If there is one form of music that you could nail to a specific city it is probably Hip-hop and New York. There is a fair bit of Caribbean influence in there too, of course, but it's origins lie in NYC with Grandmaster Flash, the Sugarhill Gang and Africa Bambaataa. Back then it was known as Disco Rap while today it takes on many forms including Rapping and even MC-ing and is one of the most popular forms of music on the planet. These days, the genre is played all over the world by people of all kinds and with varying levels of expertise. Hip Hop Box is a new music app for iOS that aims to make it easier to break into the business by offering great advice and a set of tools to make a virtual studio to make your music sound even more professional.
The point of Hip Hop Box is to give budding rappers, hip-hoppers or anyone else who is interested in making this type of electronic music, the chance to make professional sounding tracks in a few minutes and with minimal previous knowledge. It does this by providing heaps of features including multilayer recording, templates to follow and hundreds of cutting edge loops and sound effects to turn your music into something special. According to ten year veteran Hip Hop producer and developer Jessada Charoenkitvorawut you can get professional results very quickly if you know the rules about making hip hop music and follow some of the app's set templates. Over the years, he has seen many new musicians struggling to get the correct sounds and make professional sounding music. He thinks that this normally isn't so much down to musical skill but rather a lack of understanding about the fundamental elements that are needed to make a Hip Hop song. The app solves many of these problems and gives you various features to help you have fun making music and get great results in real time. There are separate layers for drums, melody, percussion, vocals, background loops and sound effects and the easy to use interface makes it simple to record and save your songs for editing later.
While one can't really call Hip-hop music formulaic, it seems that there are certain guidelines to uphold in order to make a successful piece of music. Hip Hop Box is a very useful acquisition for the rapper that wants to take it to the next level or the newcomer with minimum previous experience. It provides provides sound advice from a ten year veteran of the UK and Thailand hip hop scene as well as a whole heap of great loops and effects to crank your music up a gear. You can lay down separate layers of sound on top of each other and, while it won't replace sheer talent, Hip Hop Box is a great free app that will give you a palette to paint your hip-hop picture on.