Welcome

Posted in General with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 30, 2013 by Trus Real

Welcome! This is the blog where you can stay connected and up to date with Trus Real’s new music projects, news, videos, photos, and events.

Critiques – Trus Real offers honest critiques for local musicians (Of any kind) for improvement and growth. For more details on how to become a featured graded artist e-mail trusreal@gmail.com

Current Events – Trus Real tends to speak his mind and his strong opinions, so he will also share his 2 cents on any current news.  He definitely has a unique and honest perspective on things so be sure to check it out!

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The S.W.A.R.M. EP by Knowledge

Posted in General on August 27, 2013 by Trus Real

Check out Knowledge’s new project titled The S.W.A.R.M. EP

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Lambo Anlo – Friday Critique

Posted in Critique on August 27, 2013 by Trus Real

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Watch and Listen Here: Lambo Anlo – Friday

Alright I’m not here to judge videos or acting, because that ain’t my expertise.  But as a person with their own opinion I’d like to like to throw in that homie should put that acting ish to the side. But on a serious tip, the kid can spit.  He got a nice flow, a strong execution, and good presence in his voice.  I like how he has a bridge and hook, not too many artist tend to do that.  Lyrics are eh.  Nothing special, but his flow definitely makes up for it….. to the average listener. But for me, come on son.  You execute everything nicely, but I think he can step up them bars a bit.  He has a few schemes here and there, some light jabs, but nothing worth mentioning. The major issue for me is his redundancy.  Consistency is good, but he’s TOO consistent to the point that all the verses sound the same and it sometimes blends in with the hooks to make it seem like one long verse. Put some character or emotion in your voice.  The beat is redundant too, I know it has nothing to do with him but his redundant tone with his redundant beat can put people to sleep fast. Be the contrast to the beat and switch it up more. The beat is chill, so his energy level goes with the vibe of the song.  But the drinking and smoking concept is starting to get very annoying.  We get it.  You get drunk and high. Who doesn’t? Do something different.

The Critique: You have all the tool necessary to be great.  You just need to utilize them better.  The redundancy is a real killer to my ears. I know the song is mad chill, so I don’t expect a variety of emotions in your voice, but if this is the case, I suggest making it shorter and have someone else do the hook. Keep the same hook if need be, but there needs to be some change in the sound especially when the beat is a 4 bar loop.  Christ.  But you got everything else locked so keep at it and you’ll go far.

Flavor: Hip Hop

Execution: 5/5

Flow/Delivery: 5/5

Energy: 3/3

Character: 1/2

Lyricism: 2/5

Final Rate: 16/20 DECENT You could’ve gotten a higher rating if I didn’t get so bored.

 

 

Raising The Bar Event Critique

Posted in Critique on August 19, 2013 by Trus Real

This past Saturday, I had my Raising The Bar Hip Hop Showcase event.  I will basically critique my own event from an inside and objective viewpoint.

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(My homie Fito Corleone from 848 killing it)

 

Cons:

1. I didn’t want it to be a packed house because this was a trial and error event for future ones.  So that way if there were any errors, it would be only in front of a small crowd of rappers who would understand that when it comes to technology, shit happens.

2. Technical Difficulties… Well, shit happened.  And this can happen to anyone. But we had so many. Feedback issues, volume issues, clarity issues, cord issues, mic issues, I mean it really felt like I was gonna go crazy.  Each issue had different variables so it wasn’t necessarily specifically one person’s fault.  Half way through the show we got things figured out, and the rest went smoothly, but wow was it stressful.

3. Acoustics…. The acoustics of the tiny venue had sound bouncing everywhere and this contributed to the sound quality and clarity, especially with the drummer. That’s just something I couldn’t help. Different venue next time?

4. Misunderstandings… One of the reasons we had issues was sending songs to the DJ.  Some emailed, some brought CD’s, some brought Ipods, phones, etc.  One e-mail apparently didn’t get to the DJ which led to an artist to explode on stage in anger.  I don’t know if the e-mail was sent to the DJ’s spam, or was even sent at all, but it led to a memorable performance from this specific artist that night. But it wasn’t a good memorable. Next time I have to be assertive with how things songs should be sent.

Pros:

1. Full House… The house was packed! Though this isn’t what I wanted or planned to have, I can’t complain about good business.  Usually I’m used to Rap Shows being a small crowd of just rappers and maybe a few of their friends.  But people brought crowds with them and a lot of non-musicians came.  The bar owners were impressed, so I did a good job in that aspect. Though I was still down the hole $80, money in my pocket was the last thing on my mind anyway.

2. Drinks… They were cheap

3. Hotdogs… They were free lol

4. The People… I feel like I let a lot of people down. Maybe it wasn’t a big deal to them, because it wasn’t their show, but with all the issues we had, some people weren’t able to perform, or had to cut their performance short. But everyone (with the exception of one disgruntled artist, who later apologized) was cool about it. People were very supportive of the event and of each other. The vibe was exactly what I was looking for.

Overall, I thought the turn out was great, the performances that didn’t have technical difficulties were dope, but the technical difficulties were the main issue that kept reoccurring.  It stopped the flow of the show. It made both me and the DJ look bad. It had a weak beginning when everyone was there, and had a stronger finish when half of them left.  So over all I give my show a WACK. Who knows if that’s what anyone else thought.  Maybe the issues weren’t that much of a deal to anyone else like it was to me, but like I said… I’m judging objectively.  But its a learning experience and hopefully the next show (If I do another one) will be better because of the lessons I’ve learned from this one.

Thanks to all who came and supported.  I feel I do owe you all a better show for you all to perform at with no issues. I will keep you updated, follow the blog!

Raising The Bar Hip Hop Show

Posted in Update on August 3, 2013 by Trus Real

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AUGUST 17 2013 Live City will be hosting a Hip Hop show case of hand picked artists in the Maryland area.

This will be located at Splash Lounge in Bethesda MD.  $5 admission from 9pm to 2am.

Make sure you check it out!

Critique: “Trayvon” by Jargon

Posted in Critique with tags , , , , , , , , on July 31, 2013 by Trus Real

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Listen to the track here: http://youtu.be/s-3UkBc7S2g

So this track is about the exhausted topic of the Trayvon Martin case. Concept alone, he should definitely get his information straight.  He claims that Zimmerman is a crazy “white” man. Remember that Zimmerman is of Latino heritage as well, but the case itself is a whole other topic. The beat and his vibe on the track is crazy.  With the recorded 911 call at the end and everything gave me a “Kim” feeling from Eminem. It’s eerie as hell and it’s perfect for the subject matter. Now as I put on my gloves to dig deep into the song, I don’t like what I found. The beat was too slow for the pace of his flow.  This left longer time gaps in between his words which made his flow seem choppy and have this robotic feel. A little character and some stretched syllables could’ve aided him with that.  Later on it sounded like he struggled with rockin the beat somewhere near the end at the “help” part. So big loss of points in 2 categories there. Lyrically he was ok. I was on the fence at the beginning, then it got better as the suspense picked up as well as his delivery. I understand its harder to stay on your multi patterns when telling a story, but he held it down on that aspect. He told the story nicely so he got those points, but what also kinda dragged the song was his monotone delivery. It didn’t have to be a roller coaster of emotions, but there were parts he could’ve added some energy.  He didn’t switch much up either, the verse was kind of the same pattern the whole way through. It was quite boring.  I’d fall asleep if I heard it twice in a row.

The Critique: Maybe he could’ve either found a faster beat, or reworded the lines for additional syllables to fill in the time gaps for a smoother flow. I’m sure this will automatically help with the delivery as well.  Switch the format up a bit for variety.  The lyrics are fine, but the choppy execution took a lot away from it. And for this concept, it’s EXTREMELY emotional and sensitive so to make a song in Trayvon’s narrative is brilliant, but you must take more advantage of the emotional aspect for a much bigger shock value. The monotone delivery held back the full potential of that.

Flavor: Underground Hip Hop

Execution: 3/5

Flow/Delivery: 3/5

Character: 0/2

Energy: 1/3

Lyricism: 4/5

Final Rate: 11/20 Wack I’ve heard better from Jargon

The Fitting Room Project Drops

Posted in Update with tags , , , , , , , , on July 30, 2013 by Trus Real
The Fitting Room Project Front Cover

The Fitting Room Project Front Cover

Here is the link to download for FREE:

http://trusreal.bandcamp.com/album/the-fitting-room-project

This is a 33 track project of short verses, a few songs, and skits.

Vocal Features: Stutta, LJ Heiss, Fussy J, G. Wes

Production Features: DJ KP, G’Sparkz, AA Musik, Top Craft Productions

Visual Design: http://www.CrimsonApe.com