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December 10, 2015

BeatTips Founder, Sa'id, Drops New Single "Make It Mean Something;" Announces Album

Sa'id, Author of the Books The BeatTips Manual and The Art of Sampling, Puts Out New Single and is Set to Release Album that Aims to Be "Meaningful" and "Demonstrates What's in his Books"

By G. Ferguson


BROOKLYN, NY — December 9, 2015 — Sa'id (Amir Said), founder of BeatTips, the popular beatmaking and music education website, the independent publishing house Superchamp Books, and author of the books The BeatTips Manual and The Art of Sampling, today announced his new album The Best of Times. The Best of Times, features beats and rhymes entirely by Sa'id, and in addition to being entertaining and thought provoking, it is meant to serve as an example of the ideas, methods, and practices found in his books.


"This album represents one of the best ways for me to further discuss the kind of information and insight that you'll find in both The BeatTips Manual and The Art of Sampling," says Sa'id. "Everything that I do with BeatTips is about continuing the discussion — finding new ways to help expand the beatmaking community at large. But of course, I'm also an artist: I rhyme and I make beats. So also it means a lot to me that have this opportunity to put out music on my own terms and watch it compete on the open market. Plus, I'm an advocate for beatmakers (producers) putting out their own projects. Whether it be as beatmaker-rappers or as part of duo or group, I believe that the most sustainable path for beatmakers (producers) is the path that includes creating and putting their own projects, rather than chasing or waiting for a beat placement. So I'm following my own advice."


Although The Best of Times has no features in the traditional sense, it does have an important co-star. "What makes this album really special to me is that I've done it with the help of my son, Amir Ali Said. Amir, who is the co-executive producer along with me, has been extremely instrumental — literally speaking — to this album. My son is living in Paris at the moment; I just recently returned to New York City from there. And we wanted a way to stay connected until I made my way back to Paris. So as a challenge, and a way for us to really stay connected, I asked him to dig in the crates — e-dig — and pick music for me to sample. No one knows my ear better than Amir. That's my son; he's on the cover of The BeatTips Manual. He's been hearing me make and talk about music his entire life. So I completely trust his judgment; I knew that he would send me stuff that I could catch wreck on. That's why Amir is the co-star of this album: He sent me handpicked music to flip, and I flipped it."


Coinciding with his album announcement, Sa'id dropped a new song called "Make It Mean Something." "I had to drop a new joint. I couldn't mention my new album and not drop a joint. So Here is 'Make It Mean Something,' the first song from my new album. Please share! And thank you for your continued support."


BeatTips has provided the most trusted information on the craft, culture, and business of beatmaking/hip hop production since 2002. The 1st edition of ‘The BeatTips Manual’ was published by Superchamp Books in 2002, the same year BeatTips.com was founded. Used by beatmakers and in schools around the world, in 2007, ‘The BeatTips Manual,’ now widely held as the standard for hip hop production education, was featured in New York University’s first course on beatmaking and hip hop production. Since then, ‘The BeatTips Manual,’ now in its 6th Edition, has been used in countless schools and institutions of higher learning, including The Berklee College of Music and the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), and it continues to be recognized as the definitive beatmaking/hip hop production book around the globe, confirming its status as one of the most important music studies of our time.


Press Contact: G. Ferguson, beattips2@gmail.com
http://www.BeatTips.com | @BeatTipsManual @AmirSaid

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December 09, 2013

Press Release: ‘The BeatTips Manual’ Available for Kindle and Apple Devices December 16

BROOKLYN, NY—December 16, 2013—BeatTips and Superchamp Books today announced The BeatTips Manual will be available for Amazon Kindle and Apple Devices starting December 16. The BeatTips Manual (available at the Kindle Store, iTunes, and BeatTips.com) is the definitive beatmaking guide and one of the most innovative music studies ever published. It offers a serious exploration of the art of beatmaking, hip hop/rap’s chief compositional method and most intricate sub-tradition, and it delivers a uniquely powerful examination of the roots and nuances of hip hop culture. DJ Rich Medina calls The BeatTips Manual "the best book ever written on the topic;" HipHopIsRead says it's "the go-to guide for beatmaking;" CrateKings proclaimed that The BeatTips Manual "is by far the single best book focusing on hip hop production;" and SoundsandGear says, "This is a great book! If you make beats, or have any interest in making beats/producing, this book is a must have."

Brilliantly divided into five parts, including an absolutely stunning History part, an extensively detailed and robust Instruction part, a Music Theory part, a Business part, and an explosive Interviews part, which includes exclusive interviews with DJ Premier, DJ Toomp, 9th Wonder, Marley Marl and more, The BeatTips Manual is meticulously comprehensive and sharply informative. Through a highly detailed analysis of the origins of beatmaking as well as its key aesthetics, principles, predilections, nuances, and priorities, author Amir Said (Sa’id) offers deep insight and timely advice. He convincingly argues that beatmaking is a legitimate music compositional process, and that beatmakers (hip hop producers) are the common composers of our time. An incredibly revealing look at the beatmaking musical process, and one of the most fascinating studies of hip hop culture and the hip hop/rap music tradition to ever be recorded, The BeatTips Manual is both groundbreaking and necessary.

“Beatmaking is a rather intricate art form, one rich with tradition and history,” says Said. “As such, if it is to ever receive its proper recognition in the world of contemporary music, it requires a detailed study of all of its critical nuances.” Speaking on his aim of the book, Said says, “With The BeatTips Manual, my goal was to create a reading experience that stirs one’s musical intuition, stimulates the cultural mind, and, ultimately, motivates people to make the best music they can.”

BeatTips has provided the most trusted information on the craft, culture, and business of beatmaking/hip hop production since 2002. The 1st edition of The BeatTips Manual was published by Superchamp Books in 2002, the same year BeatTips.com was founded. Used by beatmakers and in schools around the world, in 2007, The BeatTips Manual, now widely held as the standard for hip hop production education, was featured in New York University’s first course on beatmaking and hip hop production. Since then, The BeatTips Manual has been used in countless schools and institutions of higher learning, including The Berklee College of Music and the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), and it continues to be recognized as the definitive beatmaking/hip hop production book around the globe, confirming its status as one of the most important music studies of our time.

BeatTips and Superchamp Books are divisions of Superchamp, Inc., a mixed-media company based in Brooklyn, NY.

Press Contact: Amir Said, beattips@gmail.com
http://www.BeatTips.com | @BeatTipsManual

November 11, 2010

BeatTips News: Nasa of Uncommon Records Joins BeatTips.com

Engineer, Producer, and Label Owner Announced As BeatTips.com Senior Contributor

By AMIR SAID (SA'ID)

It is with great pleasure that I announce that fellow beatmaker (producer), engineer, Nasa, has joined BeatTips.com. Nasa, former house engineer for the Def Jux label and current owner of Uncommon Records, brings his rather unique beatmaking, engineering, and label-running expertise and years of experience in the music business to the BeatTips team.

A stalwart of the indie hip hop/rap music scene and a long-time supporter of underground hip hop/rap, Nasa's perspective on what it takes to make it as a music maker in a truly DIY (Do It Yourself) era is sharp and multi-nuanced. That's why I'm confident that Nasa will prove to be a very valuable member of the BeatTips Team.

As Senior Contributor, Nasa will regularly contribute articles, editorials, and tutorials that capture the essence of his collective expertise and experience.
Nasa will add strong value to BeatTips.com, and his contribution will undoubtedly help us continue to deliver the same high caliber of content that readers have come to expect from BeatTips.com everyday.

Welcome, Nasa!

*Check out Nasa's Uncommon Records website: here
Follow Nasa on Twitter at: @UncommonRecords

—Sa'id

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