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The BeatTips Manual
Beatmaking, the Hip Hop/Rap Music Tradition, and the Common Composer
6th Edition

by Amir Said

Beatmaking is a rich and very meticulous art-craft. It contains a number of unique methods and practices, each potentially more complex and challenging than the other. The BeatTips Manual breaks down the complexity of beatmaking and hip hop/rap production, and erases all of the myth and mystery.

The BeatTips Manual is brilliantly divided into five primary parts—an absolutely stunning History part; an extensively detailed and robust Instruction part, which covers everything about making beats from drum programming to composition and arrangement; a Music Theory part; a Business part; and an explosive Interviews part, which includes exclusive interviews with DJ Premier, DJ Toomp, 9th Wonder, Marley Marl and more. A groundbreaking study of hip hop/rap music’s chief compositional process and its tradition and culture, The BeatTips Manual is the definitive book on beatmaking and hip hop production.

Press, Reviews, and Word of Mouth

“I have been producing beats for a number of years now, and finding this caliber of literature is not always easy. Your book is ridiculously tight, your enthusiasm, knowledge and passion for the culture is spilling from each page. Your writing style is so, that I couldn’t put the book down, I rolled meticulously from cover to cover I didn’t want to miss a sentence. This book has inspired me in a big way, so for that, I wanted to thank you. Keep doin what you do.”
—Phil Rose

“The BeatTips Manual, 5th Edition is more than just another book on hip hop production. Simply put, the theories and protocols for hip hop music production illustrated within The BeatTips Manual make it the best book ever written on the topic…The BeatTips Manual is a very well designed playbook and priceless reference manual for both the aspiring production student and the seasoned studio veteran alike…There is a veritable PhD course on hip hop history and music production techniques to apply to one’s own interests, expectations, and plans. For those interested in gaining a more well-rounded understanding of the beatmaking tradition of hip hop as well as the historical and academic context of it and the business associated with it, The BeatTips Manual, 5th Edition will undoubtedly help you turn the corner toward priceless cultural enlightenment and boundless creative fulfillment. You need to read The BeatTips Manual, 5th Edition. Trust me.”
—DJ Rich Medina

“Comprehensive, passionate and scholarly, The BeatTips Manual is much more than an instruction book for hip-hop producers…It is a thorough analysis of the hip-hop aesthetic itself. Highly recommended for anyone that takes hip-hop culture seriously.”
—Joe Schloss, Ph.D, author of ‘Making Beats’; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Baruch College

“HIGHLY recommended.” —IV the Polymath

“The BeatTips Manual changed my beatmaking perspective forever and for the better! Thanks.” —Kregan

“Yo, Sa’id, first and foremost…I just want to thank you…I am an up and coming beatmaker (first!)/producer and so far, I have benefited greatly from the manual, especially the practice part, MusicStudy and great interviews! It reminded me of a quote, “If you have 4 hours to chop down a tree, sharpen the axe 3 and chop for 1…Thanks for pouring your wisdom into the book.” —Chaz Hall

“Detailed and thorough, I’d consider The BeatTips Manual to be the go-to guide for beatmaking. Highly recommended!”—Ivan Rott, HipHopIsRead.com

“Sa’id, I just got my copy of The BeatTips Manual, and I LOVE it. I’ve been producing for about 4 years now, and I’ve read all sorts of books, websites, forums and instructional videos, and I can honestly say, that this is by far THE BEST aid I’ve ever found. You can really feel your passion for beatmaking & producing, and that’s what makes it such infectious reading.
—Nick “Stealf” Lester

“The BeatTips Manual is one of the best investments I have made in beat making and as a fan of hip hop…the sheer size of the book is amazing. The BeatTips Manual has definitely given me a lot to think about. Thank you very much for your efforts and work in this book. It needs to be required reading for anyone getting into beatmaking or hip hop production.”
—Charles Purnell

“Ive had the 5th edition for a few weeks now and the book is nuts man. The book is huge and full of more goodness than the 4th with an even more extensive look at hip hop’s roots, culture and production. Ive read the 4th edition multiple times and constantly used it for a reference when making beats, but this 5th edition is something else! The 5th has increased my knowledge of hip hop unlike any other book, and I have read a lot of hip hop books.
Sa’id thank you for your dedication and love for hip hop and you hard work to keep it alive. Hip Hop thanks you!” — Brandon F

“This is not a ‘skim the top’ type of book..this is a great book, it’s thorough, it’s deep, it’s very informative…if you make beats, or have any interest in making beats/producing, this book is a must have, no questions, period.” —SoundsandGear.com

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“I love the book! Got so much info. I thought I knew alotta shit, til I read The BeatTips Manual…It’s like you’re giving away the game.” —DJ Ladda

I just wanted to thank you for this new 5th edition of The BeatTips Manual…it’s beautiful! You are doing a great job and I wish you much success.” —Chiemela (aka AC)

“I highly recommend this book.” —Snobworthy

“First and foremost, let me thank you, a lot, for your effort. I imagine writing it should have been a pretty tough task. It’s good to see there are people trying to get hip/hop culture to the next level and being able, at the same time, to stay true to its origins. I could go on and on pointing out everything I loved about the book, but I won’t because it’ll take forever. The essence of the book is really, really good. You sound like someone who knows exactly were he’s coming from and knows exactly were to go. Let me thank you again and congratulate you for a great work. It really was a pleasure reading it, and it’ll sure be really close to my production set-up. I hope the Manual hits hard in the streets, the studios and in the academic world.” —Dante

“Just got the book today and its one of the best books I ever purchased for music production. I cant stop reading it…” —Phong Nguyen

I got The BeatTips Manual in the mail today and i ran home to read it (im a big boy talking like 350 lbs.) just the look of the book is great…professional and just feels good to hold. The books dope! I just wanna say thanks for putting together something like this to further the knowledge of hip hop production.” —Stephonce Morris

“Said, Thanks for writing such an ill book. I’ve been DJing & collecting since 1993, last Dec 2008 I decided to study the craft of beatmaking, taking a holistic approach to learning the science. Your book is an invaluable resource in my library.” —Ron Muhammad

“Awesome guidebook. A great asset for any producer. Well written.” —Shusaku3000

“Great Book! If you produce beats, buy this book. You will not regret it.” —Karma

“I got your book, The BeatTips Manual, and I’ve been reading it everyday. Your book is a tremendous inspiration. It’s the best music/beatmaking knowledge book out there. I’m embarrassed that I took so long to discover it.” —M. Sims

“Hey, thanks for writing such a great guide, it has helped me tremendously. Before reading the book I had no idea about how a song is structured, what a bar was, and how to compose a simple drum pattern. I owe it all to you and your well-written definitive guide to production.” —Darrell

“I just wanted to let you know that your latest edition is great! FINALLY, there’s a manual that asks and answers the questions that all of us producers want to know. Great job and it was worth every penny. Take Care and Much Success…” —SPank, Divided Souls Ent.

“Big ups on the book! Keep up the hard work.” —Kevin Garcia

“Now, I honestly feel that I have a opportunity to succeed in this industry. Your book’s a true tool for us who have true heart & determination! Good lookin’.” —Nehesu

“I’ve been producing for a while, and I still picked up MAJOR GEMS in this book. In fact, this book should be a required read for all Hip Hop production in schools and ANY online Hip Hop production threads.” —Iceberg Slim

“Excellent info. BeatTips!!! You’ve got friends in Baltimore!” —Maktor

“I would like to say that your manual was right on point and it helped me out a lot.” —Carlin Gandy

“Very Informative and well written. Thanks” —GPayne

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The BeatTips Manual
Beatmaking, the Hip Hop/Rap Music Tradition, and the Common Composer
6th Edition

by Amir Said

The BeatTips Manual is brilliantly divided into five primary parts—an absolutely stunning History part; an extensively detailed and robust Instruction part, which covers everything about making beats from drum programming to composition and arrangement; a Music Theory part; a Business part; and an explosive Interviews part, which includes exclusive interviews with DJ Premier, DJ Toomp, 9th Wonder, Marley Marl and more. A groundbreaking study of hip hop/rap music’s chief compositional process and its tradition and culture, The BeatTips Manual is the definitive book on beatmaking and hip hop production.

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The Art of Sampling
The Sampling Tradition of Hip Hop/Rap Music and Copyright Law
by Amir Said

The art of sampling, one of the most innovative music processes to emerge in the late-twentieth century, stands today as both a celebrated art form and a cultural activity within the hip hop/rap music tradition and beyond. The Art of Sampling by Amir Said (author of The BeatTips Manual), examines this complex and controversial music process, and brings forth a study that illuminates its history, creative mechanics, and philosophy, along with the implications that it holds for copyright law.

The art of sampling is the world’s most explosive music technique. It contains a number of unique methods and practices, each potentially more complex and challenging than the other. It stands as one of the most highly debated music processes of all time. And, of course, it raises a number of important questions about copyright law. The Art of Sampling, which contains everything found in the “Art of Sampling” chapter of The BeatTips Manual, 6th Edition, plus additional information and a crucial Copyright Law Part, breaks down the complexity of sampling in the hip hop/rap music tradition, and erases all of the myth and mystery. Divided into three primary parts, including an in-depth History part, a robust Instruction part, and a highly comprehensive and accessible Copyright Law part, The Art of Sampling is sharply informative and engaging. Through a highly detailed analysis of the origins of the art of sampling and beatmaking in general, as well as its key aesthetics, principles, predilections, nuances, and priorities, Said offers an unmatched level of “how-to” instruction. And with an equally impressive examination of United States copyright law and policy, he delivers an astute (and approachable) study that’s certain to increase the public’s understanding of copyright law.

Intensely thought-provoking, eye-opening, and timely, The Art of Sampling is the most comprehensive exploration of sampling in the hip hop/rap music tradition and copyright law ever written, and one of the most striking and poignant music studies to come along in years.

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