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2017 Recap: Snap Dogg’s Five Best Tracks

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Snap Dogg has had a phenomenal year, building off an already strong foundation to become one of Detroit’s most notable artists. His trademark energetic delivery, with a steely cool resting facial expression, has pushed him into raps stratosphere, a true rockstar in contemporary times. He’s had a number of releases over the course of 2017 that have blazed through car speakers, so it’s only right to pick our favorites from his going collection of music.

Snap Dogg “Kooda” (6IX9INE Remix)

6IX9INE’s follow up to his immensely popular single “GUMMO” received the Snap Dogg treatment, just as did “GUMMO” itself shortly after its release. Snap Dogg was able to capture the grandiosity of the beat in ways that 6IX9INE couldn’t, showing what true energy can do to a track when the right person hops on it. It should have been given to Snap Dogg, honestly.

“WYA”

The Warriors comes to mind when thinking of “WYA.” The movie’s underlying theme of meaning through violence translates to this song as well, with the refrain hinting at violence if Snap catches the opposition slipping. The production is crisp and serene while the lyrics are dark and violent. The beautiful contrast creates a truly memorable, briskly-paced treat.

“Choppa Sound”

Snap Dogg may not have admitted to being a rockstar, but the frantic energy showcased in his visuals and music says otherwise. “Choppa Sound” showcases both in stunning beauty, with an enormous assortment of guns and villainous grins. What it lacks in depth, it makes up in bombastic arrogance.

“Both Sides”

This dark, piano-dominant song is a cautionary tale of playing both sides of the fence. Snap unleashes a verbal assault that showcases an ability to create flows out of thin air, his machine-gun delivery baring the intricacies in his word choice. He sounds vivacious and angry, dominant yet collective. The way he combines the best of these qualities showcases true star level talent.

“Lit”

 

Combining his raw energy with a more melodic approach is a clear recipe for success. On “Lit,” Snap takes a stab at harmonizing on the chorus; one that works well, I might add. There’s still room for lively adlibs that showcase the young rockstar’s ability to translate his excitement in the studio, but the overall feel of the track is more relaxed than what we usually expect out of him. This leads to perhaps our favorite Snap Dogg track so far.

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Asian Doll’s blisteringly bright video for “Savage Barbie” requires shades to view

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In the 38th episode of Pokemon, a scene of rapid flashing lights would become a real-life controversy. Over 12,000 people in Japan reported some kind of sickness – ranging from nausea to epileptic seizures – which ultimately resulted in the episode getting removed from the show’s rotation. The lesson learned from the ordeal was that bright lights are bad, bright flashing lights even worse. Since then, it’s been hard pressed to find something similar because the episode has become infamous, being parodied by many modern programs. Asian Doll’s new visual for “Savage Barbie” may be the closest thing to bright, flashing lights that we’ll get – just wear a pair of good sunshades before viewing the ludicrous visual.

Asian Doll’s chaotic aesthetic is on full display here, with her wearing outrageous outfits, partaking in outrageous situations, and even dabbling in the workings of autotune. All of these elements combine to create one strong showing of her evolving talents. While she does draw ever close to the inevitable Nicki Minaj comparisons, one thing’s for certain – she’s mastered the use of bright lights to create a great video; one that’s actually watchable as well.

Check out the visual for “Savage Barbie” below.

 

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Spotlight: Oba Rowland’s “Goat Flow” Is A Buoyant Delight

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It’s always nice to hear something that’s more lively than trappish. Most street music is slower paced to take advantage of rattling bass, which in turn can affect the mood created listening to it. While it’s understandable and often works most of the time, it can be somewhat depressing. Oba Rowland’s “Goat Flow” flips that on its head, being as fast as any dancing song from the Bay Area yet still deeply ingrained in trap culture. It’s an interesting listen, in part because the beat is as complex as something much more slower, that gets better with multiple playbacks.

Oba’s flow is polished and tight; he’s clearly been doing this for awhile. Being that this is our entry point into his style, we’re encouraged to go back and check just how tight he’s been for some time. There’s clearly a lot to his music that we’re missing and we can’t wait to go and find more amazing stuff.

Check out “Goat Flow” below.

 

 

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Bay Area Spotlight: “Talk My Shit” by OMB Peezy and Yhung T.O. is nothing short of fire

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OMB Peezy is one of Sacramento’s hottest young rising rappers, a furious flow making him someone to keep track of in 2018.

After being discovered by E40, he signed a record deal with 300 Entertainment and has been taking over, letting loose some great music to accelerate his rise to stardom. His new single  ‘Talk My Shit” further pushes him in the right direction, making use of the  Bay Area’s bounce to make something simplistically beautiful.

Yhung T.O. brings his own unique flavor to the track, allowing both artists to blend their sounds effectively.

Check out “Talk My Shit” below.

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