Joe Beats

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Joe Beats
Birth name Joe DelCarpini
Born (1977-10-04) October 4, 1977 (age 38)
Origin Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Producer
Years active 1999–present
Labels Lex Records
Bully Records
Twenty Four Seven Records
Strange Famous Records

Joe Beats (born Joe DelCarpini,[1] October 4, 1977) is an American hip hop producer from Rhode Island. He is best known as the co-producer for the duo Non-Prophets.

DelCarpini was born in Warwick, Rhode Island.[1]

Collaborative efforts[edit]


Non-Prophets is a pairing of lyricist Sage Francis and beatmaker Beats.[2] The duo came to attention with their first single, the "Drop Bass" b/w "Bounce" on Emerge Music in 1999. The follow-up release in 2000 was the "All Word, No Play" vinyl single. Francis’ self-released "Sick Of" series also included some Non-Prophets material.

Their first album, Hope was released on Lex Records in October 2003. The album was praised almost unanimously by critics. For example, it received a rating of 9.2 out of a possible 10 on the ever fickle Pitchfork Media. Hope was also nominated by Neil Strauss for the Shortlist Music Prize of 2004.

In early 2004, they toured the United States on the infamous 40-city Fuck Clear Channel tour.[3]

Joe Beats & Blak[edit]

Joe Beats & Blak always perform from the floor.

Joe Beats & Blak came together during significant pauses in both of their former groups (Non-Prophets and One Drop). The pairing is simple: Joe on the beats and Blak on microphone. Their formula is even more straight ahead: pure hip hop music.

Despite living over 1200 miles apart in Rhode Island and Florida, the new duo have already embarked on two tours, releasing an EP in the process. Joe Beats & Blak are now in the process of creating their first LP.

Solo career[edit]

Most of Beat’s solo efforts are presented in a continuous mix; one track transitions into the next without any pauses. With the exception of Indie Rock Blues, a mix using indie rock tracks,[3][4] Beats’ projects usually contain raw hip hop instrumentals originally intended for MCs to rap over. A vocal version of Diverse Recourse's "Friday Afternoon" is featured on Ambidex's The Great Potato Famine.


with Non-Prophets[edit]

see Non-Prophets#Discography



Album information
Reverse Discourse
  • Released: February 2003
  • Label: Strange Famous Records
  • Abstract: Joe Beats’ unclaimed emcee instrumentals compiled in an unpaused mix.
Indie Rock Blues
  • Released: November 15, 2005
  • Label: Twenty Four Seven Records
  • Singles: "Coxcomb Red (Remix)”
  • Abstract: Joe Beats remixes his favorite Indie Rock songs.
Diverse Recourse
  • Released: April 10, 2007
  • Label: Bully Records
  • Abstract: The grittier sequel to 2003’s killer Reverse Discourse.
  • Released: June 26, 2007
  • Label: Cozy Music
  • Abstract: The beginning of a new collaboration.

12” singles[edit]

Album information
Joe Beats Hellfire (Remix)

7” singles[edit]

Album information
Love, Love, Love
  • Released: October 2005
  • Label: Goodfoot Records
  • Abstract: Various beat compilation release with the lead single featuring Sage Francis and Anonjondoe.
Don’t Front, I’m Yo Trophy
  • Released: October 2006
  • Label: Shake It Records
  • Abstract: Split 7” with the infamous Maker of Glue.


  1. ^ a b Parente, Michael (2001) "Local hip-hop artists battle stereotypes to turn passion for music into success", The Good 5c Cigar, April 26, 2001, retrieved 2010-11-14
  2. ^ Drake, David (2004) "The Stylus Interview Series: Joe Beats", Stylus Magazine, August 30, 2004, retrieved 2010-11-14
  3. ^ a b Faraone, Chris (2007) "Artist moves to different Beats", Boston Herald, April 3, 2007, p. 36
  4. ^ Abraham, Mark (2006) "The Joe Beats Experiment Indie Rock Blues",, February 23, 2006, retrieved 2010-11-14

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