All right, if you want to make banging hip hop beats, you must familiarize yourself with these 3 elements – the foundation of hip hop beats. They are the kick, the snare and the percussion.
Making hiphop beats is a subtle art that you need to practice to make outstanding beats that will get your audience groove.
Hip Hop Beats Element No. 1: The Kick
The kick function to hold down beats and it’s normally the first beat of the bar. The name “kick” was actually derived from the term “kick drum” of that in the real drum kit from the largest to the lowest drum in the kit. It is the “Boom” of the conventional “Boom & Snap” of a hip hop beat.
There are infinite kick drum sounds out there and actually listening to more of these will help you to get the gem into your subconscious mind so that when you mix this into your hip hop beats, it’s going to sound more appealing. Just listen and find the uniqueness of each kick – Lil’ John crunch kick and time, the classic 808 kick, Dr. Dre kick etc.
Hip Hop Beats Element No. 2: – The Snare
The snare which normally appears on the 2nd and 4th of your beat is the most distinguishable element of your rap beat. So, take your time to choose the right one. It is the “Snap” in your beat that will jump out from the music track and hit the audience attention. Just like the Kick, there are infinite different sounds of snares that vary from full sounding, highly filtered, super compressed. Listen to some of your favorite beats and try to figure out which is the Snare.
Hip Hop Beats Element No. 3:- The Percussion
Well, Kick and Snare can be liken to that of the heart of the beat that keep pumping the blood and The Percussion would be the veins that carry the blood all over the place. It is an important element that decides the kind of genre of your beats. Percussion made up by many different elements; claps, tom fills, snaps, hi hats, cowbells, shakers etc.
So, it’s very important that you learn the right Percussion to use when you lay it into your beats. It’s actually the background sounds that are quiet and be usually placed outside or behind the beat for extra flavoring. This hip hop beat element will decide your beat be it an amateur hip hop, pro tracks or the slick.
Tying Them All Together