So you’re looking for ways to buy a beat? I remember a few years back when I had the same question. Recently I decided on collecting all the knowledge I’ve gained and featuring it into this guide. If you’re looking for free or paid ways to get a beat, look no further, this article is for you! But first, let’s answer the question “where do rappers get their beats?”:
Rappers get beats in three ways: 1 through online marketplaces that are designed explicitly for this job, 2 through producers they find on Social Media. 3 through free options such as browsing YouTube and Soundcloud, but bear in mind that these free options come with severe limitations.
Of course, some rappers make their own beats, others have dedicated producers wich they collaborate with (example Noah James Shebib (40) who is the primary producer of the rap superstar Drake.
Let’s now explore all the ways rappers get their beats!
5 Free-Ways to Find Beats
Bellow ill discuss the free-ways of acquiring a beat, however, bear in mind that this tactic comes with severe limitations but more on that later.
If you go to YouTube right now and type in “Free *name of artist* type beat” you’ll probably discover several beats that you can use. You can also fill in the year of choice to get more relevant beats. However, these beats are not to be released or posted online for free; they are intended for personal use only!
Freebeats.io is a service similar to Beatstars.com; the only difference being is that at FreeBeats you get the mp3 version for free! Of course the WAV tracked-out version is also available for the low price of $4.95.
I didn’t know FreeBeats existed up to a couple of days ago, within that time I browsed a lot of their tracks, and I must report that while everything is definitely free, the overall quality is rather low.
The majority of tracks are well produced, also well mixed- and mastered, but the samples and sounds used in the songs are somewhat outdated. They are lacking that “next hot sound” serious artists are looking for.
Sure, there is nothing wrong if you want to craft your album with free beats but don’t expect to impress anyone by using recycled material.
Try this for a moment, go right now and listen to songs listed at the Billboard Hot 100. Pay attention to the samples and the style of the song, I’m sure you will discover that the vast majority uses unique attention grabbing sounds. What is the lesson here? If the Pros do it, so should you!
This is similar to the YouTube tactic above. Just go to SoundCloud and type in the search box “Free *name of artist* type beat” and you will be presented with several free beats. In both cases, make sure to read the rules the producer wrote, which are commonly found in the description box. Watch out because not all of them are commercially available.
Hipstrumentals is like Freebeats.io only the quality is much worse here. You can have a look at the website but expect to find very few fresh and quality tracks.
5) Reach out for collabs
If you got your craft right and you’re able to create quality rhymes, I suggest you reach out to producers you want to work with and ask them for a free collaboration. It will help if you have a large social media following since then the producer notice see even more the added value you offer.
Paid Ways to Find Beats
Back in the day, you had to scoop the Internet to find producers that sold their beats; then you had to contact them with your inquiry and wait a few days until you received the order. These days belong in the past.
With the rise of social media, it’s indefinitely easier to find great producers, also with the appearance of companies such as Beatstars or Airbit discovering quality tracks has become a blast.
Beatstars is an online platform where it’s possible to buy and sell beats and instrumentals. It’s an excellent option for both producers and rappers because it offers great deals to both groups. Producers get the change of presenting their creations to a broader audience, and rappers can find quality tracks in just a few minutes.
Airbit is very similar to Beatstars (or the other way around depends how you see it), of course, there are a few differences between the two, but they’ll apply only if you’re looking to sell beats.
Once again, an online platform that is very similar to both Beatstars and Arbit. Honestly, there are no essential differences to mention between the three.
4) This site! (Pop Song University)
I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but I also produce and market high-quality beats.
A while ago I realized that I had a lot of unfinished songs/beats laying around which with a few tweaks they could become great tracks! Also in the past months, I have had requests through social to create custom beats for artists.
That’s why I decided to create my own beat-store and use that to promote my tracks easily. In this way, its faster for you, (the artist) to download your track(s) of choice, safely pay through Paypal or credit card and within a few minutes receive the beat and contract in your inbox. I also offer the service of tailor-made beats or tracks click here to see the current prices.
You can check out my track-Store here. I often have exclusive deals and discounts, so make sure to visit the store frequently.
Should I Use Tagged Beats?
You should use tagged beats only for personal use and not for commercial purposes. Trust me it isn’t professional to release or upload a song on social that is tagged.
5 Things Every Rapper Should Know, Before Buying Beats
First of all, you should understand is that producing a beat takes both time and money. It is a process that takes days to complete since the beat must be of
- High quality
- It must fit in your project, and
- Fit in your style
After the production process is done for the beat to sound professional, it has to be mixed and mastered. Only then you will have in your hands a quality product; now you can proudly record your rhymes and represent the song to your fan base!
Needless to say, this process from start to finish can cost anywhere between $300 and $3000. The price depends on several things including the popularity of the producer, the quality of the beat, and of course how bad you want it.
Get All the Benefits with Zero Downside
How about, if you can get all the benefits listed above in a few minutes, for just a fraction of the price? The most cost-efficient way of having quality beats for you to rap upon is trough leasing, otherwise called licensing! For about $20-$30 you can lease a beat and use it for commercial purposes. Platforms such as Beatstars have built their whole business model on the idea of licensing beats. I am convinced that the entire concept of leasing is beneficial for producers and rappers alike. The prices are quite low therefore a rapper that is new in the game will find it easy to purchase a couple of beats, and the producer can sell the same beat over and over again, creating a flow of passive income.
Let’s now dive into the five things every rapper should know before buying beats.
1) Free Download Does Not Mean Free Beat.
A free beat is a way for you to try it out, and purchase it if you enjoy it. You’re NOT allowed to release it, upload it, post it all over your social media accounts or ad it to your Instagram story. Of course, you can download the beat and listen to it in a different environment such as your car or the studio, and you have the opportunity even to sample it if you like. That’s about it.
2) You May Buy the Beat but You Don’t Own It
Well, yes and no. I have encountered situations where after the purchase of a beat, the buyer sometimes complaints about not owning exclusive rights to the track they just purchased. Allow me to explain. There are certain levels and purchasing options when buying a beat; there are different types of licenses that offer you different possibilities, and every license comes with its own price tag.
In other words, instead of “buying a beat,” we can better describe it as “leasing a beat.”
For example, a basic license may include just the MP3 format of the song; it may be limited to non-profit online audio streams, it may not include the rights to use it for a music video, and not include distribution copies.
On the other hand, an unlimited license gives you the freedom to use the beat in whichever way you desire such as: the power to upload it on whatever platform you want, the option to distribute unlimited copies, the ability to include the song in unlimited music video and much, much more.
Keep in mind that in most cases the producer retains his royalty rights.
You should carefully read the contract before purchasing a beat and see if the producer retains the power of reselling the beat to others or if after you buy it’s taken off the Internet.
Most likely, you will know the difference from just looking at the price tag, as I mentioned before an exclusive license costs more compared to a standard license -and with good reason.
It is crucial to understand what you can and what you cant do with a beat, read the license! I can’t stress this enough. Reading the beat license or contract can save you a lot of trouble. I have seen many producers publicizing on social media and YouTube how they confronted rappers that illegally had been using their beats — even going as far as lawsuits.
3) Instant Store Purchases vs Manual Orders
Instant store purchases are quite different compared to manual orders Let’s say you’re on your way to the studio and you need one last beat for your project at this case I would opt for the Instant download solution. What you have to do is simply select the beat of your choice, insert your credit card or PayPal information, and wait for it to show up in your inbox.
However, a manual order takes much more time to process. Don’t go down this road unless you don’t mind receiving your track in 24 hours or less.
4) Quality Beats Are Not Cheap
As a general rule of thumb, Cheap quality beats aren’t good, and good quality beats aren’t cheap. Everyone can download a sample pack, Put a few samples together and boom there you have it, you just created a beat. But it’s a beat you’ll probably never sell.
Rappers look quality, not quantity; they look for attention-grabbing beats and the emotional response that comes when they hear a track for the first time.
5) Be a Professional; Otherwise, No One Will Work with You
In this article, we talked about different ways in which you can acquire beats online. But if you are a professional rapper or even just an enthusiast and remotely serious about your craft, using a free beat from YouTube tells a lot about you as an artist! If you are not willing to invest in yourself, why would you expect that from someone else?
Personally, when I’m looking for artists to work with, I focus not only on their skills but also on their level of commitment. I enjoy working with artists that are serious about what they do because that saves me a lot of time and money in the long run. Think about yourself for a moment, when you want something, a product or service, or when you are about to invest time and energy into a project, are you not searching for the perfect solution? Don’t you demand the best that you can get? Think about it; why would somebody else be different?
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There are multiple ways for rappers to get beats, some are legit, and others aren’t if you follow the tips I’ve listed in this article I’m sure you will find awesome beats for great prices!