beat making

9th Wonder To Beatmakers: “You Gotta Do More Than Beats”

Producer 9th Wonder discusses auditioning beats for Jay Z, working with Erika Badu, and teaching music history.  Later 9th goes on to talk about the importance of saving older work and doing other thing besides making beats. I made the actual beat for Erykah Badu’s honey seven years ago.  That’s why I say, everybody save … Read more

Marco Polo Making Beats + Sample Layering w/ MPC 2000XL

Another producer who has no problem rocking the MPC 2000XL while easily holding a cigarette, Marco Polo discusses his philosophy of creation and the influence of Pete Rock while offering a glimpse into his method for making beats.  Along the way Marco Polo explains tuning and pitching drums, layering multiple sample sources, and the importance … Read more

Su-Preme The Beat Maker Vol.2 DVD Giveaway

Su-Preme has returned with another full length installment of his ever entertaining production instructional DVD series.  Volume 2 features lessons including drum and sample editing, chop shop, timestretch, program editing, making loops, sequencing, automation, and more. One lucky reader get their own copy of the DVD delivered straight to their doorstep.  Simply leave a comment … Read more

M-Phazes Makes A Beat + Talks Sampling Evolution

Australian producer takes us through the creation of a track featuring a heavy dose of Auto-Tune along with some high commercial hopes.  As primarily a sample based producer, M-Phazes addresses the evolution of his production style to incorporate more original instrumentation as a response to the current anti-sampling climate of the recording industry.