What’s the problem with Uzbek rap music? Apparently, the censors don’t like the crude language and vulgarity that populates the Uzbek rap music scene. Instead, they’ve issued warnings to rappers to produce more music about the Motherland, good family values, non-political and non-controversial subject matter.
The Motherland? Really? For those of you who don’t know much about Uzbekistan, population-wise it’s about 80% the size of Canada on a patch of land that’s about 4% of Canada’s geographic size. Uzbekistan was at one point part of the Soviet Union. On paper, it maintains that it supports individual freedom (in the Western sense of the word) but in reality, it’s a highly authoritarian country.
What does all of this have to do with rap music? Most of Uzbekistan’s population is young. In fact, more than one-third of its population is under the age of fourteen. Nearly half of its population lives on less than $1.25 per day, and all of this poses an interesting problem for the sitting government. Rap music has played an important role in the recent protests in the Middle East, a fact that hasn’t gone unnoticed by the Uzbeks. In short, the government is worried. Unfortunately, the government is less worried about the fact that half of its people make $1.00 per day than it is about the fact that the same people make their own rap beats.
Why is rap music so dangerous? How does it possess the power to bring down governments? Simply put, rap music comes from the heart, and it sticks to the audience in a way that other popular music forms don’t. While other music forms rely on musicians and studio recordings, rap music has found a way to be lyrical and meaningful on a shoestring. Much of the “objectionable” music is self-produced, which gives these rap beats a unique, yet memorable, sound.
In some ways, rap music doesn’t possess the distractions that other musical genres do. It’s easier for the listener to get into the message, and it’s easier for the message to get into the listener. Uzbekistan and places like it are ripe for the political picking. You can be sure that rap music will play an important role in the shaping of world politics in the months and years to come. Countries like Uzbekistan, where the youth population is large, are at risk of being up-ended by musicians and a musical genre that has what it takes to inspire its listeners to action.
Most rap music contains beat samples from other songs – either from rap or from some other genre. When a rapper samples the music of another artist, typically he or she splits the proceeds of the song with the original artist as a way to license the music. If a rapper can come up with his or her own beats, or uses music that is royalty-free, there are no splits involved. All of the money stays home with the original artist.
Sonic Producer offers a library of thousands of royalty-free samples that aspiring musicians can use, without having to worry about splitting the proceeds of any songs. Royalty-free music samples can cost hundreds of dollars when purchased individually. The exceptionally large collection of royalty-free rap beats is what makes Sonic Producer stand out from the crowd. The beats alone are worth a fortune!
Aside from the great free rap beats, Sonic Producer also provides video tutorials to help new music producers learn how to get the most out of the Sonic Producer software. Sonic Producer is easy to use, but there are a lot of features that new music producers may want to take advantage of. The tutorials show you how to make the best music possible.
Sonic Producer contains all of the features you need to make professional-quality sound recordings. You don’t need additional equipment and you don’t need the services of a professional sound engineer. Everything you need is right in the box! Once your music is arranged the way you want it to be, lay it off to MP3 and start sharing it with your friends, your fans or with anyone! Sonic Producer enables you to make high-quality recordings that you can even sell on iTunes.
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