How To Get Exposure For Your Beats
OK, so now you’ve made your own beat and have a banger on your hands. You’re ready to share it with the world or get an MC to rap over it. Well this is the fun and EASY part! There is no shortage of other beatmaker/producers out there showcasing and sharing their work and tips with each other every single day. On top of that, there’s thousands of potential rappers scouring the streets and internet for beats at any given moment. Its dope to share your work and get feedback and enthusiastic responses to it and I’ll give you some ways you can do this!
ONLINE Exposure for your Hip-Hop Productions
Many times you’ll hear a sample of a beat and hear the beat maker’s name or some other out of place sound play every few seconds. This is called “tagging” and the purpose is to discourage people from just taking your beat and using it for whatever they feel. Not everyone uses tags their beats, but it helps if you don’t want some rapper you’ve never heard of to just take your beat to do as he pleases, or even some other beatmaker to claim credit for it.
Plenty of beatmakers take to the internet to show off their work. Many make free accounts on soundcloud.com to host their music for streaming and join internet forums dedicated to Hip-Hop production. Here are some of the popular forums:
Soundcloud is a music streaming/sharing website which lets artists upload their tracks. Vast amounts of people have their music on soundcloud and many other are actively browsing to discover new work. There is also a feature that lets you create and add your songs to groups. Look for some beats or instrumental only groups and send your work to them. This a great way for new people to hear your work
Making Hip Hop on Reddit (reddit.com/r/makinghiphop)
This is a forum on reddit made of plenty of enthusiastic beat makers, plenty of which are just starting out. There are daily showcases of works and sharing of tips and tricks are part of the MHH culture. There’s also many rappers that post their works and scour the forum looking for beat makers to hook up with.
MPC Forums (www.mpc-forums.com)
This is a site for users of AKAI beatmaking products, namely the legendary MPC series of drum machines/samplers and related products. If you use the MPC Renaissance or MPC Studio to make beats and you want to mingle and share your works with other die-hard AKAI users. You’re best served to becoming a member of this site.
Beatmakers United Facebook Group ()
This a HUGE group on facebook thats prone to spam from rappers just looking to get youtube views for their video, but there are also thousands of people there starving to hear new beats. Anytime a producer posts anything having to do with “looking for an MC”, it’s not uncommon for him to get 50 replies within the hour from MCs posting soundcloud links to their music.
A lot of rappers look for beats on youtube, so producers have learned to put their beats on youtube and name them as a beat that is similar to a known artist or song. Examples would be “Odd Future/Earl Sweatshirt style beat” or “Drake Marvin’s Room Type Beat”. In the description, they also add links to their own websites, social media or soundcloud pages so that listener can easily see what else they have to offer. Not to mention if your beat video is popular you might get a little change from Youtube.
Make A Beat Tape
When you have a few beats together you might want to make a beat tape to pass around. This is pretty much a mixtape, wholly or mostly featuring your instrumentals. This is good to show prospective MC for collabs or for other music-related business activities. You can even host your tape on streaming sites like Soundcloud and Bandcamp. Beat Tape Co-op (http://beattapeco-op.com/) is a popular website that lists and showcases beat tapes submitted by producers.
Check around your local hip-hop scene to see if any beat battles are going down. Many producers have come up through the battle ranks and it’s a great way to gain fans, publicity and to network.