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  • Summary: The debut mixtape from the London-based rapper from North Carolina features guest appearances from Grimes, Kelis and Princess Nokia.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Jan 25, 2021
    80
    Her anger is buoyed up by a sample from Kelis’s Caught Out There, a throwback trick she tries again less successfully on the bratty, Avril-referencing L8r Boi. It feels like a cheap gimmick on an album that manages to avoid novelty even when its tongue is placed firmly in its cheek.
  2. Jan 15, 2021
    80
    Ashnikko uses cogent and wisecracking lyrics thrown in to a vat of saccharine pop, punk, rap and trap as her weapon of choice. She promotes her sex positive ideals with genuine laugh out loud humour as she explores the movement throughout the mixtape.
  3. 80
    A debut album proper in all but name, in fact, ‘Demidevil’ shows that Ashnikko’s far more than a two-trend wonder – with a tank full of intriguing bangers that evade living under ‘Daisy’s formidable shadow.
  4. 80
    Ashnikko revel[s] in her playfully acerbic humour, but also explores friendships and the emotional vulnerability behind her facade.
  5. Feb 3, 2021
    70
    While several tracks are less than essential, the mixtape's best songs are powerful enough to make Demidevil the strongest showing of Ashnikko's formidable skills and uncompromising energy to date.
  6. Jan 21, 2021
    69
    Ashnikko’s latest mixtape, Demidevil, is a showcase for her newly refined confidence, a step towards the pop powerhouse she’s capable of becoming.
  7. Jan 25, 2021
    55
    It feels like the audio version of Madonna releasing a coffee table art book of her sexual exploits, and I’m not in any way judging you if you get off on that, but it’s just not my thing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. Jan 15, 2021
    10
    AMAZING! Such a huge artistic development. Experimental but it hits. Really proud of this body of work.
  2. Jan 16, 2021
    10
    Te hace sentir empoderade, y mientras perreas y te sientes con el poder de hacer todo y que ellos son el problema, es increíble, lo amo
  3. Jan 17, 2021
    10
    The now! The legendary! The line! Such a raw and uncensored majesty! Highly recommended for those that want a little spice into their usualThe now! The legendary! The line! Such a raw and uncensored majesty! Highly recommended for those that want a little spice into their usual music loop library. Be your own judge but her attitude and creativity is very refreshing. Expand
  4. Jan 15, 2021
    9
    You're definitely back and better girl. I love it and passed my whole day listening this album, awsome.
  5. Jan 26, 2021
    9
    Ashnikko's transition into the "DEMIDEVIL" is seen immediately from the start of her newest project. This is her debut mixtape, in which sheAshnikko's transition into the "DEMIDEVIL" is seen immediately from the start of her newest project. This is her debut mixtape, in which she starts to part ways with the dark horrorcore/trap sounds of her EP and single releases she came up on in the hip hop community, for a more refined "trap-pop" sound. It efficiently balances a sound somewhere between the catchy hip hop/pop melodies of Rhianna and the rough electronic trap influence of her contemporary rapper/friend Danny Brown, whom she opened for on his Atrocity Exhibition tour. This is as clear as day with the flawless track run of the first three songs, in which “Toxic'' is my personal favorite. “Daisy” is the album’s opener and Ash’s best big hit so far. Encapsulating some of the main themes of the album, it is a trap anthem for shy girls that are afraid to show their worth. Here, Ash shows us that she was one of these women, but now she isn’t afraid to scream who she is at the top of her lungs over some of the hardest production of the year, as well as 2020. She also sets you up for her not so shy lyrics, peppering her “freaky” bars throughout to really give you a glimpse of how crazy she is. It truly feels as if she is transforming into this “DEMIDEVIL” right in front of you.

    If “Daisy” is the transformation, then “Toxic” is the answer to why Ash has seemingly become this “DEMIDEVIL.” It cackles at the normality of being toxic in a relationship,but in a more general sense just being a hater to anyone that is doing better than you. This track immediately stuck with me personally as I believe her word diction and lingo, “Begging for a dime, I’mma throw you a fiver,” really shines and is utilized to its fullest potential on a song that could keep going for a couple more minutes and I wouldn’t get sick of it. Ashnikko switches with ease between rapping with charisma constantly adapting a new kilter but off kilter flow, singing attention grabbing smooth as butter melodies and slowly rolling out a song structure that gets more complex with every second of run time on the track. “Toxic” production wise sounds like something G.O.O.D Music would have created with Rhianna back during the Cruel Summer days. There is a sweet but demonic vibe that is coated with xany samples embedded throughout it’s length. This will very soon be an apparent sonic choice for Ash on the project.

    The idea is fully realized on “Deal With It ft. Kelis” in which Ash details a toxic relationship that she is finally done with, and being satisfied to finally have made it out on the other side. Meanwhile, her ex is still trotting in what was and holding on for dear life because he can’t grow up and see how bad it actually was. This internal rage that wants to break loose from Ash’s psyche is perfectly presented with the Kelis sample that leads into every chorus and break. “I HATE YOU SO MUCH RIGHT NOW!” The production on this track is a monster, with such bizarre sounds and vocals mixed throughout like the oh-oh-oh-ohoh that is ran through a vocoder with an elephant blowing its trunk directly after. Then Ash brilliantly riffs over a trap section with some hard hitting brass samples behind it. It just all comes together geniusly. Albeit, it clearly can be construed as the labels answer to a stereotypical radio song. But to that I would say Ash puts all of her personality and weirdness into it to create something that can stand on its own while emulating billboard qualities.

    At this point, if you aren't on board with the vibe Ash is going for, then the next two tracks to follow will surely do nothing but stray you even further away. Although, I say to stick it out if you can, because it dives into some of the most unique sounds on the project...

    (Full review available @BuckGotThoughts on Twitter)

    Ashnikko is something to behold. On the outside she is very much someone who does not bear the appearance in the world she is visiting, but on the inside just as crazy and sweet as we all can be. Coated throughout this thing is a gloomy demonic sweet tooth candy coated vibe just as Ashnikko is herself. In many ways, she reminds me a lot of when I first heard Chance the Rapper on Acid Rap. From the moment the project starts you are enveloped in this character’s world, the highs and the lows, the zaniness, crazy assortment of flows, the colorful production and vocals, and this grand feeling of something that is very minimalistic in nature. Of course Chance and Ashnikko are completely different artists externally as well as sonically, but there is a feeling they both give me on the inside. That there is an exceptional artist here waiting to manifest even more so than they already have, and that we are merely beginning the journey. This is a trip that I am strapped in for on the Demidevil’s back, and I’m sure that this isn’t even her final form.

    Rating: Light 9/10
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  6. Feb 6, 2021
    8
    This album is a fresh juice from an orange on a blender. I can't stop listening to Daisy, Deal With It, and L8r Boi. The mix of pop and andThis album is a fresh juice from an orange on a blender. I can't stop listening to Daisy, Deal With It, and L8r Boi. The mix of pop and and hip-hop on this album was so good. I also love the humor and conviction of the album. The production was so satisfying, an ear popper. Expand
  7. Jan 20, 2021
    0
    Wow, I really thought that this was gonna be a fun album- judging by the cover this looks like a fun pop electro hip hop venture... but it’sWow, I really thought that this was gonna be a fun album- judging by the cover this looks like a fun pop electro hip hop venture... but it’s not. It’s bogged down by boring and mind numbing trap production (which is not original at all) that makes almost all the songs sound the same. And wow did she do Kelis dirty here, regaled only to a sample and not an actual feature :/ Also, the lyrics are super cringe, I hate using that word but this is a perfect example of it, not trying to break any new ground Ashnikko comes across as someone who writes whatever that sounds the dirtiest without any actual fun or meaning behind it- check out Cupcakke and Babymutha if you want really great raunchy lyrics that are interesting and so much better Expand

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