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Mixtape & Album Review

Mixtape & Album Review

The Anatomy of a Masterpiece

Monday, January 28, 2013
We at BootSlap are advocates for Indies with QUALITY MUSIC; so we base our reviews on 4 key components. This system of rating provides us a standard of quality that is not simply left to the bias of the writer or reader.

An overview of the BootSlap Rating System

In every masterpiece, there are various components that make up that work of art in a way that exemplifies it as genius. Whether it is the stanzas in a poem, the movements in a symphony or the components of a Hip Hop record; there are pieces to that work that come together and make it QUALITY MUSIC. We at BootSlap are advocates for Indies with QUALITY MUSIC; so we base our reviews on 4 key components. This system of rating provides us a standard of quality that is not simply left to the bias of the writer or reader.
 

IN OTHER WORDS...

 
The lyrics in music may be as elementary as Kermit the frog with a twist of tight jeans and pocket protectors; but the production is phenomenal, the mix is phenomenal, and the overall delivery of the artist projected well. They may get a good rating.
 
On the other hand; the lyrics may be completely flawless, but the delivery might sound more like a Gregorian chant, and the production is completely mixed like an old school cassette tape playing on a dusty boombox with one speaker working. That might not get a great rating. Just a simple thought to ponder when you make music.
 

WHAT WE'RE BASICALLY SAYING IS…

 
We are eliminating the opinion and trying to observe MUSIC for exactly what it is… MUSIC! So, I guess you want to know the formula, huh?
 

THE OFFICIAL BOOTSLAP REVIEW SYSTEM

 
They look something like this Boot Rating (halves look like this… Boot Rating )
AND BELOW IS HOW WE BREAK IT OUT ON THE SCALE
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- 5 BOOTS: FLAWLESS!!!!
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- 4.5 BOOTS: Repeat Alert!!!!
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- 4 BOOTS: Pretty Damn Good!!!!
boot rating boot rating boot rating half boot rating
- 3.5 BOOTS: This gets a #salute
boot rating boot rating boot rating zero boot rating
- 3 BOOTS: Good Work!
boot rating boot rating half boot rating zero boot rating
- 2.5 BOOTS: It's good, but might need some work
boot rating boot rating zero boot rating zero boot rating
- 2 BOOTS: Definitely needs some work, but it has potential
boot rating half boot rating zero boot rating zero boot rating
- 1.5 BOOTS: It's OK…. (yea, how that sounded in your head)
boot rating zero boot rating zero boot rating zero boot rating
- 1 BOOT: Not really a strong point, huh?
half boot rating zero boot rating zero boot rating zero boot rating
- HALF A BOOT: C'Mon Son…. (insert Ed Lover pic here)
 
 
Like we said earlier… there are COMPONENTS to every masterpiece, so this is how we ask ourselves how to rate projects:
 
LYRICS: Are you on topic, do you articulate well and are you creative with the way you put those words together? Lyricism is the key here, but making sense matters JUST AS MUCH here. What story are you telling me? Do I get it?
 
PRODUCTION: Is the production well composed, constructed and mixed? Does it tell its own story and carry its weight on the project? Is it even original??????? (We have to ask these days….)
 
MIX: Does everything sound clean? Are the frequencies balanced correctly across the record? Does this sound like a QUALITY MIX? Every type of music and genre has its own way to mix and blend frequencies; does the mix match your song?
 
OVERALL: This is done by simply taking the 3 components above; Lyrics, Production and Mix, and calculating the average between them. This then equals the overall rating of the project. Rounding in any way is up to the discretion of the writer. Think of it as a MINUS or PLUS on a test (i.e. c-, b+, etc etc blah blah blah)
 
THIS IS HOW WE COME UP WITH OUR RATING OF PROJECTS. LIKE IT OR HATE IT, THIS IS WHAT KEEPS US HONEST AND KEEPS ARTISTS GROWING. THERE IS NO PROGRESS FOR THE INDIE ARTIST IF THEY CANNOT SET NEW STANDARDS ONCE THEY MEET THE OLD ONES.
 
SINCERELY,
THE BOOTSLAP TEAM
 

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