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  • Summary: The 11-track EP for the Tennessee rapper features guest appearances from Michael Da Vinci, Jean Deaux, Jay Rock, ScHoolboy Q, and SZA.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. 83
    With Cilvia Demo, Rashad proves his place in the Californian crew’s lauded lineup, and TDE show their own versatility on the cusp of hip hop takeover.
  2. Feb 20, 2014
    82
    The slate of beats on Cilvia Demo unites into a consistently immersive, complete album package that's just as ruminative as the lyrics.
  3. Feb 20, 2014
    80
    A confident and assured debut proving that home address aside, he fits squarely into the Black Hippy aesthetic.
  4. Feb 20, 2014
    80
    No song strays too far from the narrative or the occupied soundspace, and with each passing breath, Isaiah Rashad becomes a viable threat to leave an indelible mark similar to the one’s left by the southern rap Gods he follows so devoutly.
  5. Feb 20, 2014
    80
    Even if they’re generally delivered with an easier flow and more laid-back vibe, sharp production and catchy hooks increase each track’s impact.
  6. The Source
    Apr 18, 2014
    80
    Overall a thoroughly introspective record featuring classic Southern yet modern hip-hop sound tagged with a relatable yet unique coming-of-age story. [Apr/May 2014, p.81]
  7. Feb 20, 2014
    70
    Easy access it's not, but track by track, this is excellence and an appetite-whetting experience worth any progressive hip-hop fan's attention.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Dec 12, 2014
    10
    As the year comes to a close, I honestly think it's safe to say that this album is the best one of the year. If we can't agree there, then weAs the year comes to a close, I honestly think it's safe to say that this album is the best one of the year. If we can't agree there, then we may be able to agree in saying that this is definitely the most slept on album of the year. This tape is literally pure fire. Rashad's flow is so refreshing, and he never deviates from his combo of northeastern flow doubled with southern bounce in his beats. His style is incredibly original, and I'm about to make a great assertion. I am an extremely well-versed hip-hop head. My favorite artist is Rakim and other 80's greats. I say all this to give me a little credibility when I say I believe this album should be spoken about with the Illmatics and Paid in Fulls of the hip hop world. I've said that since the 20th time I heard this album. Now, having listened to this tape almost 100 times, I am firm when I say this is really one of the greatest albums in the short history of hip-hop. If you haven't heard his mixtape, please go listen to it, as you won't be disappointed. It almost sounds like an extension of Cilvia Demo. "Welcome to The Game" Isaiah Rashad is firmly cemented within hip-hop as one of the next men in line. Expand
  2. May 2, 2016
    10
    Album of the Year 2014. One of my all time favorite albums right now. Not a classic by any means, but definitely an album, I can never getAlbum of the Year 2014. One of my all time favorite albums right now. Not a classic by any means, but definitely an album, I can never get tired of. Tracks like the socially-conscious “Ronnie Drake”, the philosophical “Tranquility”, the braggadocio of “Modest”, or the mental breakdown, and utter depression of “Heavenly Father”, only prove that this album is definitely one of TDE’s best solo releases , and possibly one of the greatest rap debuts of the decade so far. Expand
  3. Feb 28, 2014
    10
    Many people have said that this album is good but is not very unique or in depth when it comes to subject matter. I think this is actually aMany people have said that this album is good but is not very unique or in depth when it comes to subject matter. I think this is actually a very innovative and unique album if you really listen to what he is saying. I really enjoyed every track on the album and is certainly one of my favourites from TDE. My favourite track is soliloquy. That song is constantly playing in my house. Well done Isaiah! Now show TDE that you are as good as Black Hippy! Expand
  4. Mar 12, 2014
    9
    This is by far the best Rap Album of the year so far. EP or LP, it does not matter. There seem to be a revolution in rap right now (especiallyThis is by far the best Rap Album of the year so far. EP or LP, it does not matter. There seem to be a revolution in rap right now (especially east coast rap), where some people think that using random highly abstract terms and word play is "deep;" countless metaphors that are empty and dry and do not aid the content of the verse. I have heard some people say that Cilivia Demo is not lyrical. This is not the case. You won't find too many word schemes, but Rashad uses ordinary, down to earth language and stories to paint an interesting picture, i.e. Realism in Rap.

    Example: on one of tracks he talks about going to some girl’s house and staring in the face of her fatherless son, yet still having meaningless sex with her. In another song, he talks about how his father left and comes back with "a step son"---he must have been saving the best buns. His resentment of his father is amplified by the characteristics they share.
    Big vocabulary do not equal complex, since the whole album talks about family life, you start to hear patterns as you go through tracks.

    With that being said, this album, like School Q album, is just plain fun to listen to, great hooks and vocal performances. Realism and Enjoyability. This album was a “mAAd city” away from being as good as GKMC. and so 9/10
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  5. Apr 1, 2014
    8
    Cilvia Demo Is Nothing Short of amazing...definitely a fine piece of work and great introduction from a hungry rapper. Features catchy beatsCilvia Demo Is Nothing Short of amazing...definitely a fine piece of work and great introduction from a hungry rapper. Features catchy beats and a mellow vibe definitely a strong suit in hiphop for 2014. Expand
  6. Aug 15, 2014
    8
    A hell of a debut. The soulful, and blissful production brought by the array of producers compliment Rashad's smooth delivery andA hell of a debut. The soulful, and blissful production brought by the array of producers compliment Rashad's smooth delivery and introspective lyrics throughout the whole project. Hopefully this is a sign of bigger and better things to come from the Tennessee MC. Expand
  7. Apr 23, 2014
    6
    Another album that has been blown out of proportion and over-hyped to hell. Isaiah proves to be a capable rapper lyricist here, but it's theAnother album that has been blown out of proportion and over-hyped to hell. Isaiah proves to be a capable rapper lyricist here, but it's the storytelling, instrumentals and choruses that prove to be pretty underwhelming and lackluster. Expand

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