been some true declarations for the throne.

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How To Set Goals As a Producer!

How to Learn New Drum Patterns – FAST!

So you’re in the lab cooking up some new ?.

You’ve laid a sick chord progression and you’re ready to add some banging drums!

The drum pattern you’ve put down is cool, but it’s flat. Something is out of place.

The beat is nice but it doesn’t have your head nodding back and forth yet.

You start to panic because your new artist has a deadline that’s quickly approaching.

The last batch of beats you sent out were straight bangers! So you know you GOTTA come with that heat rock again.

And there’s no way you can disappoint.

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