How to Buy Them
For a rap artist, getting the right beats is a vital part in the creation of your masterpiece. In the last few years, buying-rap beats at online has become very popular. A simple Google search on “rap beats for sale” will give you many results, all linking to websites that have rap beats for sale online.
The Internet offers you the opportunity to purchase rap beats from artists all over the world. However, before you plunge in and buy from the first website you see, there are a few things that you should know and be prepared for.
In this article I will share with you a few tips on buying rap-beats online.
1. Check the Licensing
There are, broadly speaking, two types of licensing – exclusive and non-exclusive. Exclusive licenses give you the exclusive rights to access the beats. If you have an exclusive license, the producer of the beats cannot sell them to somebody else. On the other hand, a non-exclusive license, also known as a lease, allows you to access the beats in your projects but the producer may allow others to use them as well.
An exclusive license is naturally much more expensive than a non-exclusive license, but it should be considered if you are using the beats in commercial projects. For other tasks like recording a demo, a non-exclusive of license is fine. You can also start out with a non-exclusive license and switch to an exclusive license later if your are going commercial with your project.
In either case you must check the details of the license no matter where you buy it from.
2. Buy From Reputable Websites
As with all online purchases, you buy only from trusted, reputable online merchants. Check if the website has symbols which indicate that it has been certified by a third party. Some of these are BBB Certification, Paypal Verified and Shopping reviews.
You can search on Google to see if there are negative, or positive, reviews on the website. Go to rap related forums and search, for opinions. Email the website and see if they reply to your query fast, or at all.
Only deal with websites that list the seller’s full contact details, with phone number, email, and physical address.
3. Pay the Right Price
If you are a veteran and have purchased many beats online, you would know how much you should pay for a beat after listening to the sample. If you are new at it, do not start by paying high prices right away. Typically, most non-exclusive licenses cost under $50. Exclusives licenses, on the other hand, can go for a few hundreds to thousand of dollars.
4. Pay Attention to Quality
Only buy beats that are of high quality and made by professional musicians. If you are going to spend your hard-earned cash, do not skimp on quality. Listen to samples and only make the purchase when you are sure.
5. Check Out the Freebies
There are many free beats available on the Internet that you should not ignore. You should at least listen and try some of them. You may be pleasantly surprised.
For a newbie on buying beats online, following the simple steps above would help you to buy the right beats, at the right price and at the right terms for your projects. After that, you are ready to unleash your creativity.