Demo Reviews Vol. 23


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Not gonna lie to you. This week of submissions was preeeeeetty rough. Lots of stinkers up in here. I hope that doesn’t dissuade you from peeping them though. Actually, who knows? For ever person who reads this earnestly with hopes of hearing some cool unknown artist, I’d imagine there’s a few people who simply check it out just to laugh at the musical attempts of others. While you second group are kinda assholes , I understand.
Anyway, in case you’re new to this column, this is where I have readers send me in their music and I review it. so, you know, they asked for it.
If you’re one of those people who , for some reason, wants this to happen to you, I’m afraid the submissions are closed. I’ve got a full queue of songs I still haven’t reviewed so it’ll be a while until I accept new ones. In fact, I’ve been getting submissions from people this past week and I want them to know: I didn’t listen to them. Gotta follow those rules, guys!
So, the reviews are pretty much a brief write up and then I rate the songs on a scale of 1-10 in these categories:
Production:

Vocals:

Listenability:

Originality:

Sounds fun, right? Well, put on your helmet…it’s about to get ugly.

Artist: Mr Boinkin Vs Kritpamystik
Song: Remind the blinded


I will say this. There are a group of people who will LOVE this song. I am not one of them but there is a market for this. Mostly people who are wearing wool hats with political messages on them. The beat is pretty good (though a bit sappy for my taste).
The vocals are also not bad but a little corny. I’d say my biggest issue with the song is that it’s all over the place. Like, what’s going on here? some short vocals, then another instrumental break then that clip of the dude shouting out people? It needs some editing and organization.
Production:
5 out of 10
Vocals:
4.5 out of 10
Listenability:
3.5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist: Train of Thought
song: Are you kidding me


This beat reminds me of some very basic mid 90’s album cut shit. Like half of Big L’s first album had beats similar to this. Now, if you’re into that, then this is great but I always thought those kinda tracks were pretty boring. That said, they execute it well so I’m not mad at it. The rapping just isn’t there yet. Not terrible but lacking any sort of personality that might set it apart from other rappers.
Production:
4 out of 10
Vocals:
4 out of 10
Listenability:
4.5 out of 10
Originality:3.5 out of 10

Artist: Pop Gun War
Song: The Magicians


At first I thought this beat was kinda cheap sounding. The drum sounds were fairly amateur but, listening deeper, I seems like that’s what they were going for. There’s some interesting musical things going on but it’s not a pleasurable listen and kinda sloppy (in the sense that it doesn’t really go anywhere). The rapping? It sounds like the MC is actively working to stay on beat. In other words, it’s lacks a natural flow to it. It’s not off beat at all though, it’s just like the dude is not there yet in his comfort level behind the mic.
Production:
4.5 out of 10
Vocals:
3.5 out of 10
Listenability:
3.5 out of 10
Originality:5 out of 10

Artist: Vybemode
Song: Un Holy Shit


Well, that was kind of annoying. I get where the artist is trying to go with this. He wants some heavy, epic shit. Problem is every sound he uses isn’t epic. It’s like if you switched out every sound on this song with a better , heavier sound, it would probably achieve what the artist had intended. Also, I fucking hate this kinda music in general so I’m the wrong guy to be reviewing it. The “hail satan” vocal drop did crack me up a little though…
Production:
2.5 out of 10
Vocals:
N/A
Listenability:
2 out of 10
Originality:3 out of 10

Artist: Defi(g)nition Feat. Holy Omen
Song: Sinister Turnstile


First off, that name…you GOTTA change it. Throwing a parenthetical “g” in the middle of your name is just obnoxious.
So, as for the music, the beat is something I’d hear in my nightmares. Loud, abrasive and just not at all something I’d wanna listen to. The rapping is…well…foreign. This is well worn territory here but I have trouble taking stuff like this very seriously. If it was in a different language, i’d be clueless and give it a pass but hearing english rapped in a thick accent is just strange to me.
Production:
1.5 out of 10
Vocals:
2 out of 10
Listenability:
2 out of 10
Originality:2.5 out of 10

Artist: Ayentee
Song: Time Line


Seriously, after all these extra rough demos I’ve heard this week, this one is like a breath a fresh air. From the well crafted , sampled track to the capable rapping. I see the clouds are opening up. So, I feel like I’m reviewing this by comparison.
But, if I may step back from it, the beat is dope as fuck. It definitely is one of those rap songs that’s tipping it’s hat to some 90’s hip hop. No new ground being broke here but it’s nothing if not solid.
Production:
6 out of 10
Vocals:
5.5 out of 10
Listenability:
6.5 out of 10
Originality:3 out of 10

Artist: Right Star
Song: 1986


In the beginning, this has a nostalgic feel to it. Like it’s christmas morning in boringtown. Sorry, I had to. It’s not that bad. It takes a strange turn halfway that I’m not really sure matches up well with the first part. They seem like two different moods being kinda forced into each other. Also, for a song that, when you break it down, is really not that eventful, it’s WAY too long. This could have been edited down to 2.50 minutes and it wouldn’t have lost anything.
Production:
4 out of 10
Vocals:
N/A
Listenability:
4 out of 10
Originality:3.5 out of 10

Artist: On Parchment
Song: Lost it once


*sigh*
It’s been a rough week of demo’s with similar flaws. Annoying beats (though, this beat is way less annoying than some of the others I’ve listened to this week) and rappers who are not bad but just don’t seem like it’s in the nature to be rapping. The second guy on this hits some flows that are decent but then he also gets sloppy at other parts. I relate to that cause that was kinda how I rapped when I used to rap. My favorite part of the whole song is the musical/singing break between the verses and the hook. More of that.
Production:
3.5 out of 10
Vocals:
4 out of 10
Listenability:
3.5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist: Josh E
Song: Eve


There’s some interesting sample work in this. Very bugged out and leaning in an interesting direction. The only problem is the drums. They are straight up bad. The kick is okay but every other sound is a really bad factory setting sound. Get new drums sounds and you’ll be onto something good for sure.
Production:
4 out of 10
Vocals:
n/a
Listenability:
5 out of 10
Originality:4.5 out of 10

Artist: Sam seed the shaggy dog
Song: Weird show


I like and hate things about this demo. I like the sample. I like the rappers basic vibe on the mike. He’s got a personality. I hate the drums and the mix. I don’t hate the rappers lyrics or flow, but they’re not great. He’s definitely a style of substance kinda rapper (at least for the time being). I could see him getting much better with time if he gets a little focus.
Production:
4 out of 10
Vocals:
4.5 out of 10
Listenability:
4 out of 10
Originality:3.5 out of 10

Which demo is your favorite?

11 thoughts on “Demo Reviews Vol. 23

    • Nah, that song was pretty terrible on all levels, in my opinion. But if you like it, that’s a good thing. After all, that’s partially the point of the demo reviews.

      • I think a lot of the disslike for this track comes from the fact that it’s foreign

      • The beat is pretty bad though.
        As much as I don’t listen to foreign rap, I’d rather rappers who primarily speak other languages rap in their own language. At least then it will appeal to someone. Very few americans are trying to hear english rap done with a thick european accent. Might as well just keep it real and rap for the people who might actually be into it.

  1. woops. I just downgraded my soundcloud today and it looks like they wiped the song from my page. Sorry about that.

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