Studies show that people latch onto leaders for there personality and outlook on life more than their actual politics, in most occasions. It’s why charisma is so important; having tremendous amounts of it puts you at the top of society where people will look to you for guidance. Think about superheroes and supervillains – particularly Superman And Lex Luthor. The latter never had a superpower – he was a billionaire philanthropist with a serious hate for Superman, matching the hero with wit alone. He was very likable, which made Superman’s match of power all-the-more interesting. That, and the fact that Luthor lacked any superpower whatsoever.
Kash Doll isn’t a villain, nor a superhero, but she exudes so much charisma that she’s changing the perception of women in rap altogether. The former exotic dancer stepped off the stripping stage onto a performing one in an effortless move, gracefully utilizing her talents to build a career on-par with Cardi B, a fellow former-dancer who’s become one of the biggest new rappers in the game. But Cardi B had the backing of social media and television to grow her superstar. Kash Doll only has had herself to push, and she succeeds in remarkable fashion.
Her music is commanding, sometimes sexual, and always motivating. This three-punch combo leads to positive reviews from fans always, showing her testament to releasing quality music as well as quality control. Her charismatic releases garnered the attention of fellow Detroit star Big Sean, whose history of not putting on artists from the city has been noticed by a number of Detroit artists. Sean enlisted Kash Doll’s talents for “So Good” which drew national spotlight to her seductive voice and blatant sexual lyricism.
Her looks are nothing short of spectacular, but her brain is what gets her the success she’s had. She’s made smart move after move, knowing when to speak on things and when to just let them ride. Rumors circulated that she was free of a sticky contract situation, and instead of confirming or denying, she just retweets anyone talking about it. She’s stoking the fire, not attempting to control it. This method is genius in staying in the loop and informing fans while leaving them to speculate and increase conversation around the matter.
As 2018 goes in full-swing, expect Kash Doll’s charisma to elevate her into superstardom. She’s made it so far off her charisma alone and has had alarming success. Imagine when the world gets behind her and how she will continue to push the envelope. Now that is something to imagine seeing.
Russ Is Right, Exploiting Drug Addiction For Money Is Wack
Russ has made it clear for over a year now that he’s not for the glamorization of drugs for money. He recently got into a Twitter scuffle with Fat Nick, a known user of lean and narcotics, with the two debating about his fascination with drugs and how the latter makes money off of it. Nick frequently posts his drugs and merchandise that contains drugs online and sees nothing wrong with it. Russ however disagrees. And, after seeing both viewpoints, I daresay I agree with Russ. Glamorizing drugs is wack, point blank.
Rap music was founded in tough times. The best hip-hop to come out of the genre’s Golden Era focused on the hardships that people faced during daily life. Coping with these hardships came natural. Drug use isn’t new. However, the way that drug users are fetishizing these drugs is. Lean, Xanax, and Mollies have become as popular as the music itself. With rappers posting their drugs on social media and dedicating so much of their creative energies to showcasing their fascination with drugs, many kids try them out because the artists they look up to love it.
Nothing good comes out of this besides addiction and death. Xanax pills look fun until you’re trying your best to kick the habit while the withdrawal symptoms kick your ass. Let Mac Miller’s story inform you about the dangers of overdosing. Lil Tracy had a heart attack because of his drug usage. There’s nothing good to come out of using these drugs. Yet, new age rap stars align their aesthetics with drugs because its in and it sells.
This exploitation is no joke and needs to be talked about. Starting a conversation about it will enable the proper action to happen and, hopefully, the way that drugs are exploited for money can be addressed.
Why Ella Mai’s “Trip” Is Better Than “Boo’d Up”
Everyone thought that “Boo’d Up” was the one. Ella Mai’s viral summer single became the talk of the season, a meme due to its widespread popularity across many age, racial, and gender groups. Many thought that Mai lucked up into the DJ Mustard-produced single, attributing much of the song’s success to the producer. But little did they know, “Trip” would come behind it and show that Mai is much more than a one hit wonder.
“Trip” released on August 3 and has been somewhat of a slow burn for the public. It’s a lot darker and moodier than “Boo’d Up”‘s ceiling-less mood. There’s a lingering piano that acts as the song’s lifeblood. When Mai comes in with her surprisingly deep voice, she offsets the equilibrium and swings things in her favor. As it goes on it become a catchy earworm that far outpaces the ceiling of “Boo’d Up”
With all of this said, her debut album, expected to arrive this fall, will be interesting to take in. Has she exhausted all creative avenues in her brilliant two first singles? Or will she continue pushing the culture? “Boo’d Up,” was one thing. “Trip” is another altogether, showcasing that she has a lot still left up her sleeve.
Listen to “Trip” below.
Bay Area Music That You May Have Missed This Week
Here’s our weekly collection of music out of the Bay Area that you may have missed this week. This week’s collection is one of our favorites, with a majority of the tunes being bombastic, lively jams to bolster the energy coursing through your veins. Tune in below: