Time to make a beat, and you have high aspirations of getting major label placement. You are thinking, ” 50 Cent is gonna love this beat”. You proceed like a mad scientist to that Mpc or fire up Fl Studio. You load up the files and start banging out a hit. You set your tempo to 106 bpms, you’ve got some fast Timbaland style drums going, and 50 is gonna tear this beat up?
Tempos in Hip Hop production are very important to the feel you want to get across. If you know in your mind you are doing a “G-unit” type beat, it may be best to know approximate tempos of this style of production. I will give you this as a lil freebie. G-Unit artist 85% percent of the time rap over tempos between 83 and 93. After you get into practice of training your ears and listening for tempo, you’ll begin to notice which tempos certain artist use most. Let’s take a listen to Jay-Z’s
” Show Me What You’ve Got”
From the early 90’s through now eastcoast hiphop normally stays between tempos of 90 Bpm ( Beats Per Minute) and 100 Bpm’s. For ” Show Me What You’ve Got”, Just Blaze pumped it up a few notches for a high energy hit. If I want to make a beat with this type of energy, I’ll need to know approximate tempos.
Google ” Free BPM Finder” and you will get pages and pages of software. There are many ways to find the tempo. On the Mpc series they’ve include a “tap tempo” button, Fl Studio includes a “detect tempo” parameter. My main choice is the Fl Studio detect tempo. For all my readers I found one that works just as well, but it only loads whole directories. You’ll need to make a folder,put the file in a folder, then open the program. Mix Meister Bpmanlyz Free Download **Click the link to download**.
MixMeisterBPM Analyzer Website. Stop through let them know you love it….
O.K we have a song example in mind, next load the track into your audio editor and chop it to a 4-8 bar loop. Start your loop on a kick that begins a measure/bar. This puts your loop on the 1st beat in the measure. Listen to the sample below to get an idea.
Save your selection as a .wav file, and place in your folder. Open the Bpm Analyzer, load up the folder and up pops the “Approximate” tempo. In the picture below, I show both mix Meister and Fl Studio detections.
That’s basically it. Now we know ” Show Me What You Got” is around 106 and 108 Bpms. This will help with remixes, and beat matching for Dj’s. Special note for all the Crunk producers. The Analyzer will most likely detect the beat at a fast tempo due to the double time snares and hats. For my T.I. spin off beat, I wanted to make something similar to “What You Know,” the tempo was detected at 148 bpms. In actuality T.I is rapping to a 74 Bpm tempo, and only the hi hats are going at 148 bpms. Refer to Dirty South Tutorial” to get a better understanding of how this is done…
Aighty…maybe I’ll make a beat today geared towards the eastcoast ..let’s see how about Papoose what range of tempos does he rap too?….
Happy Beat Making To All
Pz Til Later