Watch the pilot episode for Dallas producer J. Rhodes’ These Beats Ain’t Free webseries.

“You stay in tune with your metronome, and everything else gon’ fall right into place.”

You would think J. Rhodes would take a break. The Oakcliff-hailing artist-producer is fresh off landing production credits on Royce da 5’9’s recent Layers LP, having provided the sounds for the album’s standout cut “Tabernacle.” That, on top of the fact of being a family man and still pushing his These Beats Ain’t Free self-help book for producers and musicians on the rise. In less than a year’s time, the self-published book has sold over 4,000 copies in either physical or digital/audio form.

But the words “break” and “Vintage Rhodes” haven’t been synonymous for quite some time. The producer’s latest endeavor? Expanding These Beats Ain’t Free from being just a book and self-help tool, to a mini-brand of sorts. That expansion begins by way of “These Beats Ain’t Free: The Series,” a new scripted webseries aimed to shed light on the “behind the scenes” life of a producer.

J. Rhodes premiered the pilot episode, “Metronome,” earlier this week. Kory Williams is behind the lens as a co-director with Rhodes, and its first episode serves as half informational, half tour of Dallas. We see Rhodes meeting with his manager in Buzzbrews, for example, and being invited to the studio by an aspiring rapper. Though B.I.S.D. is a fictional character, the comical interaction between he and Rhodes especially when it comes to “talking numbers” is likely going to be one every producer can relate to.

Watch the pilot episode of “These Beats Ain’t Free: The Series” for yourself up top. J. Rhodes plans to release new episodes for the series weekly on his website,, which you can visit here.