Selling beats/Instrumentals online



If you have experience in creating music and you are good at tweaking midi controllers, you may consider making money out of selling the tracks that you produce online. Yes, selling beats/instrumentals online can be the only job that you need to do, if you know your way around the various audiences that depend on purchasing and using tracks that are available.



A lot of producers that know a thing or two about selling beats/instrumentals online make $20.000 or more extra income out of beat sales, which can improve over time. Instrumentals, one-shots, sampled materials and beats that can be used to sync with vocals run a lot of industries in music and media. The gaming industry, especially businesses that focus on mobile development, and film producers are very dependent on people who are selling beats/instrumentals online.    When it comes to the music industry, a good number of up-and-coming and established artists depend on samples or beats. Thanks to the feat of artist/producers like Lex luger, Daft Punk, Skrillex, Mike will made it, and T-Minus, people have learned to appreciate beats, because of a certain attitude that they lend on a single or an entire album. Singers and producers have also learned that the quality of instrumentals and beats that they use can create a certain clout when it comes to fans across genres, and that could create a lot of buzz. That alone can make selling beats/instrumentals online very profitable.



The first thing that you need to do is to know who you want to sell to. By now, you should be able to identify the genres that you are able to produce, and that would largely dictate the type of music that you can sell.
Depending on the genre that you know you can produce, identify the types of audience that are likely to buy your music. If you have tons of EDM, dubstep, and hip hop tracks, you have a big chance of making it to the gaming and clubbing communities. If you produce chillout, RnB, jazz, and world fusions, then you can be welcomed by a lot of artists who are producing documentaries, music demos, and a whole lot more.    However, how you allow others to use the tracks you produce can also be a major game changer. In short, selling beats/instrumentals online may not mean that you are attracting certain music users that work specifically on genres and tempos. You can attract anyone who is looking for fresh music, if you know how to market yourself. That offers you an entire universe of music enthusiasts who need music for their own craft.



The next thing you need to know is how you can make people listen to your produced tracks, and how you can give the information that you are selling music. You can create your own website that would catalog all of the beats that you are selling, or you can sign up with music selling sites that allow selling beats/instrumentals online under your name. You can also sign up with Soundclick and get a custom theme, but that would cost money.    If you don’t want to spend too much money without selling a single track, the best way to sell is through online music communities such as SoundCloud, ReverbNation or BeatStars. You can also upload your beats on YouTube. Include your email information and other details on how people can purchase your beats. To make transactions faster, you may want to make online wallets, such as PayPal or Google Wallet, which would also allow you to sell your beats internationally.    Now, here’s the moneymaking part. Once you are ready with your catalog, site, or community upload, you have to make sure that your music is licensed. You may choose to upload a few tracks and let others download them for free, but when it comes to the other more intricate or “better” tracks, the best and the easiest way to turn them into income is to make people purchase their licensing. Also take note that selling licenses would be the framework of your business, if you are planning to make selling beats/instrumentals online your full time job.    What are those licenses, anyway? Lease licenses or non-exclusive licenses are great if you are selling beats/instrumentals online that would put a limit on the sales that your buyers can make out of the tracks that they get from you, essentially because you still have the rights for the beats that they used. You can earn $1 to $50 out of tracks that are licensed this way. Exclusive licenses, on the other hand, would allow your buyers to have all the rights to the music transferred to them, which means that they can create unlimited sales out of the tracks that they purchased from you. Since you are waiving all your rights, that would mean a much bigger income too, ranging from $50 - $1,000    Once you setup a website, or become a member of any site that allows selling beats/instrumentals online, you may also want to promote and purchase works of other producers. That would not only make you more money, but you would also promote other types of music that your fans and regular customers may also like. That makes your producing clout bigger, while making your community welcome fresh music from up-and-coming producers. You may also want to sell mp3 tracks that would help you create money if you are not receiving orders for your tracks yet. Just remember to organize all the tracks that you are selling so that clients can easily view lists of genres, tempos, instruments, and chords available.
Make sure that you keep all these things in mind, since these are the steps that launched careers of the most powerful independent producers online. Selling beats/instrumentals online would also mean bigger networks, and if you are planning to infiltrate the music business, being a good beats entrepreneur may land you the break that you need. 


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Top 10 Hip-Hop Battles

By Henry Adaso

It's always been a part of the game. Verbally assaulting your rivals was how you earned rep back in the day. And boy, we've seen some epic rap feuds over the years. These are the greatest hip-hop battles of all time. A tribute to the great and the grimy.


10. Eazy-E vs. Dr. Dre
After a nasty breakup, ex-NWA cohorts Eazy-E and Dr. Dre traded insults non-stop. Dre was about to seal the deal with "Dre’s Day," but Eazy-E fought back with "Real Muthaf--kin' Gs." Eazy attacked Dre and Snoop, calling them studio gangstas who never truly witnessed the harsh realities of the 'hood. As if that wasn't enough, he devoted plenty of airtime to Dre's past as a member of the electro-pop group World Class Wrecking Cru', ridiculing Dre's fashion faux pas. “Damn it’s a trip how a n---a can go so quick from wearing lipstick to smoking on chronic at picnics," he quipped. Eazy threw in a pic of Dre dressed in pumps and mascara to boot. (Imagine if Eazy-E had access to Photoshop in 1992.)
Winner: Dr. Dre


9. Eminem vs. 'The Source'
This is probably the most absurd of all the battles on this list, considering that Eminem launched his rap career on the pages of The Source. The hip-hop bible featured him in its 'Unsigned Hype' column back in March 1998. But the honeymoon ended after Source co-founder Raymond "Benzino" Scott started hurling disses at Eminem on wax and through the magazine. While Slim Shady had no music rag to throw back at Benzino, he had something Benzino lacked: rap skills. Shady clapped back with a brigade of insults, including standouts "Nail in the Coffin" and "The Sauce." As the beef progressed, The Source lost its readership and alienated advertisers. Benzino's rap aspirations took a nosedive, while Eminem's career flourished.
Winner: Eminem



8. Kool Moe Dee vs. Busy Bee

It's impossible to discuss the best hip-hop battles without mentioning the historic showdown between Kool Moe Dee and Busy Bee. The year is 1981 and every rap lyric ends with the phrase "in the place to be." Two fearless emcees take the stage and, in an 8 Mile-style contest, go on to pioneer what we now know as battle rap.
Busy Bee entertained the audience with crowd-pleasing raps, but Moe Dee would eventually make mince meat out of him with some mean rhymes.
Winner: Kool Moe Dee



7. Common vs. Westside Connection
History teaches us that one way to draw the ire of a fellow rapper is to publicly indict them for hip-hop's demise. It worked for Soulja Boy and Ice T in 2009, just as it worked for Common and Westside Connection in 1995. This feud stemmed from Common's lyrics on "I Use to Love H.E.R.," which Ice Cube claimed was a subliminal dis to the west coast. Cue "Westside Slaughterhouse," a vicious attack on Common, replete with the grimiest rap video ever made. Common locked himself in a studio with Pete Rock and proceeded to hand Westside Connection a lyrical beatdown on "The B*tch in Yoo."
Winner: Common



6. Boogie Down Productions vs. Juice Crew
As is often the case in hip-hop, this historic beef was all about bragging rights. It pitted two New York boroughs against each another. KRS-One instigated the beef after claiming that MC Shan's song "The Juice" wrongly credited Queensbridge, instead of South Bronx, as hip-hop's birthplace. Consequently, BDP took Shan and co to the cleaners with the raw dis "South Bronx." Shan struck back with "Kill That Noise," thus setting up BDP for the classic "The Bridge is Over," which delivered the final blow to Shan's rap career.
Winner: BDP



5. Canibus vs LL Cool J
Canibus is famous for battling himself on wax, but he truly earned his stripes when he squared off with the Bigger and Deffer LL Cool J (in his prime, mind you). The odds were heavily stacked against 'Bis until he unleashed "Second Round KO," alongside a trash-talking Mike Tyson. That lyrical uppercut is something like a blueprint for some of today's top rhyme pugilists.
Winner: Canibus



4. Ice Cube vs. N.W.A.
Eazy-E and NWA's management rubbed Ice Cube the wrong way and then had the nerve to dis the group's best lyricist on "100 Miles & Runnin'." Cube initiated a flame-throwing match with his former allies and came out somehow unscathed. With "No Vaseline," Ice Cube single-handedly annihilated an entire group. A rare feat which has never been replicated.
Winner: Ice Cube



3. Kool Moe Dee vs. LL Cool J
Kool Moe claimed that Cool J stole his style and decided to teach a 19-year old MC named LL Cool J a lesson. He gave LL a lyrical whiplash in the form of "How Ya Like Me Now." Cool J fired back with the instant gem "To Da Breakadawn." Kool Moe Dee wouldn't let LL have the final word, so he struck again with "Let's Go." LL hit him even harder with "Jack the Ripper," in which he ridiculed Moe Dee's trademark Star Trek shades. By the time Moe Dee returned with "Death Blow," Cool J had already hung the "L" on his neck and rocked his bells.
Winner: LL Cool J




2. 2Pac vs. Biggie
"2Pac - So Many Tears"© Interscope
The 2Pac vs Biggie feud was unique in so many ways. Interestingly, Pac's tactic was the antithesis of Big's approach. Not one to bite his tongue, Pac kept his insults as explicit and aggressive as possible. (Who could forget "Hit 'Em Up"'s opening lines "That's why I f---ked your wife, you fat muthaf---a"?) Biggie, on the other hand, stung Pac with subliminal disses, often delivered in a poised manner. This was arguably the most influential hip-hop feud ever. It affected entire regions, wrecked relationships, and changed lives forever.
Winner: 2Pac



1. Jay-Z vs. Nas

Before the Def Jam deal. Before the Power 105 lovefest. Before the collaborations, Nas and Jay-Z were die-hard rivals. There are many theories on why Jay-Z and Nas suddenly found themselves embroiled in one of the most memorable feuds in music history. Was Nas jealous of Jay’s commercial exploits? Did Jay dis Nas' baby mama on "Is That Your Chick”? The two New York giants traded insults for years and came short of challenging each other to a lyrical duel on HBO. The quest for supremacy gave rise to two of the greatest battle tracks in history: Jay-Z's "Takeover" and Nas' "Ether." Thanks to Kanye's hard-hitting drums, "Takeover" was musically superior to "Ether," but Nas gets the slight lyrical edge.
Winner: Nas




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10 way's Rappers Deny Being in the Illuminati
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10. I Can’t Be In The Illuminati… My First Hit Single Was Jesus Walks

Yeezy took to the stage at The Blue Note club to deliver a freestyle that touched on his supposed involvement with the Illuminati:

    And all this illuminati talk, like my first hit single wasn’t ‘Jesus Walks’

And in defense of the conspiracy theorists (that’s the first time I’ve started a sentence like that, but hopefully not the last: still nine examples to go), Kanye spit the following lines on television

    I sold my soul to the devil thats a crappy deal
    Least it came with a few toys like a happy meal

This is likely about the perils fame and how he lost anonymity in becoming a professional musician (re: his New York Times interview, “You know, a musician and give[s] up her anonymity and her voice to express her talent”).
9. I Can’t Be In The Illuminati… I’d Really Like to Join, But They Won’t Let Me In

Heems, formerly of Das Racist, admits to being courted by the Illuminati, but he doesn’t think their ready to make a serious commit. And if they did let him in, he thinks it’d ruin him. (This is how Maboo felt about being wait-listed by Harvard).

    Illuminati vettin', he’ll join ‘em if they let him
    Probably be a trick, and they’ll boil him
    If they get him

Note, Das Racist' official fan Tumblr (run by one of their friends) is called

Possible Illuminati imagery in the GreedHead symbol
8. I Can’t Be In The Illuminati… I’m not white, or a billionaire

A likely excuse, but New Genius' reports on this year’s Illuminati meet up (aka the Bilderberg Group) shows some diversity. No rappers on the list though (at least not publicly!).

Did Kendrick attend?

    Who said a black man in the Illuminati
    Last time I checked, that was the biggest racist party

Was J. Cole on the list? He spit this on Villuminati:

    Keep on asking me about the Illuminati
    Is you stupid nigga
    Young Black millionaire
    Old White billionaires
    I’m sure that they could do without me

7. I Can’t Be In The Illuminati… I’m From The Block

This raises the question: is Illuminati membership a birthright or can you join the group later in life? This is where rappers make some of their most compelling arguments against Illuminati conspiracists, because why would the Illuminati let their members grow up poor?

Let French Montana tell it:

    Illuminati? I’m from the streets
    Never sold my body, we takin' bodies

Or Jay-Z (the meme Illuminati rapper):

    Bitch, I said I was amazing, not that I’m a Mason
    It’s amazing, that I made it through the maze that I was in

Or A$AP Rocky:

    Fuck illuminati lies, say I’m lucified
    Baptised in the gutter, motherfucker you decide

6. I Can’t Be In The Illuminati… I’m Trillmaluminati

Speaking of Rocky, he’s eschewed the Illuminati to form his own group:

    All this talk of Illuminati ain’t got a clue about me
    Bitch I’m Trillmaluminati and got my crew behind me

(Full Disclosure: Rap Genius is also a member of Trillmaluminati. After a brief stint with the Illuminati, we decided that Trill offered better health care (read: medicinal marijuana))

5. I Can’t Be In The Illuminati… I’m Still Getting Dissed By Sucker Emcees

In a brilliant verified annotation on Rap Genius, Pusha T puts the Illuminati rumors to bed with a bit of logic. If he was Illuminati, then why does he have to deal with your bullshit? I mean, Illuminati is responsible for taking out presidents, so they could probably deal with some internet commenters.

Since y'all claim I’m Illuminati, tell me why would you try me?
Kennedy, John F., or Bobby
Almost caught Reagan, but they stopped us at the lobby
And that was broad day, so how the fuck you gon' stop me?
You lil' niggas just dirty mine’s is Zero Dark Thirty)

4. I Can’t Be In The Illuminati… Wait, I guess I am in the Illuminati

Sometimes you wake up in a new Bugatti, other times you wake up in the Illuminati.

Let Ab-Soul tell it:
I feel like, I’m affiliated with, the illuminati, bitch
All seein' fuckin eye, this is your enlightenment

Or you’re like J. Cole and wake up with a pamphlet from the Illuminati in your mailbox and you think about it for a second—
I’m bout to go and join the Illuminati
Fuck everybody
I’m bout to go and join the Illuminati
Fuck everybody
I’m bout to go and join the Illuminati
Fuck everybody
I’m bout to go and join the Illuminati

And the Illuminati’s keeping tabs on Prodigy:
Illuminati want my mind, soul and my body
Secret Society trying to keep their eye on me

3. I Can’t Be In The Illuminati… But I do appreciate that it rhymes with Bugatti

The Bugatti is a versatile machine. You can drive it and you can wake up in it. And thankfully, you can rhyme it with Illuminati.

Por ejemplo, Rick Ross:

    They say I’m gettin' money, must be illuminati
    Talking to the Holy Ghost, in my Bugatti

And his MMG cohort, Meek Mill(!!!)

    Peace! At the dealer talking Bugatti talk
    You never heard it like Illuminati talk

And here’s Meek Mill again (woaaah):

    I don’t gotta join illuminati just to get a new Bugatti

2. I Can’t Be In The Illuminati…I’m Just Rich

These rappers aren’t in the Illuminati, they’re just rich (common misconception!)

Take it from Jay Electronica

    We not illuminati but our eye is on the money

or Yeezy

    UGH, where do I start? people ask me shit about Illuminati
    First off, fuck that mean?!
    He loved Jesus when he he he was worse off
    Oh I see, when they, think a nigga is, stupid rich
    People just start coming up with stupid shit

or the other half of The Throne

    Big ballin is my hobby
    So much so they think I’m down with the illuminati

1. I Can’t Be In The Illuminati… Because The Illuminati Doesn’t Exist

I think the strongest argument against secret a society created to perpetuate evils in private are the evils that’re already perpetuated in public. Yeezy projected his face on buildings worldwide to make this point. You have to ask yourself: is Blue Ivy Carter’s secret Illuminati membership more important than the privatization of prisons (an open secret there)?

    See they’ll confuse us with some bullshit
    Like the New World Order
    Meanwhile the DEA
    Teamed up with the CCA
    They tryna lock niggas up
    They tryna make new slaves
    See that’s that privately owned prisons

I’ll let Lupe, the Proust of Rap (rememberer of things past), have the last the word:

    Kill your own peoples, but fear Illuminatis
    And they ain’t even real, or are they?
    But you wouldn’t even know, because you partay





1. Take 100 % Obligation for Your Life-- In a society where folks blame every little thing from their parents to the government for failure, those who do not get into this mindset or succumb to the "victim" thinking be successful. Responsible something or someone outside on your own is saying they have control of your life and not you. Someone else's viewpoint of you doesn't have to become your truth.


2. Real-time Your Life On Purpose - Just what splits inspirational thinkers from the not successful is that they believe they're doing what they were placed her to do. The distinction between this and merely living, is that the latter is just making it through the week with the least troubles. But when you live your life on purpose, your major concern is doing the job right. For the entrepreneur this implies locating a cause you count on and building your business around it.


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7. Never ever Surrender - Never ever, never ever, never quit. When you're totally committed to attaining your target, surrendering is not a choice. You must want do whatever it requires to make it occur. The power of perseverance is a remarkable force. As a person as soon as stated, "inch by inch it's a cinch". Consider the lowly inchworm-- if it considered the size of the trip from start to finish prior to it started, it most likely would never move. To a worm's point-of-view, the garden road must resemble a travel to Mars. Never quit! Continue going like the Eveready battery rabbit, and quite quickly you exist.


8. Do not Put off - No person knows the amount of time they have delegated accomplish their dreams, and we must bear in mind that we don't have forever. The clock is ticking, and eventually your number turns up and you're gone. Effective achievers understand this as well, yet they do not watch it as a "adverse". Achievers use it to "spur them on". They go after exactly what they want as energetically and as passionately as possible, for as long as they have. I had a close friend that used to claim, "Today is a check-- cash it! Yesterday is an I.O.U.-- neglect it! Tomorrow is a cosigned promissory note, don't lean on it!" I think that's a respectable summation of life, so head out there and capitalize that "today" check.



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