Everyone canʼt get great at everything. You need to work on what you know, what you are good at and what you are in the music for - Jay Dillen
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) April 10, 2013
Beginning rap artists need to concentrate on their strengths in the music in order to build a solid portfolio and reputation, said music producer Jay Dillen.
“Everyone canʼt get great at everything. You need to work on what you know, what you are good at and what you are in the music for,” he said. “The things that you arenʼt so good at, get some help from other people.”
Mr. Dillen produces and sells all of the rap beats and hip hop instrumental tracks on JayDillenBeats.com. The website offers a huge variety of genres so any artist can work on what they are good at instead of spending time trying to get the underlying material just right.
“You know what you do best. Stick with that. If you are smokingʼ on the lyrics, then get that down on paper. Get an idea of what kind of beat it needs to run to and look around for one that fits,” he said. “Itʼs the same with the instrumental work.”
Mr. Dillen pointed out most songs repeat the same beat and the same instrumental work throughout the song. The lyrics change to tell a story. The beat and instruments merely lay a foundation which the words build upon. The listener can follow the story and keep the origins of that story in mind through the instrumental work.
At the same time, a buyer of this kind of work needs to be sure that it wonʼt be overused by other artists, especially with instrumental tracks.
“You should confirm with the producer that he or she is not going to sell these hip hop instrumentals to a bunch of other people. If you want to be truly unique you canʼt have a song that has rap instrumentals that dozens of other artists are using. Try to find a place with hip hop beats for sale that allows you to be the sole user. This will ensure your songs donʼt just end up in a pile with a million other mix tapes with the same instrumentals,” he said.
Mr. Dillen pointed out there are plenty of places to buy beats and instrumentals, but the quality is not equal. He stressed that a beginning artist who may not have a lot of money still needs to invest in quality work.
“You may be the best rapper of your generation, but if you canʼt tie everything together, or you get terrible work to support your rapping, then people are going to say you are no good. Quality matters,” he said.