Free Rap Beats

Why buy rap beats when you can have them for free? Yes, you read that right. We are offering free rap beats for you to enjoy and create the music you have been trying to finish in no time! Are you trying to put a mixtape together for a start-up in the industry but you still have no budget to buy exclusive beats? Well, we have the answer to your problems!

Example rap beat content:

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All our free rap beats and non-commercial rap beats are listed in chronological order below.
It shouldn’t be hard to find some use-able high quality free rap beats here.

Grab these free rap beats now! Download, insert your vocals and your mixtape will be ready in no time. Simple!

Entries are shown as instrumentals / sessions (short but complete instrumentals) – so start rapping now.

You can stream via the play-button. If you like it, click the entry name and you’ll be taken to the actual sample page, where you can download and read a bit about the audio.

 

Rap Beats list

If you are looking for single instrument loops and beats – go here – navigate to our front page, in you want to browse all our instrumentals.

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Please notice that the wording “free rap beats” is (mostly) for non-commercial use. The instrumental beats are available under Creative Commons licensing, so please take notice.

A question regarding usage of these free rap beats is in order. Since they are all licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial license – some have wondered how they are free.

You are free to download the beats, and use them in any way, as long as you don’t make money from them. Download our Free Rap Beats and enjoy progressive Creative Commons Licensing which enables you to copy and distribute the work, as long as the artist is given acknowledgement and credit. In other words, it’s free because: There is no cost in downloading, there is no membership fee, non-commercial also means no royalties – we consider this free.

We are however moving on commercial usage. For now, you can write us with your project details, and if you are something like the typical music enthusiast we will type you up a royalty free / attribution license. mail at [no god damn spam] ibeat dot org.

Don’t forget details and specifics.

Further reading:

History of Rap Beats

Rap beats and Hip-hop in general have been known to date back from the pre-existing tribes of Africa. These started out as beatings from percussive instruments and the use of body parts to create rhythmic sounds usually performed in African tribal ceremonies. These traditions made way for the development of this culture.
During the 1960’s, many African tribes migrated to Kingston, Jamaica, bringing their culture along. Many Africans worked their way in preserving their roots and the cultivation of rap beats made this possible. Kool Herc, an African based in Jamaica utilised blue records and put together rhythms in order to entertain people in his community.
It was in the 1970’s when rap was first launched in South Bronx, New York and it started to arise globally. Drum-mixes were the first beats used by the people to embrace rap music. It has since started to promote peace and harmony all throughout the places it reach.
The very first globally-produced rap-tune was ‘The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel’. Rap music synthesizers were first used in Afrika Bambaataa’s ‘Planet Rock’.
During the years from 1983 – 1985, Acts as LL Cool J and Run-DMC started making ‘noise’. The period was dubbed as the second era wave of Hip-hop music and has been a permanent musical pillar ever since.

Characteristics of Modern Rap Beats

The modern music scene is incomplete with rap music. In fact, this genre makes up a huge percentage in the music industry nowadays. Many songs have certain ‘rap’ parts in them and many singers who cannot rap make it a point to feature a rapper in their songs to add aesthetic and creative value to their works.

Rap beats are always characterized by heavy drum patterns. Most music genres are characterized by different types of musical tempos in combination with different musical instruments and the like. But, only the rap genre exists just by using simple yet heavy beats to guide the rhythm of the song.

Melody is also present in rap music but it’s not given as much significance as to how beats are necessary. It’s just a secondary aspect in rap music which only serves as a bonus addition for the development of a better product. Sturdy beats with recurring groove on a heavy musical arrangement combined with rhythm is the characteristic of rap music.

Aside from the beat, a song cannot be complete without lyrics. Rap songs always contain vocals which that are almost spoken in style yet goes along with the beat of the song. The singing of rap vocals over beats isn’t traditional. This trend just started when the ‘new era of rap’ started. Meanwhile, as the world of music continuously evolves, the trend has again shifted and rap music has become associated with mixes of spoken and sung vocals altogether.

Examples of Famous Beats

These are famous beats made up of samples that has been in the industry for many years yet are still used by new and modern artists as materials for making music

  1. I Know You Want Me by Pitbull – The sample here is 75, Brazil Street by Nicola Fasano vs. Pat Rich. The sample in Pitbull’s song is actually a sample itself taken from Chicago’s Street Player.
  2. Brass Monkey by The Beastie Boys – This track includes a sample from Bring It Here by Wild Sugar. These tracks sound identical when played simultaneously but Wild Sugar didn’t have the same success. Wild Sugar wasn’t able to make it a ‘hit’ – the sample however lives on, and is still one of the samples many artists consider and use when making beats and producing their own.
  3. Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice – Under Pressure by Queen and David Bowie is sampled on this track. Vanilla Ice actually denied that he sampled from Under Pressure although listening to these tracks will prove otherwise, at the very least unlikely. Vanilla Ice just sequenced his music in another pattern but both tracks still have identical baselines.
  4. Moar Ghosts n’ Stuff (Hard Intro Mix) by Deadmau5 – The samples on this beat are Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor, Op. 35 by Frederic Chopin. Deadmau5 has produced his own tracks and is very expressive about how other artists don’t produce original work. But, this doesn’t keep him from sampling every now and then with classical music you can’t even think of being in a rap track.
  5. Just a Friend by Biz Markie – The sample included in the track is You Got What I Need by Freddie Scott. The simple piano melody is not something that a person would hear and say that it’s going to be a one-hit wonder yet Biz Markie has made it otherwise.

You can easily find the above on YouTube – always good for inspiration.

Using Samples in Rap Beats
Music sampling is the acquisition of a musical piece, whether it is a portion, an audio track or a recording and reusing it in a different song or musical medium. Read more on techniques and ideas across the iBeat site.

Hip-hop was the first musical genre to be originally based on the art sampling. The first DJ’s were born while using two vinyl turntables and audio mixers during the 1970’s. It has then gained traction globally and now many types of music genres have started to use sampling. Sampling is originally done using a hardware named ‘sampler’ but now that the digital ages has come, there are already available computer programs meant for this task.

The use of sampling is controversial on both musical and legal sense. During the 1940’s up to the 1960’s when experimental musicians first pioneered the sampling technique, they sometimes miss to ask and receive permissions from copyright owners of the samples that they have used. It wasn’t even necessary to obtain copyright licenses in order to play recorded samples in dance parties. This continued until the genre grew and went mainstream. Because of the market growth, it was then ruled that it is necessary to obtain legal clearances for the utilization of samples, including rap beats and songs. There has been a commotion during the first few years of this ruling with artists and music producers fighting in court because of this legal trouble. There are still cases of this type nowadays but it has lessened significantly because of measures they learned to take to avoid legal conflict especially on copyright issues.

Legal Issues

In the music scene, sampling is probably the most controversial area of conflict when concerning legal matters. During the first few years of sampling, many artists create their music using other people’s original works without permissions. This went on until the original artists took action about the issue and claimed copyright infringement. Many sampling artists responded with claims that their samples are under the fair use policy although this is not universal.

And no, P Diddy – Puff-whatnot didn’t create sampling :)

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57 Responses to Free Rap Beats

  1. user April 5, 2008 at 9:58 am #

    The wav file in Dopebeat is not working.

  2. admin April 5, 2008 at 11:18 am #

    Fixed. Thanks for the heads up.

  3. vahid April 20, 2008 at 6:51 am #

    beat rap

  4. admin April 20, 2008 at 12:52 pm #

    ehm..? beat rap – rap beat… either way: Thanks for commenting!?

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  9. Candice October 23, 2008 at 4:46 pm #

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  11. gokhan January 8, 2009 at 12:00 pm #

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  12. iterion May 18, 2009 at 3:40 am #

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  13. adam bob June 19, 2009 at 3:56 am #

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  14. Fidel June 24, 2009 at 5:26 pm #

    @ adambob: sucky ass comment.

  15. mitch November 21, 2009 at 3:28 am #

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  16. Lavish January 4, 2010 at 5:36 am #

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  17. Lavish January 4, 2010 at 5:36 am #

    but these beats are good too. ima use them for some songs myself

  18. Z February 12, 2010 at 9:51 am #

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    Nice share, thank you buddy!

  19. makinghiphopbeat March 2, 2010 at 4:58 pm #

    nice beat, really like
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  20. jose nunez July 18, 2010 at 12:23 am #

    im looking for comercial beats that i can use so i could release an album the i recorded. Its like a Mix tape and if i use these beats from this site will it cost me

  21. j July 20, 2010 at 8:43 pm #

    @jose

    Quick answer. Every single hip hop and rap beat, is tagged with a license.

    Some are non-commercial, you’ll need to pay for them. But many are available under attribution – which means, you can do what you like, just as long as you give the author credit.

    If you have any questions, just use the contactform on the main site, and someone will get back to you.

  22. james September 16, 2010 at 11:42 am #

    thanks enoe. i love ‘what to do’. im gonna record some rhymes over it. if i become rich and famous you get half :)

  23. free download October 24, 2010 at 9:22 am #

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  24. Blitz Beats May 17, 2011 at 10:24 pm #

    Wow, you got lots of beats here! Good stuff. I’m sure you are keeping your people happy with providing a lot of free beats to them.

  25. cody June 28, 2011 at 7:38 pm #

    yo my name is cody but my rap name is CjRhythms and I’m new to rapping but im good at its and i was needind like free beats only if u have any

  26. mohammad July 17, 2011 at 12:34 pm #

    send me free rap or hiphop beats.

  27. mohammad July 19, 2011 at 2:11 am #

    hi , my name is TRANE , i love “RAP BEAT” .,.

  28. chrisdizzle August 14, 2011 at 6:00 pm #

    Man I want to be a rapper when I grow up I’m only 13

  29. Toby August 15, 2011 at 12:29 pm #

    My name is Toby .I’m new to the rap game. I just wanna say a big thank you cuz i found this site useful.

  30. j August 22, 2011 at 11:28 am #

    Click on the title of the beat. On the specific page press download for options in mp3 or lossless wave.

    Every single track is licensed under Creative Commons, most under BY-NC, which means non-commercial usage is okay – free to use as long as you don’t make money of it in any way!

    Glad to hear many find these good and usefull.

  31. DJ Perza @ Justice C September 9, 2011 at 6:02 am #

    Great Beats, but aren’t you worried about infringement ?

  32. DJ @ Justice Coin September 9, 2011 at 6:04 am #

    I just started mixing using frooty loops and hope that i can be busting some sick beats like those.

  33. jack September 12, 2011 at 7:50 pm #

    All music is nice …. good Site

  34. tobi October 1, 2011 at 5:52 pm #

    nice beats! thanks!

  35. cool mindblowing October 20, 2011 at 9:42 am #

    I like the melody and calmness of the beats and tones.

    Thanks for the creations

  36. Amy @ Flex Belt November 21, 2011 at 10:59 pm #

    Those are some sick beats!

  37. Raymond December 11, 2011 at 5:16 pm #

    I need new rap beats im 13 and im already rapping been in the game since last year just need new beats

  38. natano December 27, 2011 at 1:39 pm #

    Dear all,

    thanks for this awesome site and these funky and highly creative beats! I give special credit to Enoe. Really awesome work and thx for sharing.

    All the best from Germany,

    natano

  39. quan June 14, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

    what do i do when i am done listeing to the beats i want to rap now

  40. Rap Beat Free June 29, 2012 at 4:28 pm #

    Nice clean website just happened to be in the neighborhood and figured i’d give you a listen. Nice Music and Nice content. 10 out of 10.

  41. M.2.K July 14, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

    Hey its M.2.K just wana say being new in the game its hard to find free beats thats so insane so thanx it help alot

    Live from Cape Town, South Africa

  42. D. Solo July 26, 2012 at 10:18 pm #

    I need as much rap instrumentals as possible

  43. James September 13, 2012 at 4:28 am #

    Great was looking for a place o get some beats for my mixes.

  44. farhan September 13, 2012 at 10:07 am #

    so so nice all beats

  45. Matt Keller October 19, 2012 at 4:56 pm #

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  46. Nahid H. October 21, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

    Rap beats, first knowing to me. Nice…………..

  47. Connor January 12, 2013 at 10:35 am #

    I’m I allowed to use your beats with my rap lyrics on YouTube?

  48. Rachele January 21, 2013 at 6:56 am #

    Thank you for sharing.. These are exactly what I was looking for.

  49. concrete January 27, 2013 at 10:53 pm #

    nice rap beats man salute

  50. Masud February 4, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

    thanks for this awesome site and these funky and highly creative beats! I give special credit to Enoe. Really awesome work and thx for sharing.

  51. ALex h February 6, 2013 at 11:20 pm #

    The Boing Session beat, i used it to record a rap, and i want to publish it to itunes can i have ur consent ill send you the link on youtube if u want to hear it

  52. j February 22, 2013 at 10:26 am #

    @ALex h

    The sample is Attribution Non-Commercial – so no, that won’t work. Sry.

    I’d recommend using the contact form (http://ibeat.org/contact-us/) and get in touch. Let us here what you are planning with the rap beat, what you’ve done with it – and what use you expect.

  53. Masud February 23, 2013 at 2:37 am #

    Thank you for sharing.. These are exactly what I was looking for.

  54. jordan April 3, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

    hi i was wondering if it is ok to use some of these beats for my intro on my youtube gaming vids. i am only 15 so i dont think i will be making money off of my vids

  55. beckster April 11, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

    Great beats! I’ve been looking for something like this. Thanks for making it available.

  56. InsaneBeatz April 18, 2013 at 10:28 am #

    hey, you uploadet some good beats here! sounds very dope und ruff. not like the most other producers who just want to sounds similar like the big & popular producers. i like what you done here. i also uploadet some freebeats
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  57. Music Making Program December 4, 2013 at 11:51 am #

    You have some great rap beats here man nice work

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