Demo Reviews Vol. 30

What’s up. It’s time, once again, for more demo reviews. These are songs that readers willingly sent to me to pick apart and judge. So, I’m do them that service. I’m not accepting submissions for the time being so, if you think you want to do that, I ask that you hold off until I open the floodgates. Just a warning, the queue is pretty full so it might be a while. Think “Months”.
Anyhow, the reviews work like so: I do a brief write up. The I assign arbitrary number ratings on a scale from 1-10 in these categories:

As always, I can stress enough how little these numbers mean. i simply do them cause people like numbers. Ol’ Lil man Tate ass dudes. If you get a 5 out of 10, consider it a victory.
So, here are todays batch. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite demo below!

Artist: Noog

Well, off the bat, not really my wheelhouse. That said, it’s fucking strange and would make a great score for a movie involving foreign espionage. I don’t dislike it, I just don’t know what to do with it. Still, it’s well made for what it is.
Production:5 out of 10
Listenability:3 out of 10
Originality:6 out of 10

Artist: Dirty Porcelain, MDF & Gringa

The beat is what jumps out at me first. It’s very good. Nice changes,cool mood and some clever nuances threw in there. The rapping is okay. She has pockets that click but then other times she flies off the rails a little. Not so much falling off beat but it gets a little corny. In an abstract sense, I feel as if a lotta of choices she makes lyrically and flow wise are wearing a head wrap. Definitely sounds like a less polished Jean Grae.

Production:6 out of 10
Vocals:4 out of 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist:Hal Two Feat. GeeWhiz
Song: Fall off

This beat is kinda all over the place. It’s pretty hype but needs some ritalin. I feel as if, perhaps, the artist was trying to cover too many bases with this one. You can’t make every happy , bro!
As for the rapping, dude has a decent voice and confidence but his flow is pretty suspect as times and , lyrically, he’s very average.
I will say this though, I rarely get demo’s like this so it’s a breath of fresh air in the form of really polluted air.
Production:4 out of 10
Vocals:4.5 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
Originality:3 out of 10

Artist:The Anjovi
Song: Terrible People

This is pretty average rapping that i know appeals to a lot of people. So, he’s not bad at all. In fact, there are plenty of rappers out there far worse doing well making the same kind of stuff. I just have trouble caring about stuff like this cause nothing really sets it apart from it’s contemporaries.
The beat is understated and smooth. not sure if the drums were a choice or that’s just how the producers drums sound but I would have gone with something a little more active. Maybe something as simple as some more percussion over the kick and snare.
Production: 5 out of 10
Vocals:5 out of 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:3.5 out of 10

Artist: Wesker
Song: Deranged

This sounds like a dude who just got his equipment trying to figure shit out. New synths, new recording equipment and some new software plug ins.
It’s simply not ready for prime time. Who knows though, in a few years he could really sharpen his skills and make some good shit. But for the time being, this one shoulda been kept in the lab. We should learn to make a decent egg before we try to make a gourmet meal.
Production:3 out of 10
Vocals: N/A
Listenability:3.5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist: Dwell
Song: The Big Picture

There’s something muppet like about this dudes rap voice. Can’t put my finger on it but, if there was a video for this a he was a muppet, it wouldn’t shock me. He can rap well enough, just some weird infections going on.

(he sounds nothing like the cookie monster. i just wanted an excuse to post this video)
The beat is dope. Some good old head nod shit. Very Primo-esque but, hey, that’s almost expected with boom bap shit like this.
Vocals:5 out of 10
Listenability:5.5 out of 10
Originality:3 out of 10

Song: Boy who plays with pud

Back when demo tapes that got sent to record labels was still a thing, a rule of thumb was to never have a song with an intro that carries on too long cause the record label executives will sign off if they don’t have their attention grabbed immediately. This song is all intro, no song. What the fuck is this? really? I think I’m being trolled with this one cause if this dude actually considers this a “song” he “made” then we got a problem.
Production:1 out of 10
Listenability:1.5 out of 10
Originality:1 out of 10

Song: Smoke Shit

Sometimes weed songs were clearly made by people who were too high. This isn’t to say they’re too weird…I’m saying these high motherfuckers were so high they thought their song was dope when it was, in fact, pretty bad.
The beat is okay if not a little repetitive. The rapping though…Dude is barely hanging on to the flow the entire song. Sounds like he wrote it (or is it a freestyle?) to a different beat or something. It’s too bad cause there are moments where he could be okay. But,more than anything, weed songs are fucking corny.
Production:4 out of 10
Vocals:3.5 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
Originality:2 out of 10

Artist: Windmills
Song: Truly yours

Whoa, hey there double-time guy! This rapper definitely can flow his ass off. He actually sounds comfortable in the pocket doing the fast rapping thing. Very solid. The beat is well made and has a nice melancholic feeling to it but it’s ultimately kinda boring. My one main issue with this is the hook. It’s mixed way too loud and I don’t know if it works that well in the context of the song. It doesn’t ruin the song or anything but it just sounds slightly out of place. That may just be cause of the mixing though.
Production:5 out of 10
Vocals:6 out of 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:4.5 out of 10

Artist: Insolen+
Song: Classic milk and cream

Dark, violent white guy drug rap is a subtle art. I’d say it’s successful maybe 5% of the time. It’s comically bad about 80% of the time. This falls into that 15% where it’s not great but also not comically bad. He can rap.
It just feels dated to hear this kinda stuff nowadays, regardless of how well it’s pulled off.
The beat is good for what it is. It’s thick and sets a dark mood. A dark mood that is extremely well tread territory.
Production:4.5 out of 10
Vocals:4.5 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
Originality:3 out of 10

What do you think?

12 thoughts on “Demo Reviews Vol. 30

  1. Hey Block, thanks for the review on my song deranged, I would have to agree with you on what you said.The problem is that is a very old song and not the song I sent to be reviewed or at least I thought. Although i appreciate the time you took to do these review’s, I am still feeling a little bummed I didn’t get you to critique my newer songs, which are a hella of lot better than that one. Thanks again man. Love your music and your blog my friend.

  2. Also sorry I ask so many questions. I don’t go out much since parenthood. And my woman works nights.

    So I play Internet chess. Work. Kids. Make music draw. Twitter.

    I’m a lame

  3. Whoa that Windmills song is pretty damn good in my opinion, good stuff

    I gotta get in on this when the queue clears up a bit! Blockhead is one of the reasons I started making beats.

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