Demo Reviews Vol. 77

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Yup. It’s back. Demo Reviews. You guys send me your music so i can tell you what I think. It’s a bad look for all of us involved but, hey, it’s better than nothing. if you would like to take part and submit music, you may do so but you MUST read THIS. There are rules and you must follow them. I got a few submissions this week from people who did not read the rules and those went right into the trash pile.
Anyway, the reviews work like so, i write a paragraph or two about the song then arbitrarily rate the song from 1-10 in these categories:

That’s about it. Reach for the stars and learn how to use mics, guys!

Artist: Coping Mechanism
Song: Imbecile

Okay…hmm…I can say this…the beat is fun. It’s an awesome loop and definitely sounds like some old Madlib kinda shit. It’s super lo-fi but it works. That’s the good news.
The bad news is….what the fuck is going on here? Why does it sound like the vocals were recorded through a toilet paper roll and completely freestyled? i didn’t even think recordings this bad were possible in 2016. I mean, you could record out of the mic on your computer through garage band and make it sound better. Beyond the technical parts, the rapping is truly awful. Put the weed down. It’s for your own good, dude.
Production:5.5 out 10
Vocals:1 out of 10
Listenability:3 out of 10
Originality:3 out of 10

Artist: Andy O.
Song: Tiger Lily and Pete

The beat is okay. It’s not bad but it’s also not particularly interesting. It’s got a certain charm to it but it needs more variation.
The rapper is passionate and kinda sounds like a less polished Alaska. His cadence feels a touch methodical and lacks that feel of someone feeling natural behind the mic. But, that said, he’s not bad. It’s more just a style of rap that I’m not checking for in 2016.
Production:5 out of 10
Vocals:4.5 out of 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist: J.R. Jugare
Song: In on it

Tonally,this one is a bit of a mess. The bass/808’s are just not in key with any of the samples.
It’s a common mistake made by producers who are just figuring out their sound. They get so enamored with idea of them actually making music , they somehow overlook something that should be so glaringly obvious like tone.
This song has parts that work on their own but, as a song, it just doesn’t connect.
Production:4 out of 10
Listenability:3.5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist: Axiom the wyze
song:Wade in the water

This dude is solid, skill wise. He can rap well but I can’t say I was drawn in much by any aspect of his rapping. I feel like this level of rapping is one only reached by people who really care and put in time but who are, ultimately, lacking that edge that puts them over. It’s a tough position to be in.
Beatwise, this is cool. Well recorded and mixed. Some nice details in there. The main part , itself, isn’t that interesting but I can respect the craftsmanship of it as an overall track.
Production:5.5 out of 10
Vocals:5 out of 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:3.5 out of 10

Artist: Okien

This rapper is dangling between weirdo and total novice. He’s got a hokeyness to him that’s endearing but he also sounds like he’s been rapping for a week.
The beat is just kinda there. I don’t hate it but there’s also nothing about it that commands me to pay attention to it. To be honest, this song, on all levels, sounds like someone who doesn’t make or listen to a ton of rap music decided to make a rap song.
Production:4 out of 10
Vocals:4 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist: Prime Suspect
Song: Timeless

It’s hard for me to overlook the Nina Simone Sample. It’s obviously a great sample that really can’t go wrong (outside of it being a Nina Simone Sample and it’s kinda past the point where that’s okay to do in 2016). That said, he does interesting stuff to it and the layering is pretty cool. The fact he threw in “Good vibrations” made me crack up but it also worked. I’m not mad at this , even though it would be easy to dismiss it on some snob shit.
Production:5.5 out of 10
Listenability:6 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist: I. Mythos
Song: Light Bringer

I’m not convinced the rapper was listening to the beat when he recorded this. It sounds like when I try to do a remix and don’t line up the vocals right. It reminds me of “The Streets” but , like, WAY more off beat. Even the singing is off beat. Very confusing.
The beat is one of those heart wrenching sad joints, which is fine. A little overkill but , hey, it’s a mood, right?
Production:4.5 out of 10
Vocals:3 out of 10
Listenability:3.5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist: Reke
Song: Number 1 under 20

This is like the poster child for “demo reviews”. It’s amateur, recorded kinda badly over a beat that is pretty half assed. I will say this though…i kinda like the rapper. I was ready to write him off but he had a few lines that made me crack a smile. He’s rough around the edges and definitely says some run of the mill stuff but, I dunno, i see a little promise in this one. He just needs to learn how to record himself, get some new beats, and focus more on being original.
Production:3 out of 10
Vocals:5.5 out of 10
Listenability:4.5 out of 10
Originality:3 out of 10

So, what do you think?

3 thoughts on “Demo Reviews Vol. 77

  1. yooo that “tiger lily & pete” joint sounds mad similar to The Lost Boyz- Renee. The dude’s voice is almost exactly the same, the flow is the same in most of it, same subject matter too. ALSO peter pan, tiger lily, lost boys, WTF man what is goin on is this a conspiracy or something how can we be real if our eyes arent real?

    • That’s actually the second time I’ve heard that, and I’ll take comparison to The Lost Boyz as a compliment any day haha thanks for listening man


    sorry for breaking through the crowd for boobies autograph) you’ll make my dream come true if my fav hip-hop instrumentalist and musician will listen to couple of seconds of my favourite hip-hop producer who is at the same time my friend. He spent about an year to make this album and now it collects years dust, just to be opened by future generations). fell free to decide that i am prick to promote my shit here, but you’ll see it wuz about music).

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