How To Make Your Own Rap & Hip Hop Beats: 10 Crucial Tips

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Written by Cameron Mayo

Every artist struggles to create content at one point or another; it’s just part of being a creator. However, we know how important it to be able to work through creative blocks. With that in mind, we’ve put together this quick list of ten useful tips that can help you overcome creative blocks and make your own rap and hip-hop beats. Good luck and have fun writing some songs!

1. BEGIN WITH A BASIC BEAT

It's important to lay the groundwork for the rest of your track with a basic beat. No matter what else you do later on, everything comes down to having and effective basic beat that you can build from.

2. STUDY UP

Learning about different instruments (and even just music theory in general) can help you tremendously when it comes time to make your own beats.

3. FIND INSPIRATION

The best beats often come when you are struck by inspiration, and inspiration in turn often strikes when you are viewing or listening to other media. If you hear a beat you like, put your own spin on it to make it your own.

Additionally, feel free to reference what inspired you in your work if you want to (but be cautious of copyright laws if they apply to your situation).

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4. KEEP IT SIMPLE

When creating your own new beats, it can be tempting to create something complex and striking. But it’s often better to aim for something that is powerful but also simple and straightforward; if your beats are too complicated, it can take away from the lyrics of your piece and lessen the overall meaning and impact of your song.

5. WRITE STRONG LYRICS

As mentioned previously, the lyrics of your piece are very important; in fact, they are just as important (it not more important) than your beats themselves. It’s all well and good to have a catchy tune, but without meaningful lyrics to back it up your song isn’t going to be as impactful.

6. LISTEN TO FEEDBACK

Whether it’s advice coming from someone close to you or just a helpful tip you’ve seen in a pro’s interview or blog, it’s important to pay attention to good pieces of wisdom when you see them; being open to constructive feedback is how every artist grows.  

7. INVEST IN GOOD SOFTWARE PROGRAMS

Having a good beat maker software program can help step your game up to the next level. And if you’re worried about how expensive a high-quality program might be, don’t be: there are plenty of options for free beat making software as well as ways to make music online for free.

8. CHOOSE YOUR BEATS CAREFULLY

Make sure to lean towards what is popular right now rather than emphasizing beats that have gone out of style.

9. QUANTIZE

Quantizing is important for helping to remove or edit imprecise notes in your beats in order to help smooth out the overall track and improve timing. There are both software programs available for purchase that you can use for this as well as free programs available online.

10. CREATE CONTENT YOUR WAY

This is important for helping to remove or edit imprecise notes in your beats in order to help smooth out the overall track and improve timing. There are both software programs available for purchase that you can use for this as well as free programs available online.


Now you have the process down, get to making some music!

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