It can be hard when you start off either making hip hop beats or writing rap songs? I know it all too well.
At one stage I was there too. When I started off I didn't have any of these tools, nor did I have the knowledge to use them.
After some time and dedication I acquired these tools one by one to help me with my online music business.
I recommend these tools to hip hop beat makers and hip hop artists because I use them both, to help make and promote my music online.
Disclaimer: Some of the links below are referral links , at no extra cost to you I will earn a small commission if you decide to purchase these products. Since I have used all of these products online for my own websites I have confidence in my recommendation based on my own experience with these companies. If you do go through my referral link thanks for your support.
Social Media Promotion Tools
Fiverr.com : This has to be an underrated resource for hip hop artists. I feel that a lot of artists are not using Fiverr to it's potential. Keep away from paying for twitter Followers and fake Facebook likes.
There are tons of quality hiphop blogs on here for just five dollar submission fee. Also if you are in a tight budget you can get mixtape graphics , DJ Drops and Music radio submissions.
Freelancer:I have used freelancer for a whole host odd jobs to help with music promotion.I have gotten people to help with music submissions to hip hop blogs.
Other times I get people to create mixtape covers for me and graphic design, or help with submitting a guest posts to other blogs online. Freelancer is an all round of a website with tons of affordable talented people.
99 Designs: This is the site is great for getting quality graphics. The site is pretty pricey but you are guaranteed quality.
More Useful Tools & Resources
Hootsuite: Is a social scheduling app that allows me to bookmark and share all my favourite links to my social profiles. The chrome extension makes life so much easier.
Buffer app: This app is similar to that of Hootsuite but I tend to only use it for my own content. This way I schedule all of my content with buffer app and all the content from other sites I use HootSuite. Again the chrome extension is a life saver.
Manageflitter: A tool I use for cleaning up my Twitter following.
Google Analytics: A website statistics tool that I use to monitor my website traffic.
Statcounter: This is a website statics tool that I use to see where my website traffic is coming from and what they are doing on my site.
Long Tail Pro: LTP is a tool that I use to look up long tail keywords to target them for traffic potential. Also it shows the sites that rank for those keywords and how the are ranking for those keywords.
SEMRUSH: This tool I use to spy of my competition on what keywords that they rank for. What position they are in the search results and what type of content they are creating. I also use as a site organic traffic measurement. This way I have some idea of a sites traffic before I buy advertising or submit mybeat to their site.
Majestic Seo:This tool lets me see the backlink profile of my competitors that are ranking for specific keywords on search engines.
BEATMAKING SOFWARE AND TOOLS
Logic Pro: I love logic. I took a course in logic back in 2008 and I use it for 95% of all the beats I make online. I feel like that logic is the composer digital audio work station and with all the build in stock sounds and plugins are amazing. (MAC ONLY)
Pro-tools :I studied pro-tool in college. It is pretty similar to logic but is more suited to the sound engineer or for recording bands and live sound. I mix a lot of my beats on Pro-tools and it is well known as the industry standard digital audio workstation.
Apogee Duet Interface: Apogee’s Duet is the best audio interface ever. The best thing about the Duet is that you have the sound quality as Apogee’s industry standard Ensemble but smaller and affordable for the home studio.
M-Audio Axiom 61 midi keyboard:This semi-weighted keyword is a beast. I love the action this keyword. Touch sensitive pad for creating drums make on of my best purchases online. There are two other version the 25 key and 49 keyboards it’s up to you. I picked the 61 key because I like to have the full range of the keyboard.
Krk Rokit 5 Monitors:These monitors have been with me since I got Logic Pro and the Duet years ago. I never once had any trouble with them and they give me the sound that I am looking to hear in my beats