Instrumental: 🔥🔥🔥🔥 4/5: The bass line, keys and chords are so harmonious and definitely sets a vibe. It feels like every note was played live, which is a great thing.
Engineering (Because Mixing Matters!): 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 5/5: The vocals sit front and center, while there’s room for every other element in the track. The high, mid and low frequencies all have their own space. It sounds GREAT!
Lyrical Content: 🔥🔥🔥 3/5: This song feels more like a stream of consciousness, opposed to a refined concept. Every bar switches subject matter. There’s mentions of her twitter and grandmother, then f*cking a guy in the hallway. And then it bounces back to staying focused on her grind. It seems that each topic could belong in a different song.
Flow: 🔥🔥🔥🔥 4/5: Diana effortlessly floats over the track, with milky smooth vocals. It works well with the laid back instrumental.
Perform-ability (Will an audience engage with this song?): 🔥🔥🔥 3/5: The sporadic nature of the verses will make it difficult for an audience to follow or sing along. BUT the refrain of “Something like that NuNu & Rashad” will land with the crowd. That’ll be the part they sing along to.
Overall?: 🔥🔥🔥🔥 3.8 / 5: Dope Diana has a very pleasant vocal tonality and a LOT of marketability via this video. It feels like she’d fit right in on a tour with Jhene Aiko and Willow Smith. I can’t wait to hear what’s next!