Listen Here: Amazing Graces – Jerin B (Ft. $co)
Intros are great. Right? Well. Not always.
In this case, not so much. This song starts out with a pretty pointless intro actually. I say pointless because you can’t even understand what it is saying. I’ve listened to this song about seventeen different times now and I still cannot make out what is being said. It sounds like a conversation, followed by a hard static cutout, more conversation, a hard static cut, and so on, and then finally the words “yeah they tough” are made out. Not a great start to a song if you want listeners to take you seriously as an artist, it makes the artist seem like they have bad equipment and the listener is already expecting a poor quality track. Intros need to have the same amount of work put in to them as the song does when it comes to the mix and master. Slacking on the intro will only hurt a song, not help it. Cut it. Or fix it.
Now let’s move on. The first verse is taken by the featured artist “$co.” The biggest thing I can say for this guy is that he needs to enunciate better. Until I listened to this song very closely about ten times, I was unable to make out what he was saying in every line. This isn’t a hard fix, just slow it down and make sure you finish your word before you start another one. Secondly, “$co” could definitely afford to remove or quiet some of these adlibs throughout his verse. With the poor enunciation and the slightly loud excessive adlibs, it clogs up his verse and makes the main vocals hard to hear and comprehend. The reason I am stressing this so much is because this is actually a pretty dope verse. When I forced myself to ignore all the background noise and concentrate on his words, it made me change my overall opinion of his flow. When you remove the extras, the dude has slight bars. Period. So clean it up, and you’re in business.
On to the hook. Messy. Messy. Messy. This is again coming down to the mixing and mastering, not the content. The hook is clogged up with some nasty loud adlibs, and some too apparent background vocals. On top of that, there is so much added reverb that it makes this hook sound extremely unprofessional when the extra voices are thrown in. Also, I’d love to hear Jerin B throw some more tone into this. This is the hook after all, the song is NAMED AFTER THIS HOOK. Speak up man, throw some energy into this, throw yourself into the song, not at the song. As sad as it sounds, without a good melody in the hook, it will be hard to get someone to listen to this song more than once. This is an example of a hook that will get the listener to hear it once, and will probably reply “yeah this song is dope man,” but they won’t be bumping that shit in the car or anywhere else if they don’t feel like they are actually hearing music, and not their homie’s Soundcloud. Either put all the energy you have into the hook, or don’t bother at all. People will have more respect for a song that is a straight rap than they will for a song that has a half-ass hook.
The last verse. Jerin B, props man. This is the brighter part of the song. Metaphorically speaking this verse is in good standing. I respected the flow, and I loved when you hung onto your words and bounced on to the next line. It was smooth. When you upped your tempo and felt the beat, it was dope. When you hesitated and waited for the beat to finish it’s cadence, it was struggled. What I mean by struggled, is that you were forced to hang onto and over-emphasize your rhymes a bit. This another thing that can turn a listener off to a song. Lastly, there were a couple rhymes in this verse that felt forced, I won’t name any specifically because I am sure you know the ones I am talking about. If you are really searching for a word to rhyme with another word, and there isn’t really a purpose for including that word or line, don’t put it in. A listener can hear this, and will struggle to respect it, just as much as you struggled to find the word that rhymed. Nobody wants to listen to a song that sounds like the artist is searching for rhymes. Other than these minor problems, which can be fixed with ease, this was a dope verse. Respect.
Overall this is a song that I viewed as more of a project session, and not a finalized version of a song. The mixes and masters and excessive adlibs are what held this song back, not the content. Keep these things in mind on the other tracks being released in your EP. If you need help mixing and mastering, I know a guy, just shoot me and email. What this comes down to, is that it doesn’t matter how good of a rapper you are, if you have good post-production.
RRR Score: 5/10
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