Demo Reviews vol. 61

Hello, and welcome to a new year of Demo Reviews. You sent them in and I tell you what I think. My opinion doesn’t mean shit but, hey, at least I’ll listen, right?
Btw, shout out to the winners of last years Demo reviews!
Best rap demo:
Galactic brethren
Best instrumental Demo:
Agrume de Cereau

Well done guys. Best of luck in the future. If either of you ever make it, don’t forget the little people.
Oh, by the way, people have been sending me new demos to review the last few days and I just wanted to alert you that submissions are closed. Anything sent to me during this time gets ignored. When I need more demo’s, I’ll let you know.
Since it’s a new year, I’m switching things up a tiny bit. I’ll be review 8 demo’s at a time (instead of 10). Why? Cause doing these demo reviews is my personal hell and 8 is less than 10. Other than that, the song remains the same. I write a paragraph or two about you song then arbitrarily rate in from 1-10 in these categories:

Remember, this is just my opinion. I am but one man. Don’t let anything I say crush your dreams.
That said, this weeks batch is an unusually good one. Really only one demo that wasn’t at least a hair above average. So, good start guys!
Let’s check them out and remember to vote for your favorite demo of the week at the bottom.

song: Best of the good stuff

I find the main loop to be very interesting and captivating. It’s both pretty and strange at the same time. The drums are understated but work within the context of the song. I’d say my only issues with this one are that it’s pretty much just that loop with drums and a few flourishes added in. It doesn’t stray too far from it’s base…until the end. If that end had perhaps been a bridge instead of an outro that led into another part all together, I woulda been really impressed.
Production:6.5 out of 10
Listenability:5.5 out of 10
Originality:4.5 out of 10

song: Darling

Couple issues with this one. Using the same sample as J-Dilla used on common’s “The light” is a pretty bad move. It’s simply just too famous a sample (and sample source). Outside of that, this is a very well made track. It feels more like a rap beat than an instrumental song simply cause you can tell it mostly comes from one source and it’s switch ups are limited. But, if nothing else, this was very well done.
Production:6.5 out of 10
Listenability:5.5 out of 10
Originality:2.5 out of 10

Artist: Lazy ass specialist

His moniker could be taken a few different ways. Is he a lazy specialist or is he only lazy when dealing with ass. I guess we’ll never know.
As for the song, this guy can rap. I like his voice. I like his flow. I even like some of his rhymes. He might wanna rein in it a little and focus more of the control of his voice and flow and less on how he acts out the rhymes. But , other than that, lots of potential here. The beat is cool. Some mellow jazzy shit. Nothing mind blowing but it’s perfectly fine for the track.
Production:5 out of 10
Vocals:6 out of 10
Listenability:5.5 out of 10
Originality:4.5 out of 10

Artist: Stack hat music
song: As you wish

This is an interesting mix of electronica and hip hop. Musically, it’s very glitchy but the drums feel more like some down tempo hip hop shit. The change is a bit abrupt. I like it but the build up feels like it skips a few parts. There is a attention deficit disorder kinda charm to this. More than anything, it show potential cause the technical talent is there for sure.
Production:6 out of 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:5.5 out of 10

artist: Outlet
Song: All night

I kinda hate acoustic guitar loops as main samples. Maybe it’s just me but, for one, they all sound the same and bring about the same emotion: Wistful. I mean, that’s a real emotion and everything but I’m not trying to feel that way unless I have to. This song does get better as it evolves though. The further it strays from the initial loop. It turns out pretty good. I like the vocal/keys part around the 2:15 mark. Don’t love the drum sounds but, really that’s a minor complaint.
Production: 6 out of 10
Listenability:5.5 out of 10
Originality:5 out of 10

Artist: 3rdegree
song: Alley Kidz Ft. Onry Ozzborn

I just wanna put this out: Don’t send me songs done with already established rappers. It’s kinda lazy and cheap on your part. It’s happened a few times and, in general, the songs are usually pretty good but that’s not a good way to get real criticism.
Anyway, this song is cool. Onry is dope. The Alley Kidz are pretty good too. They aren’t exactly blowing my wig back but it’s solid underground hip hop shit. The beat is solid too.
Production:5 out of 10
Vocals:5 out of 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist: La Mojarra
Song: But Beautiful

This is a tough one cause I really like where this COULD have gone. The whole build up of the beginning is really cool and hypnotic. When it eventually reaches the drums, it’s a bit of let down. Not only do the drums sounds like they’re in another room but the whole vibe of the song kinda stagnates. It’s got some really cool elements in it thouhg, just some choices I wouldn’t have made.
Production:5 out of 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:5.5 out of 10

Artist: Proper Rhymes
Song: Money Ain’t

This sounds like it may have been recorded on Garage band. Which gives it a very “demo tape” charm. The downside is that the music itself isn’t particularly very good so that charm doesn’t carry very far. The rapper can rap well but sounds like he’s reading the words and he’s a bit monotone for my taste. The beat is kinda cheap sounding but , at least, headed in a decent direction.
Production:4 out of 10
Vocals:4.5 out of 10
Listenability:4.5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

So, what do you think?

3 thoughts on “Demo Reviews vol. 61

  1. Yo I got snubbed last year, sent it in a lil Iate I guess but you didn’t announce shit on Twitter about this one and now its to late?? Listen to Showdown with the showgun top off by Green blaza #np on #SoundCloud

    tell me I wouldent win πŸ™‚

    • I don’t snub anyone. If I didn’t post it , that simply means you didn’t submit when you were supposed to or your link didn’t work.
      As for this, pretty sure this one wouldn’t have won any awards.

      • Hey I love you too its just you normally post on Twitter that your doing this and didn’t see anything on there regarding sooo did you actually listened to the song? I know if you had actually takin the time to you would know im for real I ant in it for the thrills and glamour, I appreciate you taking the time to resopnd tho I love your work as any mc would, keep it up and ill be waiting for my next entry opportunity πŸ™‚

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