Making Music: Back to the Bap

The last time I wrote about making music, I mentioned how I started thanks to rap. I started making music on my mom’s Windows Pentium 4 computer in the early 2000s with a loop arranger called Hip-Hop EJay. I loved making beats. Sure all the loops were in the software and all I needed to do was pick and mix them to get the beat I wanted. Later on, I used to FL Studio. FL is today’s number software for beatmaking and Trap producers. As much as I love that, I do not really enjoy making that type of beats. Sure, every once in a while I’ll make one for the laugh, but that’s pretty much it.

When it comes to beats, I really dig the Boom Bap isht. If you don’t what Boom Bap is, think of it as what rap beats sounded like in the mid-’90s. A lot of low end, some swing and a lot of Jazz samples. That’s where I’m at. Jazz samples, knocking drums and horns. I even worked on a project with just horn samples that I named So Horny. I’ve never released it. There is a lot of things that I haven’t released. Yet, I enjoy making beats, even though it is not my main focus. However, things have changed.

Thanks to discussions with my colleagues A & J at work, I felt the need to get back into making beats. So I did. Last night, I ended up making three beats with Cookin Soul’s Lo-Bap Life Vol.3 sound pack. I have to say that it was pretty inspiring working with that sample pack. The drums are good and so are the chops and vocals. Plus it has some cool little horn samples which are hard to come by. Overall, it has a very jazzy vibe. Now, do you need to buy that sample pack per see to make beats? No, but if you want to make some proper Boom Bap isht, it is definitely worth it. If you don’t believe me, you can check the video above with Marlow Digs playing around with some of the chops from the pack. You can also take a listen to my latest release: Bap Life. It features the 3 beats that I made with the Lo-Bap Life Vol.3 sample pack.


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