Oct 11, 2018

Review: Demonstration EP by @OnlyBisi (words by @RamseySaidWHAT)

OnlyBisi is probably one of the artists I've been most critical of since first listening to his music. You can ask him he'll tell you. It's only because of how great I knew he could be.

To this point in his discography he's been a blend of all the music I listened to in college when I was jumping from dorm to dorm running around chasing whatever girl I was into at the time. His new project is the culmination. No one was more excited for this project than I. Especially following up his work on the hook for David Michael Jonze's Shea Butter earlier this year. Demonstration is many things. The songwriting is mature, direct, sometimes vulgar. If you told him he'd remind you that his music isn't written for you, it's for her. Whoever she is, she'll love it. Let's get to it.

The project takes us through a phone conversation between Bisi and the young lady he's dating. I think the skits through a high-pass filter gave the project some character and it was very well mixed. The introduction starts with a guitar chord progression that will continue in the next track, Throw It Back. His lover expresses how complex of a man Bisi is in a way any man would love his woman to speak to him. I'm almost jealous. The aforementioned lead single blends through with an added 808 kick and bassline to join the acoustic. Throw It Back would sound fire with a Jersey Club remix treatment. I could see it now at all the parties, a straight movie I'm telling you.

Bisi takes things in his own hands as his name is on every production credit on the album. If it wasn't self produced and a live guitar arrangement (yes, he plays the strings too), LehkzTheVamp is the only name on for a production assist. Priorities and Happy 4 U are the meat and potatoes of this. I'm not sure how my girl would feel about me writing a song to an ex but if I ever did it'd sound like this. This is the most grown up conversation between exes I've ever heard. I could see this playing in an episode of Insecure between Issa and Lawrence. The Game Plan is wild. I'll leave it at that. You gon' have to listen for yourself to see what that means. You already saw what I had to say about the So Wet video earlier this week. I think it serves a good ending of the project.

Long story short, if Demonstration came out in 2011 I may or may not have a few children running around. His voice is unique, he's not afraid to take chances. On top of that he's a superb songwriter and will fallsetto like a G (whatever that means). He kills it when he goes for it, stank face guaranteed. The skits put you in the room. It's so realistic. I'd play this project in a quiet moment with shorty but it's running time is only 15 minutes. I might need a little longer than that (I'm talking about the music, ya nasty). If I were DJ'ing a sex set I'd play songs from Trey Songz's Anticipation, 12 Play, Would You Mind by Ms. Jackson followed by anything off Demonstration. This is the best Bisi yet and I know it'll get better. Seven tracks is enough to hold me to the next release. I need y'all to feel this.

You can grab this on Apple Music and Tidal today.
Jonathan C. Ramsey
Jonathan C. Ramsey

Multimedia Journalist, Founder and Chief Editor of WTM Host of A-Side B-Side Podcast and more. I like to talk about stuff and write it down. Sometimes to a microphone. Either way, I need you to feel this.

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