8 episodes

We've all heard about the success stories of famous producers. What about their darkest moments? How did they push through to make a living out of their passion? How did they take care of their mental health?

This is the show that finally answers those questions. Every week we sit down with the best producers and artists in the game to not just hear their rags to riches story but how they made it despite the odds, so you can too.

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    • Music Interviews
    • 5.0, 26 Ratings

We've all heard about the success stories of famous producers. What about their darkest moments? How did they push through to make a living out of their passion? How did they take care of their mental health?

This is the show that finally answers those questions. Every week we sit down with the best producers and artists in the game to not just hear their rags to riches story but how they made it despite the odds, so you can too.

    Hip Hop Social Worker: How to Help & Heal In Light of George Floyd’s Death

    Hip Hop Social Worker: How to Help & Heal In Light of George Floyd’s Death

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    In light of the tragic murder of George Floyd we wanted to have an open discussion on the podcast about what we can do to help and how we can heal ourselves and help others heal around us. To help us do that we had Christopher Scott, M.S.W., C.S.W.A. (aka Hip Hop Social Worker) on the show. Chris shared about his work in Portland as a social worker, working with youth and how he is growing his brand as Hip Hop Social worker to make content for everyone to consume for free (including the Hip Hop Social Worker Podcast).

    As hard as it is, we had the conversation to try and see what we can do and how we can heal. On what we can do; voting for legislation against police brutality, checking in and supporting our black friends, showing up and listening to what we can do.

    On healing from this tragedy, Chris mentioned allowing yourself to take time off, talk to your boss and lean on your support network. Being creative not just in making music but drawing, journaling, writing and even coloring! Taking time to learn new skills and being able to give your self time to focus on other things. Most importantly, set aside time to log off of social media, meditate, center yourself and recharge so you can come back to help with a clear mind.

    Listen to these stories and more on this episode of Beat The Block, powered by BeatStars. If you’re a producer trying to make a living doing what you love, head over to BeatStars.com and start making money, for free.

    • 50 min
    Ms.Madli: Moving From Estonia to NY, Winning Her 2nd Beat Battle & Composing for VH1, CBS and ABC

    Ms.Madli: Moving From Estonia to NY, Winning Her 2nd Beat Battle & Composing for VH1, CBS and ABC

    Today’s guest doesn’t hail from the usual hip hop mecca’s like New York, LA or Chicago… she’s from Estonia. Our next guest Ms.Madli came to the US without much of a plan other than to make it in the music industry. She was classically trained on piano but knew the reading music wasn’t her passion, hip hop was. She made beats on the side for 7 years and entered in a beat battle one fateful day in 2014 where she placed third. She came back the next year and won.

    That got people to start taking notice, people like Sway Calloway who ended up having her on “Sway in the Morning”. She is also a composer and has made compositions for VH1, CBS, ABC and other major networks. She shares her story as a first-generation immigrant making it not just in America but the music industry.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Cameone: His Kanye Placement, Being Fired, Building His Design Company & Selling Samples

    Cameone: His Kanye Placement, Being Fired, Building His Design Company & Selling Samples

    Every producer has to make this decision, do I go all in or keep doing it making music on the side? Our next guest’s decision ultimately led to his placement with Kanye West. Today’s guest, Cameone, was forced to make that decision after he got fired from his job at a sneaker store and had to decide if he should get a full-time job or go full time into his own work. He decided to bet on himself.

    Making music isn’t his only passion, he’s also a designer. He shares his story doing little logo projects to a branding deal that paid his rent and then some. He also discovered he could make samples with his unique synth-style he loves and make money that way. That ended up earning him a credit for “On God” from “Jesus is King” by Kanye West.

    Listen to these stories and more on this episode of Beat The Block, powered by BeatStars. If you’re a producer trying to make a living doing what you love, head over to BeatStars.com and start making money, for free.

    • 35 min
    MTK: How Quitting Music Led to Trippie Redd, Logic & Other Placements

    MTK: How Quitting Music Led to Trippie Redd, Logic & Other Placements

    Not every producer finds success and creative fulfillment after they decide to give up on making it in the music industry. Our next guest, MTK, did. MTK started making beats during a graveyard shift then while he traveled around Europe, his big break came at a Seattle beat battle where he met Macklemore, Eric G, Jake One, and others. While he definitely had success, he wasn’t where he hoped to be after a discussion with his wife decided to leave the music business.

    After that, he just started making music for fun again and he started making compositions that he loved creating the most. He started messaging people like Statik Selektah and soon enough he was getting credits with people like Royce Da’ 5’9, Boi1da, Logic, !llmind, Trippie Red.

    Listen to these stories and more on this episode of Beat The Block, powered by BeatStars. If you’re a producer trying to make a living doing what you love, head over to BeatStars.com and start making money, for free.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    88-keys: Friendship w/ Kanye, Formula for Music Success & How Cleaning Vinyls Helped Launch His Career

    88-keys: Friendship w/ Kanye, Formula for Music Success & How Cleaning Vinyls Helped Launch His Career

    Most producers are lucky to make a record considered a classic in their career, our next guest’s second beat he ever sold became the cult classic “Thieves in the Night” by Black Star (Talib Kweli & Mos Def). 88-keys has 20+ years in the game and has produced for Kanye West, Jay Z, Big Sean and more.

    He got his start cleaning records for John Carerro where he rubbed shoulders with people like Q-Tip, Pete Rock, Busta Rhymes, Funk Master Flex and more. He used his deep record collection and developed a formula for making records that allowed him to get the placements he has. Later he made his own album “The Death of Adam” which was executive produced by Kanye West. 88 shares the story of filming the “Stay Up!” music video with Kanye where they dressed up as old men and tore up the town.

    Listen to these stories and more on this episode of Beat The Block, powered by BeatStars. If you’re a producer trying to make a living doing what you love, head over to BeatStars.com and start making money, for free.

    • 40 min
    Denaun (Mr.Porter): Producing Eminem’s First Album, Exiting his Publishing Deal & Mental Health for Producers

    Denaun (Mr.Porter): Producing Eminem’s First Album, Exiting his Publishing Deal & Mental Health for Producers

    Mr.Porter grew up in a musical family, his grandfather was in “The Original 5 Blind Boys of Alabama” and his father who started off as their driver and Popular gospel singer himself, he spent much of his childhood on the road and surrounded by music. His life changed when at the age of 15 he was shot in his hometown of Detriot and wasn’t able to pursue sports the way he was before. He later turned to producing and after only 3 months he linked up with Eminem and helped produce his first album, Infinite.

    Mr.Porter shares how later he started composing for films and executive producing albums like “Hell: The Sequel”. Even as he grew as an artist he still faced hardships and obstacles he had to overcome. There was a dark time for him after Proof of D12 died and where Denaun was diagnosed with a heart condition. He started focusing on his physical and mental health with things like therapy, meditation and exercise which he talks about in-depth, he’s currently working on a pamphlet for producers around health in the studio.

    He also dives into the business side of things, detailing his leaving EMI and what he’s seeing artists should be doing in today’s world of streaming and how to command their worth. Even touching on the legendary queen’s Jill Scott and Erykah Badu Instagram Live. His focus now is to stay centered mentally, physically and spiritually and help others achieve their dreams in the music world, as well as his new solo project he describes as “a hip-hop version of ‘What’s Going On’”.

    Listen to these stories and more on this episode of Beat The Block, powered by BeatStars. If you’re a producer trying to make a living doing what you love, head over to BeatStars.com and start making money, for free.

    • 1 hr 34 min

Customer Reviews

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26 Ratings

26 Ratings

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The podcast gives a new perspective on how to handle the emotional waves in the music industry. Extremely motivating.

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Incredibly informative and entertaining

The hosts are great, the sound and editing quality is amazing, excited for more episodes!!!

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