Demo Reviews Vol. 79

Oh goddamnit…it’s time for “Demo Reviews”. This is where I review songs sent in by readers. I try and be honest cause what is the point otherwise?
I am currently not accepting new submissions but they’ll be back open soon enough. Until then, sharpen you craft. If this weeks batch is any indication, you all need LOTS of work.
Anyway, the reviews work like so…I listen, write a paragraph or two about the song then arbitrarily review the songs from 1-10 in these categories:

Pretty simple….yet so painful. Let’s delve into this weeks scrap heap. Put on your helmet.

Artist: La Li Dawg
Song: Hawks on a moon

It’s starts off very atmospheric and kinda sounds like music you might hear during an acupuncture session but with more drums. The, halfway through it switches up and some vocals come in. I don’t know if they’re a sample or original. I truly have no clue. I’d guess a sample but you never know. I honestly don’t know what to make of this. Not sure what genre it even is. It’s strange and kinda interesting but also nothing i’d really check for. But props for making a song that’s really hard to review.
Production:5 out of 10
Vocals:5? not sure….
Listenability:5.5 out of 10
Originality:6.5 out of 10

Artist:Alonte Harris

This is a pretty weak attempt at some Spooky black kinda cloud shit. Problem is, the singer is not very good and the beat is as generic as possible. The vocals sound like they were recorded through a tin can and the singer isn’t fully committed to what he’s doing. I don’t blame him. he shouldn’t be.
The beat feels like it was a setting on a plug-in or something. There’s just nothing original or interesting about it.
Production:3.5 out of 10
Vocals:4 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist: Richard Poor
Song: Kiwi…

This is a rare case of a rapper having a good voice but not quite being there as a rapper. The good news is that means he’s got a good tool to work with. Practice, get more comfortable and tighten up the flow and there’s some promise here. It’s kinda like a pitcher who can throw 100 mph but can’t throw a strike.
The beat is a cool but kinda (purposely?) sloppy little jazz number. I’m not mad at it but, you know, it’s just drums and piano loop.
Production:5 out of 10
Vocals:4.5 out of 10
Listenability:5.5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist: Academic Dishonesty
song: Every time the beat drop

How the fuck do songs like this find me? Like, surely no one who reads my blog or knows what I kind of music I would make would send me this thinking I would like it, right?
Anyway…Continuing with the “Bashful ass rappers trying to have swag” style , this one pick up where the singer guy left off earlier. I realize the nonchalant style is meant to show an “IDGAF” coolness but in order for it to work you must have a good, confidant voice and fluidity to your lyrics. This guy has neither.
The Beat is what it is. Some club trap shit. Nice low end but ultimately kind of annoying and absolutely cookie cutter.
Production:4 out of 10
Vocals:4 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
Originality:2 out of 10

Artist: Meathead MC
Song: The Neighborhood

Honestly, I expected a worse rapper, with the chosen name. Like, his voice isn’t great but he can kinda flow at times and he sounds comfortable behind the mic. This song is weird cause its about his hometown (which I dunno where it is. HPR?) so it’s kinda uninteresting to anyone who’s not from there…which is everyone. So, I dunno…limited audience for this one.
Beat-wise, shit is pretty amateur. The drums are really bad in general. I’m not mad at the samples and a better producer coulda flipped them into something tighter for sure.
Production:4 out of 10
Vocals:5.5 out of 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:4.5 out of 10

Song:Pop the Clutch

yeah….i just don’t know anymore. Like, I get what this is going for and there are technical aspects of this that aren’t bad at all. It’s just a formula I’m so bored by at this point. The rapper can rap. Sure. His white voice definitely doesn’t work with this kinda track. The singing is a thing…it’s an attempt. I get it. Not for me. it’s not bad though.
The beat is well made and probably the best part of the song and even that isn’t that great.
Production:5 out of 10
Vocals:4.5 out of 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist: Karkut
Song: If you wanna get down

We’ve reached a point in music where “If you wanna get down” is not an acceptable song title. Also, sampling James Brown…not okay.
Granted, I do give credit for mixing and matching a bunch of different Brown samples creatively. Honestly, just on that, it’s the best production I’ve heard all week, even though what it samples couldn’t be more played out. So, I’m kinda half and half on this one. It’s creative and impressive while also well worn territory
Production:6 out of 10
Listenability:5.5 out of 10
Originality:5 out of 10

Artist: Jesta G
Song: Damn Pranks

Nope. Not at all. Stop it.
This is a song made for fun by someone who doesn’t give a fuck. And that’s the best thing about it…but it’s a mediocre beat and bad rapper trying to be funny. This is a song someone makes and plays for their friends and it should end there.
The rapper is sloppy and just kinda aimless. The beat is cheap sounding. The mixing is sloppy (turn the ad libs down, dude).
And, even though it’s supposed to be funny, any humor value ( for me, at least) is lost in bad delivery but..honestly, i don’t think it would be particularly funny if a better rapper rapped in anyway.
Production:3.5 out of 10
Vocals:3.5 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

What do you think?

3 thoughts on “Demo Reviews Vol. 79

  1. What’s up with two of these tracks sampling Shlohmo beats? “Ditch” and “Remains (Chet Faker vocal dub”. Good tracks but these clowns butchered them.

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