Is it me or do some cats that make beats not have styles, its like you have "salsa" beats, "underground" beats, "party" beats, people should be able say thats a (producer name here) beat. Feel me.
It's all good Lil Daddy...
I was just trying to point out the versitilty of Easy Moe Beats and how he really doesn't have a set sound/sytle as an example.
But I also agree with you on your follow up post. PRINCE PAUL can be placed in that category.
Only a few of those beats are hella sick. Mo Bee really ain't tight to me.
I'll re-phrase what i'm trying to say. Being a GOOD producer is cool, you'll probably get a lot of work. But it's my beleif that to be great, you should stand out. I really could care less about 97 percent of the MC's and Producers out there, they either suck, or have skills that sound like everybody else. I admit i'm biased. You can't just be good for me to like your shit. You have to be trying to break new ground, not trying to sound like everybody else.
But you know what?
If every producer had his or her own style, then there will be no set beat, one that you can base everything ellse off of, no beat that you can compare the rest of the stuff to and say "hey, thats kind of good" or "that sucks ass."
Think of how many producers there are out there, and now think about thier sounds if they ALL had a different sound. That would kind of suck. I mean thats hella different beats. Sure you would be able to say "hey, this beat is *enter name here*'s beat" but then some of that shit would sound wack, because it all has to be differnt.
Besides, we need normal, basic beats, because there are groups out there that need stuff like that (n'sync, backstreat boys etc.) they dont need top of the line, great outstanding beats. They need a bass drum and a high hat. And thats it. If you had some top producer do the music for them, then it would take away from the actual singers, and they wouldnt like that would they.
Well, thats just my view on it.
Easy Moe Bee is a great producer:
compare these tracks that he did...
"Warning" Notorious B.I.G.
"Machine Gun Funk" Notorious B.I.G.
"The What" Notorious B.I.G.
let me continue:
"Everything Remains Raw" Busta Rhymes
"It's A Party (feat. Zhane)" Busta Rhymes
"Flava In Ya Ear" Craig Mack
"Get Down" Craig Mack
"When God Comes" Craig Mack
"The 10 Points" The Panther Soundtrack (Various Artists)
"Goin' Back To Cali" Notorious B.I.G.
Those "all" were the jams. Did you know that he did all of them? Did you care?
Things that make you go hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.
Most of these producers don't have any style at all, and shit is pathetic. I agree you should be versitile, but when people hear your shit, they should know it's your shit. All the great producers have that going for them.
Blueprint touched on an very important aspect: the artist you're doing the track for.
I'm trying to be versitile, but "be myself". Hell, if I get the chance to lace The Backstreet Boys or N'Sync with my beats...
...I'm gonna be eating well, very well for a long time.
Versatility and adaptability are the only way to stay making money in rapbuisness, and that's what its all about, staying power.
I agree. Most producers don't have styles.
Some of them think it would be a sin to do a joint that the b-boys could get down with, or that is radio-friendly, or for the underground.
Then you have others that can only create dance-floor material.
The difference is the artist you work with and their intent. If they want something that can appeal to everyone you should be able to flip that style. If they want something for the cipher, you should be able to flip that style. If they want something with some feeling in it so they can speak on some heart-felt shit, then you should be able to flip that style.
Only a few producers can pull off that kind of variation.
To me it's not even a bad thing to be able to make a beat that sounds like whatever the trend is. That's the definition of versatility. The key is to take a small element of the style and blend it with yours so your shit don't sound like some old school shit.
Every producer should strive to have multiple styles. I see it as a challenge not as criteria for going pop.
Then again, if you've got your style mastered and it's ill enough that everyone's biting it then everything I've said above doesn't matter.
Blueprint - greenhouse effect
Style is for Fashion Holmos like Rupaul. So R U Paul?
No, not at all Mario_Cuomo. Each joint I do has a certain feel to it, but it's not "dectectable" like a RZA joint or a PRIMO beat.
Sort of like Pete Rock. You can 'sort of' pick him out in a line up, but then again, you can't. (ie. His last album). But his consistency was there: tight, bangin' tracks.
My style has just developed into a style.
When kids hear a beat that have heard a lot my beats can usually tell it's me, it's probably something within the drum schemes or just the way i flip my samples...but it's there.
i really do think it's almost a necessity to have a style,
you said you don't have a style, but you keep your shit the same no matter what the current trends, it doesn't come to a way so that most of your shit has the same feel?
that's what i figure the whole topic of style is, the same feel through it all.
I myself, I ain'g got any style...
'YOU CAN'T BITE MY STYLE CUZ MY STYLE AIN'T A STYLE...' Craig Mack
Who cares if someone can't tell that I did a beat or not. I personally don't care...my main concern is when you hear that song..."IS YOUR HEAD NODDIN'?"
I'm not like most of these other producers who begin to produce tracks according to what's hot (ie...Timbaland, Irv Gotti). I'm gonna keep doing my own thing.
But I will say this, one way you can know that I did a beat is that my recording and quality is top notch...clear...no matter what medium (4-track, 48 track digital, or two broke down tape decks). Other than that, like I said before...if I got your head nodding, then I've accomplished what I set out to do.
"YOU CAN'T BITE MY STYLE CUZ MY STYLE AIN'T A STYLE..." Craig Mack