From Kanye West and Jay-Z's "Ni**as in Paris" (produced by Hit-Boy) to Chief Keef's "I Don't Like" (produced by Young Chop), countless hits have originated from a little music-making program called Fruity Loops. Created by a developer called Didier Dambrin for a Belgian software company 15 years ago, Fruity Loops began as a MIDI drum sequencer and has evolved into the equivalent of a portable, easy-to-use recording studio, with synths, drum machines, and the ability to record vocals or live instruments all in one place.
Sir Michael Rocks remembers how helpful it was when he was starting The Cool Kids with Chuck Inglish. "I had the free stolen version like everybody else had. Me and Chuck were in 6th or 7th grade fucking around rapping. Back then, if you didn't work in a major recording studio, you couldn't just be a kid that liked making beats, it didn't work like that. Then Fruity Loops came and the internet started cracking where you could get shit for free. Once you could download it, it was like, Let's go." 1e1e36bf2d