If you are an artist, you should know the difference between leasing beats and buying them exclusively. Here is a quick breakdown of what you need to know!

What does “Leasing Rights” mean?

When you are purchasing leasing rights of an instrumental, you do not own it but you are allowed to use it under individual usage rights. Every beat maker or music producer has individual license specifications. Here is a short example:

  • Basic Lease – Mp3 file, distribution limit 0f 500, 1 commercial use ($19.95)
  • Premium Lease – WAV file, distribution limit 0f 2500, 2 commercial uses ($29.95)
  • Unlimited Lease – WAV file + trackout files, unlimited distributions, unlimitted commercial uses ($99.95)

Like you can see, the different usage rights vary in quality, the amount of distributions and commercial uses. Please keep in mind by leasing beats you do not own the instrumental!

What does “Exclusive Rights” mean?

By purchasing the exclusive rights of an instrumental, you will get ownership of the beat and for sure an unlimited use of it as well. If you are buying the beat from a serious music producer, he will hand out you the trackout WAV files in high quality and a contract. After selling an instrumental exclusively the producer is not allowed to sell or lease this instrumental anymore and has to take it down from sale.

What is the best version for you?

To lease beats is a great opportunity for upcoming artists to get high quality instrumentals and spend a very little amount of money. Especially if you do not plan to record and sell your tracks. If so, you should think about leasing beats with unlimited rights or choose the exclusive rights. If you are planing to record an album for commercial uses, you definitely should look out for them. So, it really depends on where are you standing right now as an artist.

Hopefully I could help you with this little article. If you still have any questions, please just let me know! – Kimbo from KimboBeatz.com