Flip one of these samples and make 25

I am promoting and advertising this contest, so a lot of you reading this might not know who I am or what I do with curatedflame.com.

  • CuratedFlame aims to be a site that is known as a resource, a resource for rap fans looking for the next artist to listen 2 and in fact I was the first site to interview and write about rappers such as Icy Narco, GlokkNine, Hooligan Chase, and ILoveFriday, to name a few.
  • And a resource for the up and coming producers and rappers. I have interviewed over 125 hip hop producers and I have written many articles geared towards helping producers and rappers with their craft.

I am looking to take CuratedFlame to the next level and one of the things I want to do is release a beat tape. A beat tape that features multiple producers and features beats that are unique. So for the next several weeks I plan on hosting a few contests and this is the first one.
So here’s all the info:

How you enter

  1. For this week, choose 1, 2, or 3 samples.


2. Take the sample and flip it into a new beat that is at MINIMUM 2 minutes long.

3. Send me the Mp3 to abrabinent@gmail.com by Friday at Midnight, the producers with the best flip for each sample will be picked Sunday.

There are 3 samples available and hopefully there will be 3 winners but like I said, you can enter a beat flip for all of the samples if you want, and you could potentially earn the cash prize for each one.

What you win if beat is chosen

  • $25 (PayPal, Cashapp, or Amazon)
  • Free CuratedFlame Email Pack
  • Interview with CuratedFlame
  • Your beat featured on the curated flame beat tape.
  • 50% of any YouTube or Streaming earnings.

Read this if your debating on FL Studio 11 or 12 or if should you wait until FL Studio 20

Maybe you already decided you want to buy Fl Studio but you are not sure if you should get FL Studio 11, FL Studio 12 , or wait until they release the new version “Fl Studio 20” that is supposedly on its way in 2018. Or maybe you have Fl Studio 11 or 12 and you want to upgrade to the next version. This post is for you then!

I would just like to add my two cents of information I have learned after interviewing 60+ successful producers and counting.

Here is what I have found out, the majority of beat makers might be using Fl Studio but they aren’t all using the same version. The main reason being that learning changes can be time consuming for a producer to switch to a newer version which can cut down on creative time making product. Another reason is that sometimes the newer version isn’t that different or doesn’t have any update that you particularly need.

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The first version of FL Studio 11 was released in April 2013, and then the first version of Fl Studio 12 was released in April 2015. It’s now January 2018, and at this point FL Studio 11 is over 4.5 years old and Fl Studio 12 is over 2.5 years old. In most cases software that is that old would be considered ancient, but that doesn’t seem to be the case for this one. A good amount of producers are still using Fl Studio 11 and have no plants to stop. In fact in the interview I just dropped today with Mazza the co producer of “Man’s Not Hot” and many other popular grime tracks, he states “If I know I can push the same standard of music on the version I’m use to why bother upgrading?” Then there are also other producers who only recently switched to Fl Studio 12 (see pics below) and for other producers Fl Studio 12 is the only version they know because they have been producing for less than 3 years.

So here’s what I say, if you have access to FL Studio 11 just use that. If you are using FL Studio 12 then keep perfecting your skills on there. But if you are debating on whether to wait until they eventually release Fl Studio 20, I wouldn’t wait, just get Fl Studio  11  or 12  today!

FL Studio VS Ableton & Logic Pro

First off let me tell you this right now, I am not a producer myself. But what I am is a writer and sometimes rapper, whose main project for the last 10 months is this very blog that you are reading this post on. If you aren’t familiar with this blog it is a hip hop/rap blog that tends to focus on hip hop production. It’s like any other blog that focuses on hip hop/rap but instead of having my main focus on rappers, I focus more on producers. I do this by highlighting lesser known producers with amazing beats and then also interviewing producers who are making a brand out of their name by racking up millions of views on YouTube and/or by having produced tracks for notable rappers.

Fl Studio’s popularity and ease of use:

In the 10 months this blog has been around, I have interviewed over 60 producers that span the hip hop world in terms of genre and location, and one of the things I have learned is that the overwhelming majority say that they use FL Studio. The following is just a quick example of just 3 of the notable producers that use FL Studio that I have personally interviewed;

  • Birdie Bands – 12.7 Million views on YouTube | prod. for Trill Sammy, Ski Mask, Wiz Khalifa and more.
  • TreOnTheBeat – 2.6 million views on YouTube | prod. for Tee Grizzley, Famous Dex, DDG, and more.
  • Godlikepariah – 3.2 million views on YouTube | prod. for Lil Yachty, Matt Ox, Comethazine and more.

Taken from the wikipedia page for Fl Studio here is an example of more producers that rep Fl Gang


One of the reasons I think it has such an overwhelming popularity is because it seems to have the easiest learning curve compared to the other production software’s. This is something to keep in mind when wondering what production software to buy.  And if you buy FL Studio, you will have a lot of information available to you on how to use it because of the wealth of tutorials available on YouTube.

The amount of tutorials on YouTube for Fl Studio compared to the other DAW’s isn’t even a close race;

  • FL Studio – 1,900,000 results
  • Logic Pro – 1, 370,000 results
  • Ableton  – 1, 100,000 results

Speaking of tutorials, in the interview with TreOnTheBeat when asked “how long he’s been producing?” he replied

I’ve been producing for 4-5 years. After I seen Lex Luger’s “Secret Formula” video on YouTube in 2012, I immediately downloaded FL Studio and started using it. Shortly after that I sold my first exclusive beat on SoundCloud for $15.

All I am saying is, if you want to make beats. Get FL Studio today! and start watching tutorials!

“Lifes Good” interview with Hip Hop Producer Casok Beats

 Major Credits?
    • Famous Dex “lifes good”
    • chxpo “boom” and “freebandz”
    • G.U.N. ft Trill Sammy “Today”
    • Soulja Boy “guap”

How old are you? turning 17 soon

Where are you from? out of reach

How long have you been producing? Been producing for about 2 years
What’s the dopest thing to happen to you since you started making music and releasing product? Dopest thing to happen.. Probaply building a little fanbase in youtube and seeing that people like what i create, and making friends through producing
Who are your biggest influences? Biggest influences come from alternative rock mostly. Nine Inch Nails, The Cure to name a few
 What is something people would be surprised to find out about you? I dont really listen to rap music that much anymore.
Want to give any shoutouts? Shoutout Sytrus Gang Got a lot of help from my bros when i was startin to take this seriously in start of 2017
 Whats your process for making a beat? melody first and then mess around
What do your beats normally cost? 30 lease 200-500 exclusive
What is the most you have made from one beat?  500 USD most ive made from a beat
Do you use Hardware or software? FL Studio 11


How many leases or beats, do you think you have sold in your career? im really not sure, maybe 50
what are your plans for 2018? Plans for 2018 are to stop slackin and make good music
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Interview + 5 beats with Hip Hop Producer Sarcastic Sounds

I love Sarcastic’s beats, this guy simply kills it on the sample game and his beats just have an original sound. Check out some of his beats below and the interview we did recently.

Any major credits I should list?

Unfortunately not yet. Hopefully that changes soon. If anyone wants to send some major artists my way, I’d appreciate it.

What’s one food you don’t hate, but you could live without?

I know this is the opposite of what the question asked for, but I’m gonna take this opportunity to say fuck mayonnaise. I could live without cauliflower though, to answer the question.

If you weren’t producing, you would be? Probably focusing on school more. I can’t really imagine not producing though.

How old are you?


Where are you from?

Toronto, born and raised.

How long have you been producing?

About 4 and a half years. Although my first year of producing was on FL Studio mobile, which is pretty limiting, so all my shit sounded like elevator music. But it did teach me a lot about arrangement and composition, which was really helpful once I got the real version of FL Studio. I’m 100% certain that I was the best 13 year old FL Studio Mobile producer in the world at the time.

Hardware or software?

I produce entirely using software (FL Studio 11). The only piece of hardware I even own is a midi keyboard, which I don’t think I’ve ever used for a beat. I do all my shit using just a laptop. I don’t even have a mouse.

What’s the dopest thing to happen to you since you started making music and releasing product?

The dopest thing is just seeing people enjoy my music. I’ve started getting a lot of comments and dm’s from people telling me how much they like my music, and asking me to release new tracks. Even though I’m still small time, it’s really cool to see people genuinely enjoy my music, after trying and failing so many times to get my music out there in the past. Also, I was selected to be in Battle Of The Beatmakers in Toronto last year, and I got to meet Boi-1da, T-Minus, and Wondagurl, who are all big inspirations for me. I was also by far the youngest person there, and I made it to the top 8. That was pretty dope too.

Who are your biggest influences?
Embarrassingly, Hopsin was my first big inspiration to start making beats. It makes me cringe now, but as a 12 year old kid, I was right in his target demographic. I tried to replicate his sound – which is basically just the FL Studio stock sounds – for my first year or two of producing. After that, my biggest inspirations were the early Roc-a-fella producers like Kanye, Just Blaze and Bink. I first tried sampling after hearing Through The Wire and December 4th, and that’s what really pointed me to my current sound, which is almost entirely sample based. More recently, smaller lofi artists like Eli Filosov and Moow have really gotten me into the more melancholy lofi shit, and those have been my most popular beats.

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do you get royalties from any of your beats?

Nah, i haven’t produced for anyone big enough to sell a noteworthy amount of singles.

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

My name used to be Sarcastic Asshole. I changed it to Sarcastic Sounds when I sold my first beat, because I realised no one would take me seriously otherwise.

What do your beats normally cost?

I normally charge 15$ for a basic wav lease, and 25$ for the trackouts. Exclusives vary in price and availability depending on the beat.

What is the most you have made from one beat?

Not that much, because I don’t usually make my beats available for exclusive purchase. I was contacted by a big Korean rapper’s manager a little while ago asking me to send them a pack of unreleased beats, and they offered up to $2000 for beats they liked. They didn’t like any though haha. I basically had to make like 8 beats in a week, because I release all my good shit on the internet, and I guess I rushed it.

Who are the favorite artists you have produced for?

I haven’t produced for too many great artists, but I have a song with a dude named Klovd who I’ve worked with, and it bangs. It’s super different from my other shit though, but it got like 10k plays which is kinda cool. I also have a dope song with a guy named Cedar, and it did similar numbers to the Klovd song. I did three songs on his album that’s coming out too.

How many leases or beats, do you think you have sold in your career?

Probably like 100, I’m not exactly sure. Way less than most of the people you interview I assume.

Want to give any shoutouts?







Sarcastic Sounds:

  • https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9TbofeaQx-clajRCYB0kHQ
  • https://www.instagram.com/sarcastic.sounds/
  • twitter.com/Sarcastic6ix
  • https://m.soundcloud.com/the-sarcastic-ashole