Demo reviews Vol. 17

Fresh out the box, some new demo reviews. This is that thing where I asked my readers to send in demos for me me to review. I warned them that I would be brutally honest but they sent them anyway.
Normally I shut down the submissions but I figured I’d try something new and keep them open. If you have a demo you’d like me to maybe berate and possibly hurt your feelings over, send it to my email: but before you do that…
1)The header on the email must say “Demo review”
2)If you’ve already submitted, DO NOT submit again. You had your fun now it’s other people’s turn.
3)Send me ONE SONG. Pick your song that is your favorite or the one that best exemplifies your music and shoot it over here. I’m not going to listen to your whole ep.
4)This time around, I’ll only be accepting songs that can be heard via a link. So, no loose mp3′s or myspace pages. I want soundcloud, bandcamp or you can even upload it to an upload site (like, hulkshare ect…) that allows the songs to stream. Basically, the streaming part is crucial. If this is something you cannot do, you probably shouldn’t be sending me music in the first place.
5)Demo MUST contain original production. I don’t want mixtapes of you rapping over other peoples tracks. I want actual songs. I also would ask that you budding producers don’t just send me some random beat you made. I want a finished product. If your shit is called “Untitled beat” I won’t even listen to it.
You fuck up on any of those rules and I’m throwing your submission right into the trash.
This weeks submissions are a little of this and little of that. More than anything, it’s a bunch of artists who picked their names and their song names terribly. I’m not even one to talk but, jesus, get it together. Misspelling words with an S to now have a Z is beyond played out. But that’s just the tip of the IZBERG. Peep it…

Artist:Ronnie Raygun Ft Wurmz!

I have no idea what’s going on here. To start , this sample sounds very familiar. Did Doom use it? It’s on the tip of my tongue but I can’t place it. Regardless, whoever did use it before, used it better. And then we have the rapping…I think this is where I get confused. The way it was mixed i thought it was a sample of the ramblings of a crazy person that would eventually lead into rapping. I was incorrect. The second guy might be a little better (still, far from good) but the way it’s recorded is so muddy it’s hard to even tell.
Production:3 out of 10
Vocals:2 out of 10
Listenability:2.5 out of 10
Originality:3 out of 10

Artist:Michael Myers
song:Little funny jew jew

Not gonna lie, based on the title , I thought we were about to behold the newest anti-semetic street anthem. Thankfully, It’s not that. However, this just kinda “is”. By that, I mean, it’s not terrible but it’s not very interesting. The guy can rap to an extent and the beat is almost dope. It more just seems like the work of a novice. It also feels a little dated. Like the type of song that would have been made in the late 90’s. Not the worst thing I’ve gotten though.
Production:4 out of 10
Vocals:4 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
Originality:3.5 out of 10

Artist: Chris Olvera
Song:To take something beautiful and re-imagine it

That piano loop is one of those things that should be left alone. Once a song has been used in commercials endlessly, it should be off limits to sampling simply based on that it’s too familiar. But , then again, looking at the title, maybe that’s the point.
This one starts off weirdly cause the non-piano instruments don’t 100% sounds in key with the piano. But it picks up around 1:17 and takes a decent turn. Still, this song is WAY too long and the sample layering is somewhat problematic from a pitch standpoint. This could have been three minutes long and it wouldn’t have made a difference.
Production:4 out of 10
Listenability:4.5 out of 10
Originality:3 out of 10

Artist: Bump Ugly Beats

I like the musical aspects of this song. It’s pretty and very soothing. Kinda just meanders aimlessly but it’s a smooth ride. The subtle nod to trap music drums are not my favorite but I have a feeling that more a preference issue than a mark against the producer. No bad though.
Production:4.5 out of 10
Listenability:5.5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10


This is another one that sounds like it shoulda have been made a decade ago. This is a purely early 2000’s “jazzy” track that was very popular back then. Thing is, this beat is weirdly atonal and doesn’t work for me. It’s like free jazz over drums. On the bright side, it’s sequenced really interestingly and the rapping is decent. So, that helps the cause a bit.
Production:3.5 out of 10
Vocals:4.5 out of 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:3 out of 10

Artist: Alpha Faktion Feat Shabaam Sahdeeq

Haha…Pretty sure I’ve sampled this same thing before. Not a knock cause it has not been released yet. In fact, now that i think about it, I used on a song I did with Mark Spekt on our upcoming project together. So, you know, keep an eye out for that.
As for the song, obviously, I like the loop. The drums are not really doing much though. Especially considering the thuggy vibe of the song, you’d think harder drums would be crucial.
The rapping? It’s that sort of rapping that I recognize is decent but it’s not really shit I fuck with. Angry guy rap has it’s moments but they are few and far between. When angry guy rap is done by white dudes I can’t help imagine that they’re just disgruntled plumbers who hate their lives let loose in a recording booth. Not saying all these dudes are white or anything…more of a side note about the genre. So, this is good for what it is. I’ve actually never been a big Shabaam Sahdeeq fan before but hearing him amidst a bunch of demo’s, he actually stands out and noticeably professional. Still though, he’s pretty whatever.
Production:4 out of 10
Vocals:4.5 out of 10
Listenability:4.5 out of 10
Originality:2 out of 10

Artist: Warspawn

This is some barebones shit. I like the beat. It’s simple but effective. Has a few little change ups (I can’t stress enough how much this improves your average rap song). Th rapping is solid. Not exactly something I’d listen to on my own but it’s closer than anything I’ve heard thus far. Ironically, this guys voice kinda sounds like Shabaam Sahdeeq.
Production:5 out of 10
Vocals:5 out of 10
Listenability:5.5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Song: Caretaker

This could not be further out of wheelhouse if it was banjo music. I’m not a dub-step, electro kinda guy. honestly, I wouldn’t even know what genre to call this. It sounds like nazi’s marching over a tinny hi-hat while a giant has indigestion in the back ground. Normally, I’d chalk this up to just not being my flavor but i think, even within the realms of whatever genre this is, it’s probably not very good. I could be wrong though so, you know, take that with a grain of salt.
On the bright side, I’ve never heard anything like it.
Production:2 out of 10
Listenability:1 out of 10
Originality:6 out of 10

Artist: Akela the Lone Wolf Feat. HZRDS RSNS
Song: Villians

This guys voice is mad like Jay-z if he mumbled a little. It’s uncanny.
As a rapper, he’s sorta just there. When put back to back with the second guy, he kinda gets overshadowed. The second guy is flawed but he’s got a really good presence. He reminds me of late 90’s underground dudes from NYC I used to listen to.
The beat…I dunno. When I hear a track like this I wonder how it got made. Not cause it’s so bad but cause…well..what is it really? Spare, noisy, stuttering drums. It does capture a mood though so I guess that’s something. When I hear a track like this I assume whoever made it smokes mad weed and was in a dark place.
Production:3 out of 10
Vocals:4.5 out of 10
Listenability:3.5 out of 10
Originality:3.5 out of 10

Artist:Fantom K
Song: Stained glass dreams

This is like the opposite of the track by Vincture above. While it is out of my wheelhouse, I can recognize it’s pretty cool. It’s got an original sounding too. At first, i thought it was gonna be some super cheap ass sounding shit shit cause the synth sound seemed kinda flimsy but it built nicely. So, yeah, this is pretty good for a genre of music I would probably not listen to in general.
Production:5.5 out of 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:5.5 out of 10

You’ve heard my, tell me!
Which demo did you like the most?

19 thoughts on “Demo reviews Vol. 17

  1. Spot on with the “whoever made it smokes mad weed and was in a dark place”. I guess I certainly captured that vibe with that beat. It was made on an MPC1000 with some old records. Not sure which ones. Thanks for the review Blockhead!

  2. Wu-Tang also rapped over the first beat (produced by Doom) on Ghostface Killah’s album Fishscale. The song is called 9 Milli Bros.

    I’m sure Doom has used the beat on at least 5 other albums at this point too, but the Wu-Tang version is my favorite.

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