I Love Making Beats
WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s up everybody? We had a day off yesterday, but I made sure to get up and hit the weights. Everyday I wake up, I want to make sure I’m doing something to help me get better.
In the afternoon I went Christmas shopping with some local kids in Oklahoma city. It was a lot of fun. I love giving back to those less fortunate than myself. Speaking of Christmas and giving back, make sure to come to my giving tree event next week. It will be another opportunity to spread the Christmas spirit and give back to our OKC community.
By now IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m sure all of you know that IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m really into all kinds of music. But not all of you may know that I like to make music, too.
Really, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not even sure how it came about. I basically woke up one day and decided I wanted to make beats. I was such a big fan of music and I was always curious on how they made it, the steps they went through to make it and I started researching it on YouTube and seeing how guys make beats. A lot of guys back at home, they do their music as well so I was really curious. So I bought myself a little beat machine and I tried to figure that out. I figured it out and then it became a passion of mine. Of course IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not as good at it as other people are, but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s something I like to do for fun. And last year when Joe Smith came out here he was a big music guy. He makes his own CDs and raps a lot Ã¢â‚¬” Joe Beast is his name Ã¢â‚¬” and he got me going more into it and I was having fun doing it and just kept it going from there.
I bought my first beat machine, a MPC-2000, two summers ago. I know how to make it sound at least decent together and I was just hitting buttons and it was sounding okay. It was something that kind of grew on me and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve had fun ever since. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fun to work. I have a keyboard, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s called a Motif keyboard. I got at least 20, 30 beats on there that I made myself. Hopefully I get a chance to let people hear them, see what they think. Like I said, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m just starting out, just having fun. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s nothing IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m trying to get into real seriously but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s something I like to do and I have fun doing it. Like I said IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got 20 to 30 beats on that keyboard and itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s something that when I want to clear my mind from things I go in there, put my headphones on and just play the keys.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d rather be on the production side of things and making beats and giving input on songs than rapping. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fun as well, too, just to play around. Me and my buddies do that, just play around in the studio, just get on beats, rap on beats, but IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d rather be on the production side and make a track from the beginning. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d like to do that.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got a studio spot in my house but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s small, nothing serious. I have a mic, a keyboard, a MPC. I just record there, make beats there. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fun.
And I like a lot of different beat makers. Not sure if you guys have heard of him, but I like a guy named Bangladesh, Scott Storch, The Runners, Cool & Dre, Dr. Dre, Kanye West, Timbaland, Polo tha Don. ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a lot of guys that I really like and listen to and look up to as far as music makers. ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a guy, Kane Beats, me and him are cool. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s from Orlando but he lives in Atlanta. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a guy thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s coming up and I listen to his music a lot. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been doing pretty well.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m a big fan of the Neptunes and the music they make and the craft they have, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s unique. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d love to get in the studio and watch them make beats. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s one thing IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m going to try to do more of and hopefully get to know some of those guys and just kick it with them and see how they do their thing.
I know how hard it is to work on the basketball court. I want to see how hard they work in the studio.
But I just make beats more for myself. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got to get more confidence to get them out to people. But once I feel that my sound is okay thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s when IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll start giving them to people and let them rap over them. One of my buddies rapped over one of my beats and it sounded pretty good, so weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll go from there.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve also got some stuff on my Mac, too. I use the keys on the laptop to make beats as well. I do that on the plane a lot. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve made a few nice beats on there but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s tougher to do it on a keyboard on a laptop than it is on a real keyboard. But like I said, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a lot of fun. It kind of clears my mind from things. If IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve had a bad game or we lose, or if IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m going through anything I just let the music play and it mellow me out.
So what do yÃ¢â‚¬â„¢all think? Would you rather be a producer or an MC? Who are your favorite beat makers? Let me know in my comments section.
Tags: 2010 NBA Season, Bangladesh, Cool & Dre, Dr. Dre, Joe Smith, Kane Beats, Kanye West, Kevin Durant, Kevin Durant Blog, MPC-2000, Music, Neptunes, Polo tha Don, Scott Storch, The Runners, Timbaland