Pro Tips - Eminem

Eminem was recently interviewed by Scratch magazine about his production skills and one tip he gave was

"Many new producers use only one kick and one snare in a track. Sometimes I'll have, like, 12 or 13 kicks in one song. Like the Biggie and tupac song "runnin". Listen to how thick the drums are! God knows how many kicks and snares I put on there".

Drums can get boring by the end of a song. It is a good idea to use a wide variety of kicks, snares and hats to bring diversity to a track. You can layer them and switch back and forth for variety. Listen to the song "Runnin" for an example of what he did.

Didn't know Eminem Produced? Now you do. Besides being the executive producer of D12's two albums, Devil's Night and D12 World, he has executive produced Obie Trice's Cheers and Second Round's on Me as well as 50 Cent's Get Rich or Die Tryin' and The Massacre.

In addition, Eminem has produced and appeared on several songs by other famous rappers, such as Jadakiss' "Welcome To D-Block", Jay-Z's "Renagade" and "Moment of Clarity" Lloyd Banks' "Warrior Part 2", and "Hands Up", Tony Yayo's "Drama Setter", Trick Trick's "Welcome 2 Detroit", and Xzibit's "My Name" and "Don't Approach Me". Most of The Eminem Show was produced by Eminem himself, with co-production from longtime collaborator Jeff Bass. He split the production with Dr. Dre on Encore. In 2004, Eminem was the Executive Producer of 2Pac's posthumous album Loyal to the Game with 2Pac's mother Afeni Shakur. He produced the UK #1 single "Ghetto Gospel" which featured Elton John. He has produced "The Cross" off Nas's album God's Son. On August 15, 2006, Obie Trice released Second Round's on Me. Eminem produced 8 tracks on the album. He was featured in the song "There They Go". Eminem has produced some tracks on the new Trick Trick album, The Villain; he's featured in "Who Want It".
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Anonymous said...

this is great advice. I usually only use one or two kicks per track but this has opened up my mind. Now I am gonna use a ton of different procussion sounds were appropriate