Hip Hop is a tightly packed race with plenty of suitable candidates, ready to take off at a moment’s notice. Sometimes, the monikers that these participants choose are somewhat similar to each other. The latest, and perhaps most prominent case, of similar-named rappers comes in the form of Kash Doll, Cuban Doll, and Asian Doll. While their names may be similar, make no mistake – they’re styles are completely different. You’re getting three different types of rap from these women and it’s immediately noticeable once their verses start on their songs. For listeners sake, and for the casually curious, we’re here to define just exactly who they are for everyone.
Kash Doll – The Flower
Hailing from Detroit, Kash Doll is a rapper’s rapper. She prioritizes punchlines and witty lyrics over pizazz, choosing to dress in the flyest, traditionally feminine gear available. She’s widely loved by all who encounter her; it’s probably because her charisma is out of this world. She’s worked with Big Sean, Chief Keef, and opened up for Drake, for starters. Out of the three dolls, her social media presence is perhaps the most polished. Seldom will you see her promoting music – perhaps because of a bad record deal which she recently got out of – but you will see her interacting with fans on a daily basis. She’s the kindest of the three and perhaps has the most polished flow.
Cuban Doll – The Thorn
Defining Cuban Doll is a little bit harder – she’s both stunningly pretty and hardcore. She brings a new-age, millennial sound to her music. In fact, her releases show no trace of her Dallas, TX roots; chalk that up to being young and a child of the internet versus identifiable influences. Her music is a little rougher than Kash Doll’s which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But she has mounds of untapped potential that will continue to manifest as her star power grows. Her style varies randomly; one day she’ll be in a skin-tight dress and long, shimmering hair, and on another, she’ll be chillin’ in a sweatsuit while holding an AK-47. Her unpredictability makes her someone to watch in a genre full of easy-to-read people.
Asian Doll – The Unpredictable
It seems like Dallas, TX is home of extravagant personalities. Out of the three, AD is the most rambunctious. Her style is brash and loud; her rap delivery varied and frenetic. And it works, she’s rising fast to the top. She takes a unique road to success by remixing hot songs in her own unique manner, releasing online for fans consumption. She also seems to channel the outlandishness of early Nicki Minaj through her wardrobe that’s as unpredictable as her delivery. But it works for her.
Asian Doll and Nicki Minaj have finally connected with each other
Asian Doll has made it clear since she’s come out that Nicki Minaj has been a huge influence on her style. Both channel a chaotic element to their fashion choices and general aesthetic that utilizes sharp sexuality to be abrasive. They’re both two sides of the same coin, sexual, yet innocent (Nicki) while Asian is much more hardcore.
It’s been a long journey for Asian Doll, coming up and giving powerhouse performances at every turn. In a recently released picture, it looks like her journey has culminated in something amazing: the two forces have finally come together. Will this lead to the release of music together or was this just a friendly passer-by flick?
Does @allstarjr2724 have the best video of the year with “So Lit?”
Allstar Jr is known for his smooth, sensual hits that double as trap bangers thanks to a smart selection of beats and smooth samples. His latest hit “So Lit” is no different, being an ode to a beautiful woman who holds him down, as well as having amazing sexual abilities. His videos often feature him rapping while partaking in various activities, from shopping to hanging with the boys, to trapping. They seldom could be deemed controversial, and that works out for him and his image in the long run.
That’s changed with the video for “So Lit” that goes the extra mile. After hanging out with B. Ryan and doling out a few verses, AllStar JR links up with the mystery woman who’s at the center of the song’s message. Clad in a white robe, she slowly sheds her clothing until she’s in some lace lingerie that leaves little to the imagination. When she gets naked, things get steamy. We lose track of her head and see Allstar in what looks like sheer enjoyment. Then, that’s when the fun really starts.
Some creative camera placement shows Allstar having, what appears to be, sex with her. The bounce of her cheeks doesn’t look like something that could be simulated if they were faking; anyone who’s ever administered backshots to a well endowed woman knows that bounce. Another shot shows that he, too, is naked as well. So the question stands, were they getting it in?
The more important question is, is this the year’s best video? In terms of sheer adventurousness, yes it is. No one typically has the cahones to attempt something like this, let alone place it on YouTube. The fact that it’s shot in such a creative manner where he could deny that it was actually happening is a testament to the director’s creativity in filming the scene. There’s also technically not any body parts shown, so it probably isn’t violating YouTube’s guidelines. All in all, a gutsy move by JR.
The question stands, is this the year’s best video? I would say so. We’ve seen a surplus of posse visuals that feature collectives rapping in unison. This visual sticks out like a sore thumb because of its’ willingness to showcase sex as an artistic activity, shot in such a way that it creates a unique aesthetic. Maybe more videos should try something like this out. Or then again, maybe not. Some lackluster copycats would take away from the uniqueness of the original. Let’s leave it the way that it is.
After a month, here’s how @FenkellPayroll and @CardoGotWings ‘s Big Bossin Vol. 2 holds up
The ever-looming call of summer grows closer. We will soon enter the time period of fewer clothes and more skin exposed. It’s a beautiful time of the year where frozen drinks are widely consumed, beach trips are spontaneous, and smooth, soulful music is blasted through car stereos. Payroll Giovanni and Cardo came together at the end of January for Big Bossin Vol. 2, the follow-up to their critically acclaimed Big Bossin Vol. 1, that is tailor-made for summer’s weather. Whereas the first one was a brief dip into the laid-back lifestyle of the OG, the second is a full-blown vacation. It takes the concepts explored in its predecessor and repackages them, reselling a similar product back to us, the consumers.
Now that the dust has settled and the project is more readily understood, is it still as good as it was when it came out?
In short, yes it is. A project is made up of the sum of its parts. The subject matter is admittedly the biggest aspect that goes into digesting music, but, here, the delivery shines in a way that helps it to transcend time. The message’s packaging is so authentic and precise that the quality of good music shines through clearly. Cardo’s soulful, sincere, and chilling productions bring out a new side of Payroll, one that magnifies the best of his abilities and shrinks the worst of them.
It helps that the weather gets warmer and that this album is meant for hotter temperatures so that its meaning can evaporate into thin air, inspiring new understanding when this happens. The juxtaposition of smooth tracks like “Stack It, Stash It,” and “Mail Long” showcase the project’s versatility and the willingness of both artists to explore more than just one sound. “Dopeman Dreams” and “Turn Ya Phone Off” make use of magnetic refrains that add to the prestige of the album and will help it to transcend time in a way that it’s already doing but at a much larger scale.
But, perhaps the cover art sells it best. The two purveyors of rap’s new go-to sound ride in a convertible car, the blue sky and sun shining brightly behind them. This is the warm weather that we’ve been asking for; it’s only right that we have the accompanying music to go with it. Thanks to the staying power of the album, it looks like it’ll continue to pair perfectly for years to come.