I hear ya...and hell yes...I'd love to have been there from the beginning with Dilla...I mean...I'll say it straight out...ya'll beat battlers influence the direction my music has taken...and you influence my development as a beat maker. Imagine if one of these battle kids "makes it" some day...the rest of the battle folks would have had a hand in that...
"Now not only for the money"
We're not only for them ends because if I wasn't gettin' paid
I'd still be dropping beats until my grave
The way I see it, we've already made it. For me, the creation is where it's at--the act of making some new and beautiful. I love the raw, exciting sounds of amateur beat heads. It's not like new Dilla/Madlib beats are coming out often, in fact, hardly ever. Even the not-so-good beats from the battles are good for learning what not to do.
I agree mostly with what you guys are sayin about these battles...I guess I was just hoping for more dialogue about the actual beats. Maybe it would be less time-consuming for voters if tracks had a 2 minute limit or something. Or, maybe the beat deadline for beats should be Sunday MIDNIGHT, and voting throughout the week. The winner of the previous week would also submit a sample by Sunday. Voting deadline Friday night MIDNIGHT. That way peeps can listen to tracks and vote all week, winner decided on Saturday. Anyway, something that doesn't involve lots of time/effort over the weekend might be helpful.
I'm in this week, we have one long ass Grand Funk sample track to work from... I'll see you guys on Friday with a new beat, peace and respek to everyone on here.
EDIT: in response to Bill, yeah, often the beats on here are more inspiring than pro releases, if for no reason than to hear the ish that a regular joe made rather than some studio supported producer. If you hear something real hot on here, you just know that you can achieve that too if you try hard enough.