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9th Wonder “I Have To Do 30 Beats A Week”

September 14, 2009

Producer/university professor 9th Wonder discusses the importance of knowing cultural history, setting goals, commitment, and maintaining a consistent, elevated work ethic.

Notable Quotes:
“You kinda gotta know the history of something you want to be a part of.  Me I learned from Dilla and Madlib, who learned from Pete [Rock], who learned from James Brown, who learned from Duke Ellington.”

“I had this thing called 30 before Thursday.  I started on Monday and by Thursday I needed to have 30 beats, because I read in an article that Pete Rock did 25 beats a week.  So I’m saying I have to do 30 beats a week… I have to.”

[via Soul Culture]

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{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

vizionheiry September 14, 2009 at 12:42 pm

I always like how you focus on the details in the titles of posts! Good work.

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Semantik September 14, 2009 at 1:07 pm

Thanks… great to hear that it isn’t going unnoticed!

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hotbox September 14, 2009 at 2:21 pm

maybe this is why all his beats sound the same.

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Cai September 15, 2009 at 8:36 am

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

HA!

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DP September 17, 2009 at 1:56 am

LOL, very true.
whether you pick a 9th beat from 2004 or 2008. not much changed i think.
most producers have a certain sound though, cause its the sound they love.
9th can start making a electronic beat but if that soul is his favorite sound he wont even listen afterwards to that electronic thing.

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JKirch September 14, 2009 at 2:40 pm

Maybe it’s just me, But this is a private video & I can’t view it :(

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Semantik September 14, 2009 at 2:42 pm

Yeah, was just made private a few minutes ago… I’ll see what can be done for an updated vid.

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COME ON! September 14, 2009 at 5:57 pm

please let me watch this semantik! 8===D

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Juney September 14, 2009 at 9:21 pm

i need to hear what 9th got to say too.

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Kazilla September 14, 2009 at 9:33 pm

I rather have quality over quantity.

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Twist September 14, 2009 at 9:34 pm

Whats the password brotha??????

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Semantik September 14, 2009 at 9:36 pm

The user who created the video has enabled password protection… CK has no control over the settings. Currently looking for a non-protected version.

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saygon September 15, 2009 at 5:43 am

The user who created the video has enabled password protection…why are people uploading vids and then making em private??? can’t understand it. like 9th said, share your knowledge. thanks to cratekings for always keeping me informed. keep doin`ya good work semantik.

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Frank September 15, 2009 at 7:46 am

CAN’T VIEW IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT”s PRIVATE!!!!

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whats goin on September 15, 2009 at 8:04 am

PLEAAAAASE GUY WHO RUNS THIS VIDEO LET ME WATCH IT!!! IM GONNA KILL MYSELF IF I DONT SEE THIS VIDEO I AM A 9th Wonder FIEND!!!!

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r September 15, 2009 at 12:52 pm

Psycho

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Digs September 15, 2009 at 1:08 pm

damn.

EPMD made a song about you my man..
it’s called: “You Gots To Chill”..

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IV September 17, 2009 at 11:44 pm

Stan

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Tha S Ence September 15, 2009 at 8:39 am

cheeeillll

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Instamaticintheatticvinyladdict September 15, 2009 at 12:16 pm

Respect to 9th, but I’d rather make 1 memorable beat in the whole month than make 29 forgettable beats in a week…

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r September 15, 2009 at 12:54 pm

hi make 30 average beats but one will be classic

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Rootz September 25, 2009 at 3:36 am

I’d rather have 30 classics……

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bbb76 October 21, 2010 at 6:47 pm

I think 9th made this “30 before Thursday” thing, when he started to make beats. He said in this video, that : “My goals WERE…”.

In the beginning, everybody makes “hundreds of beats” in a short time, just to try things, try your skills, etc.

Anyway, 9th Wonder is a very intelligent man.

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Short Term September 15, 2009 at 2:27 pm

once a year, I do a beat a day for 100 days straight as a brain/ fingers on the keys exercise – not quite as much as homeboy is talking about, but all the same, hard to stick to (at least for me) –

it’s hard for them to NOT start sounding the same, so I’ll make sure if I’m sampling shit, I’m buying a wide range out the crates – and if I’m playing it, I have to switch up the tempo and key it’s in all the time – switch instruments, all that

but anyways, think what you will about 9th – he’s prob chillin in his studio right now while most of us are peeping this at work, so take that for whatever it’s worth – he can make 29 “whatever” beats and cats would still piss all over themselves to get them, so I don’t think he’s sweating it

big ups to Semantik – homeboy is tireless in his search for fresh content…. it’s not his fault peeps post crappy links

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Ace September 16, 2009 at 8:07 am

yo whats the password?

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Gudo September 16, 2009 at 11:25 am

What some of you aren’t realizing is that in making 30 beats a week, you practice and grow your creativity.

By putting yourself in the position for creativity more often, you create more opportunities for creativity to happen.

Creativity can happen by chance.. he can mess up, he can make a crappy beat but in the process he’s learned something, or practiced a process.. making it that much easier to create on demand.

Just a thought.

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Dope September 17, 2009 at 1:30 am

true, if you do a lot of beats you can learn new things which you would apply in your next beats
doing a descent beat becomes easier, you will learn how you can use samples more and more and which effects to apply to them till 1 day youve achieved the sound you’ve been looking for.

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Juney September 16, 2009 at 8:54 pm

^ like what you said there.

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TONY TRAXX September 17, 2009 at 4:59 am

he’s that large that you need a password hugh

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Camrox September 18, 2009 at 10:28 am

damn i wish i could watch this. sounds interesting. it’s private tho…

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r September 21, 2009 at 2:24 am

video are great 9th rocks

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frank September 23, 2009 at 5:34 pm

finally!!! the video was great…

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DP September 27, 2009 at 1:55 am

Pete Rock‘s music doesnt sound like he does 25 beats a week at all.
Sounds more like he works on a beat for a week.

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LF42Milli November 16, 2009 at 10:44 pm

Learn the principle, abide by the principle, and dissolve the principle. In short, enter a mold without being caged in it. Obey the principle without being bound by it. LEARN, MASTER AND ACHIEVE!!!

Art is the expression of the self. The more complicated and restricted the method, the less the opportunity for expression of one’s original sense of freedom. Though they play an important role in the early stage, the techniques should not be too mechanical, complex or restrictive. If we cling blindly to them, we shall eventually become bound by their limitations. Remember, you are expressing the techniques and not doing the techniques

-Bruce Lee

I dunno why I though of this

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ANIMAL December 9, 2009 at 7:08 am

YOU CANNOT BE GREAT IF YOU ARE NOT CONSISTENT…… THAT’S THE POINT MY MAN IS MAKING

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Mike December 24, 2009 at 6:28 am

He said he made 30 beats a week, he never said he releases all of those beats, i’m sure he gets rid of a lot of them

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A.M. February 27, 2010 at 9:05 am

30 beats a week??? That’s what’s up. Consistency keeps producers like him on top. Check out this quote I found… “Champions do everyday what losers do occasionally”. Words to live by in this business if u ask me. Peace!

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Abstrakt October 3, 2010 at 12:08 pm

I kno this is an old video but its always cool to look back and watch it. mad inspirational haha plus 9th Wonder is the man

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