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I enjoy rapping along with the artist while listening to (Hip-Hop / Trap) music. But sometimes I'd like to rap all myself over the beat.

In such an occasion I have to search for the instrumental, the beat only without the artist's voice. I usually do so on YouTube. But for certain songs there don't seem to be an instrumental at all or all I find are different versions or beat-remakes.

Are there web-services or databases which I can use to search for instrumentals? I'm talking about Hip-Hop or Trap beats here, but a general place for instrumentals may also be helpful if they have some Hip-Hop beats available.

It doesn't need to be for free. Some songs were released on vinyl with the beat on the backside. But some instrumentals may not be released officially and are hard to find.

Bonus points if the web-service/database can tell if there is an instrumental at all.

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    You could also try to remove Vocals from tracks with software. A free one with this functionality is audacity but there are a lot more. It does not work perfect for all tracks, but you can find many tutorials about optimizing this in the web... – kl78 Nov 18 '15 at 12:08
  • @kl78 Oh, I thought that was way more complicated. I even got audacity installed at home, I'll definitely give this a try. Thanks! – Alex Nov 18 '15 at 14:02
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Generally speaking it's called "karaoke". There are many companies that sell rap karaoke tracks. These are re-creations or cover versions of hit songs, not the actual original instrumental tracks. Karaoke companies pay licensing fees to the songwriters and publishing companies that own the copyrights to the songs being covered. The quality of rap karaoke tracks varies a great deal.

Google search for "rap karaoke"

As for the original instrumental tracks, they are created by the producer of the original song, and the tracks are owned by the record company or production company that financed the recording sessions. The instrumentals are their property. Therefore the original instrumental of a specific rap song is only available to the public if the record company or the production company decides that they want to sell that particular instrumental or, in more rare cases, to permit that instrumental to be available on the Internet without having it removed as a violation of their copyright.

My point is that just because you like a particular rap song and want to find its instrumental, this does not mean that it is necessarily available.

  • Thank you! I never thought of including "karaoke" in my searches. That's what I wanted to say in my last sentence. Perfect would be a site that has a page for every song. Just to tell me if there even is an instrumental (or karaoke version) available or not. – Alex Jun 17 '15 at 14:48
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At 8tracks they have a section with only instrumental music, most of them are not samplers to be reused, but might be useful here and there: http://8tracks.com/explore/instrumental

A very good way to find Instrumental samplers is on Soundcloud, most of them are royalty free and can be used freely: https://soundcloud.com/.

Looperman is a more professional option, they have really good tracks but most of them are paid, but you can stream for free: http://www.looperman.com/tracks

Even YouTube provides an audio library with some royalty free music, where you can filter by genre, tempo and others: https://www.youtube.com/audiolibrary/music - the only problem is that these songs are very used on Videos, so they might not sound "fresh" for your listeners.

  • 8tracks looks good. The only thing that bugs me is that there are only playlists. If I'm searching for a certain beat, I'd have to look through all the playlists found by searching for the artist. SoundCloud and Looperman seem to only feature independent beat-makers. This is not what I'm looking for. I know where to find beats, I need to know where I can find the beat to a song which is popular. I didn't know about that YouTube thing, but that's also not what I'm looking for. Those are beats that are freely available and released with none or very opened copyrights. – Alex Jun 17 '15 at 13:16
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    Ah, I see. If you're willing to pay for samplers, on eBay you can find a considerable amount of 7" vynil singles with instrumental tracks on it. Some of them were just released for a short period of time, or just for a specific country, or are bootlegs, or even were just promotional stuff. Worth a try, you might find something you like. – Bruno Monteiro Jun 17 '15 at 14:10
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If you're able to get a file of the beat, PhonicMind is a website where you can take songs and it will extract the instrumental and remove the vocals from the song for a couple bucks. It is kind of hit or miss though, some songs it does great some songs it does sound like garbage.

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