Are you getting ready to crank out some fire beats?
When inspiration strikes, it strikes hard. And you’ve got to take advantage of it because you never know when it will come around again.
To create killer beats, though, you’re either going to need to find killer samples, make your own, or both. We suggest both.
So, in this guide, we’ve collected the best free hip-hop sample packs and loops. Make good use of these!
Cobra – Hip Hop Sample Pack by Cymatics.fm
Let’s kick things off with the basics. If you haven’t heard of Cymatics, you’re in for a treat, because they’ve been offering freebies for years. Plus, they’re frequently rotating their freebies out so you can get access to a variety of samples.
The Cobra – Hip Hop Sample Pack is a hip-hop staple, plain and simple. Because it’s well-promoted, and it’s been around a while, you may not be able to get your hands on anything revolutionary here. But if you know how to make sounds your own, you will benefit from this pack regardless.
Cobra was created on the idea that the most successful hip-hop tracks out there have a certain “X factor” that makes them special. Cymatics sought to home in on these elements with this sample pack, which gives you access to guitars, flutes, melody loops, drum one shots, drum loops, and more.
In their research, Cymatics discovered that musicianship is one of the key factors that make a song a hit. So, the guitar and flute loops included were professionally played and recorded. Very nice.
ORACLE Sample Pack by Cymatics.fm
The ORACLE Sample Pack features over 100 melody loops perfectly suited to R&B, hip-hop, trap, and more. From simple to dark, nostalgic to West Coast, an array of melodies is waiting for you inside this invaluable collection.
But it doesn’t stop there. ORACLE Sample Pack also comes with ORACLE: MIDI Collection and ORACLE: 808 Collection.
The MIDI collection is loaded with a variety of MIDI compositions you can use as is or modify to suit your needs. This is great to have, especially when you’re having trouble coming up with ideas.
Finally, the 808 Collection was created to help put an end to your tireless search for the perfect 808s. Like it or not, 808s can make or break tracks. So, if you don’t have access to the right material, you could be in trouble.
The ORACLE 808 collection features 808s that are perfectly matched to the included melodies. All of them are ready to use out of the box and have their hard-hitting character.
We don’t know whether the ORACLE sample pack will be free forever, so if you’re reading this, act fast.
Eternity Lofi Sample Pack by Cymatics.fm
Ever wondered what makes your favorite classic hip-hop tracks so special?
Well, without stringing you along, the answer is this – analog recording gear, methods, and techniques.
The quality you can get with digital recording nowadays is no doubt amazing. But its clean, pristine, miracle dream sound can be a little too stale and sterile, especially if you’re determined to create a timeless masterpiece.
The imperfections of analog recording and processing equipment are what make the hardware so amazing. Sure, it can be an annoyance too, due to the limitations of the gear and the need to clean, maintain, or repair it.
But that’s where convenient sample packs like Eternity Lofi Sample Pack come in. Eternity comes with killer lo-fi material you didn’t have to record or process yourself while overseeing the use of temperamental equipment.
So, if you’re ready to spice up your tracks with melody loops, drum loops, pianos, electric pianos, electric guitars, harps, vocal loops, and more, check out Eternity Lofi Sample Pack.
Astro – Hip Hop Sample Pack by Cymatics.fm
Cymatics’ Astro – Hip Hop Sample Pack has got a relatively small footprint. But if you’re into Travis Scott and what he was able to do with Astroworld, can you pass this one up?
As you will surely recall, Astroworld broke through the stratosphere quickly to become the top album in the U.S. If you’re chasing hits, then there’s a good chance you can learn something from Scott’s work, don’t you think?
Although it’s worth clarifying. This isn’t specifically a Travis Scott sample pack. He didn’t have anything to do with creating it. It’s an Astroworld-inspired pack. Just so we’re clear.
That said since Cymatics reverse-engineered how Scott got his sounds, guaranteed you can pick up a few things by studying this collection yourself.
The toolkit includes drum loops, melody loops, snares, 808s, FX, and more. The rest is up to you.
Lofi Toolkit by Cymatics.fm
Lo-fi is popular, not just because of chilled-out YouTube mixes (although that certainly plays a part). Lo-fi sounds can bring a classic flavor to beats, adorning them with noise, imperfections, wobble, and more. As a result, they can come in handy in a variety of circumstances.
With Lofi Toolkit, Cymatics set out to create a toolbox that would serve up all the elements you need to incorporate lo-fi sounds into your mixes, or even set up your popular lo-fi channels on YouTube, Spotify, or elsewhere.
This kit has the foundations covered. You’ve got plenty of drum and percussion loops and one-shots so you’re always self-sufficient.
But you’ve also got melody loops with MIDI files, so you can tweak freely and write a killer melody without having to start from scratch.
I must admit I have a weakness in lo-fi samples. If it’s not your thing, that’s okay, there are many other sample packs in this guide. But if you like what you’re hearing, check out Cymatics’ Lofi Toolkit.
2020 Melody Collection by Cymatics.fm
There are only so many ways you can say “The melody is the most crucial aspect of any track.” It sounds trite, but the sentiment is 100% correct, even in hip-hop. If you can’t remember the melody, can you remember the song? Oftentimes not!
And that’s where musicality makes a big difference. But not every beatmaker or producer is musically inclined, even if they have an intuitive sense of what sounds good. Plus, even the best creators aren’t inspired 100% of the time.
Wouldn’t it then make sense to keep a few aces up your sleeve? I sure think so!
The 2020 Melody Collection isn’t brand-spanking new, but it is free. The package contains 40 inspired loops along with stems for added customizability.
Classic melodies, dark melodies, nostalgic melodies, and more – you will find them all inside the 2020 Melody Collection.
Elevate Beatmaker Kit by BVKER
BVKER very much follows in the footsteps of Cymatics (or maybe it’s the other way), offering both free and premium sample packs to the producers who need them most.
The Elevate Beatmaker Kit is a special one because BVKER hand-selected some of their best material – 808s, drum hits, loops, MIDI files, effects, and even Xfer Records Serum presets.
This package was tailor-made for hip-hop and trap. You’d be hard-pressed to find a free, quality sample pack boasting over 200 files, so we’re not sure what you’re doing here. You better grab this pack while you can.
Travis Scott Type Drum Kit “The Astro” by BVKER
Astroworld was a ground-breaking release. It’s not enough that Cymatics created a Travis Scott-inspired bundle, because as you can see, BVKER created one too. That certainly speaks to the release’s uniqueness and influence.
Ideally suited to hip-hop and trap, Travis Scott Type Drum Kit “The Astro” features an array of drum hits (impactful kicks, claps, hats), 22 hard-hitting 808s, and two construction kits with one-shots, loops, and even stems.
Everything you need to create heavy-hitting beats is in this pack, and best of all, the material was created from scratch.
Free Murda Beatz Type Drum Kit by BVKER
If you’ve been on the hunt for a free Murda Beatz (aka Shane Lindstrom) style drum kit, consider your search over.
BVKER’s “Butterfly” kit includes kicks, snares, claps, 808s, hats, crashes, and rides – all the essential drum elements in one convenient package.
Murda Beatz is best known for his work on Travis Scott’s “Butterfly Effect,” and while BVKER created samples matched to this track, they also listened to his other productions in creating this Free Murda Beatz Type Drum Kit. Enjoy!
Free Lo-Fi Sample Pack “Lunar” by BVKER
For those who think they might need even more lo-fi material to work with (can you ever really have enough?), we’ve got BVKER’s Free Lo-Fi Sample Pack “Lunar” next on the docket.
Kick things off with some organic-sounding lo-fi drums. This kit includes all the elements you need – kicks, snares, one-shots, and more, all processed with saturation, analog compression, filters, and so on.
Add compelling hooks on top using the included melody loops leveraging synths and real instruments. The loops are all key and BPM labeled.
Finally, fill the empty spaces with ambient recordings. Lunar comes with five “random” ambiances you can use as you see fit. And now you’re ready to venture into the outer unknown.
Free Metro Boomin Type Drum Kit by BVKER
Created by popular demand, BVKER’s Free Metro Boomin Type Drum Kit features kicks, snares, claps, 808s, cymbals, and percussion –all the staples you need to unpack your punchy beats.
The Drip kit comes with cleaner sounds, which make them perfect for trap. That said, if you’ve got the knowledge, skills, and tools to do it, you can process the sounds yourself too.
This kit was inspired by Metro Boomin (aka Metro Beatz or Young Metro) and is a pack you can lean on for making hip-hop, trap, and pop beats.
Wheezy Inspired Drum Kit (Free) by BVKER
Wheezy probably doesn’t need much of an introduction if you’re in tune with the hip-hop landscape of the last five to 10 years. The in-demand Wheezy aka Wesley Tyler Glass has worked with everyone from Drake to Young Thug.
The “Bad” drum kit gets the ball rolling in terms of drum essentials – kicks, snares, claps, 808s, hats, rides, crashes, and percs. In case you’re curious how the BVKER demo track was created, you can check out the included free FLP as well.
This kit should prove a go-to for hip-hop and trap alike.
Pierre Bourne Type Drum Kit by BVKER
Pierre Bourne is well known for taking full advantage of heavily distorted 808s, the likes of which can be heard on tracks by Travis Scott, Kanye West, Playboi Carti, and more.
The Pierre Bourne Type Drum Kit comes with material inspired by Bourne himself – kicks, 808s, snares, claps, percussions, crashes, rides, and hats.
If you require heavy bass for your trap and hip-hop tracks, check out BVKER’s Pierre Bourne Type Drum Kit.
Juicy Sample Pack by ThaLoops
As you may have guessed, ThaLoops’ Juicy Sample Pack comes with Juice WRLD (as well as Drake and J. Cole) inspired audio material.
The pack is relatively small, at 57 WAV loops, but you will find drums, kicks, snares, synths, and more inside. Just the tools you need to crank out your next juicy beat.
Alien 808 Samples by ThaLoops
If you’re ready to take your beats out of the stratosphere and into alien territory where no man has gone before, you will enjoy ThaLoops’ Alien 808 Samples.
These 808s were created to give you that heavy, solar system-shaking bottom end you’ve been looking for.
Generously, ThaLoops has made these available for free instead of $1,500 intergalactic dollars. Good thing because my intergalactic currency is a little on the low side right now.
Top Free Hip Hop Sample Packs, Final Thoughts
Feeling inspired yet? I know I am!
So, load up your sample library (don’t forget to keep it organized), open your Digital Audio Workstation of choice, and start messing around with some sounds. You just never know what you might come up with next.
And don’t forget to experiment because that’s where new sounds and new ideas come from.