Asap Rocky’s “Testing”, Spotify royalties, and why you need multiple revenue streams.

This is being written out of a response to multiple things for me, that’s usually why I write these articles.

  1. A pretty notable producer offered me a portion of the publishing for every placement I helped him or her acquire.
  2. With rappers, I tend to see a lack of understanding that they are a business.
  3. Recently I saw on Twitter that an account that is focused on Rap music made a post saying “Congrats to Asap Rocky, his new album “Testing” just surpassed 100 million streams on Spotify”. Which is awesome and congrats to him but I was really curious about how much money 100 million streams is going to generate for Rocky and everyone involved, and how much 100 million streams in general would generate.

How much does 100 million streams generate in Spotify royalties?

In 2017 it was reported that Spotify was paying $.0038 per stream but in 2018 that has apparently increased to $.00397, which any increase is great. But if you do the math, 100 million x $.00397, only equals $397,000. That’s less than $400k in royalties and that’s before the label, producers, and whoever else get a slice of that. $397k probably doesn’t even recoup the cost for the album which is why I stress that you start thinking of multiple revenue streams whether you are a rapper or a producer.

Asap Rocky is an intelligent guy and at this point a vet in the game so he knows that he needs to have his hands in multiple pies. So not only will he be receiving royalties for his vocals and lyrics, but Rocky is also listed as a co producer on 9 out of the 15 tracks on the album meaning he will get a nice slice of the mechanical and publishing royalties doled out to the producers on the album.

However I wonder what kind of royalties will even be seen by the producers because for the most part the albums tracks are all co productions, with each track typically having 2 to 4 co producers. If you are a producer who only had one or two beats on the album, the royalties won’t be the greatest, but if your ASAP or Hector Delgado, who have 9 production credits, or Mario Loving, Nesbitt Wesong, FNZ who all have 4 credits, those couple pennies for each track will add up.

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Why you need  multiple revenue streams as a rapper?

Earlier this year Joey Badass made a post that went viral breaking down how he made roughly $1.3 million in the first 2 or 3 months of 2018. He broke it down as

  • 100k+ from features
  • 120k (front end) for an endorsement
  • 250k+ from ghostwriting
  • 300k from royalties
  • 500k from touring (I am sure that includes merch)

Obviously Asap Rocky does the same + more (modeling,acting) and he also got himself listed as a co producer 9 times on his album.

Publishing (from a producer’s perspective)

So like I said earlier, one of the reasons I wrote this, was because a producer offered me a portion of the publishing for every placement I help him acquire. If a placement is acquired and gets put on an album, I would be listed as one of the producers for that song. That’s awesome and I am pursuing this as we speak, however, with my amount only being 20% of publishing, even if the song is a hit and get streamed a lot my earning’s will be nice but they won’t break the bank. Here are some examples of what I, or you, could make as a co producer on a track that gets a lot of streams on Spotify.

  • 100,000 stream x $.00397 x 20% = $79.40
  • 1 Million streams x $.00397 x 20% = $794
  • 10 Million streams x $.00397 x 20% = $7,940
  • 100 Million streams x $.00397 x 20%=$79,400

In this day and age with most tracks seemingly having multiple producers, this is the reality, and I don’t think it’s a bad thing. Co producing can be away to get your hands into multiple “revenue streams” from your catalog. Some producer’s I know are fire at drums so producers come to them for the drums and now they have dozens of tracks in their catalog generating income simply for doing the drums, or for the melodies, etc.

The whole point of this article is to cement to you that if you are a rapper or a producer you should constantly be thinking about ways to generate money from your brand.

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“Rollin” Interview with producer Trill800

GlokkNine is a rapper I got the privilege to interview earlier this year.  I have been documenting his ascent to rap stardom because I truly believe he is one of the rappers next up.  And the numbers don’t lie. His tracks have hundreds of thousands and millions of views on YouTube and Soundcloud and he only has one mixtape out so far. If he isn’t on next years XXL freshman list in 2019 it will only be because he turned it down.

If you’ve been following CuratedFlame for awhile then you know I like to interview  producers and other behind the scenes players and I have reached out to several of the producers on Glokk’s debut mixtape. The first one I got to interview was Gelato and now I have the privilege of publishing an interview with Trill800.

Trill800 is a producer who isn’t a house hold name yet by any means but he is on the come up and recently secured a placement with the rapper GlokkNine. The track he specifically produced is called “Rollin” and it’s number 10 on GlokkNines debut mixtape “Bloodshells Revenge” which is what brought my attention to Trill800. I reached out to him and was able to secure an interview with this producer on the come up. You can find out more by scrolling down.

How did the glokknine placement come about?
-One of my best friends, Stephen, hit me up and told me that one of his friends from Penn State, Jordan, was an intern at a label in Florida, and he recommended i send him some beats. Jordan played some beats for them and the rest is history.
credits? (If you list artist please list the song as well)
– Well obviously Glokknine https://soundcloud.com/glock-nine/10-rollin-produced-by-trill800 lol, but Mainly i’ve been working with artists in my group 800, such as Kasey Jones https://soundcloud.com/kaseyjones107/01-lie-to-you-featuring-al-1 , and Al Hostile https://soundcloud.com/al-hostile/neverland-prod-trill800-mars?in=al-hostile/sets/smile-always. I got some songs here and there with some other artists from my area, like my boy Frankie $teeze , Mikey $avage, Travy No$tra, Mike Of Doom, ChoGod https://soundcloud.com/chogod/own-lane-feat-bnard-prod-by-trill800?in=chogod/sets/next-in-line, BNard from Lean Squad, and Matt Mcghee. I don’t really get those throwaway songs. Some People who work with me like to save stuff for their albums so I can’t really say too ,much before it’s time.
How old are you?
– I am 22, I turn 23 in November.
funniest reason/excuse a rapper ever gave you for not having the money for a beat on time?
– Honestly the wildest excuse was that he was fried and missed his bus to come meet me, and then the next day he had work. Work I understand, but too smacked? I was hot.

Where are you from?
– Takoma Park, Maryland.
How long have you been producing? Why/How did you get into it?
-I’ve been producing for like 3 years. I got into it like a year and a half after I got out of high school. My boy Spencer @half-empty had been making beats since we were in school, as did my boy chase. One day i was on like season 5 of my Madden Franchise, smokin in my room, next thing you know i started asking myself what i was goo at? I didn’t play football anymore, and i wasn’t even that good at that, so i had no answer. I asked Spencer to set me up with fruity loops.
When did you know you made it? or that this could be an actual career for you?
– I knew it could be a career when more and more people started telling me that they could hear their favorite rapper on my stuff. But this didn’t happen until like year 2.5. I’m blessed I had my friends like Kasey, Al, Spencer, and Frankie to make beats for. They’re all up and coming rappers with crazy skill, and having them to rap over my beats, even the ones that i look back on as shitty. Having your own artists kinda help you a lot. Next thing you know, a lot of rappers from my area and beyond started hitting me wanting to work. I’m excited for the future.

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i used to ask people what is the most they made from a beat, and some producers don’t like to flex. So I am changing this question to can you tell us about (me and the readers) the coolest, or most satisfying, OR the most expensive beat sale, you’ve ever done?
– I don’t really wanna flex haha, but i guess about $600 for a pack. That ain’t shit fr but i’m blessed. My prices increased since i got more placements. This next pack im sellin boutta bring in $1000 once the budget comes in, and that will be the most i will have made off my production.  Right now 600 is the highest though cuz i already made that money.
Who are your biggest influences?
-Off top, Zaytoven, Metro Boomin, Sonny Digital, Buddha Bless, P’ierre Bourne, High Class Filth aka half- Empty, Chase Smith, and Matt Mcghee.
Want to give any shoutouts?
– I wanna give a shoutout to the whole 800 and My bros at Silent Grind Ent. The whooooooole Certified Crew, all my sisters, My Bff’s Brooke and Kirstin and my Day 1’s. Its too many Day 1’s to name
What do you find is the best platform or avenue of selling your beats? and why?

-Right now email is decent. My manager Bel has been doing his best to pitch my work out to artists. People be hittin my email too. I think i’m about to make a site or something like that cuz i know that’ll be more efficient.
What is something about you people would be surprised to know?
-I;m about to graduate from college. Yachty and them made me wanna quit lol, they dropped outta school and make more than my doctor. It’s all good though. i promised my mom that i’d finish.
Whats your process for making a beat?
 Any stories on how you got some of your placements?
-I got most of my placements ultimately from being talented, but also being a good dude. I got a song with Fat trel that i forgot too mention. I’ve been listening to him since I was like a freshman in High School. Me and my good man made a song and sent it to him and he fucked with the song so hard, that he gave us a free feature. That shit is boutta be fire. Shoutout to my good man for puttin the word in. That’s probably my biggest accomplishment.

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People Mentioned by Twitter name:

@KaseyJones800 -Kasey Jones

@VampHostile -Al Hostile

@FrankieSteeze – Frankie Steeze
@MIKEYTHASAVAGE – Mikey Savage
@mattmcghee – Matt Mcghee
@half__empty – half- Empty
@Travynostra
@CHO_GOD_

Don’t do what this hip hop producer did when submitting beats.

Just had a conversation with a producer who reached out to me recently looking for help with securing placements. He reached out to me because he bought my email pack and on that email pack,if you cop it, you’ll see there’s a couple big artists I can help you submit beats with.

So I said to him if you have any type beats for three of these artists that I know looking, send them over. He sent me ONE beat.

The type beat that he sent me was nothing along the lines of the rapper he was submitting for. I wont say who the artist is, but just know its a mainstream but street rapper. I sent the producer an email saying that I would have to pass but if he had any others please send them along. Then I dm’d him because of the conversation we had the other day where he reached out to me looking for help so I dm’d him and said the same thing in the email.

What did the producer respond back? “Bruh I already sent you a (major artist) type beat.” Ok? well I said to him “bruh it sucked and that’s why I am wondering if you have any more to submit?” and his response was that the type beat he sent was his first attempt making that type of beat and that he doesn’t even listen to the rapper he submitted for and “I only make what I listen to and what my mood is. I don’t make beat’s with an artist in mind.” The fxck? why did you send me the beat in the first place then. Your wasting my time and yours.

Listen, producers, I am by no means saying to only make type beats. All I am saying is don’t do what this producer that I am writing about did. If someone says to you hey “I am looking for beats that fit these 3 big names” and you don’t listen to their music, or like their music, or have anything that would fit them. Don’t submit it.

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Interview with Producer and Hip Hoppreneur, MikeBeatz

I found out about MikeBeatz because he is one of my earliest supporters on the instagram for this blog. He was one of the first to like a bunch of my pictures and to send me messages of encouragement. I came to find out by following his page that MikeBeatz is not only a producer and designer, he is a real hip hop / rap entrepreneur.
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You see for the most part, the people in the business of Rap / Hip Hop focus on their one specific part of the trade and that’s it. If your a rapper, you rap, if your a producer, you produce, if your a graphic designer, you design. There are a smaller amount of people who might do two things like rap and produce or produce and manage or produce and design. Then there is an even smaller amount who have their hands in a whole bunch of metaphorical pies and pots. One of those people being MikeBeatz, here is a quick list of what he does;
  • Beatmaker / producer
  • Consultant
  • Graphic Designer
  • Blogger
  • Marketing and promo
  • Mixing and mastering

If that’s not hustling, your definition is f*cked up. This man has taken a passion and love for the hip hop / rap art form and turned it into a real career. To find out more about him keep scrolling down.

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How old are you?33
Funniest reason/excuse a rapper ever gave you for not having the money for a beat on time? Well, I make sure before they purchase a beat I make him/her know the difference between Non-Exclusive and Exclusive. The budget could be $25 dollar but at the same time, they want Exclusive. I do want artists to understand as well producers who know either.
Where are you from? Columbia, Missouri
How long have you been producing? Why/How did you get into it?
I producing for 10 + years. At the age 13, my uncle was into making beats and he gave me my first drum pad hardware which had 8 buttons like the hi-hat, kick, clap and etc.
I used to ask people what is the most they made from a beat, and some producers don’t like to flex. So I am changing this question to can you tell us about (me and the readers) the coolest, or most satisfying, OR the most expensive beat sale, you’ve ever done? The most was an exclusive beat that was $1000!
Who are your biggest influences? Timbaland, Manny Fresh, Zaytoven, Scott Storch, Jermaine Dupri, Dr. Dre, Superstar O, VybeBeats, GummyBeats, Johnny Juliano and many more.
Want to give any shoutouts? My Queen Nisha, My kids Saniya, Jaylen, and Aliazah. My mother Wanda Joel. My sisters Lataja and Latara. My niece and five nephews these the people I love.
What do you find is the best platform or avenue for selling your beats? and why?
Beatstars is the BEST platform for selling beats. The same time who have to build a strong relationship with singers, rappers, and music artists.
What is something about you people would be surprised to know? I love to play pool when I get the time.
Whats your process for making a beat? Starting with the melody first.
What do your beats normally cost?
Non-Exclusive – $19.99
Wave Lease – $39.99
Unlimited Lease – $69.99
Exclusive – Varies
Make sure you read the description of the lease you choose.
What hardware or software do you use? I use Ableton Live 9 and FL Studio 12
What are your plans for 2018? My plans for 2018 is to keep building relationship with some BIG names.
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Interview with Marcuss Muzik, the producer of BBG Baby Joe’s Iraq

Marcuss Muzik is a producer out of Louisiana, I first heard about because of a producer I had already interviewed by the name of Guwap$. He kept telling me he had a producer friend that would be great for an interview but I held off on interviewing him because all of his placements were “unreleased” and I have had producers before claim they had unreleased tracks with artists to try and get an interview with this site.
But I was then reminded of Marcuss Muzik because I saw he produced “Iraq” by BBG Baby Joe, a song I have been banging for weeks now.
Once I saw the producer Guwap had been telling me about was the same guy who had produced that track I had to do an interview with this producer. I quickly found out that not only are Guwap and Marcuss friends, they are part of a production group called Beat Execz, which there are two other members of that I hope to score interviews with. Right now though, check out the interview with Marcuss below.
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How old are you? 21 , Born January 7 , 1997
Where are you from? Baton Rouge , Louisiana
What Hardware or software do you use? is there any reason why you like to particularly use what you use? Pro Tools 12, FL Studio 12.2Roland Fantom X8 , I love the Fantom X8 beacuse of its weighted keys.
credits? 
  • BBG Baby Joe – Iraq
  • Mike Rich – More than half of the “Kynngg” Project , The whole “Up Season” Project
  • Funny Mike – Dumb Dumb , And other Unreleased Songs
  • I’ve worked with many artist such as Level , Spitta , Scotty Cain ( Free Him ) , Never Broke Again Youngboy , VL Deck , YSL Jett … The Unreleased Music is too crazy
How did the Iraq song from baby joe come about? I was in the studio in Atlanta With YoungBoy , VL Deck , Baby Joe , & 21 Lil Harold and Baby Joe wanted me to play some beats , The Iraq beat was the first one I played and it caught his attention and he recorded it on the spot.
How long have you been producing? Why/How did you get into it? Since 2007 , My dad had a studio room in the house and he had this Roland Fantom X7 , i used to play around and make 8 bar loops and keep it going but never took it serious until i was introduced to Fl Studio in 2010 and been progressing ever since
When did you know you made it? or that this could be an actual career for you?
I Aint make it yet , but when i started traveling , going studio to studio & meeting famous people.
I used to ask people what is the most they made from a beat, and some producers don’t like to flex. So I am changing this question to can you tell us about (me and the readers) the coolest, or most satisfying, OR the most expensive beat sale, you’ve ever done? The most coolest or satisfying beat sale was when i was in the studio last year and we had session and they wanted to hear some beats , dude chose 4 didnt ask a price and payed nearly triple what i normally charge.
Who are your biggest influences?
E-40 , Future , Gucci Mane , Waka Flocka , Metro Boomin , Southside 808 Mafia
Want to give any shoutouts?
First My Mom And Dad , Shoutout BBG Baby Joe , The Whole Beat Execz Team ( GT , Guwap , EJ Beats , & Torey Montana ) , Mike Rich , Rico Drop That Shit , NBA Ken , NBA Twinn , NBA Montana , Jhonny1k , $hopWitKen , Level , Spitta , VL Deck , Fabion And His Team.
What do you find is the best platform or avenue of selling your beats? and why?
Me personally i dont like putting my beats on the internet , i like to do buisness in person in the studio , by phone or through email.
Whats your process for making a beat? Start a main melody , add percs , add a background melody or arp , then come in with the drums.
What do your beats normally cost? $150 Lease $500 – $1,000 Exclusives.
What are your plans for 2018? Work with as many artists as i can , become known for my music , Move out of Louisiana.
Who do you think will part of the new wave in 2018? Beat Execz , BBG Baby Joe , Mike Rich.
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Interview with Gelato, the producer behind GlokkNine’s “Kill Kill”.

If you don’t know already, GlokkNine is the new rapper out of Florida who many people, this writer included, say is the next big star from that state. He has released a series of music videos with his most recent being Kill Kill which was produced by Gelato the subject of this piece.

The Kill Kill Track is doing serious numbers;

  • 404k plays on Soundcloud
  • and 255k plays for the music video on YouTube with the video only 2 days old.

Luckily I was able to score an interview with this producer. Find out more about him by scrolling down.

How did the glokknine placement come about?

Through Jordan from Chase Ent . He hit me up on instagram and kept telling me that I should work with Glokk and that he’s the future. Shoutout Jordan, cool ass dude and I’m grateful for him.

credits? I have a few unreleased songs with a few major artists that you all know but I should not name anyone yet. Everyone will find out soon.

A few years ago I did a few big records in Italy before I was named Gelato:

Club Dogo ft. Arisa – Fragili [nba 2k16 soundtrack] (Platinum)
Madman e Gemitaiz – Sempre in Giro (Gold)

How old are you?

I’m 23 like MJ

funniest reason/excuse a rapper ever gave you for not having the money for a beat on time?

“My dog ate my money so I can’t pay you” smh

Where are you from?

Born in Italy, but I live in Montreal, Canada

How long have you been producing? Why/How did you get into it?

Like 6 years. I got into it because I always loved music and this shit is easy to me. I had a few friends (Bighead & Gnealz) that were also starting this producing and music shit at the time, and we kept each other going.

When did you know you made it? or that this could be an actual career for you?

I guess when I made more money than some people working full time regular jobs. I don’t know. – this is just the start.

I used to ask people what is the most they made from a beat, and some producers don’t like to flex. So I am changing this question to can you tell us about (me and the readers) the coolest, or most satisfying, OR the most expensive beat sale, you’ve ever done?

Yeah, I don’t flex about things like this and apart that nothing can come to mind because me and my boys go crazy on any random night so there’s no particular cool or exaggerated thing. It was cool at the beginning but then it became something normal.

Who are your biggest influences?

Definitely Scott Storch for many reasons (joking).

Want to give any shoutouts?

Yeah, shoutout my artist @1elias , my fam @DavidMourad , my managers Pino & Gio from Bari. Shoutout to all my supporters and people I had the pleasure of working with so far.

Shoutout CuratedFlame, I was reading the icy narco interview a few months ago so this was cool. Thank you.

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What do you find is the best platform or avenue of selling your beats? and why?

Instagram because you can meet hundreds of artists a day. Everyone wants to work with me so it’s cool to see this support from artists and producers. I guess BeatStars helped me out because people just click the link on my bio.

What is something about you, people would be surprised to know?

I’m not down to say any retarded stories that I’ve experienced but… I should be in jail.

Whats your process for making a beat?

I just go in the studio, make melodies and then add the craziest drums . Final step is : turn up the volume so loud that people so that my neighbors can text me if they’re fucking with it or not.

Any stories on how you got some of your placements?

I don’t want to mention any names. Talent and hard work will lead you to meet people on your same mission/goal/skill level. I met a few big people in my life that believed in me and my craft and guided me. However, No handouts ever.

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Interview with producer Crush Hayven (Boosie, Ralo, Young Scooter, and more!)

This interview all started because recently I have been spending a lot of time crafting and editing an email pack where producers can buy a list of 200+ rappers and the contact emails for them to send beats to. Included with the initial list download you get 3 months of updates of more rappers to send beats to. I originally started this list with only 36 rappers but have received a small yet overwhelmingly positive response which made me keep growing the list to its now 209 rappers.

Well the reason this interview starts with the list is because two days ago I got an order from a producer named Crush Hayven. He messaged me on Instagram after he got the list and I looked on his page to find out that he has produced for one of my all time favorite rappers, Boosie Badazz. I almost fell out of my chair! I eagerly hit him up like “brooo you produced for Boosie? I have to interview you for my site. lol.” He was totally down!

Below you can find out more about this producer and check out some of the big hits he has produced for some of the biggest rappers in the south right now.

Credits: Ralo, Freebandz, Boosie, Young Scooter, FYB/Rich Gang, Project Pat, Scotty ATL, ETC.

How old are you?  700 lol

How did the Boosie Placement come about? 

Well in like 2014, an engineer I was working with at the time had a session with Young Scooter. Scooter needed some beats and I sent over a beat I was working on at that very moment. Scooter recorded the hook then sat on the record. Some weeks later, Boosie is released from prison and actually hops on the song!! The song became “Pots and Stoves” This was my biggest placement at the time and that record opened the door for me to get more beats to Boosie.

So now I have at least 8 placements with Boosie that I can think of off the top. I produced “Fly Away”, “King Of The Streets”, “Call Of Duty”, “I’m Bad”, “Empire”, “Single Mother”, “Warning Signs”, and “Ghetto”.

Funniest reason/excuse a rapper ever gave you for not having the money for a beat on time?Man its normally always the same bills due lol or “something came up” never know what that “something” is but I don’t trip smh

Where are you from? Planet 9 lol na I’m from Hickory, North Carolina. It’s a small city like an hour away from Charlotte. The Unifour is what our metro is called.

How long have you been producing? Why/How did you get into it? I’ve been producing for about 10 years now. My homeboy Centel put me on to beatmaking back in school. He played a CD full of his beats in class one day. I asked him where did he get the beats and he said, “I made them myself” I was confused because I didn’t know a thing about making a beat from scratch!! Lol. He told me about the program FL Studios. I rushed home downloaded it, tried it got confused and cut it off!! Hahahaha smh. I didn’t give it another shot, until like a year later. I grew to love the art form and started dedicating long hours into perfecting my craft.

When did you know you made it? or that this could be an actual career for you? I still have a long way to go, but I would probably say, once I started making money for my beats. Also the first time I started hearing major artist on my production!!!

I used to ask people what is the most they made from a beat, and some producers don’t like to flex. So I am changing this question to can you tell us about (me and the readers) the coolest, or most satisfying, OR the most expensive beat sale, you’ve ever done?

Lol yea I’m not into flexing myself, but uh..I would have to say the coolest placement would have to be split between 2.

  • Young Scooter ft Boosie Badazz- Pots and Stoves, because I grew up on Boosie so it was wild hearing him on one of my beats!!
  • Shawty Lo- Grown Man Cry, because again this was an artist I grew up listening to, plus shawty Lo is no longer with us. It’s something that I can appreciate more now that he is gone. Long Live Shawty …Bankhead

Who are your biggest influences?  I have so many lol but I would have to say Quincy Jones, Pharrell Williams, Zaytoven, Drumma Boy, DJ Toomp, Kanye West, Rick Rubin, Timbaland, Noah “40”, Shawty Redd, etc etc.

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Want to give any shoutouts? Yea shoutouts to my homeboy Centell, My parents, sister, brother, family, and friends. Anyone that has helped me through this journey.

What do you find is the best platform or avenue of selling your beats? and why? For me its Instagram . I don’t know why it just works for me. I guess because you can post snippets of your work and photos of your progress and people start following the movement. Follow me @hayvenbeats7

Do you have any other income streams besides crafting instrumentals? like, do you sell shoutouts or do you also song write, or write books, etc? No

Whats your process for making a beat?  It all depends on my mood. Most likely I start with a melody or a sample then the drums on average.

What do your beats normally cost? My budget is pretty flexible. I try not to tell my range because some artist I will work with them I just need a good enough reason.

What Hardware or software do you use? is there any reason why you like to particularly use what you use? Uh I don’t use much hardware now maybe a midi board every now and then, but I’ve recent switch from Logic back to FL. When I moved to Florida for like a year and some, I attended Full Sail. I received a Macbook with Logic Pro, so I started working on that up until just this year!

What are your plans for 2018? To get more placements!! Bigger placements!! Take My Career to the next level!! I’m trying to build my brand and like always, master my craft. More memories and more money!! Lol

Who do you think will part of the new wave in 2018? (Producer wise and rapper wise) Easy!! Gunna & Turbo!! They dope have songs together and Turbo got a few placements with other artist. Chilled melodies over hard 808s. Yea that’s the wave.

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Happy birthday TOOM! Interview + 6 beats with Prod. TOOM

First off happy birthday to Prod. TOOM! I can’t believe he’s as young as he is and he’s already killing shxt when it comes to production. This is the producer I was talking about in my post earlier, when I said Maxo Koolin hooked me up with his contact.

Prod. TOOM is someone I have seen on YouTube for a minute and he’s someone I see making a name for himself so I had to reach out to do an interview. Below you can find out more about him and check out 6 of his beats.

credits?
The only confirmed credits I got is with Lil Slump because he posted a snippet on his Instagram, I also got work with Sad Frosty and Lil Boom on the way.

 

How old are you? 
Y’all will probably be surprised when you hear this but I’m only 13.
funniest reason/excuse a rapper ever gave you for not having the money for a beat on time?
Some guy said he would pay me next Tuesday when he gets his paycheck, and then when he didn’t send it, I asked him where the money was and he acted like he didn’t know me, haha.
Where are you from?  
I’m from Boston MA, in the United States.
How long have you been producing? Why/How did you get into it?
I’ve only been producing for half a year. I got into it because I use to make trash dubstep songs on GarageBand and I listened to a lot of beats and when I tried it, it just clicked.
When did you know you made it? or that this could be an actual career for you?
I kinda figured out I could use this as a career when I started making a decent amount of money consistently. I now make about $50-150 a week and I’m still a small producer.
Can you tell us about (me and the readers) the coolest, or most satisfying, OR the most expensive beat sale, you’ve ever done?
The most expensive beat sale I ever did was an exclusive purchase for $200 because the buyer didn’t read the price tag and went along with it, haha.
Who are your biggest influences? 
My biggest influence producer-wise is probably Ronny J. All of his beats go hard and his style of beats can make anything sound good.
Want to give any shoutouts?
I’d like to shout out all of the Skerbie Klan, mainly Sad Centaur, MarvinTheMartian, and Windxws because they are all growing at similar speeds as me and make fire beats too. (And Maxokoolin for giving you my email lol)
What do you find is the best platform or avenue of selling your beats? and why?
Right now, I think that Youtube is the best way of selling beats. I’ve tried to use BeatStars and TrakTrain but the most rappers look for beats on Youtube. Youtube also gets the most views and you get much more feedback on it.
Do you have any other income streams besides crafting instrumentals? like, do you sell shoutouts or do you also song write, or write books, etc?
I sometimes sell reposts, if they really good I post them for free but It doesn’t happen a lot haha. I also mix vocals for a price.
What is something about you people would be surprised to know?
Something that people would be surprised at is that I used to make beats on Garage Band. I made like twelve of the beats on my channel from Garage Band lol.
Whats your process for making a beat?
My process is to sample something or make a melody, lay down the hi-hats, kicks, claps, snares, etc. I usually do the 808s last. Then I mix it, then I lay it out and add my tag and automation clips.
What do your beats normally cost?
My beats normally cost 20$ for an mp3 lease, 30$ for a custom, and 100$ for an exclusive WAV.
Any stories on how you got some of your placements? 
I got Lil Boom on a beat because I posted a snippet of my “Take On Me” sample on Instagram and everybody tagged him a bunch of times and I guess he found it.
What Hardware or software do you use? is there any reason why you like to particularly use what you use?
I use Fruity Loops Studio 12, (the newest version). I like this because I can make the hardest beats at the quickest speed, and the mixing and distortion features sound really good.
What are your plans for 2018?
My plans for 2018 is to get 80K subs and get Lil Pump on a beat.
Who do you think will part of the new wave in 2018? (producer wise and rapper wise)
Producer-wise, I’d say Reddrum, Izak, Murda Beatz, and the Skerbie Klan. Rapper-wise I’d say Ohtrapstar, Icy Narco, Comethazine, and Lil Slump.

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“Trappin a lil bit” Interview with HurtboyAG, who might be one of the most underrated producers out there right now.

Yeezus. I found HurtboyAG through twitter and when I reached out to him to do an interview I did not realize the extensive resume this homie had. He’s produced for Yung Lean, Maxo Kream, Smokepurpp, and the dude’s got 7 placements with Chief Keef and Fredo Santana just to name some of his credits! How did I not know about him up until a couple days ago? This right here is why I do this! In hopes people will find articles/interviews like this one and find out about the person behind the beat.

Credits? 
  • Chief Keef ft Fredo Santana – Beetle juice
  • Chief Keef & Fredo Santana & Yung Gleesh – Sorry (Remix)
  • Fredo Santana & Chief Keef – Dope Game
  • Chief Keef and Fredo Santana – Plottin
  • Chief Keef – Randy Moss
  • Fredo Santana -10 Minutes
  • Fredo Santana & Maxo Kream -Big Homies
  • Yung Gleesh – I get it
  • Larry June – F’d up my Leg
  • Larry June – Burgers and Fries
  • Larry League – Hurtboyz
  • Larry League – Who U Bank Wit?
  • Yung Lean ft. Thaiboy Goon – King Cobra
  • Pollari – How u doin
  • Pollari  ft. Larry League – Follow the bird
  • Terrance Escobar- Kickin Miyagi
  • Pollari ft. Atl Smook – I Got
  • Smokepurpp – Whip that
  • Diego Money – Hop out
  • Lil Dude – Macho
  • Goonew – Revenge
Funniest reason/excuse a rapper ever gave you for not having the money for a beat on time?
they had to wait till some Jordans sold on grailed 
 
Where are you from?  
Born and raised in Los Angeles

How long have you been producing? Why/How did you get into it?
I been producing for like 6-7 years seriously, almost 10 years though since i started messin around with it.
 
When did you know you made it? or that this could be an actual career for you?
I wouldn’t necessarily say i made it. But i guess when people knew who i was and start sayin my tag or some shit make me feel like im known for my music.
I used to ask people what is the most they made from a beat, and some producers don’t like to flex. So I am changing this question to can you tell us about (me and the readers) the coolest, or most satisfying, OR the most expensive beat sale, you’ve ever done?
I sold some beat to some kid from Australia or some shit who was a super big fan of the music we was doing. i dont really charge too much for beats but i kinda threw a wild number out there and they was down to pay. definitely made a few racks 🙂
Who are your biggest influences? 
My biggest influences in music are probably the artists i work with, a lot of the atlanta producers C4, Tm, dun deal , spinz , to all my homies in this music shit xool, dro , lingo, bluey, foster, sosa ,jg, ralphs n them, i listened to a lot of different shit growing up.

Want to give any shoutouts? 
Shout out to my mom 
 
What do you find is the best platform or avenue of selling your beats? and why?
never had a traktrain or any of that bullshit. i just say hit me up, if they want a beat from me people will hit me up on my email. 
 
Do you have any other income streams besides crafting instrumentals? like, do you sell shoutouts or do you also song write, or write books, etc?
definitely not out here selling reposts or any of that clown shit… i been trappin a lil bit
 
What is something about you people would be surprised to know?
that i was on house arrest for a year or that im a “white kid” i really am mexican 

Whats your process for making a beat?
i dont really got a process i just make em
 
What do your beats normally cost?
250$-300$ but if u cool ill give u a deal 
 
Any stories on how you got some of your placements?
Not really…. I guess when i sent Sosa beats he recorded on every single one of em in one night. 
What Hardware or software do you use? is there any reason why you like to particularly use what you use?
 i use logic and FLstudio. Recently i been makin alll my beats on FLstudio, i use Logic cuz im really quick and fast on it but recently i like the way FL sounds better.
What are your plans for 2018?
2018 i been working a lot back with Sosa, Ballout and Tadoe tryna get some crazy shit. i want to make a complete project somthin big with them , we already got like 7-8 songs done. ummm We got some stuff coming out that Fredo did before he passed, also Capo me and sosa got a song coming out. I got some stuff coming out with Goonew and Lil Dude that im pretty excited for. Hopefully this year i can show people what ive been working on since i kind of took a break from music last year. 
 
Who do you think will part of the new wave in 2018? (producer wise and rapper wise)
All the homies on the come up rn. My boy bluey goin crazy already got #1 song out rn he did that Paranoid song with post malone, he really talented and good to see my people gettin up. Umm foster the homie who doin all of gleesh stuff is goin super crazy im excited to see whats next this music shit is always changin i think its all up for grabs at this point!

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