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Popular Samples in Rap Music: Songs That Sample “Funky Worm” By The Ohio Players

May 29, 2018 - By 

“Funky Worm” by the Ohio Players is a 1973 funk hit most remembered for its commonly sampled high-pitched synth (used to imitate the sound of a worm’s slithering). Today, that synth is a staple of a sub-genre of hip-hop called “G-Funk.” Although that sample was em read more


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How To Create A 6/8 Beat Using Audacity

May 22, 2018 - By 

Audacity is a musical composition program downloadable for free. There are limitations with this program, but they allow producers to “think outside the box.” One way we can “think about the box” is by composing a basic 6/8 drumbeat with Audacity. Here’s a sample read more


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Popular Samples in Rap Music: Songs That Sample “Slick Rick”

May 14, 2018 - By 

Once upon a time not long ago, Slick Rick was a groundbreaking, story-telling genius of a rap artist, exploding in 1985 with his influential, beat-boxed story rap, “La Di Da Di.” Later, in 1986, Rick signed to Def Jam, where he would release his 1988 debut, The Great Ad read more


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How To Create A Four-On-The-Floor Beat Using Audacity

April 30, 2018 - By 

There are many ways to compose music on a computer. If you’re familiar with my beat breakdowns, you most likely know by now that I love to use FL Studio 12 to make beats. It’s not the only program recommendable. Audacity is another commonly used software for read more


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Beat Breakdown: Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble”: Part 2 – The Melody

April 24, 2018 - By 

In a series of beat breakdowns and tutorials, I will teach you—with this article—to produce the melody of Kendrick Lamar’s “HUMBLE.” on FL Studio 12. Before you begin composing this melody, make sure you followed my tutorial to the drumbeat of “HUMBLE.” and use th read more


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Beat Breakdown: Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble”: Part 1 – The Drumbeat

April 12, 2018 - By 

In a series of beat breakdowns and tutorials, I will teach you, with this article, how to compose the drumbeat of Kendrick Lamar’s “HUMBLE.” on FL Studio 12. (As of 2018, this song is only a year old, meaning its sound is true to the trends in music right now, in read more


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Popular Samples in Rap Music: Songs Sampling “Impeach the President”

April 4, 2018 - By 

In music, sampling is taking part of a song and using it as part of the drumbeat, melody, or an instrument to another song. Sampling first gained a tad bit of popularity with the rise of electronic dance music and disco in the 1970s and ’80s, but at that same time read more


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Common Chord Progressions Found in Rap Music: Part 2

March 29, 2018 - By 

In my last article, I discussed chord progressions in hip-hop music. That article went into depth on the fact that hip-hop isn’t based on chords, since it focuses more on beats and lyrics, occasionally sampling other songs, using loops, or not using a melody at al read more


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Producer Spotlight: DJ Burn One Interview

March 26, 2018 - By 

DJ Burn One is an Atlanta based producer who has worked with several prominent hip-hop artists, including Wrekonize, Gucci Mane, Yelawolf, Rittz, Lil Wyte, KD, SL Jones, Young Dro, ASAP Rocky, Scotty, Pill, and more. New to License Lounge, we sat down with him to discus read more


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Beginner Tutorials for Audacity – Part 1: Installation and Plugins

March 19, 2018 - By 

Audacity is one of the top free DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations) available on the market and is one of the few to remain completely open-source.  While some DAWs like FL Studio have a free version, you generally need to pay the full fee in order to get all of the softw read more


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Producer Spotlight: Da Beatminerz Interview

March 15, 2018 - By 

Da Beatminerz have had a huge impact on hip-hop over the last 25+ years. The Brooklyn natives continue to pioneer original sounds that inspire each new generation. Beginning with Black Moon they’ve gone on to work with Fat Joe, Nas, Naughty By Nature, Apathy, and read more


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Common Chord Progressions in Hop Hop & How To Use Them

March 6, 2018 - By 

Chord progressions can be found in any genre of music with a melody. Even if the melody is looped or monophonic, or both, you can build a chord, or many chords, around it. With that being said, hip-hop isn’t known for its chord progressions, unlike rock and roll, read more


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