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BeatTips Friday Freestyle: Sa’id – “High Top Fade”


Fridays are always a heavy day for me. It’s usually the day that I have the most going on. So to help me stay creatively focused, I make new music, often just a beat and one freestyle verse or a practice session were I’m exploring new ideas. I liked to share this music with the BeatTips community and offer insights into my individual style sound. So I present to you BeatTips Friday Freestyle…

On this joint, I wanted to make the beat sound like a “spin back” — like I was rhyming over a record (a break) that a DJ was spinning back, a la early 1970s Grandmaster Flash. So I “dragged” the record (held my hand on it for real-time pitch) while I sampled it. I also what that ’80s feel with some ’90s drums, so I added a couple of sound stabs and did some drumwork that was urgent with the kick and hats tucked and the snare slapping (added some slight reverb on the snare hits).

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About Author

Amir Said (aka Sa’id) is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of BeatTips. A writer, publisher, and beatmaker/rapper from New York, Said is the author of a number of books, including ‘The BeatTips Manual,’ ‘The Art of Sampling,’ ‘Ghetto Brother,’ and ‘The Truth About New York.’ He is also a recording artist with a number of music projects, including his latest album 'The Best of Times.' Follow him on Twitter at: @amirsaid and @BeatTipsManual