Demo Reviews Vol. 80

It’s been a while but I have returned to review your Demos. This is never easy but someones gotta do it.
If you’d like to be a part of this shitshow, I’m not accepting demos. For how to do that and the rules. check THIS out.
The reviews work like so: i listen once, write a paragraph or two about your song, then arbitrarily rate them from 1-10 in these categories:

In general, I rate very low. A 5 should feel like a tiny victory. So, let’s see what we got this week…

Artist: MN
Song: Life as we know in

This is very demo-y demo. The recording and mixing are both very amateur sounding. That aside. the rappers are kinda boring early 2000’s emo indie rap kinda guys with a slight case of white voice. The aren’t bad per se, but this kind of rapping just doesn’t interest me anymore. It’s ironic that they rap about living in a cage cause it feels as though they haven’t heard rap since , like, 2003. The beat actually has some cool parts to it but it’s made in a rudimentary fashion and the first layer that comes in is out of tune. Out of tune samples: my biggest peeve.
Production:4.5 out of 10
Vocals:4 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
Originality:3.5 out of 10

Artist: Station six
Song: Demons (feat. Scarlet De Lemeny)

First and foremost, I’m down with this beat. It’s pretty simple but it sets an ill mood. It could be sharpened up and more evolved but it’s nice regardless. The rapping is fine. Not very interesting. Nothing i haven’t heard hundred of times before. He does that “i’m kinda breathless” style that i really hate but that’s just personal preference.
The song is more about the overall vibe than anything the rapper is actually saying…which is too bad cause he sounds like he’s talking about serious ideas.
Production:6 out of 10
Vocals:5 out of 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:4.5 out of 10

Artist: Josh “Cultivata” Page
Song: Doctor and the Chef (ft. Fathomphantom)

This is another very “underground” sounding rap song. Which makes sense. It’s a story rhyme…Can’t really say i followed it very well. The writing is seemingly good and the flow is fine. It’s not grabbing me though. The beat is just kinda there. It doesn’t sound “cheap” but some of the sounds seem kinda lifeless. Also, it gets pretty monotonous. Needs some changes , layers or something.
Production:4.5 out of 10
Vocals:4.5 out of 10
Listenability:4.5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10


This is a bit of a mess. It’s weird cause, there are elements of it that sound like the person making it knows what they are doing but, tonally, it’s all over the place. Sounds like an electronic band tuning it’s instruments. It’s as if the artist has a good idea of what kind of music he/she wants to make but hasn’t figured out that things being in key is like Rule #1 of making this kind of music. So the production ideas and desire for peaks and valleys is there…it’s just the skill set and ear isn’t yet.
Production:3.5 out of 10
Listenability:3 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist:Moses Rockwell
Song: Solus

This is okay. Cool Upright bass chop and the no drum thing works well enough. There’s not much to the beat beyond that so, that means, it’s more a platform for the rapper to shine. The rapping is cool. Can’t say it grabbed me but he’s got skills. It’s weird, it’s felt like all the rapping thus far this week, is kinda similar…just varying degrees. Underground white guys. I suppose that’s just this blog being on brand though…
Production:5 out of 10
Vocals:5 out of 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:5 out of 10

Artist: High Elders
Song: Dreams with Mephistopheles

Okay, here we go. This is slightly different than the other demos. The beat feels more current. The rapping, while still kinda white and underground, has a weirdness to it that stands out. The production is really cool, choppy and feels warm. The rapper is not amazing but has his own personality, which is honestly more important at times then being the most lyrical miracle rapper.
Production:6.5 out of 10
Vocals:5.5 out of 10
Listenability:6 out of 10
Originality:6 out of 10

Artist: G.C. Crew
Song: Hip hop is my life Ft. Clev Speech

I won’t even lie…i was judging this one based off the title. I know, I’m a dick.To be honest, I’m kinda shocked it’s an american rapper. Was definitely expecting a german accent or something.
This is very much a throwback track. On the bright side, this dude does a really good job sounding like the rap he loves. He has skills…for that era. This is time capsule rap. This could legit have been a demo on stretch and bobbito in 96. Without question. The beat is solid, though boring. All that said, I just don’t know where this fits in at 2016. At least he REALLY does love hip hop, though.
Production:4.5 out of 10
Vocals:5 out of 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:3 out of 10

Artist: Afghan Connection
Song: Cascade

This is some decent little instrumental shit. Sounds like mostly live instruments. It drags in the beginning and veers off into a more rock and rollish vibe. All in all, it’s not bad at all. It’s lacking direction but there’s potential to it. I can’t say I see a point to this song, as it’s kinda meandering but, like i said, with a little focus and more of a concept behind just simple “making a song”, this could be something.
Production:5 out of 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:4.5 out of 10

So, What do you think?

3 thoughts on “Demo Reviews Vol. 80

  1. The doc and the chef is about two people. A male chef who has over explored ideas with food, becoming a serial killer cannibal. The female is a Doctor tired of the same day to day saving lives and decides to let one die. And she likes it. The 3rd verse is how they randomly meet. The chef invites the doc to dinner with her being the main course. She accepts with a sinister plan of taking a life outside her practice. the 4th verse explains an elaborate death match with the Doctor being victorious. Her curiosity with his fascination turns her to cannibalism leading to a part two. This is a rough draft recording. A freaher beat will be introduced, the track re-recorded, with the 4th verse. Thanks for taking the time to jam

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