Eight Ways To Annoy Your Hip-Hop Producer

I love being a music producer, and there are few things in life more satisfying than collaborating with an artist and building a project from the ground up into a polished, finished composition. But, if you’re an up and coming rap artist, there are a few things you should avoid that can put you on the path to a bad relationship with your producer. Here are seven:

1. Don’t ask me to make a Drake beat.

One of my biggest peeves is when a rapper asks me to copy someone else’s music style. Why would I listen to you do a bad imitation of Drake when, if you care about art, you know I want to put something new and original into the universe, and you should, too.

2. Don’t show up to the studio trying to spit off the dome if you don’t have that skill set.

I know you’ve heard about Jay Z not ever writing anything down and that’s a talent to be admired. However, most rappers I’ve come across who try to attempt this, in studio, fail miserably, and waste valuable hours of studio time. Who are you trying to impress? Write it down. Your lyrics have a better chance of making more sense. And I don’t want to be at the boards, punching you in every two bars.

3. Stop rapping over beats with the promo tags in them.

Nothing says “struggle rapper” like an artist who sends music out with the producer promo tags in them. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, allow me to explain: sometimes producers record their voices over beats that they send out so that artists can listen to them and decide if they want to purchase them. Every few bars, throughout the song, they shout out their name or production company. However, some rappers are tacky enough to still record over these preview beats and put them on their albums and mixtapes. This is super wack and unbelievably unprofessional.

4. Don’t bring all the homies on the block to the studio.

I know that the recording process is fascinating to a lot of people. But having people who are not part of the session, hanging around, gets in the way sometimes. These people add their unwanted opinions while we’re trying to create and spill beverages on my expensive equipment. Leave them at the crib.

5. Playing unfinished work to the public.

Dude, that song is not mixed and mastered yet! Stop playing it for people! I know you like hearing yourself and everything, but there is more work to be done on it so I’d appreciate if you would just chill for a minute until I finish it. Thank you!

6. Showing up late to the recording session.

Time is money. You being late puts me in a bad mood and we’re not going the have the best possible session if the vibe is off. So, please don’t kill it by continuously showing up late.

7. Not putting the producer’s name in any of the credits.

I know you got to shine, but I’d like a little bit, too. If you’re going to post your songs on YouTube, Soundcloud, and wherever else, plug your producer by adding his name somewhere in the title or the description. It’s just courtesy.

8. The issue with free beats

If I didn’t offer you free beats, please don’t ask me for them. And
no, you giving me “exposure” by using my beats is not an equal
exchange. You’re not even famous. You’re just going to brag about
it to your other broke homies who are going to expect me to give
them free beats as well. Invest in yourself if you believe you have
the goods.

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