Originally Posted by SMARTGUY
I've done it many ways. When writing songs I try to get as close to what I'm hearing in my head. When making beats, I may have an idea already but I most times will also have an idea on the rhyme or cadence to go along with it. I find that most rappers don't like to have a rhyme idea already in place. For these guys I'll just let them run down what they have and I'll make a beat according to how their flow makes me feel. I also will have stock beats on hand to see if anything inspires them. Meeting somewhere in the middle brings the best results. In the past I've had many experiences where in the quest to produce what's in my head many new ideas would come up and the original idea gets tossed. Or I would build around a particular sound or groove. But I am now finding it easier to chase what I'm hearing.
Oh I wish.
I get the best ideas in my head when I'm nowhere near a place to get the idea down. If I'm near the DAW...nothing. It's all from scratch when I get there. But on the subway, no one alive can touch my imaginary beats.
I wish I could have ideas in my head ready to go as I sit down. Even if I did, by the time, I've got some dummy stuff set up, that idea seems to corny-ize as soon as it's converted from thought to audio. I just can't work like that.