Wednesday 14 November 2012

B-Movie Beats

Making beats is similar to making movies. You can have all the budget and all the sponsors in the world but if you are lacking substance in what you do then you just wasted a pile of someone's cash! How many big budget "blockbuster" films have you watched over the years that were nothing more than an over hyped abomination? I bet there is plenty. That's why some of those old b-movies from the 1970s and early 80s hold a dear place in my memories - Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Evil Dead, Death Race 2000, The Hills Have Eyes, Assault on Precinct 13 were all proof that lack of budget should not hinder your creativity.
Making hip hop music is no different. You don't need the most expensive equipment or the latest studio trickery to ensure your output is dope. All you need is two body parts - your ear and your heart. And if these two organs are functioning correctly then the latter will lead the former down the right paths and you can create something special. Take what you got and run with it as hard as you can. If you have it within yourself to make crazy dope beats, then you will make best use of what equipment you already have and get the best out of it.
I recently stumbled upon music by BEATSMITH RESIST outta San Diego CA. It's low budget, street level, grimy shit with absolutely no polish on it whatsoever ...and I love it. These kinda beats give me that b-movie feeling - downlow, dirty, destitute, and damned proud of it! And ironically only a few hundred miles from Hollywood, the home of the big budgets! Check out the video for "Philthy Phalangez"... and peep the website for more gritty beats.

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