With advances in studio technology and the availability of the internet for networking it's no longer necessary for rappers and emcees to create their own beats. They now go onto the web and purchase the tracks that they want to use for their latest songs and projects instantly. This can relate a great amount of pressure and cross specializing on the part of the rapper, allowing them to focus on what they should be doing. Writing and recording great lyrics. But, like all things in life, there's stuff you need to know before you start buying beats online.
Establish your budget before you start shopping around. The immense number of producers and the vast range of prices among them will probably surprise you. You can find instrumentals that range in price from tens, to hundreds, and even thousands of dollars in some cases. You can find free beats to use, but 99% of them are for non-profit and non commercial projects only. Make sure to check with the producer before releasing a project on beats you have not paid for. If you want a guarantee you'll have the rights to release your song, it's a good idea to pay for a license, as this grants you legally binding rights within the terms of the contract.
I suggest before you do anything you know which genre of instrumental you are looking for. Producers typically develop a certain style, and will often have a distinct twist on even the most basic genres of rap and hip hop beats. Knowing what you want your song to sound like will save you a great deal of time, because if your shopping around for a dirty south beat on an east coast producers page you probably wont get very far in the long run. How your final project sounds will vary greatly depending on the beat you choose to use, so make sure you consider every track carefully when your setting up your album.
Another important factor is choosing the right sites to buy beats from. You might find it annoying and time consuming to research the company and see if there are any bad reviews or people putting them on “blast”, but its a good idea before spending your money. When you purchase a track to make a song you want to know your purchasing it from a reputable producer. This is easy to do if you find a reliable and honest music production companies website.
Print out the licensing contract from the site for the track you just bought. Any sites you buy beats from should make this readily available if you make a purchase. This is a legal agreement you made on how the song can be used once you paid for the licensing rights. Having a hard copy of this information filed away in a safe place will protect you should ever ever need to prove your rights to a particular beat in the future.
If you want to buy beats to go with your song the selection is immense. You can easily find the right production companies by spending time searching sites like Soundclick and Google. Make sure to keep this article in mind to make it a successful, stress free, transaction while ensuring your own safety when using the instrumental in your song.
Nowadays, you can promote your brand via social media outlets like twitter and Facebook, and with digital distribution available through companies like ReverbNation and iTunes there is no need to wait for a label rap career. Remember that nobody is going to invest in you if you do not, so get started on a project you can seriously promote and hustle today and who knows what you could be doing in a few years with enough hard work.