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Review of Fresh Outta Hi Skool
The Bill Collectaz
Reviewed by: JT Baker, San Francisco CA
In the Studio
As a producer it’s my job to get the best peformance out of the Artist that is being recorded.
When recording Hip Hop usually you are just recording beats. Beats performed by others usually
mechanically. Mechanically meaning very little human interaction. Just a programmer and a funny
little machine that really has no soul whatsoever. I gave the Bill Collectaz quite a few bumps.
The first track on the self titled CD was called “Redefining Success” or is it FT. layzie Bone?
Not sure. The tune was very well crafted and after a time or two had me singing along with it.
“life don’t have to complicated” and I learned that Pimp rhymes with goodyear blimp.
The second and last tune on the CD “cold drinks on ice” did’nt really thrill me all too much,
The first tune about redemption and the next tune about popping bottles and drinking in the clubs.
The thing that bothers me about having two divergent songs next to each other is a no longer
believe what your selling. First you tell me it’s great to be blessed then tell me it’s cool to
be drinking in the clubs? Perhaps that was not what the artist was after but as the listener
that is exactly what was conveyed to me. It's like the artist wants to have it at both ends.
A little about the CD.-- I really do not care much for “demo” Cd’s. I believe in this day and
age they are somewhat worthless. Demo’s used to be made to lure major record lables. It was
generally excepted to record a four song demo of your best stuff and shop it around. Those
days are long passed.
A little more about the recording. The female were captured well. She has a fairly strong voice with above average timbre.
Seems a little tentative to me. I want to hear her bust it. The male vocals are average. That’s not to say they have average
voices. It’s to say the producer did not encourage them enough to step out of their comfort zone. There are a couple of
manufacturers that make what known as a d’esser. This removes some syballance. Or perhaps using the boards EQ during the
recording process to eliminate the highs that cause syballance.
Full length CD’s are now what is expected. Besides I would have loved
to hear more of “The Bill Collectaz” I’m already bored listening to the two songs over and over.
10 star rating average – I give this CD 6 out of 10 stars. It is a better than average record.
JT Baker, San Francisco CA...EvO:R Reviewer.
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