Someone I know asked me to check out their music.. This is how I responded..
While I admire your dedication to your music and the hard work you put in, I do have some opinions about the music I heard on your facebook page. I want you to know that I’m just being honest. This is a cut-throat industry which is overly saturated and if you really want to make it.. even on a local level, you HAVE to be dope and appealing to your audience. Granted, I’m just one in your audience, I’m one that will be completely honest. I did not enjoy your music and if I didn’t know you I probably wouldn’t support it because even though I’m open minded to different kinds of Hip Hop, it was not enjoyable for several reasons:
- The beats lack originality. Sometimes even if the lyrics aren’t on point, if you have a dope, catchy beat it makes up for it. But the beats were not appealing at all. There was ONE.. the vicodine beat, was alright. Try networking with producers here in Sac (or surrounding areas).. there are some that got HEAT and definitely worth paying. I have suggestions if you need.
- The lyrics lack substance. Like I said before, if you have a catchy beat it wouldn’t matter but you are lacking in both aspects. I want to hear music that is relevant in today’s world. Or music that tells a story. Music is poetry over a beat… lyrics are SO important.
- Breath control! Both you and your partner need to really work on that. If a listener can notice you don’t have breath control, that’s kinda bad.
- Lack of originality in rap style. There is no precision in your voice.. sometimes I listen to a song and think “damn, he has a good rap voice” even if the song isn’t all that. There is no distinction and it kind of sounds sloppy.
- It didn’t sound mixed at all. Paying for studio time is worth getting the right sound. But all your components need to be in order as well.
I’m no music engineer but as a listener and a true Hip Hop head these are the things I noticed. There are so many talented rappers in Sac that lack your dedication. I can tell that you really love doing this and that’s great, but I would advise you to keep practicing and take my criticism into consideration. I honestly don’t think you are ready for stage time and highly suggest lots and lots of practice before your show on the 4th. I would suggest open mics. Feed off the crowd and see what others think. Videotape yourself and watch it with people that will be honest with you. Usually when rappers are dope, people come up to them after the performance with a great interest to either hear more of your music, collaborate or book you… if you don’t get that after you get off the stage, you probably ain’t that good. Please don’t take offense to my critique, I was actually pretty nice compared to what a lot of music critics, rappers and people in the scene might say. Make it your goal to impress your favorite rapper. Someone I know has a motto… “Be Dope or Quit” –MykBlauuw… PERIOD.