11
Jul
08

Hyperface – Freedom Of Speech Review

(Download at hyperface.wordpress.com)

Hyperface is a 16-year-old rapper from the Netherlands (I think) thats been commenting here at Big One Online since I blogged about Ice-T’s feud with Soulja Boy. This is his first tape.

Track-for-Track:

GOD DON’T HATE ME

The opener is an emo-rap about getting made fun of at school and not liking his dad. I think. It seems to be pretty thematically inconsistent. It closes with something about how we should suck our God’s dick. I don’t know.

It’s kind of hard to tell what he’s saying because his voice has some heavy special effects on it that make his voice sound sloppy. Too much reverb. He also has a reasonably thick accent, somewhere between Arnold Shwarzanegger and Borat. This comes up throughout the album; it’s hard to tell what he’s saying.

 

AGAINST PRE-DESTINATION

This one is a little confusing, too. It’s either about his dad again or about how hard life is. I couldn’t really tell. I listened as hard as I could but couldn’t tell what exactly he was saying.

I think it’s about how hard life is.

You’ll notice that this is the main theme of this album, and also his bio, which is about how he raps because his dad is mean and he saw 8 Mile. Uhh…

 

HOUSE OF PAIN

This is the third in a row about how much pain he has in his life. It’s getting a little redundant, but at least you can sort of tell what he’s saying on this one.

The song itself is better than the previous two because he mentions something serious like cancer as a source of pain instead of not liking his parents or school, which are better for emo rock like, say, Linkin Park, who is beatjacked later on.

 

BRENDA’S GOT A BABY (R.I.P. 2PAC)

His update on the 2Pac classic. It’s not half bad, and certainly could have been a lot worse, but the drama in the story beyond the pregnancy isn’t very engaging, mostly because it relies on cutting and suicide, which is treated as more as the generic storytelling tool it is than the important conclusion it needs to provide to make the song work.

 

ENCORE REMIX

A remix of the remix DJ Exclusive did on his “Dretox” mixtape. It’s a mash-up of Linkin Park’s “Numb,” Jay-Z’s “Encore,” and Eminem’s “Encore (Curtain Call).”

Hype doesn’t really talk about anything, in the style of the original song, but he isn’t as good at talking out of his ass as Jay-Z or Eminem are, so he comes off as mostly just awkward, out of place on the song.

 

HOWEVER YOU WANNA CALL ME

The kind of song that rhymes “game” with “fame” in the chorus and talks about being “fire” despite being a “terrible child.”

It’s pretty random, but, to his credit, Hype tones down the wierd vocal effects on the chorus a bit.

 

MONEY ON MY MIND

Hype complains about his dad not buying him a real Rolex and not eating steaks.

It’s where the turning point in the mixtape after which he gets really obnoxious. The chopped n screwed chorus doesn’t really work that well, either.

 

RICH BOY, GHETTO LIFE

Probably the most obnoxious, silly thing I’ve ever heard, bragging about skipping class and other minor vices.

 

A DREAM

A song about having nightmares about being poor or killed. Neither seems very likely, considering the previous song.

He may have been trying to show empathy here, but I’m not quite sure, since he turned the shitty vocal effects way up on this one.

 

A DREAM PARTY

Very out of place on this, Hype’s attempt at a club banger. His voice really isn’t suited for these kinds of synths, though, and he’s obviously out of place on topics not about feeling bad, spitting lines like “I’ve got VIP, a Very Important Penis.”

Uh, good for you.

 

NEVER FORGET

A remix of the Bone-Thugs-n-Harmony song with Akon on the chorus. It’s mostly about how good and memorable he is, but he doesn’t really back it up on the verses.

 

LIFE

Another song about having a hard life, mostly because he doesn’t do very well at school and about being depressed. All of the emo-depression songs on here don’t really work because his list of grievances is pretty much limited to not liking school or his parents or being depressed about how much gun violence there is in other parts of the world.

 

MY EVERYTHING

This one brings the standard lovey-dovey shit. If you’ve ever listened to the radio, you’ve heard a million songs just like this.

 

A MILLION

Thankfully not another “A Milli” remix. This is his attempt at a lyrical “I’m-iller-than-you-so-ha” song, but it doesn’t work because his rhymes and metaphors just aren’t that fresh.

 

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

The anticlimax. It’s a song about being sad with some strange Hawaiian guitar in the background. I’d recommend you download the song of the same name by Ice-T. It’s a lot more aggressive and gets the point across better.

 

LET YOU FEEL

About making others feel pain as revenge for feeling so much pain.

I think it may be the first rap song entirely about anally raping someone to cause them pain. It’s pretty creepy.

 

WHAT A WAY TO FALL (MY SUICIDE LETTER)

Another song about pain…

 

ROCKSTAR

Another shot at the club. Not very good. Not very good at all.

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3 Responses to “Hyperface – Freedom Of Speech Review”


  1. July 11, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    Even tho the review wasn’t that good, thanks for reviewing it. Its teaching me stuff and all.

  2. July 13, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    what vocal effects tho?

  3. 3 bigoneonline
    July 13, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    It sounds like you overlapped the vocals a lot and have a lot of echo on all your vocals.


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