Finally...a new song from ILLbino

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ILLbino - one of WA's finest
Member Since: Feb 10, 2004

ILLbino featuring Jessica Crespin: Until I Fall Down:

Any feedback would be appreciated. Quality isn't 100% since I recorded in my apartment where there's freeway, CPU noise, etc....But all and all, I thought it came out pretty good.

All feedback and opinions would be much appreciated.

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Hold 'Em Czar
Since: Dec 30, 2004

Mar 01, 2005 06:07 pm


i'm really startin' to dig your style.

at 0:45 there's one word that jumps out
"cuz you know you're brilliant. YOU'RE brilliant cuz your so..."

ya hear what i'm talkin' about? might be a compression issue, maybe ya can automate the track to cut down for half a second...

WOW at 0:58!! ******' awsome layering there bro!

i'm not hearin' any/few breaths....kinda makes your rap sound a bit long winded...just makes it hard to sing along to.

3:00 TIGHT!

the harpsicord track is a bit harsh and up front, i'd roll off -6db at 12k or so, and throw a bit of reverb on it.

i dig the mix man, nice flow and it didnt' seem to predictable.



ILLbino - one of WA's finest
Since: Feb 10, 2004

Mar 01, 2005 06:13 pm

Yea, some of the words did jump out a lil' more than others. I'll try to fix that.

I'll also experiment with the Harpiscord.

Thanks for the feedback....

Since: Nov 28, 2004

Mar 01, 2005 06:39 pm

hey man nice to see another producer/mc at HRC the beats is nice really good ...
(my critique if thats what your looking for,lol)
the "plucks" are a lil high
the lyrics are good but I think you need to work or rework your breath control like I think you hold your breath after every word to savour it for the next...dont do that lol.uhmm.try taking aa rather larger breath and FLOW your breath with the lyrics,your gonna run outta breathe before your verse is up but its all good just repeat the process where you left off.
mmm If Im comlpletly wrong about your technique dissregard everything I said,lol,but theres something definatley odd about the vocals good song tho

ILLbino - one of WA's finest
Since: Feb 10, 2004

Mar 01, 2005 10:00 pm

yea, I silenced a lot of my breaths because i like to hard limit my vocals with a boost. Kind of makes a more dramatic vocal. Anyway, when you do this, breaths stand out a lot. So I try to silence a lot of them so they don't get heard as much. I can't wait til I move to the new place. I'll have a dedicated recording room for no added background noise! that will help so much.

As for the harp, yea, I turned it down a little and it does sound a little better. Thanks for that input.

Any other suggestions would be great too.

ILLbino - one of WA's finest
Since: Feb 10, 2004

Mar 02, 2005 10:20 am

Any other feedback?

bace135 in the house tonight!
Since: Jan 28, 2003

Mar 02, 2005 11:02 am

Yo, you have a very distinct voice. I personally like your flow. I also tend to minimize the breaths after I record vocals as well, so maybe that's why I didn't notice that they weren't there. Your overdubs sound good. I think the female vocals on the chorus could be a little bit louder. I like the lyrics too.

For the beat, I would think about raising the lower part of the eq spectrum. The bass of the piano and the kick don't really punch through, and for me, that's pretty much essential in a hip hop track. Maybe you could add a bass track playing the same as the bass part of the piano and layer it underneath to give it a little more low end presence. Just for the heck of it, I might try adding some compression to the snare (is that an 808) to give it some more punch. It comes through the track nicely, but it would be nicer if it had a little more pop to it.

I think you have a good song here though. Fo sheezee.

bace135 in the house tonight!
Since: Jan 28, 2003

Mar 02, 2005 11:03 am

at 2:52 "I just want you here with me..."
You sound a little like RA the Rugged Man.

ILLbino - one of WA's finest
Since: Feb 10, 2004

Mar 02, 2005 05:16 pm

Funny thing is that I did layer a bassline underneath the piano. I have it layered under the low piano though so its REAL basic. I was thinkin' of creating a whole new bass line for it that'd make it stand out. I might even try to distort it a little to make it pop out more.

As for increasing the volume of the female singing, I've been having trouble doing that. It seems when I turn it up a notch, then it somewhat shadows the beat and loses the beat's energy. Maybe I'll try some slight compression.

As for the snare, I don't know what it is. I bought a membership to a beat site which came with a TON of original sounds. In the kits, they don't say what the particular sound is. Thats the only reason why I bought a membership is so I could get the sounds. If you any of you are interested, check out When I bought a membership, it was $10 a year. But I believe they've changed it where its $20 for life.

I'll experimenting with compressing the snare more too.

Thank you.

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