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Your Rap Beats Could Bring You Some Fast Cash

Your Rap Beats Could Bring You Some Fast Cash

If you want to show the world your stuff, KingIce.com has a contest on that you ought to know about. KingIce.com sells hip-hop jewelry and accessories, but they’re looking for some great, fresh rap beats. They’re offering a top prize of $1,000 in a contest you can find out more about on their website. If you’re looking to break into rap, or you’ve got some beats that the world should hear, put your best beats forward.

Sonic Producer Can Help

If you’re ready to make a statement in the rap world, Sonic Producer can help you get heard. Sonic Producer is a one-of-a-kind beatmaking software package that you don’t want to be without. Sonic Producer is with you all the way, whether you’re an experienced rap artist or just starting out. Sonic Producer has something for everyone.

Aside from its great features, like a 16-track built-in mixer, Sonic Producer comes with a full library of tutorial videos to show you not only how to use the program but also how to make the beats that people want to hear! It’s a great tool for beginners who want to stand out on the rap music scene.
Sonic Producer has everything you need. You don’t need to buy a lot of additional equipment or rent expensive studios to get professional sounding rap beats and recording capabilities. Sonic Producer is available for both the Mac and PC platforms, so you don’t have to buy more computer gear or miss out on such a great program!

Sonic Producer also comes with a large library of royalty-free samples that you can use with your raps. Royalty-free is the key when it comes to making rap beats. You can spend thousands of dollars licensing rap beats from other artists, but with Sonic Producer, you have a complete library available to you all the time and without having to pay additional fees to use them.

When you buy Sonic Producer, the video tutorial library and the library of samples are included in the price you pay for the software. The sample library alone may save thousands! Better still, you can do whatever you want with the beats – use them for your own personal sound, record them, sell them, distribute them or perform live using them. The sample library is yours!

Sonic Producer also lets you export your music to MP3 and distribute your sound around town. Sonic Producer is a stand-out product. Download your copy today!

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Self-Made Rapper Shares Tips On Promoting Your Own Rap Beats

Self-Made Rapper Shares Tips On Promoting Your Own Rap Beats

There was a great Pop & Hiss blog post in the Los Angeles Times this week about a self- made rap artist named Sean Falyon. In the article, Falyon dispenses advice to aspiring rappers who want to make their own music and are willing to make their own names, too.

Promoting Your Own Music Is Hard Work

If you really want to see what the world of self-produced music is all about, take a minute to read what Falyon has to say. He’s worked hard to make a name for himself. That’s evident because just about every promoter in the rap music industry knows Sean Falyon.

Falyon is a big proponent of social networking and other tools that can help you get the word out about your music. You don’t need a promoter, and you don’t need a big machine, but if you don’t have the horsepower behind you, you will have to do a lot of work on your own. Falyon says that social networks like Facebook and Twitter are great for getting the word out about your rap beats. You also need to have your own Web site, which you keep updated with new beats and news about yourself, your appearances and your musical career.

Falyon also says that you need make some investments to make your music stand out. This could mean making your own videos and your own music recordings. Studio time is expensive, as any would-be rapper knows. You need to get the studio sound without having to spend the big bucks on studio equipment. And “studio” doesn’t just mean the recording studio. Today’s rap beats are accompanied by visuals, including videos and photos.

Get comfortable with making your own recordings. Sonic Producer is a great tool for this. Not only will you be able to make professional-quality recordings, you’ll also get an entire library of royalty-free samples that you can use with your sound. You can also find low-cost video cameras that put out some great pictures. Learn how to make your own videos and visuals, and you could get yourself noticed on your own Web site, YouTube and other visual media outlets.

I strongly encourage you to read the rest of the blog post. Falyon has a lot more to say and it’s great advice for someone who’s trying to make a name and still self-produce his (or her) own music. It also gives you an idea of what lies ahead for the truly dedicated musician. Falyon says his career isn’t where he wants it to be, but his approached to self-produced music has taken him far.

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Rap Music Censored in Uzbekistan

Rap Music Censored in Uzbekistan

If you’re not up on the Uzbekistan rap music scene, don’t worry about not knowing who’s who. The real issue in rap music in Uzbekistan isn’t who’s at the top of the Uzbek charts. The real issue is that the government has decided that rap music is a national threat, and has determined that the music genre must be censored.

Language, Subject Matter At The Heart

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.

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