10 Track Commandments
# 10. Unless it’s a rare sample don’t sample the first 10 seconds. Don’t loop the first ten seconds of “Thriller.”
# 9. Do you. Which means if you sample, sample. If you play keyboards, do that.
# 8. Always make beats with the music artists in mind. Ask yourself, “Does this sound like Busta joint or a Nas joint?” That’s the best way to build up your catalog.
# 7. Don’t put more than 10 beats on a beat CD. I put 30 on one once and MCs can’t absorb all of that at once. I learned the hard way.
# 6. Flippin’ Bob James’ “Nautilus” at least once is a right way of passage, even if you don’t play it for anybody.
# 5. If you make beats on a computer, don’t have Limewire or something similar on it. You’ll get viruses and lose everything.
# 4. Some people don’t like to record with a lot of people in the studio, but I like to record with a lot of different people there because you get a lot of different feedback on the record.
# 3. If you want longevity in this game, align yourself with a larger entity and be the main producer like, Marley Marl, The RZA, The Neptunes, Mannie Fresh, Organizied Noize, The Bomb Squad, Dr. Dre. They don’t just make beats, they provided the landscapes for a whole crew for years.
# 2. Forget reading the manual. You gotta break something to figure out how it works. Peter Jennings didn’t graduate from high school. It’s about natural ability.
# 1. Stick to your equipment. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t make beats on a bucket with some sticks.This is hip-hop. If you can drop 40 points a night in Chuck Taylor’s, do it. You don’t need Nike Shox.