Top 10 Free Rap Instrumentals and Beats Sites

"I was bangin' with a gang of instrumentals. Got the pens and pencils, got down to business"  - Dr. Dre

So you want to be the next Dr. Dre or Eminem? Then grab your own gang of instrumentals and get down to business. Below is a list of sites that offer thousands of free instrumentals--more rap beats than you can handle in a lifetime. Dig in.

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iBeat has the most unfortunate name on this list, but look past that for a second. Focus on the fact that every single beat on the site is free for non-commercial use via the Creative Commons license. So you don't have to sweat it if you need music for a freestyle or those homemade videos of you and your friends.

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Hit up r/instrumentals to share, request or grab free instrumentals. The songs are not hosted on Reddit. Most of the links point to YouTube and Soundcloud, so you can either stream or download via a YouTube-to-MP3 converter.

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The one-man machine known as Incompetech is maintained by Kevin MacLeod. MacLeod regularly provides royalty-free music for his audience, with the hopes of helping out people who need music for school projects, YouTube videos or even an amateur film or game.

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Soundclick is one of the premier online destinations for hip-hop instrumentals. Whether you want to download beats or rap to beats that sound like popular beats, Soundclick's gaggle of producers will take care of you.

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Datpiff

Datpiff is more than just "the mixtape site." It's also home to tons of instrumental albums and mixtapes. It can be tricky to navigate, so I've done the navigating for you. Just hit up the link up top to cut through the crap and go straight to the instrumentals section. You're welcome.

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Audionautix is a trove of free instrumentals. It has a built-in player right there on the site, so you get to sample the songs before you download. The audio library is small, but there are some brilliant pieces of music across various genres on this site.

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Musopen is a heaven for free instrumentals. Stream instrumentals while you work, clean or cook. Add music to your YouTube videos. Find just about any style of musical instrument you can dream of. Search by instrument, composer or era.

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Rap Pad is just that--a virtual pad. Browse just about any instrumental. Start writing to the beat right there on the site. Or simply download the MP3 (requires free registration) and go. Simple as that. Obviously, these include mainstream recordings--they're not royalty free instrumentals.

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YouTube is arguably the most underrated source of free instrumentals. We're talking millions of beats, folks. All you need is a YouTube to MP3 converter and you're good to go. You can't use all the beats for your projects, so I recommend using these to practice your flow.

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Free Music Archives

Free Music Archive is one of my favorites for free music downloads in general. Unbeknownst to most, it has an entire section dedicated to just free rap beats. This link takes you directly to the free hip-hop beats section.