Stiborge | VPCIII Round Two Review

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Stiborge | VPCIII Round Two Review

Stiborge issues further opinion on the second round of the VPCIII

Another round that dropped when I’ve been having a difficult time in my life. I can only hope that this becomes a theme of the competition. Well, it’s a bit late but I only just started feeling up to taking on something of this magnitude. A fair warning that I’ve been pretty upset with things lately and might be a bit harsher in my reviews than I usually am, but I can only hope that I’m not unfair. And of course my reviews should be taken with the biggest grain of salt because they can only reflect my apparently very strange opinions.

Pajama Sam and Alpha Riff  | Assemble Like I’m Voltron

This beat bangs pretty fucking hard and Alpha Riff goes with it well, for the most part. This song is very forceful right out of the gate, which I wasn’t expecting a lot of going into this competition so maybe it doesn’t benefit from going first because it caught me off guard. I was also, and still am not a huge fan of the hook. It’s all a bit too much for me but it’s still mostly a fun song and if it was playing at a party I’d probably rock out to it. 4 out of 5.

An Hobbes and 2-Ton 21 | Chi (Made for Me Mix)

An Hobbes commented on something that I posted surprised that I didn’t absolutely despise his song, which is true, I didn’t hate the song. I didn’t really love it either. It’s a pretty standard love song, the biggest issue I have is with the title. Chi, which I think is a reference to Chobits which when coupled with the “Made for Me” part of the title has some weird connotations that I’m not entirely comfortable with. But I’m willing to chalk that up as oversight and say that the part where An Hobbes talked about proposing was the least enthused proposal I’ve ever heard of. 3 out of 5.

Team Krunktaku | Boxes

This song really felt like a Childish Gambino song. This song felt a lot like a Childish Gambino song to me, in an almost inescapable way. The subject matter and the execution. Also, it was all pulled off pretty well. This by far felt like the most genuine song I’ve heard from these guys and I enjoyed it quite a bit. I’m not really the biggest fan of KadeshFlow but this song definitely felt more personal and like some effort and heart was put into it so I’ll give it a 4 out of 5.

Team Carolina | SHBC

Alright, I said in my post on the Nerdcore Hip-Hop Group that Headphones was my least favorite concept. I hadn’t spent much time with this song yet, and I have to change that answer. I feel like this song has nothing to do with the competition whatsoever, and if it does it certainly wasn’t made apparent. I didn’t think any of the references were all that clever. There was no good description or entertaining anecdotes about events that were happening in the Super Hero Pub Crawl I guess. The beat did nothing to enhance my enjoyment of the song. I thought the concept of this song was bad and the execution was not great. 1 out of 5.

B.A.T. XoMilk | I want a 2600

This song is a blast. It’s groovy as hell, and XoC kills it as always. I was expecting something a bit more dark and introspective from XoC this round but I won’t hold it against him that I didn’t get what I expected. What I got was a good song, that touched on issues from his past but never taking them too seriously and making all the issues culminate in the much more important issue in his mind of wanting an Atari 2600. It’s entertaining, fun, groovy and a 5 out of 5 song.

ProjektZilla | NoTurningBack

I sang this song. I was on my way to my grandma’s house in the car and I just started singing this song to myself. The first time I heard this song I wasn’t huge on the singing but I guess it grew on me because I sang this song without even thinking about it. I do still feel that there is entirely too much singing. The song could definitely benefit from more detail in the verses and cutting down on the singing I feel, but I’m still singing it while I’m typing this so you definitely got an earworm if nothing else and the verses there were were pretty good as far as I could tell. 4 out 5.

Dos Pharaohs | Nerdcore People

I like the production here quite a bit. It’s entertaining, and the rapping isn’t as bad as I thought it would be, it’s not great but it’s not the worst I’ve ever heard. The song topic… I think is a pandering mess that doesn’t really fit the guidelines that well if at all and the hook is borderline insufferable. Also I didn’t get a shoutout so 1 out of 5. That wasn’t a joke btw, I mean the fact that I’m giving you that score because you didn’t shout me out is but I actually think this song deserved that score. Although I’m also very egotistical so shouting me out probably WOULD have given you a higher score, but that’s beside the point.

Shubzilla and Lex Lingo | 24 Hours

This is my favorite song of the round. Hands down my favorite song of the round. The intro made me actually laugh out loud the first time I heard it. And I still find it entertaining every time I listen to this song which it turns out I’ve done A LOT since I downloaded it. This song is funny, the concept of it (not having the time to watch anime anymore) spoke to me on a spiritual level, the beat is fun, Shubzilla is a blast to listen to on this song, I thought her flow on some of her past stuff has been a little awkward but Shubz, I know you’re going to read this and you are really rocking it this competition and this song is an absolute gem. I haven’t given out a 5 out of 5 faster.

Marco Yolo –|RIOT!

IllGill starts this song with the absolute worst two bars ever which he delivers slowly so we can all hear how funny they are not. I think this song is supposed to be funny, but I didn’t find this song funny at all. Gill’s flow is fine here, it’s probably better than I’ve heard it before and the beat is pretty alright. This song is not funny for me. I don’t find it entertaining or worth listening too past this competition at all. 1 out of 5.

GODCOMPLEX | Humble Origins

Ha. Hey Beaker, I uh… I kind of liked your beat on round one better. This beat was too boom boom boomy where the other one felt more layered. I don’t know if it WAS more layered but it felt more layered (maybe I should have taken MC-3PO’s advice and learned some things about production but I didn’t). As far as the rapping goes, I don’t know, the song topics didn’t really match the tone of the song for me, but that could just be because I really wasn’t a fan of this beat though. And I’m not sure how well the hook really worked for me from an auditory standpoint. Beaker mentioned after the round one that he thought people were voting their team higher because they like them, and I think that might be true for me at least. So I took a good look at what I felt this song desirved and if I’m being honest I have to give it a 2 out of 5.

Shredtek and Zalenka | Too Little Too Late

I have heard from a lot of people that really don’t like this group, but I am not one of those people. I think this producer at very least is really good at hitting just the type of beat that I enjoy here and I don’t think the rapper does awful either. The lyrics are kind of cliché and a bit aimlessly melancholy at times but I actually kind of like that and the hook isn’t the best singing in the world by any means but it fits the tone of the song and works well for me. I’m giving this a 4 out of 5.

More or Les and Abstract | Headphones

This song has a very early 90’s hip hop flare to it that I do enjoy and More or Les has a pretty entertaining flow. This song subject is just not something I can care about. It feels very vapid and while in XoC’s song him dismissing all the bigger issues in favor of him talking how much he wanted an Atari 2600 really worked for me because it conveyed an adolescent manner of thinking which was the time period that he was rapping about, here it didn’t work. And by that I mean whenever More or Les started to mention anything slightly more interesting than headphones him bringing it back to headphones was aggravating to me. And he explained how headphones work. I can’t help but remember he was on a song called “Challenge Your Audience” with Mikal kHill. Well either he didn’t challenge me, or I didn’t rise to the challenge. Either way I liked how the song sounded but was bored with the song. 3 out of 5 on flavor alone.

Johnny Hacknslash and Broken Satelite | The Game Stops Here

I can only surmise that they mentioned battle toads in the song so many times so that we could feel their pain from constantly hearing that joke. I can dig a song about how evil GameStop is. It’s a bit cliché but not too bad and it’s a soul crushing enough of an experience to warrant talking about. The song is pretty entertaining but not enough to make me want to listen to it too much more. There’s nothing in the song that I can point to as being bad but there’s not much I can point to that I absolutely love either. I’m going to have to go 3 out of 5.

Team Hanna Barbaric | InAnEBOOK

This is definitely an improvement on last round, at very least in the rapping. This is the best I’ve heard Lavos rap; that is when he is rapping, the elongated “in an ebook” part which goes on for so long that it becomes the meat of the song I found to be absolutely obnoxious. I don’t usually give this complaint but the beat here is a bit too subdued. I usually like more subdued beats that let the vocalist shine through but the rapping here was very aggressive and it felt weird over this beat. In all I give it a 3 out of 5.

Antisoc and Mayor Wertz | We Get It

The beat here goes pretty decently hard, which is the most positive thing I’m going to say about this song (sorry Kyle). The song is about pandering to a demographic, and about how people should stop doing it, which isn’t something I necessarily disagree with. Unfortunately, this song has also been done to death. The song about how nerdcore needs to move on, best example is Mega Ran’s verse in “Nerdcore Died.” Honestly, all you’ve done here is make a boring song about how many boring songs there are. It added nothing new to the discussion for me and honestly, while I’m usually a fan of Mayor Wertz’s flow I didn’t care for it here. 1 out of 5.

Mozart Von Robot and Kordlyss | Well Red

I’m usually pretty okay with Mozart Von Robots beats, but this one became very tedious for me very quickly, and then it just continued on in the same fashion for the whole song draining my life away. The song itself was about Kordlyss liking to read I’m pretty sure and the things he’s gone through because of it… I guess I had a very difficult time getting over how much I didn’t enjoy this beat and there was nothing excessively special in the flow or storytelling that I could see that made up for it. I’m not even entirely sure this is a universal problem, it might just be my problem I find this song pretty tough to sit through. 1 out of 5.

2D6 | Yes! Or Course, Absolutely

This is the best thing I’ve ever heard from 2D6 and they don’t make any direct references poop or their asses even once! It’s pretty entertaining , actually. I enjoy cons quite a bit and the rapper here which I guess isn’t CliffB(?), or maybe I read that wrong, regardless the rapper does a pretty good job and the beat is boopy and fits the song pretty. 4 out of 5.

Delerat and DJ Skull Kid | It All ADDs Up

This is a song about something real and if Delerat actually has all these mental issues than, damn, I feel you man I have some pretty bad depression and anxiety disorders so I understand some of that shit at least. This song is a weird case in that in terms of concept and lyrically this song is really good and the beat would have fit it well but the tone that was used to rap the song just through me off. The song was so tortured and talked about all these medical issues but the flow was so monotone, and not in a way that felt like the apathy had just become too much for you or anything, in a way that it just didn’t convey the feelings that the song should have conveyed. I’m still intrigued enough by this song to go 3 out of 5.

Team BJ | I am NOT a Nerd

This beat is very very messy and almost assaults you with a lot of sounds right out of the gate. Nothing said in this song is particularly clever or interesting and it certainly doesn’t defend just how messy and crazy this beat is. The vocals sounded really bad here to the point where it became impossible for me not to notice. They were mixed in such a way that it was a bit painful on my ears. I know this team can do better and I was to see you guys do better in future rounds. 1 out of 5.

Whoremoans and Nave | Good English

I think this song features my favorite flow of the round. It feels so appropriate to be typing this up on Halloween because there is something so creepy and halloweeny about the line delivery in this song. The elongated parts sound a bit System of a Down like. I want to turn this shit up to max every time it comes on. The beat here fit the vocals perfectly and really elevates them. Rapping about academia isn’t new to the scene but it’s rarely as entertaining as this. I really want to look at this song more because I feel like I’m not fully getting it and it’s even more clever than I’m giving it credit for. Still, holy shit, if this is me not fully getting it I’m ready to fully get it because I’m already in love with this song. It’s one of my favorites of the round. 5 out of 5 for me.

Spacemasters – Bust the Block

This song is about Blockbuster video. I just… this song is about Blockbuster video. I really don’t know how to feel about that. It feels genuine too, which makes it even weirder. I have such a hard time grasping where you’re coming from on this song that I can’t hate it. The beat is good, but it feels too serious for the subject matter. It feels like she’s telling a personal story about her life when she’s talking about the 90’s equivalent of a Netflix queue. The flow is a bit awkward but forgivable for now. I guess I’ll go with a 2 out of 5. I’m not sure if this was supposed to be a joke or tell something deeper about her by talking about the blockbuster video that I just didn’t pick up on, but I didn’t pick up on whatever it was so to me this song is just kind of weird.

FiberOptic Illusion | Enjoy the Show

This beat has a really nice ethereal feel to it. This song is so smooth, I don’t even know. I really like the sound that’s happening here. I’ll admit that it took me a few listens to figure out this song, not because it’s super complex, but because I get lost in the beat and hook which is so nice. The song subject isn’t anything new, but I think the execution here is spectacular. 5 out of 5.

Tribe One and Bill Beats | I got to have it

This is absolutely one of my favorite songs in the competition. This song is entertaining to listen to. The beat is fun and the scratching sounds great. This song provides insight into an important part of Tribe One’s life but the way the story is told is both straightforward and engaging. It’s funny and a great listen. It’s just a good story which is something that I love in my music, especially for competitions like this. 5 out of 5.

One-Up-Up Ohm-I | What You Ain’t No Nerd

I can do without anyone ever referencing Unforgivable to me again. I hate songs with this “fake geek, you’re not a nerd” topic. Also, after listening to it about 10 times, I still can’t figure out what One-Up is saying during the speed rap part after “I examined myself…” so if the song took a turn after that I missed it. All that aside, the beat here is fun and I’ve been enjoying One-Up just having fun with songs so far in this competition. He just always sounds like he’s having a good time. In this instance I think how well it was executed is worth a 4 out of 5.

Cool is Forever Now | Animation Smears

This is absolutely my favorite song concept. Taking drugs and watching cartoons is what’s up. The execution here is slightly lacking though. The beat is trippy and fits the drug theme well which sounds good on paper but the song runs a bit too long and I get bored with the beat by the end of the song. And while I found Justin… er… Legitney Houston’s rambling over parts of the song entertaining in my first listen, there is entirely too much of it. The actual rapping wasn’t bad, but the song as a whole kind of suffers. 3 out of 5.

Beefy and tanner4105 | Salty

This beat is absolute fire and Beefy rides it well. And the song is about… posting on a message board. Well, when it comes to this challenge, I dunno, there was nothing here for me to really grab onto, and while the beat was fucking great, it was pretty distracting to the point that I had to listen to this 3 times then figured out what it was about by the cover photo for it. It’s an entertaining listen but hard to follow, I’m gonna go 4 out of 5.

Fatback Supreme and Poverty Man | Gathering Things

Alright, well done guys, I really liked this song. While I still find it a bit weird that you guys aren’t really playing up Poverty Man’s unique flow in the competition, I found the entire song this time came together way better. The subject of the song is unique and relatable. The beat works really well and I just, the song sounds really nice. Poverty Man made me laugh with the microphone interlude. It was clear but still fun to listen too. 5 out of 5.

Go the Bread | I Keep it Movin

I’ll admit that I’m usually not a fan of Dynamo Dash, but this song is a pretty decent song about being too apathetic for the day, to write raps or whatever, but still moving forward and the beat was very downplayed and fit the subject matter well. I feel this song did a good job of conveying the feeling that it was going for. 4 out of 5.

Jollimus Prime and Niik The Lampedgod | #CosplayBooty

I didn’t like this. I found this song creepy in a way that I really couldn’t escape for myself. Okay, Jollimus has made some creepy joke songs before but usually he has a charm that cancels out the creepiness and makes the song bearable and even sometimes entertaining for me. But I did not feel that charm coming through in this song at all, and it really just made me uncomfortable. 1 out of 5.

TekForce and Ish1da | The Summer of 2000

Oh god, talk about a step up between rounds. This beat is so much nicer than the beat last round. It felt very music box like. I enjoy listening to this song. The song, while not particularly original felt genuine and the attention to detail in this makes this song worth listening to. I wasn’t huge on the overdone Notorious B.I.G throwback but it’s a pretty small complaint and this is miles above the first round effort and has convinced me that Ish1da can make a good song. 4 out of 5.

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