Many rap artists now look for their instrumental hip hop beats on the internet. There are a lot of sites that offer exclusive an non-exclusive licensing of hip hop beats. Before you make a purchase, here are a few things to know:
1. Know the difference between exclusive and non-exclusive rights to an instrumental hip hop beat. Exclusive rights typically grant 100% ownership to the buyer. Non-exclusive rights licenses allow the buyer to “lease” the beat for a set amount of time or distributions of the beat. During this lease time, the producer can continue to sell licenses to other artists.
2. Make sure you listen to a beat carefully before you purchase it. First, make sure the mix sounds good. The mix doesn’t have to sound perfect just yet, because the sound engineer will make some final changes when mixing your vocals into the hip hop beat. But make sure the beat sounds clean and not too crowded or muddy.
3. If you are skeptical about anything, contact the producer before you make a purchase. Producers who provide contact information and respond to their customers in a professional manner are the kinds of producers you want to do business with. There are a lot of scammers out there who sell stolen beats, or rip artists off and never send the instrumental hip hop beat. The best you can do to prevent this is to contact them beforehand and make a judgement about their professionalism and business conductivity.
4. Make sure that the website that you purchase instrumental hip hop beats from has decent-quality audio previews of the beat. Some sites have very low quality versions of the beat preview. This makes is impossible to really gauge the mix and how good the beat will sound when you buy it.
5. If you plan on buying a lot of beats at a time from one website, ask the producer if he or she offers any deals for buying in bulk. Most of the time the producer will be glad to cut you a deal if you are giving him a lot of business.
Using these little tips will ensure that you make a smarter purchase when buying instrumental hip hop beats online!