Listen Here: Jorja Interlude Pt. 2 – Willie Hay
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I don’t think that’s what Willie was going for with this song, but that’s what I heard. Don’t worry though Willie, I know just what you need to take that next step.
This being an interlude instrumental, it is hard for me to tell if this is the interlude for an album that Willie Hay is working on or not, so I will just review it as a single.
The first thing thing I noticed about this song, is probably the most apparent problem to most listeners. The mastering. The vocals in this song overpower the instrumental by about a hundred notches. This makes listeners feel like they are listening to either spoken word, or a radio talk show host. This isn’t what you want an audience to hear when they plug in the aux, their heads should be bobbing and they should be gathering some type of rhythm from the song. This is a problem, but can easily be fixed with better mastering. Good thing I know a guy, contact me if you would like help with that Willie.
Another post-production error I noticed within this song is the self-harmonizing and the adlib grunts. Adlibs and background vocals can be great attributes to songs when used correctly. However, when they are used poorly, they can make a song quite awkward. If you lose the random grunts in this song, or at least make them seem more apparent, and not like they’re not supposed to be there, this alone will make this song two times better. Now, if you take the occasional off-sync off-queue background vocals out, or make them in-sync and make them well mastered, this will make the song another two times better. These are key elements in making professional music. A good majority of upcoming artists miss this aspect, and wonder why their tracks don’t sound like the ones everyone seems to be bumping. This is simple. People love to hear good sounds and professionalism. They don’t want their speakers to sound like their homie is sitting next to them freestyling over his iPhone speaker. Think about the music you listen to, does it sound like this? If not,then you can’t expect a lot of plays on your track. See, I told you it was simple.
Aside from the post-production of this song, I’d like to talk on the content being put out here. If a listener manages to get through this whole song while actually listening to what Willie is saying, these are actually some pretty solid lyrics. Willie stays on his subject, “Selling drugs and trying to get money,” pretty well. He doesn’t ramble on about random non-sense and does a nice job of staying on track. On top of staying on track, Willie also demonstrates some pretty clever wordplay. He shows that he has the ability to utilize metaphors and similes, and incorporate these into his flow. This is the hardest part of writing music, and this is Willie’s strong point.
Onto the delivery. There were some shining moments throughout this song where Willie would develop some personality, and start flowing. However, there were also a good number of points where I felt like he was reading me a book. This is one of those things that is different for every artist, but there needs to be more effort put forth than what was in this track. Get some emotion Willie! Attack the beat and mean what you say! When you start doing this, you will recognize that your songs start coming out the way you intended them to sound when you wrote them.
Last tips. Cut the random NBA Broadcast audio and the necessary chirping and mumbling for the last fourth of the song. The beat plays out way too long, and this makes for only about one-third of the track being used. Use the whole beat! Don’t get lazy when making a song, or people will be lazy and not listen to it!
Overall, I would have to say that these are great rhymes and lyrics. This is just not a great song. Poor post-production can really hold an artist back, and I would hate to see one with Willie’s lyrical talent have this happen. If you can’t do it yourself, then find someone else who will. I know some people that actually offer full song mixing and mastering for five to ten dollars, that’s almost nothing. With all the energy you put into a song, you should put a little more into it to make sure it comes out sounding the way you like. Keep at it Willie, I definitely see talent in you as a lyricist. Just work on the things in this article and I’d love to see what you end up doing in the future!
RRR Score: 3/10
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