West Coast Hip-hop producer Antbeatz is among the new generation of music producers tapping on the boundless opportunities created by the global reach of the online music scene. YouTube and its streaming services have changed the entertainment industry for good. Though the royalties aren’t that high, YouTube is still the most coveted streaming platform worldwide.
The Fresno-based producer now makes a living selling music beats online.
Always surrounded by music when growing up, Antbeatz started making beats at 15. Realizing his passion for music, Antbeatz turned his music hobby into a career in 2012 when he signed to Defiant Entertainment/ Grand Hustle Ent. Later, he started his own music production business, Antbeatz LLC, selling tens of thousands of beat licenses to artists and labels worldwide.
His work has so far attracted nearly 100 million views. The legendary music producer has worked with E-40, Lil Mosey, Saviii 3rd, Devour, Mozzy, Mike Sherm, Lil Sheik, Shootergang Kony, SOB x RBE, ALLBLACK, Zaybang, ComptonassTG, Philthy Rich, Mistah Fab, Lil 2z, MBNel, J. Stalin, Nef The Pharoah, Young Drummer Boy, Quadeca, OMB Peezy, D-Lo, Joe Moses among other.
Antbeatz’s list of accomplishments in selling beats online has been due to the growing popularity among rappers to use the virtual A&R for their production needs. This isn’t a new concept but it has seen an upsurge among rappers.
Beat-leasing is quick and cost-effective to rappers as they can sift through production online and purchase high-quality rap music instrumental beats for as low as $50. It is as easy as hopping on YouTube, finding the required style of beat, purchasing it, recording vocals, and re-leasing it onto streaming sites in less than 24 hours.
This entire online production is cost effective for rappers as well. While the beats can be released to other artists for the same price, artists also have the option of acquiring its exclusive rights through a premium package starting at $5000. Other premium options include the track out lease and the unlimited lease, and these premium features make beat leasing a unique way of making money online. It certainly is the most efficient example of how much young music entrepreneurs can do.