Demo Reviews Vol. 12

Well, it’s been a few weeks and I’m back with more demo reviews. I gotta say, this week may be the most solid batch yet. Only a few real duds. So, kudos for that.
To all those who constantly ask and/or send me unsolicited demo’s, I’m not accepting submissions right now. It’ll be a while so just hold your horse. You will all get a chance to be berated by me. Why anyone would want that is beyond me but , hey, do you.
People seem to like it so I don’t see why I don’t just keep going with this.

As for the reviews themselves, I do a little write up then rate the songs on a 1 to 10 scale in these categories:

So simple. So effective.
Let’s go…

Artist:Dirty Ninjas
Song:Nail Polish Remover
This is pretty good. The rapping is very solid and the beat is just weird enough to not fall into that “amateur” area where one can often mistake minimalism for lack of talent. I didn’t love the beat but I think I get where they were going with it. That said, the hook is kind of a mess (and it didn’t have to be) and the song structure wasn’t great but those are minor complaints, all things considered.
Production:5 out of 10
Vocals:6.5 out of 10
Listenability:6 out of 10
Originality:5.5 out of 10

Song:Crystalline rhyme

This dude is one of those rappers who have a lot o things going for him but is being held back by a less than awesome voice. The flow is a bit emotionless but the lyrics and ideas are there. Still, it’s stuff like that the separates people who should be rapping and people who shouldn’t (It’s why I stopped rapping!). The beat is very “Meh”. No terrible but nothing about it particularly good either.
Production:3.5 out of 10
Vocals:4 out 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist:Uncle Nei-Nii
Song:Parallel Arrangement

Is that a real voice? I’m confused. Between it’s general lowness and accent I can’t quite put my finger on what’s going on here. While I’m having trouble understanding what the rapper is saying , i gotta admit, the voice itself is pretty awesome. Perhaps work on pronunciation or something cause there something there. It’s half Project Blowed and half Kardinal Offishall. Kinda like this wit an accent:

The beat is fine. It’s not a standout but it’s plays a good backdrop.
Production:4 out of 10
Vocals:5 out of 10
Listenability:4.5 out 10
Originality:5.5 out 10

Song:Radio in the sad
There is something very Coldplay-ish about this to me. Like I half kept waiting for Chris Martin to pop in and start singing about angles (not to be confused with angels) and oceans.
This is some of that good old non-offensive instrumental shit that makes for good back ground music or maybe a film score. Not much else though.
Production:4.5 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

song:Destroy and rebuild

First off, I like this beat. When the layered vocal sample came in, I got happy to hear it. The first rapper isn’t bad either. I can’t help but think it’s one of those put on “rapper” voices but it works and the flow of everything feels very natural. The second rapper is less interesting but also not bad. He just feels more typical both voice wise, flow wise and lyrically.
Also, the hook is a bit muddled. Perhaps take off the vocal effects when using more than one voice.
Production:6 out of 10
Vocals:5 out of 10
Listenability:5.5 out of 10
Originality:4.5 out of 10

Artist: Kamutao
Song:Limbo Romance A+B
Bro, we’ve spoken before and I know you know this..but that name…It just can’t be. You’re making hip hop related music and there has already been a Camu Tao. If you’re sending me music, you gotta know that. I worked with him! Come on, son…Let it go.

Now, as for the music…
This is a cool beat. I dunno how well that change works but at least there was a change. I was listening to the first past like “is this it?!”. So props for expanding on it even if it didn’t exactly knock it out the park.
Production:4.5 out of 10
Listenability:4.5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist: R. Rhodes
song: Green Groove
This is that thing where someone sends me a loop they made with a subtle variation and calls it a song. Nothing wrong with that in general but I’d prefer if people only sent me real songs. This isn’t “beat reviews”. What can you really say about a loop and a break? It is what it is. Someone coulda rapped on it and it would be a song…but they didn’t. So, it’s just a beat.
Production:3.5 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
Originality:2.5 out of 10

Song:Rock A Fella
Before even listening to this, I will plead with you guys to change that terrible name. I mean jesus christ… “Anthrapologetics”? Just typing that again pissed me off.
But this isn’t about that…let’s talk about the music.
This isn’t good. The beat is extremely amateur. Like they just got a new keyboard and recorded the first shit they came up with. The rapping is also pretty bad. The last guy is obviously the star of the group but that’s not saying much. This is just a case of not being ready for prime time. The good news is that , while these guys hone their craft and figure out a direction, they can also come up with a MUCH MUCH better name.
Production:2 out of 10
Vocals:3 out of 10
Listenability:3 out of 10
Originality:2 out of 10

Artist: Thesis43 and Digerati
song:2013 (feat 4nzix/the grouch/matt rusin)
Oh shit. A song with the Grouch? That’s kinda like cheating.
Anyway, this is very solid. At first, before the drums dropped, I thought I was about to hear some house music rapping. Glad that wasn’t the case. The beat is a head nodder, though it’s nothing too original. The hook is either great or terrible depending on your stance on singing on rap hooks. I think it works but I don’t love it.
The non-Grouch rappers are passably decent. They can all flow and shit. Nothing else about them jumped out to me but they certainly weren’t bad.
Production:5 out of 10
Vocals:5 out of 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:5.5 out of 10

Artist:Black and friendly
Song:Young Heavy soul food
This is one of those beats that’s really well made from how it’s mixed to the sounds that were used yet, I’m not crazy about it. Personal preference really. But it’s well done. The rapping is okay. The lower voiced guy is the better of the two by a hair. There’s something lacking in the fluidity of the other rapper. He can rap , but it’s just not super natural sounding. With a name like “Black and friendly” , I’ll assume the rapper I’m talking about is named “friendly”. Just kidding guys!
Production:5.5 out of 10
Vocals:4.5 out 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:4.5 out of 10

Now, you tell me…

5 thoughts on “Demo Reviews Vol. 12

  1. Black & Friendly have that heavy Cyne influence. Still, it’s cool seeing that type of shit coming out of the Michigan scene.

  2. Right on man, thanks for the feedback on “Destroy and Rebuild.” I am the rapper on the whole song though, same as the first verse. Thanks for the feedback on the hook too!

  3. ok, here´s tony (aka kamutao)

    shit man, ok I will do it, Imma change my name, even though I don’t think it is THAT bad, but I just don’t wanna hear that again.

    not mad or anything but u know there’s this other guy called blockhead too, right? once, I nearly bought an LP of him on ebay thinking it was you

    • I only think you should do it cause you seem to be in the same universe (musically) as he was. It’s setting yourself up for a lifetime of explaining yourself when you could just change the name and be done with it.
      As for the other blockheads, I know. Luckily, I was the first and I’m the most successful so, it’s not a big issue for me. Fuck those other blockheads though…

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