Demo Reviews vol. 66

Planet Hemp - Fita-Demo
Spring is upon us and Demo reviews stop for no one. Yes, it’s back! Tell your friends!
For those who don’t know, this is a column where readers send me their music to critique. No clue why , as the results are rarely good for either parties but I guess it’s a good way to get your music heard on a very small level. It’s pretty basic. I listen to a song, write a paragraph of two about it, then arbitrarily rate them from 1-10 in these categories:

Oh, and I’m not accepting submissions at the moment, so don’t send me any. I’ll let you guys know when I re-open that up.
This week actually has a few decent moments. As well as the typical not so decent moments.
Enjoy and vote to tell me which one was your favorite.

Artist:I also we
Song: Null and sleep

This is an odd starting point. Not the typical genre I get. Not a genre I’d normally listen to. I can say it sounds like an unpolished version of something that could be good. That said, the singer is struggling a little. This is almost good. Some good ideas but, over all, the amateurishness of it is overwhelming.
Production:4 out of 10
Vocals:4 out of 10
Listenability:4.5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist: Paradoxical
Song: Junk Food

I like this beat. It’s some mellow jazzy shit. Reminds me of some late 90’s indy 12″ I might have had on a mixtape. That’s just the beat though. The rapping is not very good. From voice, to presence to lyrics and flow it’s just not there. You can tell it’s being read and the rapper just sounds kinda uncomfortable.
Production:6 out of 10
Vocals:4 out of 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:3.5 out of 10

Artist: Forget the Lotus
Song: Sunlight

This dude sounds like dr. Dre. Weird. I’m fucking with this on some levels. I like the samples and the variations of the beat. The drums suck though. Like, scrap them completely and start over completely cause the rest of the music is solid. The rapper is okay. He’s got a good voice but his flow is very normal and not very exciting.
Production:5 out of 10 (good drums woulda made it this a 6 or more)
Vocals:5 out of 10
Listenability:5.5 out of 10
Originality:4.5 out of 10

Artist: Master Clown shroom
Song: Verbal Columbine pt. 2

Who could ever forget Verbal Columbine part 1? The streets have been waiting for this!
just kidding.
This is some “barz” shit. The thing about “Barz” it that they’re typically boring as fuck and empty. These guys can rap pretty well. Nothing they say is particularly interesting or original but they have the strong skill set. Some more than others.
The hook is terrible. It sounds very….floridian. The beat is some trappy synths shit that isn’t really my bag. I think it’s a decently made version of that genre so it’s more a personal taste thing.
Production:4 out of 10
Vocals:5 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
Originality:3 out of 10

Artist: Dog Teeth
Song:Venus Sunset

This is interesting. Very drowsy and spaced out. I really like the production and the vocals are a nice compliment. I can visualize a teenaged girl listening to this in her bedroom while crying so that’s a good start. The only downside I see it that it lacks a direction. The meandering works but, i dunno, tighten up that song structure.
Production:6.5 out of 10
Vocals:5 out of 10
Listenability:6 out of 10
Originality:6 out of 10

Artist: Saba
Song: Next door (ft. Lucki Eck$)

Is this being rapped in english? Oh is. Took me a minute.
I like the production and the rapper , as slurry and unintelligible as he is, is pretty good. This is music made for a younger generation than mine. I’m not mad at it and see a lot of potential. This is a person who fucks with lots of drake and young thug. His comfort on the mic is palpable though.
The beat is understated but very well done.
Production:6 out of 10
Vocals:5.5 out of 10
Listenability:5.5 out of 10
Originality:4.5 out of 10

Artist: Rhizome
Song: Naoko

I think we can stop the pitch bending vocal thing if you’re not Sparkmaster tape, lil ugly mane or captain murphy.
This is a pretty good beat but the vocals are mixed/recorded so badly it’s kinda hard to listen to. I can tell the rapper is kinda meh but not terrible. When the rapping stops, the beat shines a bit though. There are some kinks that need ironing out here but , at the very least, there’s potential here on some level.
Production:5 out of 10
Vocals:4 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist: Skywayz
Song: Messy Man

The white voice is painful on this one. I know we can’t control that but, goddamn…he has the voice of an accountant or a poetry professor. Outside of the voice, his flow and lyrics are a very certain type. Competent but not particularly enjoyable.
The beat is a bit noisy for my taste. It’s not terribly made but it definitely lacks a real mood that the listener can embrace.
Production:4 out of 10
Vocals:4 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
Originality:4.5 out of 10

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