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T-Wrecks - The Second Demo CD [T-Wrecks]
T-Wrecks - The Second Demo CD [T-Wrecks]
Tracklist:
01. Live Your Life Right
02. Whats Your Ambition?
03. Conclusion
04. Winter Seasons
05. This Ain't That Kinda Place
06. Destination
07. Hip Hop
08. Mad World (Pt. I)
09. Mad Universe (Pt. II)
10. Back To The Days
11. Overseas
12. Blank
13. Bonus (Jadakiss Beat)
14. Bonus (Mobb Deep Beat)
What is your name and where are your from?

My name is Tarek, I'm half Polish and half Lebanese. I was born in Withington, Manchester. I didn't stay there for long, about 5 months. I then moved to Gambia, West Africa where I lived for around 7 years. Now I live in Cheshire, which is about 15 minutes outside of Greater Manchester. I've only just gotten into Hip Hop seriously about 2 years ago.

How old are you can can you break down your rapping style and content?

I'm 16, and a Libra. I can't say my style is unique, but I think the topics I rhyme about are. I didn't want to go down the path rhyming about guns, drugs and crime when I don't have a big part in it. I just try to get the message out to try and stay real to yourself. You're going to get more respect for mc'in about things that happen to you, than things that you make up and try to make you look big.

Who makes you beats and what sort of production set up do you have?

I make the beats myself, using vinyl samples which I try to manipulate a lot of the time because I don't really like using peoples samples from old jazz records n stuff because I could get into a lot of trouble. But, its quite hard to make samples unless your setup is good. I've got a computer, keyboard (MiDi), a condenser mic. and a compressor. That's all I use.

How do you go about making beats and what software packages do you use?

Basically, for me to make a tune, I normally go to Oxfam or other charity shops, buy a couple of vinyls which look interesting, and find string samples or piano notes etc. Then when I've got them onto the P.C., using Cool Edit pro I cut the sample into separate notes (sometimes) and create a new melody. But, for classic loops like Gary Jules - Mad World (actually a Tears For Fears track) I didn't want to change the sample at all. I use Reason 2.0 for beats, because other programmes are quite annoying to get used to, and Reason is doing just fine. I'm going to start using Cubase, but not just yet. Then I use Cool Edit pro 2.0 to record the vocals down, and to mix the track. I think the biggest thing apart from having good lines and beats etc. is to master the track so it sounds clear and doesn't fuzz (or clip) because a lot of people will not listen to a track if it isn't loud enough or if the vocals are too loud.

What is your main aim for the future, what do you want to achieve?

My aim for the future, is to make music. It doesn't matter what type, but Hip Hop is a big part of me, so I'd love it to be a part of my everyday life. I wouldn't mind supporting a big crew one day, like Saian Supa Crew or The Roots. But right now my aims are to try and study because I'm still at school, and then try and get my name out there. I still have a lot of practice to do... But, hopefully I'll get there.
 
T-Wrecks T-Wrecks

Review

So is T-Wrecks true to the words he has expressed, well yes. He has put together this 14 track demo which in places is absolutely storming and all through points to a load of potential and a burning desire to get his thoughts expressed. For someone so young he has formulated some clear opinions and has not been tainted with all the American ideals of bling. He has a youngsters desire to put the world to rights and a naive belief he can help to make it happen. I like this as it reminds me of many of the opinions I formed at school. Despite this he has a realistic approach and is obviously very modest.

Live Your Life Right is a great track to start off the demo with as it has all the right elements. Great production with a sped up vocal sample which sounds great when linked up with the guitar and throbbing beat. T-Wrecks sets the verse alight with his intelligent verses in which he breaks down his version of the commandments and how one should act and interact with others. If only everyone was on the same wavelength as this guy then the world would run a great deal smoother.

Whats Your Ambition? flips up the same Godfather riff that Braintax flipped for his Taxation track back in 1997 to be followed by so many other acts as well. Regardless this flute type version that T-Wrecks has used has a very different feel and with the addition of his own bassline and celestial washes is something original. The title is descriptive of the lyrical content as T-Wrecks lets you know what his plans are for the future.

For Conclusion T-Wrecks spits a slower flow over a strings based composition and shows his versatility both as an MC and as a producer. All the tracks sound really well put together and well mastered. Winter Seasons shows just these skills with a fat beat that could pop your speakers and a simple piano sample well looped with just the right amount of hiss and crackle to make it sound authentic. Just at this time of year we are all feeling the winter weather and can probably empathise with the sentiments T-Wrecks express on this, showing that he can rock a topic and not only that he can flip a subject and make it interesting when many other people would dismiss it.

This Ain't That Kinda Place unites a mad church organ loop with a more tongue twister type flow. Being both the producer and the MC T-Wrecks is able to put together music which suits his style. Destination is a large production which with its stabs and clever working of an Apache guitar make for a heavy bumper with a great deal of energy and raw skills. T-Wrecks' ear for a sample is well developed and the way he constructs a track would put many to shame. Hip Hop shows these qualities and the production is that hard thing to master: A sparse production that still sounds good. The Drums are tight and the piano loop is sublime.

Mad World seems to have received numerous remixes over the past year, but T-Wrecks version could stand up with any of them. As with his other productions that have used familiar sounds he still makes them work his way, however this one is a bit less different than some. T-Wrecks even has enough confidence to tackle a sung chorus and all in his Mad World (Pt. I) package is quite impressive. Mad Universe (Pt. II) is a follow on track which ups the tempo. The beats sounds a bit manic and not as musical when compared to the other tracks on here and didn't immediately connect with me. The lyrics are heavy Matrix type fantastic imaginings and as such could work better for me over another backing.

On Back To The Days T-Wrecks explores depression and is able to reminisce on worse times when he used to get low. Flutes, Guitars and everything else is conjoined to form a cohesive whole. Altogether this is very down-beat and melancholy song which verges on being depressing although the main theme is to keep ones head held high. Overseas is another piano laced track and is one of T-Wrecks more personal tracks where he describes certain situations and how he can be paranoid like his life is being played out like the Truman Show. Blank, is the final track over his own production and rounds off the mini LP in a laid back style of defiance even though T-Wrecks has various pressures upon him and again delivers some lyrics which expose a mind of someone freaking with all that is going on around them.

T-Wrecks seems to have so many lyrics he can't keep up production wise and for the last couple of tracks he has chosen to get busy over some of his current favourite beats (Mobb Deep & Jadakiss). This will of course save himself some time and is a way to quickly get more material demonstrating his skills out there. Additionally it gives you an idea of how he sounds over really professional production (there isn't much difference in terms of sonic quality to be honest) and additionally he can draw on the energy of the beats and drop his lines with more enthusiasm.

Initially I had thought that T-Wrecks' rapping delivery was in places a bit subdued and lacking in raw energy which I put down to probably his age and level of experience, but on repeated listens I think that this was an unfair first impression. T-Wrecks can be a bit introspective and can sound like he has his head down a bit. I have heard this before and I am sure it is something that will be overcome with more practise and polishing of his skills. Conversely when he hypes it up a touch he can occasionally stumble over his wordsBut overall I was very impressed, especially for someone who is 16, but even at any age I would have been impressed.

Overall, this, more than being the complete finished product it is a positive stepping stone in the development of the artist. T-Wrecks is obviously a talented all rounder who is prepared to put in the work and provided he stick with it we could be hearing more from him in the future...

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