honestly? unless its a major, i'd do a handshake deal where they pay you before you deliver the "masters" or session. if its something that might get some airplay or public performance, then consider a simple agreement and terms for publishing. if not, dont sweat it, and treat it like a couch on craigslist, literally.
hold up though.
rjd2,why would he master the beat he made if someone is just going to lay vocals over it & its gonna get mixed again & then mastered again. i guess its just my way of working but i would never give them the master beat only because i know they are gonna mix & master it again.
off topic sorry lol
and the music is really suffering for it. I mean to the point where people know they are making plastic pop records and do so only because they feel it will pay and doing more classic hip hop wont. its even funnier because the main thing these guys are afraid of is sample clearances for a beat they may sell to a guy who might sell 1000 copies of his cd locally in a 5 year time span. The guys who are lucky enough to get onto a major album will have label backing to cover clearances anyway but these guys are so scared that they will continue to make plastic pop music and call it hip hop for years #hiphopisdeadSeriously, there is absolutely no point involving money in such low level projects. It just hinders friendship and an easy atmosphere, no way to be really creative under such circumstances.
Do cool and exciting music, build up some real artistic value. Money must be secondary (and it will be, no matter if you want it or not). I'm regularly shocked to see how a huge part of the US hip-hop newbies take a strange disney-hyper-commercialism-plastic-pop-business approach.
Just a few years ago in the hiphop scene, it was a real shame to have such a "money first" attitude. People looked for results and fame, not income.