What Are Type Beats?

Learn what type beat instrumentals are, the pros and cons, benefits, and successful music producers who create them.

What Are Type Beats?

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What Are Type Beats Instrumentals
What Are Type Beats

Why Create Type Beats?

Type beats can be helpful for music producers who sell beats online to help get your beats heard. By creating type beats you can use the name of popular music artists to gain more attention, and serve an audience searching for those types of beats.

When having a large catalog of beats online. Including popular trending names can help some tracks stand out.

Type beats are very popular on YouTube which can lead to getting a lot of views and building an audience.

It can be helpful to view the Billboard Hot 100 to see what music is trending on Spotify, the radio, and online, and create the type of music that is currently trending.

Yes. Type beats are very popular for up-and-coming and veteran music producers because they have been proven to help get more listens online. This is why so many music producers use them.

On YouTube, there are over 1,200,000 “Beat Type” related results.

Type Beats on YouTube

You will find similar results on popular beat selling websites like Airbit & Beatstars.

Beatstars Beat Type Beats
Screenshot of Beatstars

Hip Hop and Rap beats are the most popular music genre for type beats. The most 3popular instrumental type beats are Drake, J. Cole, Roddy Ricch, and more.

Here are some popular search terms related to type-beats.

Search Term Monthly Search Volume
Type Beats 27,100
Free Type Beat 3,600
Drake Type Beat2,900
J. Cole Type Beat1,600
Roddy Ricch Type Beat1600
Travis Scott Type Beat1,300
Trap Type Beats1,000
Type Beats YouTube1,000
Future Type Beat720
Eminem type beat390
Post Malone type beat390
Metro Boomin Type Beat 170
Google & YouTube Search Volume to Hip Hop Type Beats

Who Creates Type Beats

Type beats are commonly created by music producers selling beats online. Type beat instrumentals are commonly used in the Hip Hop music genre.

As selling beats online continues to become more competitive, producers are trying different marketing tactics to get their beats heard.

Pros & Cons of Type Beats

Type beats have been around for a long time, and there have been ongoing discussions on whether type beats are good or bad.

Here are some pros and cons:


  • Use Popular Names to Get More Listens
  • More Listens Can Lead to More Sales
  • Narrow Your Focus to Popular Beat Types
  • Serve an Audience Searching for Type Beats


  • Oversaturated “Type Beat” Competition
  • It Can Be Considered Unoriginal & Less Professional
  • It’s Harder to Charge High Prices When Copying Style
  • Get Labeled a “Type Beat Producer”

Should You Sell Type Beat Instrumentals

Yes. If you are a music producer selling beats online you should experiment with selling type beat instrumentals. You can use the name of popular rappers and music producers to help get more listens, which can lead to more track sales.

Type beats are simply a marketing tactic to help get more listens.

Your beats don’t have to copy the style of other producers. You can simply create original beats, and categorize them in a certain music genre, and add a “Type” once you are done.

Adding a “Type” label may help the beat get more listens.

You should test out all marketing tactics to see what brings the most success.

But in the long term, you should focus on building a brand and audience to not rely on the names of music artists.

Are Type Beats Wrong

In researching this topic, I think there are two different groups of music producers who make type beats:

  1. Producers who directly try to copy the style of a beat or music artist because they know it’s popular.
  2. Producers who make beats with no specific person in mind, and add the term “type beat” to the title for marketing purposes.

I don’t think either is wrong. Some music producers may use type beats to gain the attention of music artists and then develop their own unique style.

Are Type Beats Illegal

No, creating and selling type beats is not illegal. There is a gray area due to the fact that some beats use samples or vocals, which may be illegal without sample clearance. But no one owns a music genre or style of music, so you are free to make type beat instrumentals.

How to Make Type Beats

Here are the steps you should follow to create type beats:

  1. Find the type of beat you want to create.
  2. Use online tools to find the song BPM and song key.
  3. Study the song paying attention to the instruments, drums, and song structure. Find the instrumental version if possible to hear all the subtle elements.
  4. Start by making a loop in your favorite DAW.
  5. Add drums and instruments similar to the beat you want to create.
  6. Lastly, arrange the loops into a full-length beat adding and removing elements.

How to Make a “Drake Type Beat”

This video will cover how to make a Drake type beat in FL Studio.

The music producer Murda Beatz who has produced for Drake, Travis Scott, Lil Wayne, and more shared in a video that he uploaded type beats to YouTube when starting out.

“If I dropped a T-Pain type beat when you type in T-Pain’s name, and you’re going through pages on YouTube. Your beats are going to pop up, so you’re going to get extra views. It’s going to draw traction to your page and to you, and that’s how I can build a brand off T-Pain. ” – Murda Beatz

Conclusion on Type Beat Meaning

Type beat instrumentals are beats that are labeled with the term “Type” to associate it with a certain style or sound of a popular music artist. Type beats is a marketing tactic used by music producers who sell beats online to help get more listens with the help of the music artist’s name.

If you are new to music production and trying to get your beats heard, doing type tracks may help get the attention of music artists.


What are your thoughts on type beats?

Please share in the comments.

Mark V.

Written By Mark V.

Mark Valenzuela is a professional blogger, entrepreneur, and educator with more than 15 years of experience in music production. In 2008, Mark founded Hip Hop Makers, a top resource for aspiring music producers and beatmakers. He specializes in content on music production, software, gear, and free music resources. Committed to empowering creators of all levels, Mark continues to inspire and help music creators pursue their dreams. Learn About Hip Hop Makers

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