For a while, I visited state prisons for work. Many of them have recording studios. On my last visit I was in a level IV facility and stood up and watched the residents record in a studio with very, very good equipment and instruments. It wasn’t rap, it was pretty intense metal (guttural screams about satan, death, etc.). I have seen similar studios in several other facilities but this one was especially nice.
Most rappers record lots of verses. While in prison, a producer they trust can take these verses, add their own production and take them out, keeping them in the limelight.
This is also how Tupac and Biggie Smalls have so many posthumous releases.
For a while, I visited state prisons for work. Many of them have recording studios. When from my last visit I was at a level IV facility and got up and watched the residents record in a studio with very, very good equipment and instruments. It wasn’t rap, it was pretty intense metal (throaty screaming about satan, death, etc.). I have seen similar studios in several other facilities but this one was especially nice.
But how can it be? How can the artist be locked up and still come out with new music? Do prisoners beat in prison? If so, is it even allowed? And why would someone who went to jail for a crime even have the privilege of doing something so fun?
In this article, I will look at all of these questions and give you the answers to the best of my ability and based on my experience in the music industry. Rappers releasing music from prison are very common and I’ll tell you how they do it. do.
How do rappers record in prison?
When your favorite rapist goes to jail and comes out on music, you always wonder how he does it. One thing to keep in mind is that there are prisons across the country that do have recording studios in them. These recording facilities in the prison are labeled as a privilege and are used by inmates who have earned the privilege of using them. Only those who are of good behavior can participate in the creation and recording of music.
Most prisons have downtime or what is more commonly known as recess time. During recess, you can go to workout, use the library, watch TV, and if your prison has it, go to the recording studio. An inmate’s recording session must be scheduled. And in most prisons, single person use is acceptable, but they do not allow more than 2 people at a time for safety reasons.
Rap artists record music before going to jail
Most rap artists record music before going to jail and ask their manager or team to release the music while they are in jail. This is to keep them relevant in the eyes of their fans while they are away.
The music industry is so fast these days. This means that people are consuming music more and faster today than they were in the past because music is more accessible through online streaming.
If you decide as an artist not to make music for a few months or even a year or two, people will indeed forget you! The key to being successful as an artist these days is constantly releasing music in order to stay on top of people’s minds.
Rap artists work secretly on the phone
Something rappers have used to record music in prison is to do it over the phone. What they will do is call their producer or manager and ask them to record their raps over the phone. Most of the time it’s just their raw Capella voice style, no background beat. The producer will then take the raw vocals and set it to a beat that matches the tempo and style of the rap. They will finalize it by mixing it and mastering it all together.
Inmates smuggle voice recorders and cell phones to record recordings
In all prisons around the world, video cameras, voice recordings, and telephones are prohibited. inmates who are caught with them face many punishments, including the loss of their recreation time and other privileges. Despite all this, prisoners still take the risk of smuggling these gadgets just to record videos. songs from prison and record their latest rap songs.
Also, Record Label publishes pre-recorded songs
This is the most common way for rappers to broadcast their music to the world while they are locked up. They ask their management team to post pre-recorded material while they are still in prison. Again, this is a great tactic to use to keep their fans interested in them.
They will also record video clips while they are away and have their team stream them while they are in jail. A lot of rappers make a lot of money while they are in jail and these are the methods they use to do it.