I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. The concept of two people exchanging value. I used to think that there was something wrong with trying to sell my beats to people and give them something of value while they in return gave me something as well (we will call this $ for the sake of clarity).
But then I thought of something.
We live in a capitalistic society. There’s nothing wrong with having someone pay you for a service. We all pay for stuff that we want everyday!
For a long time, I gave away free beats. I still do to this day, just not as many. I feel as though I have been making music and paying my dues long enough, and am experienced enough to justify charging people when they come to me inquiring about a beat.
I’ve been sampling since 2009 and making beats overall since 2007.
I have come to the conclusion (and it took me awhile) over these years that some people simply aren’t all that serious about music. This may sound a bit harsh, but hear me out.
I’ve been “approached” online hundreds of times by artists looking to collaborate. I am not saying this to brag but rather to make a point. The majority of these people will never get back to you, even if you give them something for free. It got to the point where I was getting so frustrated that I thought about quitting my craft on many occasions. I also became bitter towards these people in my mind, and felt like calling them out.
But I never did..
because it wasn’t worth it…
I have never been the type of person to hard sell someone. It is simply not in my blood or my soul. I make music because I love doing it first and foremost. That will never change. I have always believed in myself and my abilities, but had trouble marketing and promoting them. Although I’ve gotten better at this..
I still have a long way to go.
The love for beats and music has always prevented me from quitting, even when getting recognized (at all) was a struggle. I have a good number of credits to my name, and have collaborated with some artists who I felt were (and are) serious about their craft. I am truly grateful to have found these people. The only thing better than playing back a beat that you know is sick, is someone else rapping over it! (or using it in some way).
I’ve always been serious and have 100% put everything into my beats. By the time I’m really finished with one, I’m exhausted. But the feeling I get from hearing something that truly makes my heart skip a beat, (even for just a second) is what keeps me going, and coming back to the studio.
As I thought about all this today at work, something came to mind…
My 96 year old Grandmother..
Yes, I know it’s crazy ..
But my grandmother is a warrior. She will be 97 in February 2016 (God willing) and even though she’s slowed down considerably, she is still with it.
Getting around is a lot tougher for her these days. She needs help doing every day basic tasks like cooking, cleaning, doing the dishes, and doing laundry..
There is someone who helps her with all this.
And that person doesn’t do it for free.
She exchanges value. She gives my grandmother a good service in exchange for compensation to improve her livelihood. This concept shouldn’t be foreign to people, but for some reason when it comes to beats, it is!!
Just the other day someone messaged me through youtube about one. I asked him for his email and sent him a message outlining my prices. I even offered him the beat for half off the original price, or buy 1 get one free. He didn’t even respond back.
But that’s okay.. because I’m using him to make a point. He wasn’t serious about the beat.
If you’ve made it this far and have read my blog to this point, I know you ARE serious. So cop a beat today!
Thanks for reading and I hope you guys enjoyed!! If you have any comments or questions about where to buy hip hop beats cheap, or anything else, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below!
All the best and God bless,