Preview reviews of movies I’ve never seen Vol. 3

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I see a decent amount of movies. Because of this, I’m subjected to tons of previews of movies that look like complete shit. The other day, I saw “The act of killing” which is pretty much the heaviest movie I’ve ever seen. Straight up, as gut wrenching as it was fantastic. Tell me why they previews before that movie were three indie rom-coms? What the fuck is wrong with people.
But I digress, I’m a man of flash judgements that tend to be about 85% accurate. Because of this, I like to simply skip seeing the shitty movie and judging it entirely based on its trailer. That’s what this is…so, move over Leonard Maltin, I’m coming for your crown.

2 Guns

You know, Hollywood gets a lot of shit for pushing out shit loaf after shit loaf of the same old cookie cutter movie. Each genre has their version. The Rom-com, the Gross out comedy with the heart of gold, the horror movie with some scary child. Then along comes a movie like “2 Guns” to completely change the game. I mean, i can’t recall a time where a movie seemingly went so outside the box. This is a foreign film right ? Clearly, they just over dubbed it really well in the previews cause there is no way an american would have the balls to make such an original , genre blending masterpiece like this. Just kidding, clearly, this movie is what happens when you get two really famous people signed on to an idea before the script is even written. I feel like there are literally piles of scripts like this to the ceiling in every film producers office that are interchangeable. Probably titled shit like “action movie 48”. All they’re lacking is someone like Mark Wahlberg to be like “hmm…I wouldn’t mind owning an island somewhere…I’ll do it!”.
also, over/under on there being multiple slow motion action scenes in this movie? HIGH ODDS. Double or nothing there is a slow motion walk away from an explosion. I’d bet my first born on that one.

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The fact this preview doesn’t start with the sentence “Not since ‘Cacoon’ have so many elderly people saved the world…” is a travesty.
Take about a niche market. Action movies for old people. The equivalent genre in porn would be something like “Granny cosplay”.
As the son of someone who is technically elderly and someone who has been around old people a fair amount in my life (I had an old dad who had old friends) this movie getting a sequel boggles my mind. I didn’t see the first one…but who did? Apparently, enough people to make a second one. I feel like that happened on a different planet or something. At the very least, , I’d figure they’d all be turned off by the loud explosions. Old people hate sudden loud sounds. It’s pretty much the bane of their existence. But, more importantly, old people don’t fuck with action movies. Every old person I’ve ever met likes period pieces or boring documentaries about the invention of the cotton gin.

I wonder if old dudes who watch this email each other about it and send still of Helen Mirren looking all sexy and shit. That would make as much sense to me as this movie being made in the first place.
Just to be clear, I’m not opposed to the idea of this movie having an audience. I just don’t understand how it does.

Gravity

Remember that movie where Ryan Reynolds got buried alive? I think it was called “Buried alive”. Anyway, I didn’t see that shit. Not cause it looked bad (it was a dude sweating in a box for two hours, it certainly didn’t look good) but more cause that is my fucking nightmare. There is no pay off that would make me watching claustrophobia unfold worth it. This movie is like that but the opposite. The set up scene looks pretty cool but, after that, what the fuck are you watching? A bitch floating around in space for 2 hours. Sure, I got questions. I’m mildly curious to see how they handle that in a movie. Hell, I’ll probably even check in on it when it’s playing on cable in 6 months. But still, what could possibly happen? I’ll tell you. She floats around having a panic attack for over an hour then, miraculously gets saved by george clooney who then makes out with her once she is safe. THE END. I could be wrong about that but her getting hit by an astroid or running out of air and dying only to see her corpse float off into a black hole, while more realistic, wouldn’t exactly make for a great movie.

I’m in love with a church girl

The streets have been talking and Ja-rule was listening. They (the streets) said “Yo, Rule, when you gonna reprise one of your roles from those videos you used to do with Ashanti, but in the form of a feature length film?”. Did Little X direct this? Ja rule playing a fake thug is kinda like if Ryan Gosling plays a guy who gets a lot of pussy. It just sorta makes sense.
Also , this is one of those “Based on a true story” ass movies. Oh, I’m sure it is! Remember that one thug who met that one church girl and turned his life around? Yeah…that one. REAL TALK.
Also, STARRING STEPHEN BALDWIN
Tyler perry probably saw this script and was like “eh…I’m good. I’mma go make a movie about someone molesting a grandma instead…”

Peep the Tinsletown Remix Feat. Lodeck and Marq Spekt

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By now, I hope you’ve peeped the album I did with Billy Woods called “Dour Candy”. If not, get on that shit. I’m Biased but, fuck that, it’s really good.
Anyway, I did a remix of the song “Tinsletown” which features Woods, Lo Deck and Marq Spekt. As a tip of the hat to the good old days when people would put out remixes that were, in fact, totally new songs, the beat has been re-imagined and all the verses are original. Peep it!
Also, peep the “Crocodile Tears” remix after it. Another banger.

Answers for questions vol. 146

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Sup people.
I write this to you from my bed. Hungover on a monday. Which is shameful. Why? Well, this bar I’ve been going to since I was a young’n is closing it’s doors for good tomorrow and I wanted one last good time romp there before it rode off into the sunset. So, I just wanna bid farewell to Max Fish and thank them for all the good times. Sure, they will be moving to Brooklyn and I’ll very likely end up back there but it’s a little sad to see the last bar in Manhattan I went to with any regularity close it’s doors.
ANNNNWAY…If you ahve questions that need an answer or you just have a burning curiosity about things, holler at me…send me questions to phatfriendblog@gmail.com or leave them in the comments below. Questions are answered on a first come, first served basis. All I ask is be interesting…On with the show.

I saw in your “Answers for questions 141” that someone asked you for more details on your Uncle Tony’s Coloring Book album. I have to say that I really liked your response, because it reminded me of how some people say that EL-P can’t make any “happy” sounding beats. What do you think of that kind of criticism towards EL-P? Do you ever feel like it’s unfair that your fans tend to judge what type of music that you put out, based on some of your previously released material? Would you say it’s similar to how at the time people weren’t feeling Kanye West’s “808s & Heartbreak” album, but now some of those same people praise it?

I’d like to think, as artists, what we are capable of and what we choose to create are two different things. I’m pretty sure, if he wanted, El-P could make a happy song. But that’s not what interests him so he chooses not to.
I think fans fall in love with certain aspects of artists and get rattled when those artists go outside those boundaries. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve met who will walk up to my face and be like “So, when you gonna make another “music by cavelight”?” It’s one of the more frustrating questions cause , for one, that album is 10 years old at this point and I made most of it in my early/mid 20’s. But, more importantly, I have no interest in making that album again. While it may be the fan favorite, it’s not my favorite. It’s simply some music I made a long time ago and have moved on from. So, as an artist, you kinda hope your fans grow with you and are able to decipher the directions you choose to take as time passes and your music evolves. Unfortunately, that’s pretty rare. It’s a catch 22 cause everyone wants you to make the same music and complains when you do something different but if I were to make the same album 5 times , people would complain about that too. So I , like many other people in music, just kinda make what I make for me and hope it works out. That’s pretty much the best we can do.

In a question aesop asked you around your jockiness nature on the 900bats site, you made it a point to say you’re not competitive except for ping pong.

Is this a true statement? Are you competitive when it comes to ping pong? Are you good at ping pong?

Just to clarify, Aesop thinks I’m a “Jock” cause I like playing basketball. It’s actually a little jokey battle we have. I call him a sci-fi/fantasy nerd and he calls me a jock but, in reality, neither of us are really those things. Though, let’s be honest, he loves wizards and warlocks way more than I love sports.
As for Ping Pong, I was once very good. I used to play all the time when I was in my teens and I got really nice at it but I haven’t played in years with any regularity and my game has lost it’s edge for sure. Also, I’m not saying I was good on like an olympic level. I was just a good casual ping pong player. Lots of spin. Playing me was like batting against a knuckleball pitcher.
As for the competitive part, I’d say of all the sports I’ve played with any regularity, Ping Pong is the one that has made me the most heated. I think that’s cause it’s one on one and there are no excuses. you can’t blame teammates or your opponent. If you win , you win and if you lose, you lose. It’s all very cut and dry and that leads to lots of frustration and shit talking when you’re playing it against friends you wanna destroy.

What is your favorite Kevin Smith movie?

Clerks
Mallrats
Chasing Amy
Dogma
Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back
Jersey Girl
Clerks 2
Zack and Miri Make a Porno
Red State

Jay and silent bob is my favorite cause it’s just fucking ridiculous.
The only one I’ve never seen is “Jersey Girl” but i hear it’s next level bad.
As for the others:
Clerks-It was okay at the time but didn’t age very well
Mallrats-Highly watchable. Probably my second favorite movie of his
Dogma: I thought it sucked.
Clerks 2:Had a few funny moments but I have issues with low brow gross out type comedies who feel the need to get sappy and have ” a heart”. It kinda defeats the purpose.
Zack and miri: PRetty bad.
Red state: I enjoyed it. The dude who played the cult leader was incredible. I saw it a while ago but I vaguely remember having an issue with the ending…but I could be thinking of some other movie.

How left or right dominant is your entire body??? Get into detail with it – how right or left handed you are in respect to writing, daily tasks, making music… Also, how right or left sided you are with sports like basketball or physical activities where you use and position your legs a lot, like skateboarding or snowboarding.

Such a specific, odd question, I know. But I’m very interested in the unusual interaction between left and right brain activity, especially with creative types (aka lateralization of brain function). In my opinion, modern psychology has a loooong way to go with this concept (I’m no scientist). Thank you!

I’m a righty. I do pretty much everything with my right hand/arm. I mean, I’m not a cripple so I can type and cut food with my left but anything that takes extra coordination is done with my right. As for sports, same thing. The only thing I’ve noticed with my left is that I tend to block shots with it in basketball. Other than that, I can dribble a little with my left but my left handed lay up is atrocious.

have you ever found a vocal sample that works perfectly in one of your songs but you couldn’t bring yourself to use it because the lyrics were stupid?

Sure. In fact, the most asked about sample I’ve ever used is an example of that. tHe screeching vocal sample on “insomniac olympics”.

People ask me what it’s saying all the time and, to be honest, I have no clue. What I do know is that, when I made it, the words either just didn’t make sense in the context of the song or they were dumb so I sped it up, put an effect on it and made the words undistinguishable. I often do similar things with vocals sung in a foreign language. Cause I don’t know what they’resaying, I’ll fuck with it in some way to make it not matter. basically, I’ll try to use the voice like I would a horn riff.

So I understand you are a huge fan of music, which is a passion I also share. How do you feel about jam bands and improvisational music in general? Is there anything wrong with taking a few days vacation to do nothing but hang with stinky Phish heads and listen to some groovy jams? Let me know your opinion.

There is nothing wrong with it for other people with free will but i’d be hard pressed to find a scene I have less interest in being involved in. Not only am I kinda worn out on live shows in general but jam bands are pretty much not even on my radar. I don’t really do drugs much and I hate camping. I also was never a fan of phish or the dead so any new ones popping up aren’t gonna change that.
It’s simply not for me. So much so that I don’t really get it on any level. I’ve heard a lot of the kinds of music and the draw of it escapes me. It’s a bunch of noodling on guitars while songs go on for like 25 minutes. Honestly, that might be one of the rooms in hell for me. The Jam band room.

So, you seem like the type of guy to not really care about how he dresses. Granted, you have the decency to wear closed-toed shoes and actual pants, but beyond that, it’s pretty much whatever you feel like.

What if that just magically changed and you turned into someone who always wants to look their best by buying high-end expensive clothes?

Seeing as how your girlfriend is in the fashion business, what would she think of this?

I am a simple man and man of comfort. T-shirt, jeans/dickies and sneakers. That’s what I like. THat’s all I ever wear and I can’t see that changing any time soon. My Girl would love if I become a guy who dressed like a fancy lady boy but she also doesn’t hate how I dress. As long as I’m neat, she’s okay with it. Sure, if I gave her free reign and a credit card to take me shopping, after her head was done exploding, she’d buy a wardrobe of awful sweaters and pants that not self respecting man should ever wear and button up shirts that are as uncomfortable as they are feminine. But, at this point we’ve reached a happy medium. I dress how i dress and every now and then I’ll happen to buy a new article of clothing that she likes.
The irony of it all is that, while she’s all fashion forward, every now and then she’ll wear some crazy shit that makes her look like Mrs. Roper on a nature retreat and I’ll clown her endlessly about it.
Oh, so to answer your question, she’d fucking love it. Obviously.

Yay or Nay: YC The Cynic

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YC the Cynic is a name I’ve been seeing pop up a fair amount recently. For some reason, I just kinda ignored looking into him until very recently.
Well, turns out he’s pretty fucking nice. I don’t know where he’s from (though I’m assuming it’s somewhere on the east coast) or through what avenues he’s come up but it’s always a nice surprise when someone you heve never heard of pops up to positive results. An interesting angle with him, just judging off the little I’ve heard of him, is that he’s more versatile than I would have expected. The first song is some straight forward shit while the third video is straight up weird. I appreciate the unpredictability. Anyway peep this:


Now, tell me what you think:

A very informative podcast interview with me

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I’ve done a few podcasts before and they’re always fun. However, this one I did recently is probably my favorite one I’ve done. Why? Cause it’s just two bros talking. The dude whose podcast it is, Intuition, and I are buddies so this is basically just him and I shooting the shit while I casually give my life story to him. So, if you like bro’s talking, this will be your shit.
We discuss my family life, the beginnings of aesop and I, my fanbase, and pretty much everything else.
Check it out!
http://kindaneat.net/blockhead/

Tim and I discuss music and stuff Vol. 38

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This week, Timmay AKA Alaska and I discuss new videos by Earl, Baltic Cousins and Akwafina. That last one I pick specifically to enrage Tim. Why? Cause we are like a married old couple and that’s what married old couples do. Go out of our way to anger the other for no reason whatsoever.
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Answers for questions vol. 145

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What’s up everyone? This heat wave in the city got me fucked up. I broke a sweat eating baby carrots last night. Not a good look on multiple levels.
Anyway, you know the drill by now. Ask me stuff. I answer stuff. Anything within reason really. This is like reddit AMA but on my blog.
If you have queries , send them my way. Email them to me at phatfriendblog@gmail.com or leave them in comment section below. I answer on a first come first served basis so if you sent one in and feel like it’s been a while, don’t fret. Your time will come.
Okay…let’s start it out really classy like…

If it was suddenly legal to masturbate anywhere public in the United States, what 3 types of places do you think it would happen at most? Do you think all the places would be obvious, or would it become a popular pass-time somewhere unexpected like a Starbucks or fast-food drive through?

While I don’t think it would ever fully become “a popular pastime” , there would certainly be a bunch of absolute creeps who would take advantage of its legality.
I can’t speak for the entire world but I know the #1 place it would be popular in NYC would be Queens-bound subway trains. Why so specific, you may ask? Well…cause, even as something that’s illegal, it’s still the top place to catch people masturbating in public. I have no clue why it’s Queens bound trains but , since high school, I’ve known at least 10 different girls who all saw dudes jerking off on trains and they ALL were Queens bound/inside Queens. It makes no sense but, hey, you can’t argue with facts. I’d imagine, if this practice was made legal, perhaps NYC subway trains would just make a designated masturbation car. The mess alone would ceate jobs. Bring back the Squeegee men!That might be the best idea I ever had.
As for secondary places, Movie theaters seem like a prime location…and Library’s…cause they got computers there now and you can watch porn in public. You’d just have to do it really quietly. But any teenaged boy who grew up in a small house and a decent sized family should be able to pull that off.

How do you feel about small, aspiring artists using someone else’s beats to rap over them, if they don’t have a producer yet? Let’s say an upcoming songwriter found one of YOUR songs, and made their own video, rapping over it, but gave you the credit for the instrumental in the description? Do you think they deserve the tons of scrutiny that most people believe they do?

Isn’t that how mixtapes work? It doesn’t bother me as long as they aren’t making money from it and give credit. It should only be scrutinized when the artists try and make it seem like a collabo, and not them just using some strangers tracks.
That’s something aspiring artists do that piss me off. Sometimes they’ll use your beats and promote their mixtapes like you specifically made the beats for them. This has happened to me a bunch of time with all those throwaways beats I released a while back. People will ask me if they can use them for their mix tapes and I’m like “go for it, just don’t make any $ off it”. Then, when they put them out they promote it like “Check out my new mix tape produced by Blockhead!” and shouting me out on the tracks like we’re homeboys. That’s some bullshit. It makes it sound like I was in the studio with you and I’m a 50/50 contributor. Just cause I said you can use my old beats for your mix tape doesn’t mean I co-sign your work. It’s simply some public domain shit that doesn’t bother me for people to play around with. On that level, it’s harmless. You need beats to rap on. I made a bunch. Just don’t front like I had anything do with your album. Gimmie credit but not TOO much credit. Truth be told, I pretty much have never listened to anyone who’s made mix tapes out of my throwaway beats. Not a diss to them, I just was never that curious about them.

What female vocalist would make you turn around and not give a shit what she looked like?

I’m not sure if you mean this sexually or just as a fan.
As a fan, I don’t give a shit what a female singer looks like. If she can sing, she can sing. Nina Simone looked like hell but it probably my favorite female vocalist ever.
If you mean, who would I want to have sex with based entirely on her singing talent, then I’m afraid you don’t know how the male mind works. Unlike the girls who have been sleeping with Bob Dylan’s 80 year old ass or girls who boned biggie when he was alive, men are typically able to respect talent without feeling the need to to put our dick in it. This is mostly cause we are shallow creatures who care way too much about looks but, still, I’ll never be able to wrap my head around that groupie mindset of willfully sleeping with someone atrocious looking person simply cause they make good music or act well. Hell, a lot of girls will sleep with a dude who makes shitty music or a talentless guy who happens to be on TV simply cause he makes music and/or is on TV. Whatever that gene in some women is, it’s pretty fucked up. Is it so hard to admire someones wit, intelligence and talent without feeling the need to have sex with them? Thank god I’m a shallow piece of shit.

What’s your take on video games? Play them, used to play them, secretly cosplay them? Would you make beats for them?

I own a PS3 in which I use primarily for netflix. I do play video games but the only ones I fuck with are NBA 2K games and baseball games. So, yeah, I’m a sports only kinda gamer. I think a lot of those other games are cool and would be fun to play around with but I simply don’t have the patience for most of them. Also, fantasy games just don’t resonate with me. I barely even like sci-fi and fantasy movies. I’m very much a person who likes to be planted in reality so games that could be viewed as “escapes” never appealed to me.
Side note, I play the shit out of phone app games. Candy crush is ruining my life right now. Triple town got lots of run. Angry birds, obviously. I like those kinda games a lot.
As for making beats for them, sure. Pay me money and I’d do that in a heartbeat. I made beats for some game in like 2005 called “The Getaway 2”. I never played the game or saw it though.

i just turned 21 and i’ve been a little uneasy about how little i have done musically by this point in my life but seeing you say that you were barely making beats at 20 gives me some hope and also an idea for a question: what was the overall timeline of your creative pursuits when you were starting out? like what age did you start rapping or making beats or stop rapping to focus more on making beats etc?
My timeline goes as such:
Age 13: Wrote my first raps
Age 14: Tried rapping them
Age 15: still rapping
Age 16: Started looking through samples to give to a friend who made beats. Ghost wrote for a rapper friend
Age 17: Serious about rapping, beats were secondary.
Age 18: Started making beats with a friend who had a sampler.Still rapping heavily
Age 19:Got my own sampler, started making beats on my own. Still rapping.
Age 20-24: Focused way more on making beats but still rapping.
age 25: Focusing primarily on beats. Rap dreams fading. At this point I’m working with Aesop and have already put music out.
Age 26-and on: Only making beats. Retired from rapping for the betterment of the universe. My first solo album drops in 2003 , when I’m 26/27.

What do you think is the role of silence in music? By that I mean
brief pauses between either beats or any accompaniment; I’m listening
to Insomniac Olympics and I find it has a spacious feel to it just
because you leave room for silence and don’t cram in as much as
possible in a four minute interval. Also, what is your take on the UK
garage scene?

Silence in music is an extension of minimalism. It’s something I kinda wish I had a better grasp on cause, when done right, it’s fantastic. The problem with it is that it can also be used as a crutch. Kinda like the talentless painter who never learned how to do basic things in art but blows up cause he makes some half assed pop art that a child could draw. That’s the down side of minimalism. But good minimalism and usage of space in music can be a beautiful thing.
As for UK garage, I’m not familiar with it. I don’t really listen to much dance music or instrumental music at all so I’m pretty far removed from anything like that.

Yo Block, I vaguely remember you saying you were working on a project with Open Mike Eagle. What’s going on with that?

TOP SECRET STUFF RIGHT THERE.
Stay tuned for more info.
As of right now, Mike and I have fake twitter beef and that’s all I can tell you.

Demo Review vol. 27 (Now accepting demo submissions!)

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Whattup everyone…It’s the moment all the self loathers have been waiting for! I’m opening up the flood gates once again for demo submissions. If you have a song you’d like me to review, now if your time to both shine and possibly get shit on as well. However, before you just submit me something. There are rules. PLEASE READ THESE CLOSELY BEFORE SUBMITTING ANYTHING TO ME. They are crucial to your demo even making it to the review process.
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 divshare.com, 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 will throw it right in the trash.

That’s about it for the rules. But there’s more…You must also accept that I will be reviewing your music honestly. I don’t know you. You aren’t my homeboy. I may write some shit you don’t wanna hear/accept. That’s fine and all but just know it’s possible. Butthurt responses will be clowned on properly. Trust me, I’m as familiar with internet criticism as any person who makes music for a living. It sucks but it’s part of the deal. After all, you’re sending me your music so I can review it. what else do you expect? By submitting, you’re pretty much agreeing to possibly being let down.
It should also be noted that , genre wise, I’m a rap guy. I like rap music. This can work both for and against you people sending me rap as I will be highly critical of it but there’s also a chance I might actually like it. Where as with other genres (particularly instrumental music and electronic type shit) I don’t really listen to that kinda stuff. Feel free to send it but just know my ceiling of enjoyment for that kind of music is typically pretty low. Ironic, I know…but it’s the reality of things.

Got it? good.
So, send away to my email
phatfriendblog@gmail.com.

As for this week, It’s business as usual. I fucked up and didn’t realize how low i was on submissions so there are less songs that usual. As always, the reviews are done in the form of brief write ups and 1-10 ratings in these categories:
Production
Vocals
Listenability
Originality

So, let the good times roll!

Artist: Fortified PhoneTX
Song: Plastic Eaters


This song sounds like it would have been an indie 12” banger in the late 90’s. I like the initial beat but the change up midway doesn’t really work for me. The first rapper is decent. Good voice and flow but , content wise, isn’t really saying much. The second dude sounds kinda nervous. I dunno if that’s just his style but there is a palpable discomfort on the mic when I hear it. He’s not off beat or anything…it just doesn’t sound natural. Regardless, it’s a well put together song that just lacks any aspect that makes it an above average typical underground rap song.
Production:
5 out of 10
Vocals:4.5 out of 10
Listenability:4.5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist:Broken rope
Song: Comb the blades out

https://soundcloud.com/brycebeverlinii/comb-the-blades-out?in=brycebeverlinii/sets/mindset
Way to disable embedding on your soundcloud page, guy!
Anyway…I like this beat. It’s weird in a good way and has a controlled chaos to it that works for me. The rapper also has a controlled chaos to him but it doesn’t translate as well. He hits some nice flows at times but also gets a little sloppy at others. I have a feeling those moments are on purpose though and they simply just don’t work for me. Also, he does have a tendency to make corny decisions. The singing, for instance, is a problem. And some of the vocal inflections during the rapping made him sound like a rapping weatherman. That said, he can certainly rap very well and I’m just nitpicking.
Production:
5.5 out of 10
Vocals:5 out of 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:5.5 out of 10

Artist: DJ Nickel B
Song: Fractal Face


There should be a genre called “Aggressive hotel lobby music-step”. It wouldn’t be actually aggressive but it would need that title to separate it from being called “Elevator music in europe”, which is a step down in it’s intenseness. If such a genre existed, this song would be a hit within said genre. Clearly, this kind song is not really in my wheelhouse. However, it is well made for what it is so I can’t really be that mad at it. I’m just not the right audience for it…I have never worn a beret and I certainly don’t frequent cafes with any regularity.
Production:
5 out of 10
Vocals:n/a
Listenability:4 out of 10
Originality:3.5 out of 10

Artist:Khaderbai
Song: Beat #5


Normally, a song titled “Beat # 5” would get thrown in the trash quick. But because I unexpectedly ran out of demos to review this week, I gave it a chance. Well, it turns out this beat is actually more like a real song than I would have guessed. Dope loops, dope drums with a decent amount of changes through out the song. My only critique of it would be that, if all the parts are sampled from the same song, it’s kinda bullshit on a creative level. But I don’t know that to be true of false so all I can go on is that the shit sounded good in general.I’m sure one of you readers will let me know, in which case, just knock 3 points of every score I give below.
Production:
5.5 out of 10
Vocals:n/a
Listenability:6 out of 10
Originality:3 out of 10

Artist: Matter and Butter
song:Ollier D’or


The drums are cool and the samples are cool. I just don’t know if one sample being filtered differently for a minute that arbitrarily changing into a totally different beat that has no connection to the initial part works as a “song” for me. I mean, all the parts on their own are nice but it just doesn’t translate well into a finished piece. It’s well made but needs some focus.
Production:
4.5 out of 10
Vocals:n/a
Listenability:4 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist: Poetik and Jester
Song: Gettum


This is another one of those “Where have I heard this before?” kinda moments. That sample…it’s very familiar. I’m sure some of you out there have answers.
Anyway, it’s a cool loop. The drums are kinda wack. Improving those would help this song greatly cause it’s very strong otherwise. The rapping is actually pretty dope. Well above average by “demo reviews” standards. While neither of the dudes are reinventing the wheel they just sound comfortable on the track. I can’t stress how important that can be when differentiating between someone who’s good and someone who’s just serviceable.
Production:
4 out of 10
Vocals:6 out of 10
Listenability:6 out of 10
Originality:3 out of 10

Artist: The Halve two
Song: Afterglow


This is what i like to call good intention rap. It’s seemingly influenced by Atmosphere and the early 2000 indie rap boom I was very much involved in. It’s got a message to it and an artistry that’s undeniable. My issue is that it bores the shit out of me. It’s simply a type of rapping I don’t have much interest in anymore BUT this is also something lots of people who aren’t me can relate to deeply So, it’s not a knock on them as much as a personal preference.
As for the song itself, the beat is okay. Very Atmosphere-ish. The rapper is okay. I don’t love his voice or his flow but he’s capable.
Production:
4.5 out of 10
Vocals:4 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Now, you tell me what you think!

Yay Or nay: Bishop Nehru

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There are three types of kid rappers. The first is the novelty act that gets over on cuteness of the fact they are rapping children. Think Raven Simone or will Smith’s stupid ass kids.
The second is a more serious rapper who is noticeably young but still graded on a curve cause they are so obviously children. Think Chi Ali back in the day or even Da Youngstas.
The Third is the type who are not judged by their age at all. They are like the minor league phenom that shows major league talent so early on, their age is secondary. Most likely, you’ll be bumping their songs and then later hear their age and be like “He’s 16 years old!?!?!”. Think LL Cool J, L-Swift and Earl.

Today’s Yay or Nay is a young rapper who is only 15. He’s very much from the Joey Badass realm in terms of the type of music he’s putting out. He’s got a good ear for beats and definitely can rap well. Be it for a 15 year old or a 20 year old. But I wanna know what you think…Check out Bishop Nehru.



Here’s a link to his mixtape:
http://www.datpiff.com/Bishop-Nehru-Nehruvia-mixtape.462365.html

Well, what do you think?