|C-Des - In A Bit CD [Demo]
So, what got you into Hip Hop?
After hearing emcee after emcee, from 'Slim Shady' to 'Scor zay zee', I decided to start writing. Just for laughs. After cutting my first CD (which was mainly just taking the piss out of my teachers) I sold them at school.
How did people react to that?
Surprisingly, people loved it, found it hilarious. So after selling about 60+ copies I started to take myself more seriously.
How did you progress from there then?
A big step came when I undertook my work experience, luckily enough I managed to get a place at a recording studio where before me they wern't taking work experience scholars on. I learned a lot about music, music production and was able to mature my material a lot by working with the bands and in the studios. After a lot of practice, I got my first gig, to a crowd of about 800 people and enjoyed the night a lot.
For a while though, I kept quite, working on my music, improving, finding my style, etc, I'm 17 now and with the "In A Bit" EP cut (my first "official" EP), I'll be performing live as much as possible, determined to get into the UK Hip-Hop scene.
"Top drawer emcee who we'll be hearing a lot from in the near future" - Bunker Mag (top selling music mag in the North East)
So, as we have heard, this is the first offering that Sunderland based C-Des is offering to us. Does it live up to the ideals he has led us to believe it does? Well, the CD kicks off with Lazy Bastard a track with a great funky loop and a bouncy feel. Although C-Des isn't totally clear with his diction on the mic he has a flow and a definite ability to express what he wants on the mic. The lyrics flip between mostly describing his nature of being a drunkard who mostly chills in his house with short battling forays so as to make sure competitors don't get complacent. Lords Of Light utilises another lovely sample, this time a fine string chord. For this track C-Des enlists the vocal skills of posse member Gejay who shows that he has been doing this a bit longer with a slightly more direct delivery.
The quick demo finishes off with Spoken Mind a slightly more down tempo beat with some bluesy guitar type sample. Throughout the CD C-Des drops with his own local accent and has competent flows, but nothing out of the ordinary. Regardless he keeps the tracks rolling and does demonstrate that he has a variety of skills and is keeping it more real than some.
Overall then C-Des is showing us a lot of potential and he is doing the right thing by getting material out there and into the hands of heads. This is the way to do it, group together a few strong tracks which show off your skills and make sure that the recipient is in possession of all the facts. Don't bombard people with 21 track LPs full of moderate stuff. I'm definitely feeling the way the beats are done and the choice of samples. The only areas for improvement are on the MCing side and are possibly breath control and clarity of diction. The rough edge to the vocal recording should not however be tried to be cleaned up as Hip Hop in general can benefit from a slightly grimy edge. Make sure you have an eye on the look out for C-Des...
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