To start, I'm an amateur composer. I write classical music and rock. Recently, I've been asked to make rap beats for an aspiring rapper who is looking for a heavily instrumentalized concept.
The problem is that I know nothing about rap, much less about how to produce it. I stand to make some money here, and I've considered doing this before, but I don't know how to get started. He is going to educate me on current trends and give me some music to listen to, but I still don't know how to make the beats myself. Does anyone have any suggestions for programs or any protips? I wouldn't turn away a couple of suggested musical samples.
Thanks in advance
There are shittons of tutorials on how to use FL Studio 10 on youtube and the basics of beatmaking in just about every style.
The most important thing you can do is develop an appreciation for rap music. There are tons of different kinds of it. Find one that appeals to you the most and go from there.
Nice, thanks for the suggestion, and I agree about developing an appreciation. Any further suggestions are welcome.
Hah, we're actually both white. I studied Old Norse poetry myself, and I know the old epics are amazing. Sick reference, bro.
I asked him, but he sort of just went off on a weird tangent and said he wants to do something new.
He has a friend who makes beats, but he's looking for an outside perspective to promote novelty.
what is it your using to make rock music? I imagine your using sibelius for classical
also i suggest getting really really into hip hop if your gunna try, you should listen to it constantly, it'll help (film composers tend to do this when a director asks for certain music they know nothing about), you should work out what the cliches of hip hop are, and then work on using a mixture of cliches and denial of cliches
stick to 4/4 and make a hook that is catchy. basically every song can go hook, 16 bars, hook, 16 bars, hook, 16 bars, hook. It sounds super simple, and it can be but that is essentially what you need. you can just make the same kind of music you make now, in that format, and it should work.
Listen to The album Illmatic by Nas- the greatest hip hop album of all time.
Then listen to The Infamous by Mobb Deep - some of the greatest instrumentals of all time.
That's it, that's all you need from the entire genre of rap.
nigga u trippin
OP go listen to some MADLIB, DOOM, PETE ROCK, DILLA...
that's the kind of instrumental vibe u should go for, and that's real hip hop
all these niggas were influenced by em
FOH like I don't know what I'm talking about. I think you're trippin here, player.
Illmatic, the Greatest hip hop album ever, was made by a 17 year old junior high school dropout. I challenge you to find a more articulate musician from a shittier part of town. Nas is the definition of hip hop.
Doom, Pete rock, Dilla, RZA, and DJ Premier are phenomenal producers... But you need to school yourself on how Havoc of Mobb Deep made his early shit. He, no exaggeration whatsoever, made the greatest, darkest, most atmospheric music using only snippets of forgettable bullshit. His sampling is unparalleled.
Everyone else is good, but the skill these two had at such a young age proves that their moms' must have fucked God himself. PLEASE find me a comparable rapper or producer to prove me wrong, I'd love to hear some new amazing shit.