When most hip hop artists get started rapping they need high quality beats for free just to see if they can write songs to these chosen Instrumentals. The main reason rappers like to start with free beats is so that they don’t end up spending a ton of money of instrumentals that they don’t end up using or that don’t inspire them.
I put together a list of websites, where rappers can download hip hop instrumentals for free just to trail their rap skills and get a feel for some instrumentals.
Some of the main sites that allow you to download free beats include, Airbit.com , Soundclick.com, Soundcloud.com, Beatstars.com, Audiomack.com, Gotinstrumentals.com, Datpiff Beatbrokerz.com and independent rap instrumental websites.
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Which Is The Best Beat Site To Download free Beats From?
This depends on the type of artist you are? Are you you a trap rapper or a pop rapper? Do you just rap or do you rap and sing too? What is the type of rap genre you are comfortable rapping over?
These are questions only you can answer. If you are still unsure maybe free rap instrumentals is the way to go until you can perfect your raps, your ability to write and construct quality hip hop songs that will get heard.
I wrote a short information segment on each of these sites that I listed above just to give you some background information on each of these sites to help with your decision.
Before I jump into the breakdown of those beat websites, you might just want to read the next paragraph to protect yourself when downloading free beats from the internet or any of the sites mentioned here.
What Are The Drawbacks Of Downloading Free Beats Online?
Ninety-Nine percent of the time when you download free beats and instrumentals online, they are going to be not for commercial use. The phrase that is commonly stated on most beat sites is that “these beats are for non-profit use and audition use only”.
This means that you have no legal standing, to upload this music with your song anywhere online without legal content or the purchase of a lease license.
This means you can use the instrumental to record over in your own home studio. But you don’t have the rights to upload it to Youtube.com , Soundcloud, iTunes or even perform it at a live event.
One of the biggest drawbacks to downloading free rap beats is that most producers tag their beats with their signature name or website. So every so often in the instrumental you will hear this tag.
Some producers deliberately make the tag loud so that nobody uses the instrumental for commercial use without a lease license. This makes it very hard to write a song too or vibe too.
Don’t release any song online with free instrumentals that have tons of tags on them. It will kill your professional appeal with your audience and it just doesn’t sound good in a song.
If you feel that you have made a pretty decent song with the use of a free rap beat, it might be time to cough up the couple of bucks for an untagged lease.
The Benefits Of Downloading Free Beats.
The main purpose of free rap instrumentals is to allow the rap artist to find the right instrumental that will inspire them to create an amazing song. By giving you the freedom to record a song and practice a song.
This helps limit your risk as a hip-hop artist, by only investing in the rap instrumentals that you have written songs too or that you are 100% you will use to monetise later in your music career.
Finding the right music for your mixtape, album or single, will help you develop your own sound or create a signature sound from the music producers you choose to work with.
Starting with free rap beats will help you develop a working relationship with the more professional independent rap producers to work with you in the future. Not ever beat maker will professional in the way that they conduct their business.
When the time comes to invest in the right music production for your album, having the previous experience of dealing with online rap music producers will come in handy.
Sites To Download Free Rap Instrumentals
Airbit.com is a massive online platform where independent rap music producers showcase and sell their hip-hop beats. There are thousands of beat makers here that allow Airbits users to download free beats for free in exchange for promotion on their chart system.
You can download beats by clicking on the green little download icon there Airbit.com website. This download Icon is predominantly located near the lease price.
Restrictions To Downloading Certain Free Beats On Airbit.com
There certain beat maker will only allow free download if the artist,
A) Subscribe via email to that beat-makers newsletter.
B) Subscribes to that beat-makers Twitter or Facebook profile
C) Subscribes to that beat-makers Youtube
D) No incentive needed. (Very Rare 🙂 Nothing is truly free.)
Airbit's Free Beat Terms
Here is a preview of the Free Download Policy that Airbit.com gives with the use of free beat downloads. Please keep in mind that individual music producers may change this to suit their own needs in the beat selling business.
1. Usage. **YOU ABSOLUTELY CANNOT USE THE INSTRUMENTAL COMPOSITION OF WHICH YOU ARE ATTEMPTING TO DOWNLOAD (hereinafter referred to as 'the Beat') FOR ANY FOR-PROFIT, COMMERCIAL, OR FINANCIALLY EXPLOITATIVE USE. AN APPROPRIATE LICENSE MUST BE PURCHASED OR PROPERLY OBTAINED IN ORDER TO EXPLOIT THE BEAT.** Acceptable use without obtaining a license (hereinafter referred to as 'Free Use') includes:
- Reproduction of tangible copies of a recording on the Beat of up to 50 non-profit copies.
- Showcasing of a recording on the Beat in a non-profit manner through an internet-based medium such as personal webpage.
- Performing a live act on the Beat in a completely non-profit show.
- Redistributing the Beat by itself with all filenames and credits intact (see section 2) through the internet or a tangible medium.
2. Credit. You will provide proper credit for the creation of the Beat by writing ‘Produced by The Corporatethief Beats’ on all official documents or surfaces released with tangible copies of a recording on the Beat. It is alternatively acceptable to credit the Beat’s direct producer’s real name or stage name for the creation of the Beat. If there are absolutely no means to provide written credit, vocal credit is required by actually recording the phrase ‘Produced by The Corporatethief Beats’ within the first 30 seconds of the Beat.
3. Liability. You hereby agree to indemnify, defend, and hold The Corporatethief Beats and all of our officers, directors, producers, owners, employees, agents, information providers, affiliates, and licensors (collectively, 'The Corporatethief Beats') harmless from and against any and all liability, losses, costs, and expenses (including attorneys’ fees) incurred in connection with any claim arising out of your use of the Beat, including but not limited to claims for defamation, violation of rights of publicity and/or privacy, copyright infringement, trademark infringement, and any claim or liability relating to the content, quality, or performance of materials in relation to the Beat. We reserve the right, at our own expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by you, and in such case you agree to cooperate with our defense of such claim.
4. Termination. The Corporatethief Beats reserves the right to terminate this Agreement at any time or terminate your rights to use or distribute the Beat at any time for any reason.
5. Legal Consequences. Any unauthorized use of the Beat, including unauthorized reselling, is considered a direct violation of the US Copyright Act of 1976 and is infringing upon the copyrights of the works of The Corporatethief Beats. Under the fullest extend of the law, The Corporatethief Beats reserves the right to take legal action or pursue financial compensation as a result of any breach or violation of this Agreement.
6. Modifications. We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to modify this Agreement and any fees, at any time, effective upon the date we post a new Agreement on the beat’s free download page. Your continued use of the Beat constitutes your binding acceptance of this Agreement, including any changes or modifications
The best place to find free instrumentals on Aitbit.com is by looking at the chart system.
Here they have different rated producers on a daily basis. All rated with various factors like download numbers, likes popularity, producer sale and so on.
You can use the search window above at the top of the page to find the exact genre of beats & instrumentals you are looking for.
Not every beat will be available for free demo download. Some producers are completely opposed to free hip hop beats. So you choices are simply to cough up the change for the lease license or find another track that you will like that you can access for free.
I use Airbit's music player to sell my beats online. It’s a very trustworthy company and I have dealt with them for a long time so I am confident in my recommendation of finding quality.
Soundclick is a music website that has been around for a long time. Even though it caters all genres of music online it has become dominated by rap beat makers and rap artists looking for high quality rap beats.
I don’t really use Soundclick to sell my music anymore as I wanted more freedom to control my own webspace.
For a long time I had my qorums with Soundclick on how lazy they were to update their websites user interface, with the ever advancements in mobile popularity. But they continued to have the same theme for years.
Their highly competitive chart system for music producers insures that best Soundclick beats are usually located on their main genre page.
Soundclick also delivers instrumentals in the most popular genres of hip hop, which include trap, rnb, hip hop, pop, west coast, and free instrumentals with hooks.
It’s important to note that with Soundclick.com along with Aitbit.com are just a websites that gives independent rap beat makers the tools to deliver their instrumentals.
So you are dealing with individual music rap producer for each instrumental.
Most beat makers will include their email address on their profile page just in case you need to contact them later.
How To Download Free Beats On Soundclick.com?
In order to download free instrumentals on Soundclick,
1} Scroll to the Beats and Instrumentals Tab from the home page.
2} Use the sub genre charts to navigate for the right rap instrumental genre you need.
3} Located near the play button you will find the "Download Icon" which will allow you to download the instrumental without having to subscribe to any email lists.
It might be a good idea to relabel the name of the instrumental with the name of the producer or their contact info. So that you can contact that producer later if you need to purchase the beat lease.
How To Get Free Beats From Beatstars.com
Beatstars is another hip hop instrumental website that gives the tools to independent music producers to promote and sell their beats online. This website also links up and coming hip artists and singers too producers by providing them with a hub to showcase their songs.
It’s for this main reason that Beatstars has established itself with it’s own identity compared to the two previous sites mentioned with Soundclick and Airbit.com.
By creating an ecosystem for artists, Beatstars has more of an incentive rap artists to download beats from the producers on the website.
To Download Free Rap Beat From Beatstars.com,
1} Go to the main Genre page here.
2} Use the search window on the top to navigate for the right genre you want.
Or use the popular tags on the side bar.
3} Beside the price of each beat,, you will find the “Download Icon”
4} Sometimes there will be incentive downloads, so you might have to
Subscribe via email, Become a free Beatstars member or follow that chosen producer on certain social channels like Youtube, Twitter Our Facebook.
I didn’t seem to find free beat downloads PDF with Beatstars so it’s best to keep a track of each producer you download free instrumentals from on Beatstars.com.
Downloading Beats From Soundcloud.com
Soundcloud is one of the biggest online audio sharing websites. Not just for hip hop but for all genres of music. It’s particularly popular with rap artist showcasing their music online.
You will find beat makers on here that allow they download of the beats for free. Most producers will link it back back the free download back to their websites where they may have incentive downloads.
If you click on the more button under the Soundcloud player you will see a “Download Icon” which will give you the ability to download the beat.
Soundcloud wouldn’t be my first port of call for hip hop artist to find free beats as it’s common that beat makers have their beats stolen an uploaded here on Soundcloud without any repercussions.
So even if you find a legit download link here it might be hard to find out if that this beat maker is legit or if they just took them from another producers site.
Try to do a quick background check on any producer that you download beats from. It’s pretty safe if they link to their other social media websites.
How To Find Free Beats On Audiomack.com?
This is a site that I much prefer to Soundcloud for the simple fact that it’s completely free to use. Plus it’s more geared to the hip hop industry.
Audiomack has a much more intuitive interface and search features compared to that of Soundcloud which makes it much easier for hip artists to find beats and hip hop instrumentals.
You use the search bar at the top of the website or you can also use the genre filters on the side.
You might have to find certain hashtags that producers use to tag their beats with and pop that chosen hashtag into the search window in order to be hyper specific.
You will find that most beat makers here will give the option of the free beat download compared to that of Soundcloud. But occasionally you will find that certain producers will link back to their own personal website where you might have to opt in to download the beat for free.
Gotinstrumentals.com rap Instrumental mixtape Website
Gotinstrumentals is one of the largest hip hop instrumental mixtape sites online.
It operates similarly to that Datpiff.com or Mymixtapez.com but more catered to instrumental hip hop music.
The legitimacy of Gotinstrumentals is questionable as they host tons of instrumentals from popular songs. Weather they have the rights to do this is unlikely.
But if you are looking for instrumentals that your favourite rappers have rapped over this might just be your port of call.
Apart from remake beats that you might find on Youtube it’s pretty hard to find official instrumentals from famous artists. Gotinstrumentals seems to have large source of official hip hop instrumentals without the vocals or official instrumentals with hooks.
Just proceed with caution if you do download instrumentals from this site.
In order to download instrumentals you need to set up an free profile with Gotinstrumentals.com
Just hit the sign up button and fill out some details and once you have a profile head over to your chosen instrumental and click the download button.
The one plus side to Gotinstrumentals is that music producer upload complete beat tapes here. So you might just find a producers complete library or catalogue with one download instead of downloading each and every beat individually.
It might be a good idea to check out their Gotinstrumental mixtapes series. Here they host and distribute free instrumental mixtapes from pre selected music producers. This might help you find free beats on Gotinstrumentals that have some quality control.
The site does go through periods very high volume of traffic which it can’t seem to handle. Sometimes you might see that the site is down or downloading might be disabled for a period of time.
Can I find Free Rap Instrumentals On Datpiff.com?
Like that of Gotinstrumentals.com Datpiff is a mixtape website catered to the hip hop industry. It’s more catered to that of hip hop artists compared to that of music producers.
Most music producers will release beat tapes here due to the popularity here with rap artists. Most of the beats will be heavily tagged with the producer's signature.
So it might be hard to find beats that are easy to rap over..
I would approach with caution when downloading free instrumentals from Datpiff.com because you never know if they person who uploaded the instrumentals is legit in the first place.
By doing a quick google check and looking for a branded social presence of that given music producer is a good indicator if the music producer is legit or not.
When downloading beats from Datpiff if it doesn’t require you to sign in to download means that the producer has paid the Datpiff.com membership fee to allow downloads without requiring the artist to login to Datpiff.
If the music producer hasn’t paid them Datpiff-sponsored mixtape fee you will need to create a free Datpiff.com profile to download the instrumental mixtape.
This is another site where you might able to find official instrumentals that industry rap artists rap over.
Performing over official rap music that industry has used isn’t a good strategy for any up and coming artist. It will be impossible to promote and most sites, like Youtube, Facebook and Soundcloud will hinder your ability to promote the music anyway.
Beatbrokerz.com is a similar site to that of Airbit.com and Beatstars.com. They provide tools for up-and-coming beat makers to showcase and share their instrumentals online. They also provide chart system where the best music producers and high-quality instrumentals are found.
The chart system on Beat Brokerz enables rap artist to download free instrumentals from the website produced by individual beat makers.
I've sourced beat brokerz free instrumental policy below.
This free download can not be used for any production music or profitable use.
It’s provided for song writing purposes and demo recording use only. To use this master track for profitable music distribution you must purchase the required licence.
Please note that this free download has reduce quality and audible tags. To obtain a quality version of this download please purchase the available licences above.
Again you have to understand that you were dealing with individual music producers. You may be able to download free beats to see if you're good enough to write songs to.
But you'll need to understand that these beats will be heavily tagged by the music producers themselves. And in order to find un-tagged beats you need to purchase a licence.
Most of the producers at the top of the charts is to understand the need for the songwriting process to occur so that rappers will purchase their hip-hop beats. Most will only put in tags at the start just so that the rap artist vibe to it.
There are two possible ways to download free Beats from Beatbrokerz.com. You can click on the individual music producer and click the free download button or you can scan the QR code located next to the beat.
You will note that some of the same producers that you find on here will also be located on Soundclick.com and Beatstars.com
Independent rap instrumental websites
Using sites like Beatstars Airbit and Beatbrokerz is a good place to start when you are looking for free hip hop instrumentals. Most producers will heavily promote themselves online so it’s easy to find social profiles of these music producers to check if they are legit or not.
Most rap producers use the tools provided by these sites in order to deliver their beats to rap artists automatically.
Not every producer will stand by common free beat policies. Some will have strict guidelines for and what qualifies as non-profit use and audition purposes. So just because it says “Free Beat Download” doesn’t always mean royalty free instrumental beats.
If you choose to download free mp3 rap instrumental from independent instrumental websites and beat makers. It best to reach out to them via email or social media just to see what you can and cannot do with their free music.
How Do I Download Free Beats On thecorporatethiefbeats.com website.
I also offer a certain number of free downloads from my site which operate on the above Airbit.com free download terms. In order to stand out from other beat makers, you will find that I also give out music marketing tips, resource lists and my hip hop blogs list cheat sheet.
Here rap artists can clearly remember that they where they download the beats from because of my additional free downloads.
Also it gives me the option to continue my working relationship with the rappers that download rap music from my site, by offering my music marketing information as a bonus.
Just subscribe to via email to our newsletter on the home page in order to access the free trap mp3 downloads and music marketing resources.
Can i use free Beats on YouTube?
While there is nothing to stopping you from using third part tools like Youtube to mp3 downloaders to rip free hip hop instrumentals from Youtube, most beat makers will have them heavily tagged.
Not every producer allows free downloads, but if you use discretion until you decide to purchase the lease rights, im sure no harm is done.
Can you use famous beats on a mixtape?
There is nothing physically stopping you from downloading famous beats from sites like Gotinstrumentals, Youtube or torrent sites. The problem will arise when you try to promote the song online. Facebook Youtube, Soundcloud and even the major mixtape sites are much better a finding and removing music that is uploaded without content.
So the short answer is to just make your own original song. It's less legal hassel and much easier to promote in the long run. Too much time spent on music that might never see the light of day. Use the song or instrumental in question as inspiration. Then see if you can work with a producer to make a similar custom instrumental for you to own.
Can Beat Makers Find Out If I Have Used Their Free Beats For Commercial Use?
A couple of years ago it was hard to track if someone had used music for profitable use.
Today that is a completely different story. With the use of music distribution sites like Distrokid or Beatstars.com which uses a content matching ID system.
Distrokid uses a content ID matching from Audiam which can track the unlawful uses of the instrumental on sites like Soundcloud, Spotify, Amazon, Itunes and Youtube.
So if you use one of my free rap instrumentals for commercial intent without the purchase of a lease license I will able to claim the audio via my content ID matching system I have with Distrokid.com
If you have purchased a lease license I can release the claim by white listing your channels.
To sum up the article, make sure you reach out to the producer to make it a much easier process for you in the future just incase your song does blow up.
Try relabeling the content information on the free instrumentals with the producers information.
Not every producer likes giving away free beats. Just because the beat is on Youtube doesn’t mean it’s up for grabs or “non-profit use”.
Take caution from downloading free official instrumentals or remakes your find online. Make sure you take heed of the free download policies these independent music producers offer.