Demo Reviews Vol 15


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Another two weeks have passed (A whole fortnight, bro), so it’s time for me to review some more demos sent in by readers. To reiterate , as always, they did this by choice cause , for some reason, they want to know what I think of their music.
To those of you budding artists who just read that and thought “Hey, i wanna send music in to you as well so you can possibly shit on my dreams too!” I say “Hold your horses”. I’m not accepting new submissions right now but, when I am, I will make announcements on all my social networks. So, don’t send anything to me right now if you actually want me to listen to it. I only accept demo’s when I ask for them,
Anyhoo, this is pretty simple. I listen to the demo’s, do a brief write up and then rate them from 1-10 in these categories
Production:
Vocals:
Listenability:
Originality:

I’m tough, but fair…but also I have unfairly high/particular standards so, you know, you’ve been warned.

Artist:Solists
Song:In the VIP


I’m skeptical of any song that begins with a dude talking to me like he’s trying to fuck me. I’m also bugged out by this actually being an instrumental track. I would assume that sexy talking would lead into some rapping or singing. That said, this is a fairly smooth little soul type instrumental. It’s kinda all over the place but it’s put together well. I feel like I’d appreciate this more if I A)Drove a car b)Went to clubs ever.
Production:5 out of 10
Vocals:N/A (but 1 out of 10 for that smooth talking bullshit)
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:4.5 out of 10

Artist:Toy Breaker
song:Plumes


This is a cool beat considering it’s using possibly the most played out drum track ever. I dunno if this really qualifies as a “song” until the last minute as it’s just the same thing for most of the track. But, still, it’s a dope little chop with some nice layers that come in eventually. My advice: Find a new break that wasn’t already played out in 1990.
Production:4.5 out of 10
Vocals:N/a
Listenability:5 out 10
Originality:3.5 out of 10

Artist:Unbelievable Truth
Song:Everything


Have I grown out of white guy struggle raps? Maybe. This guy is fine as a rapper. It just seems like it’s been done endlessly. The thing is, it’s not that he’s biting anyone..there are just tons of other rapper doing the same thing naturally. I guess, all over the world, white dudes who love rap are coming to an emotional crossroads in life that they feel needs to be addressed via lyrical miracles.
Production wise, it’s okay. I liked it more before the drums dropped.
Production:3.5 out of 10
Vocals:4 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
Originality:3 out of 10

Artist:Soma79
Song: I could live forever


This dude hasn’t rapped very long. I can see that he’s more of a writer than a rapper and that’s not uncommon. It’s not that he’s off beat or anything it’s just the rhyme are never in the pocket. Like it took a lot to just get them off the page. I know that feeling all to well…it’s kinda why I gave up on rapping.
The production is just kinda there. No real mood to the beat. I dunno. Pretty boring over all.
Production:3 out of 10
Vocals:3.5 out of 10
Listenability:3.5 out of 10
Originality:3 out of 10

Artist:Caucasian Soup
Song: Poncho Monster


Before even hearing this, holy shit, do I hate this name…Caucasian soup? Really dudes.
The first guy kinda sounds like a soft Funkdoobiest or something. He’s not the worst though. The second guy might wanna rethink things as a rapper. He literally said “Rippin’ and flippin”. Not a good look in 2013. The third guy sounds foreign. Is this canadian? I’m confused. All thing considered, the song is strangely engaging and I can’t figure out why.
The beat is minimal and pretty wack…but it serves it’s purpose for what they were going for , I suppose.
Production:2 out of 10
Vocals:3 out of 10
Listenability:3.5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist:Jumbled
Song:Mic By Mic


Good lord. I really had high hopes when it began. The rakim sample and beat worked well then BAM…the beat got terrible and the rapping got worse. I mean…damn. These dudes have no business rapping at this current juncture in life. They’re simply not ready for recording.
Production:2 out of 10
Vocals:2 out of 10
Listenability:2 out of 10
Originality:3 out of 10

Artist:Karmessiah
Song:Gucci Tacos


This is interesting. unlike a lot of the other submissions this week, at least this sounds current. The beat is very much what’s hot right now. Minimal drums and such. I think it’s cool but I don’t love it. The rapper is decent. But, honestly, after listening to these other demos, dude sounds like a polished professional so he’s winning simply off comparison. Also, “gucci tacos” is a funny title.
Production:5 out of 10
Vocals:5 out of 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:5.5 out of 10

Artist:Subsketch
Song:Permanent Vacation


The beat is the star here. It’s not amazing but it’s got a cool vibe to it and it’s well made. The changes are nice too. The rapping…well…it’s fine. I have my issues with taking foreign rapper seriously so I’m kinda biased here. He’s not bad at all…it’s just not for me. But, this is an undeniably well crafted song.
Production:5.5 out of 10
Vocals:4 out of 10
Listenability:4.5 out of 10
Originality:4.5 out of 10

Artist: LMNtlyst
Song:Sock Less Monster


I hate to judge by name but this name by actually be worse than “Caucasian soup”.
Luckily, the music is much better than caucasian soup. I Don’t know if it’s really a strong enough beat to stand alone as an instrumental track (it could use some rapping or singing for sure) but it’s still pretty good. Kinda reminds me of a beat you might find on cutting room floor at the dungeon family studio.
Production:5 out of 10
Vocals:N/a
Listenability:4.5 out of 10
Originality:5 out of 10

Artist:The Union
Song:It’s funny


This song has a strangely comforting vibe. I think it’s the beat. it just feels like a comfortable place. Like it’s 1997 again or something. The rapping is actually pretty mediocre and sloppy but the beat kinda holds it all together. This is one of those listenable but not great songs that might sneak on a mixtape of someone who doesn’t pay close attention.
Production:5.5 out of 10
Vocals:3 out of 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Which one did you like the best? VOTE MOTHERFUCKERS!

7 thoughts on “Demo Reviews Vol 15

  1. Yo Blockhead! I’m the third dude on poncho monster. We are canadian by the way haha That was my first ever attempt at rapping (if I’m allowed to call it that yet) So I was wondering if you have any pointers, words of wisdom anything?

    • Shit, that’s tough. just rap a lot more and hopefully it’ll come around. But, also, realize that rapping isn’t for everyone. i used to rap and stopped cause i realized , even though I wrote good shit, my voice, flow and presence just was never going to be good.

  2. I feel like, in the early 2000’s, when “whats with my life” problem raps started to find an audience and a voice (admittedly mostly white) it was okay to just state the shit plainly, but by now, like with all rap, if ur talk about the same shit someone else has, u GOTTA do it uniquely, beyond the voice, otherwise its just generic feelings only valid to new rap fans.

  3. Thanks for the post and the feedback, Glad you at least kinda liked the song, with the harshness of your reviews, I’ll take a “listenable.”

    Thanks to anyone else who took a minute to listen, and especially those of you who voted for us.

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