If you are an emcee, or want to become one, you can find places to buy beats online. There are literally thousands of sites online that have instrumentals for sale. Between this and companies like Musicians Friend bringing studio quality gear straight the artists at a reasonable price its now easier than ever to fund your own project.
Artists who buy beats online should make sure they buy them form a well trusted beat seller. By finding a producer who you trust to work with you will save yourself thousands of dollars and more legal headaches than you can possibly imagine. For this reason alone I say DO YOUR RESEARCH!
There's nothing wrong with shopping around and finding the right producer and beat to use on your project. The internet has made this easier and more affordable than ever before. Now you can record an album, from the comfort of your own house, usually for less than a thousand dollars including software, equipment, and production costs. If you do not want to purchase your own equipment there are literally thousands of local studios that have trained sound engineers scattered all over the country, so there's a pretty good chance you'll be able to find one in your area.
Artists who want to record a great song need to be choosy when buying rap beats that are just right for their song. You can refer to one of my other articles if you want more in depth advice on this matter. There are literally millions of beats online to choose from, so take your time and choose several hundred that you connect with. Then go and short list them into an album after listening to them for a week or two to see what sticks with you.
Finding the right instrumental for your next classic may take a lot of digging. Producers who upload beats online typically have a large catalog to pick from, so make sure to listen to the whole thing before moving onto the next person in line. You do not want to miss a gem just because it's hidden among all the clutter of sites like SoundClick, MyFlashStore, and RocBattle. Make sure to put a lot of thought into selecting the right tracks before buying beats online.
Before paying for beats make sure you know which ones you want. Most producers have a no refund policy after the purchase is completed, so make sure you are happy with the selection you've made. You do not want to buy a beat that you do not wind up using on your album because it does not hold your attention after a couple days.
Before purchasing anything, do some legwork and research the company you are going to. Find out how your beat will be sent to you. Some producers have automated beat stores that send out tracks as soon as they are purchased, some people still prefer to use PayPal buttons and send the tracks out manually to add a human element to their business. Make sure you know in advance how you will receive your track before paying for the rights to use it. If you are pressed for time you may want to go to a producer with an automated system or 24-48 hour guarantee on delivery. Nobody wants to have studio time booked and no beat to work with when they get there.
After the album is recorded there is a wide variety of graphic designers and artists who can make your project have the shelf appeal of a major record label release for very reasonable prices. Between this and sites like iTunes, ReverbNation, and CD Baby which offer artists a way to get their CDs out to the public with little to no upfront cost you no longer need a deal to have a good distribution network set up to get your music into the hands of your fans.