Demo Reviews vol. 51

Whattup everyone,
Time once again for “Demo Reviews”. I missed last week cause i got food poisoning and , honestly, I didn’t wanna have to sit and review a bunch of these while feeling like I wanted to vomit. I’m not even kidding. Nothing personal. I couldn’t even watch TV for a day or two.
Anyway, this is where people send me their demos for me to review. Why me? Probably cause I’m the only guy who asked and people will do anything for a little shine. No shame in that game.
At the moment, I’m not accepting new submissions right now so, if you wanna send me something, hold on to it until the next time I open the floodgates. It’ll be a while but I will announce it. Anything sent to me prior to that, I just ignore.
The reviews work like so: I write a paragraph on the song and then arbitrarily rate the songs from 1-10 in these categories:

Pretty simple. I’d like to stress the the written portions are way more informative and direct than the number ratings but, you know, people love to be quantified so I oblige.
Here’s this weeks batch:

Song: ’89 Swag (Feat. White Mic)

This is a curious song. I think the rappers are actually pretty good from a technical standpoint. The first guy reminds me of Murs a little. The subject matter is a little corny (hip hop hooray!) but they’re good enough rappers to make it okay. My problem here is this abysmal beat. I mean…this shit REALLY sucks. Bad drums, highly repetitive in the worst way, not mixed well, etc…I dunno if this is an attempt to capture 89′ styles but i was around in 89 and the beats didn’t sound like this. If someone could remix this, it would be straight up dope though.
Production:2 out of 10
Vocals:6 out out 10
Listenability:4.5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Song:Make it count pt. 2

This is solid. Nice jazzy beat that’s well executed. It could use some change ups here and there but you get a little leeway with that kinda shit with rap songs. The rapper sounds kinda like an underground NElly, voice wise. He can rap. I don’t exactly feel drawn in to any of his lyrics but he’s got good presence and a strong voice.
Production:5 out of 10
Vocals:5.5 out of 10
Listenability:5.5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist:The Thangs

I like the drums on this a lot but, tonally, this is kind of a disaster. It’s like when you’re listening to a song on your computer and a pop up ad opens and all of a sudden there are two songs playing at once. It’s kind of a well made mess.
Production:4.5 out of 10
Listenability:3 out of 10
Originality:5 out of 10

Artist: Chris Nova X Zunk
Song: Your Knife

This beat is almost amazing. It’s a showcase of some cool chopping and production tricks but some of the melodies don’t hit right. It’s a little pitchy.It’s actually hard to review cause, on one hand, this producer is obviously very skilled but he also needs to understand how melody works a little better.
I was actually surprised to hear a rapper pop up in this. He’s okay but ultimately forgettable. He sounds like back ground noise to the beat but, hey, he can flow so that’s something.
Production:Somewhere between a 3 and a 6.5 out of 10 (Shit is all over the place)
Vocals:4.5 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
Originality:6 out of 10

Artist:Tiny Leg
Song: Inferno (feat. Minnesota Fats)

This is very much some bedroom shit. The beat is simple and sounds like it’s not really done yet. But, it’s kinda weird in a good way. The drums are interesting. Dunno if that’s on purpose or cause they don’t know how to make heavier drums. The rapping is okay. Some interesting personal shit but it feels like I’m not supposed to be listening to it. Like it’s a some stoned guy reading his diary to me.
Production:4.5 out of 10
Vocals:5 out of 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:4.5 out of 10

Artist:Gnome Sayin
Song: Apollo 6

This is a strange one. First off, the beat is hard. This is one I know Aesop would love. It sounds like it’s a lot of fun to rap to. Very Hail mary mallon-ish to me.
As for the rapping, I’m not sure what’s the aim. The guy is a perfectly good rapper but I feel like there’s an angle I’m missing here. Like , is this a character? No clue. Regardless, overall, it’s not bad at all but a little one note.
Production:5.5 out of 10
Vocals:5 out of 10
Listenability:5.5 out of 10
Originality:5 out of 10

Song:The Laugh Track

I can’t do typical conspiracy theory raps. Sorry…it’s not for me. so, off the bat, I’m out on this one. The beat is pretty bad here. It’s more just not my style of beat but, more so, I don’t like the drums or the synth sounds used. The rapper has a lot to say but I can’t say I’m too curious to listen. Again, listenable conspiracy raps are few and far between.
Production:3.5 out of 10
Vocals:4 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
Originality:4.5 out of 10

Artist:Gorgeous Geordie
Song:Inverted love triangle

If you’ve ever wondered what happens when you mix emo cloud rap and Non-phixion, here is your answer. I just don’t think this works. it’s got some cool parts in the production but, the overall product is not making sense. The beat doesn’t match the rappers style AT ALL. He’s got the urgent/need to take a shit, angry white guy style and this beat needs someone way more stoned/mellow. Props on flipping the No doubt sample though, I think it actually worked pretty nicely.
Production:5.5 out of 10
Vocals:3.5 out of 10
Listenability:4.5 out of 10

Artist: Kenyll Boyz
Song: KB Anthem

Now this sounds like some 89′ type shit. The rapping, unfortunately, is some 85′ shit. We get it, you loved the beastie boys. It’s a bit much in that respect cause the line of paying homage and just straight up biting is blurry here. It’s a little past the point for that revival to happen. That said, they seem like they’re having fun so I can’t be that mad at this. In fact, it’s actually way more listenable than it has any right to be.
Production:5 out of 10
Vocals:3.5 out of 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:3 out of 10

Artist: Notiz Yong
Song:You Don’t Know

First thing, not feeling the beat. It’s just a synthy garbled mess. To be fair, I’m not the target audience for this kind of track but, you know, you sent it to ME to review so it is what it is. The rapper is pretty good. I’d say his voice is the best thing about him but, overall, he’s on point.
Production:2.5 out of 10
Vocals:5.5 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

What do you think?

7 thoughts on “Demo Reviews vol. 51

    • I am feelin this beat too. I agree though that there are some parts that don’t seem to mesh that well. Couldve been intentional like goin for that disharmonious sound. I actually like how it starts to get real bugged out toward the end.

  1. Gnome Sayin – “Apollo 6” was actually really dope. That got my vote. “’89 Swag” was pretty cool too.

    • I said the rappers were good and the beat sucked. I’d say, of all the songs I reviewed, they were easily the best rappers. but that track ruined it for me. Hence the whole “i wish someone would remix this” part.

  2. Gnome Sayin was hilarious. I think Blockhead said it perfectly – “This is one I know Aesop would love.” I don’t know Aesop personally, but it is Aesop-esque. I’ll applaud the other artists for their efforts. Good luck Gnome (strange).

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