Jonny Shipes of Cinematic Music Group Rates Your XXL App Freestyles

The XXL App Ready or Not is continuing to rack up downloads and positive reviews, and it’s time to again put the music to the test. Each month, will enlist industry insiders to listen to and rate the user freestyles which are recorded on the App and uploaded to We’ve already seen ratings from hip-hop tastemakers like DJ Drama, Dru Ha and Statik Selektah. Now, peep the thoughts of Cinematic Music Group’s Jonny Shipes on some of the recent submissions below, and be sure to follow him (@jonnyshipes) on Twitter. Shipes doesn’t play. Are you ready or not?

Eternal, “Off the Head”
Overall: S
Pause on the title of the song but your flow is ok to a degree, keep at it and don’t do the crazy shit with your voice at the end. It sounded like Nicki Minaj–that was wack. GoodTalk

BMAC401, “freestyle #1″

Overall: S
I don’t believe you. You need more confidence in your flow. Right now your shit ain’t hot, sorry dude. GoodTalk

Mrutility312, “L.C.A.S.”
Overall: S
Hell no, bro. Come on. GoodTalk

Mel Murk “Whats poppin”
Overall: M

This is the best joint I heard so far but it still isn’t what’s popping. I wouldn’t mind hearing him over a beat. His flow is good. GoodTalk

Rating: N/A


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  • Eternal

    Interesting feedback. The vocal change was a risk. Thanks 4 the advice. Ohh… send me a beat n watch me rip it, jus oh send me a beat n watch me rip it,justplayin, unless you gon do it.