At 12/12/11 02:02 PM, MickeyMao wrote:
At 12/10/11 01:17 PM, Rahmemhotep wrote:
Another thing I noticed was where the third review said that there was a contradiction in JI's first verse. This is untrue, because JI was ticking off types of insults in a defensive tactic, not directing the insults at me or whatever the reviewer thought.Ok, so he used a simile to compare Em-Hotep's voice to a 5 yr old girl, then JI said Em-ho was 12 yr old boy. Since he used basically the same attack with different age and sex in the same verse, it sounded like contradicting attacks.
Clearly he aimed those insults at Em-ho, it was a battle.Unless I missed something and JI was battle someone else in that battle.
No, no, it's defensive. Go back and actually listen to what he's saying. He's saying that I could call him out on his slurring and say he has the voice and mindset of a five-year-old girl, blah, blah, blah. In any case he's ticking off insults so that I can't use them immediately afterward.
Think, for three seconds, bro. Why would he say, "rename me to 'Just Fail'," at the end of his verse if he was hurling insults at me? That doesn't make sense. Battles don't consist of just constant attacks in real life and they don't have to in rap. This is an example of such.
In battles there are feints, tactical false retreats, evasive tactics, defense, offense, flanking maneuvers, etc. We can also look at one-on-one combat for even more ideas. If we can use these tactics and translate them for rap battles then we get a more sophisticated and thought-out way of battling instead of, "attack, attack, attack, attack," where either party could be made out to look stupid, simply based on a lack of ingenuity. It's upsetting to think that people miss out on this and don't see the true thought behind each verse in our battle.
Another thing is that the line, "You're a 12 year old boy in a church bake sale for gay males," is my favourite line from him, so it compels me to show how he was justified in this case. I mean, come on. You picked him as the winner and said he was more clear than I, but could you even write out all of his lines correctly? I know that I couldn't, because of his mumbling in his second verse, so I really doubt you could either.
Then in my own defense on clarity issues is the fact that, as a rule, we're not allowed to manipulate the original instrumental track in any way. This creates the issue of everyone usually having vocals that clip and sound shitty, because they're trying to compete with the instrumental. This is an issue that would be solved by simply turning the volume down on the instrumental. The instrumentals are so loud to begin with, because they're stand-alone and the creator wants you to be able to hear everything in it. When someone raps over them they get turned down to give headroom for the vocals, but for a reason that I'll never understand, we can't do this. In addition to this issue is that most of us use shitty mics. I mean, really, we're not all those rich white fags from the inner city or that dude with connections in the community.
Me? I'm poor as dirt. At the moment I have a dollar and some cents to my name, so of course I use the shitty vocal quality of the Samson G-Track. Before that I used a $14 LogiTech headset, so sorry if y'all can't understand me, but there isn't much I can do about it except the equalizing I had to do. Of course, if I use a lower voice than that high voice I used in the last battle I could gain better clarity, but sacrifice the specific humouresque dynamic I had goin' on. Notice how my voice sounds louder at the end where my voice is deeper? That's because my mic can't recognize certain higher/mid frequencies correctly, but some lower ones show up better. I was really pissed at how it picks up my screams and such as well. The part where I go, "and you're all whack up in here and I'm SLAPPIN' YOU WITH MY COCK!" sounds more like I was straining for breath than screaming (which I was doing the latter). All in all, don't get the Samson G-Track for vocals. It's great for instruments, though.
Now, enough of this dribble. Soldier on guys!