UR = UnderRated
Alright, so what does underrated mean?
I notice that in Pro's Round 2, there continues to be no clear definition of UR nor hint of how to go about determinine the degree to which something is UR.
I would like to use 2 definitions:
or evaluate too low; underestimate.
So, obviously views will come into this, but regardless of the metrics of rating, we also need to come up with a scale along which we place the 'actual value' of the thing in terms of important and quality.
Pro focuses very hard on 'relatability', so let's start there.
Who can relate to the song by Chris Webby? Everyone on the planet. Whether or not they agree with the song, the power and significance of the conveyed message, the raw passion behind his and the other artist's voice and the raw footage of the music video that goes along with it (which is the way it really hits home its message that climate change is not a hoax) truly gets at you emotionally. Whether you feel anger at how manipulative the video is, if you're a conspiracy theorist regarding human-caused climate change or you appreciate the message, it's extremely relatable for all. Just because the chorus happens to mention American states (as a huge percentage of their fanbase is American) doesn't mean that the song isn't relatable for others.
In fact, this is the perfect place to point out the very issue with Pro's song in terms of relatability. The lyrics are in Japanese. How many people are going to even understand what is being said?
Approximately 128 million people who speak Japanese
Scholars have named English the world’s “most influential language,” due to the number of speakers (378 million) and the number of countries in which it is spoken.
How can Pro profess relatability of the song as significant when the very language alone means that my song is the more relatable one? In fact, my song is not just English but a very lyrically evolved rap as opposed to a repetitive pop-like track).
As for breakups being relatable, that isn't quite true. You see, not everyone relates to the same type of breakup, sometimes one was the cheater and/or toxic partner. At other times, they are overjoyed at the breakup, there's a whole array of ways a breakup can go down.
Multiple sources support there being 6-7 distinct types of breakup (depending on situation and perspective of each partner), I will link 2 of them:
Even then, it doesn't mean you will find the very repetitive lyrics fulfilling or the extremely passive delivery all that pleasant.
Despite being in a language that is spoken by 1/3 of those who speak English, the other song has 11-12x the views of my song which is in English.
Pro attacks my song's simple melody, yet what is the melody of Pro's? Even simpler and more faint. On top of that, even the rapping in my song has a lot of vocal strength and effort put into each thing, just listen to how he delivers it, very clear both in anunciation and passionate intonation, the chorus is beautifully delivered by a soothing female voice.
The voice used in Pro's song is blatantly autotuned to the extreme. The way that the high pitched voice and multiple layered vocal effect happens is 100% artificial, it doesn't even try to sound authentic. In fact, I would not regard it as very advanced in the emotion it's conveying, which Pro says adds to the emotional complexity in a bittersweet breakup (we don't even fully know what it's saying if we speak English) but what it is is a catchy song that probably will go at the start or end of an Anime series.
Her song is a pop song that isn't that popular, mine is a conscious rap song that never aimed to be a hit.