What Makes A Good Beat

Hip hop music production is not complicated. Like a recipe there are certain components that must be added into the track to make it complete and good. Some of these components aren’t essential but with them your track will be that much better and with all the components plus your own unique style of production you will be able to create a good track. So what are the components to a good hip hop beat?

Hip hop beats are constructed around two main parts; the actual beat and the vocals within. This may seem simple but the beat can be cut into smaller pieces:

The drum beat or loop
The bass-line

These three components make the instrumental good (like the recipe). It is advised that you don’t cut anything out since the bass-line is the heart of you track, the orchestration makes it unique and the drum beat keeps everything in time and together.

The vocals are the other part of the track that many people leave out. It is OK to leave out the vocals as they are that bit you don’t have to add to your recipe but with vocals added in you could create some really good music.

Hip hop music production is very popular so you have to try and create your own unique way of creating tracks and doing this you set yourself apart from the others. As you progress through music production experimenting with different things you will not only make you a lot better but it will give you that unique style so don’t give up.


Hip Hop Drum Beats

Hip hop is a cultural movement characterized by five key stylistic elements that include rapping, disc-jockeying, sampling, scratching and beat boxing. It originated from South of Bronx, New York, in the early 70’s and was pioneered by Keith Cowboy. The use of drum machines in modern rap gave birth to Hip-Hop drum beats, which are today the core of producing Hip-Hop.

Rap Drum beats have been on the airwaves for a long time, since the 1970’s. Drum-beating is deeply rooted in African-American and African music. It is also heavily connected to groups of people called Griots who are travelling singers and poets who have long been a part of this oral tradition. HipHop became increasingly popular in New York during block parties. These parties allowed DJs to incorporate popular genres of music, specifically funk and soul music. The DJs then isolate percussion breaks of selected popular songs in order to create this hiphop drum-beat style. This technique known as percussion isolation is very common in Jamaican Dub mixes, and the main proponent of this technique is none other than DJ Kool Herc. Dub mixes have become popular with Jamaicans due to the influence of American Sailors and rhythm and blues.

Another technique called turn table includes drum-beat mixing or matching, scratching and beat juggling eventually developed along with the breaks have created a base that can be rapped over. This technique popularized song remixes.

One hallmark of hip-hop beats is looping another artists’ music or remixing one song into another. Looping basically means the repetition of a certain section of music or sound used throughout the entire length of the song or remix. Looping hiphop drum. beats does not necessarily need any consent of the artist when it’s used in clubs or block parties.

To create rap beat music, you need certain instruments, or better yet, you need to use something of your own, something like your voice. Some of the instruments you could use to create beats are turntables, samplers and synthesizers, which are used in modern rap for disc jockeys and the likes, drum machines, guitars and pianos and most importantly a human to do the vocals, beat boxing and rapping.

Some famous artists like LL Cool J, Lil’ Kim, DMX, 50 Cent, Jay-Z and even P. Diddy became popular for their hip-hop drum beat style. Ja Rule, Fat Joe, Swizz Beatz, Busta Rhymes and Memphis have their own beat drum style too that made them known within the music industry.

Hip hop drum-beats are just one of the basic elements one should know about Hip-Hop music production. And since now you know where hiphop drum.beats came from, maybe you can get to your feet and dance to the beat – feel that heat!