The BeatTips Manual , written by Amir “Sa’id” Said, is the comprehensive guide to beat making. As far as I can tell it’s more like 3 books in one, Hip-Hop History, Beat Making Tutorials & Music Business. Now in it’s 5th edition and recently available in PDF format for digital download, Sa’id’s  The BeatTips Manual should be required reading for anyone looking to understand the art of beat making and hip-hop history more thoroughly.

In the fall of 2012, Beatmaking and Hip hop/rap music educator, Amir “Sa’id” Said, announced the re-release of his book, The BeatTips Manual: Beatmaking, the Hip Hop/Rap Music Tradition, and the Common Composer, 5th Edition. The BeatTips Manual, the definitive beatmaking and one of the most innovative music studies ever published, offers a serious exploration of the art of beatmaking, hip hop/rap’s chief compositional method. In his book (available now at and, author Amir Said (AKA “Sa’id”) takes a critical look at the 36 year history of hip hop/rap’s most intricate sub-tradition. He carefully dissects the dynamics of beatmaking, while examining both the cultural aesthetics and historical developments that lead to its birth. The BeatTips Manual is brilliantly divided into five primary 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 shop-talk with DJ Premier, DJ Toomp, 9th Wonder, Marley Marl and more. Meticulously comprehensive and sharply informative, The BeatTips Manual takes readers on an unforgettable journey through the art, craft and philosophy of the hip hop/rap beatmaking tradition.

“Less we forget, 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 is to create a reading experience that stirs one’s musical intuition, stimulates the cultural mind, and, ultimately, recalibrates the focus of hip hop/rap music. Also, one of my goals with The BeatTips Manual is to help fill the music education and instruction void that was left by the widespread music and arts program cuts that have taken place in schools all across America.”

The BeatTips Manual has been providing comprehensive information on the craft, culture and business of beatmaking and hip hop production since 2002. The 1st edition of The BeatTips Manual, published by Superchamp Books, was introduced in the fall of 2002. In 2007, The BeatTips Manual (now widely held as the standard for hip hop production education), was chosen as the required text book for New York University’s first course on beatmaking and hip hop production. In 2010 and 2011, The BeatTips Manual was added to music courses at The Berklee College of Music and the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill). Nearly ten years after it was first published, The BeatTips Manual has grown in both size and scope, and it’s rapidly on its way to becoming one of the most important publications in the field of hip hop studies.

Superchamp Books is a division of Superchamp, Inc., an independent mixed media company based in Brooklyn, NY.

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