Demo reviews Vol. 78

Hi there and welcome to a new edition of “Demo reviews”. It’s been a minute. Not gonna lie…I really have to psych myself up to even do these cause they’re often so painful. Happy to say this week is actually one of the strongest weeks in recent memory, if not ever. So, thanks to all the people who make these songs. It’s a rare feat for me to not walk away from writing this in a worse mood.
Anyway, the reviews work like so. I listen to the track, write a paragraph or two on the song then arbitrarily rate the songs from 1-10 in these categories:

That’s about it.
Oh, and I’m not accepting demo submissions at the moment. The queue is pretty full so I’mma give it a little time before I reopen the flood gates. Just a heads. Don’t send me shit right now. i don’t want it.
Okay, here’s this weeks batch!

Artist: od
Song: Georgia Bread

Off the bat , I liked this beat. It’s mix is a touch sloppy but the overall quality is high. Nice layering and changes keep it interesting. The rapper is dope too. Great voice and presence. Some of the lines don’t hit or are corny but that’s a small complaint. This is one of those rare demos where I see a lot of promise and , down the road, it’s the type of artist I would certainly check for. Overall, one of the better demo’s I’ve heard on here in a while.
Production:7 out of 10
Vocals:6.5 out of 10
Listenability:7 out of 10
Originality:5 out of 10

Artist: Dugen Nash
Song: Oh Velma Feat. Vulgar Blast

This is a weird one. I mean, it’s a love ode to Velma from Scooby Doo. I’m not mad at it though. It strangely works. I mean shit, if you can make a hit about dancing like “Weekend at Bernies” is this so off point?
The rapping is entertaining and silly but done well. Well, the first verse at least…the second verse kinda flies off the rails in both it’s flow and understandability.
The beat works for what it is.
Production:5 out of 10
Vocals:5 out of 10
Listenability:7 out of 10
Originality:6 out of 10

Artist: Two Guns west
Song: Dust on my boots

Is this what Bubba Sparxx was going for?
This is another funny, weird song. Two in a row. It’s true redneck rap done with a wink. They really nail it though. The beat, especially is perfectly done and the overall production of the song is really tight. The rapping is fun. I don’t know how far you could take this concept but, for one song, it’s fun.
Production:6.5 out of 10
Vocals:6 out of 10
Listenability:6 out of 10
Originality:6 out of 10

Artist: Andy O.
Song: Tiger Lily & pete

After all these weird ass demo’s this feels almost too normal. Yes, it’s another song about something totally random. Peter pan. Topically, this week has been off the chain thus far.
Anyway, the beat is okay. I don’t love it and it needs more changes to keep it interesting but it’s not bad.
The rapping falls into that “capable, white but ultimately uninteresting” Category that most underground sounding rap seems to fall into. Dude is not bad at rapping at all. You can tell he takes pride in the writing but do i really feel like listening to it? Not really. Still…it’s far from shitty.

Production:5 out of 10
Vocals:5 out of 10
Listenability:4.5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Song: Sully You fool

This is some inspirational “You can get out of bed!” kinda music. It’s happy and hopeful. I don’t really know what else to do with it though. i would say this: I would start with the slow drums and work up towards the faster drum sequence used in the beginning. Maybe it’s just me but it takes some wind out of the sails when a song starts upbeat then turns into something more downbeat when there hasn’t be anything to really lead you to that conclusion. Not sure if that makes sense but, in my head, it does.
Production:5 out of 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:4.5 out of 10

Artist: Logikk and Reason
Song: Rebuilding (hamers and nails)

Not gonna lie, I saw the group name and the spelling of Logikk and assumed these guys were from eastern europe. They aren’t, apparently. Just an idea but that name…it’s not good. It’s really bad. Even by early 2000’s underground rap standards
The music kinda fits the name though. It’s got a very early 2000’s sensibility to it, lyrically. The rapper can write but his voice isn’t really engaging and he’s borrowing from his idols a bit too heavily.
Beatwise, it just sounds kinda unpolished. Like , it’s not mixed poorly but the sounds and the string samples are all just so “blah”.
Production:4.5 out of 10
Vocals:4.5 out of 10
Listenability:4.5 out of 10
Originality:3 out of 10

Artist: Kilmatik
Song: Zero Weirdos Feat. Robbie Analog

This is pretty cool. The beat is solid and the rapping has it’s charm. I like the Mc’s voice and he sounds confidant in his verses. And then you got a Kool Keith verse. What?!?! Kinda cheating to send this as your demo. But, yeah, this shit is cool. The ending change up kinda comes out of nowhere but I appreciate the effort.
Production:5.5 out of 10
Vocals:6.5 out of 10
Listenability:6 out of 10
Originality:5.5 out of 10

Artist: Amen BK
Song: Another Perspective

This is a good attempt but, i dunno, it’s corny. Like, there’s nothing really wrong with it but it sounds like someone reading a college freshman’s high thoughts over an enya song with drums on it. It’s like that faux deep shit I just have no stomach for. If I was having a conversation with someone and they started saying stuff like this to me, I’d assume they were super coked up or on mushrooms and I’d try to remove myself from the situation.
The beat is well made and has a definitive mood to it but coupled with the rhymes , it’s almost overkill.
Production:5 out of 10
Vocals:4 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

So, what do you think?

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