Cuban Doll’s looks may have given her the platform to reach her growing mass of fans, but her skill at rap is what causes them to stay. She’s only 19 years old and has hundreds of thousands of people following her on Instagram, watching her every move. She hopped into the rap game looking for a new challenge and has proved that she’s a force to be reckoned with. With only one mixtape under her belt, a close association with Detroit rapper Molly Brazy, and a smile that could melt steel beams, Cuban Doll looks to take over the rap game, one song at a time.
On May 12, 1998, in Dallas, Texas, A star was born. She realized early on that her looks would help her to gain the exposure she needed. Rap was something that she listened to her throughout her entire childhood. At some point in her early adult life, she began to utilize social media to bring herself to a larger audience. She signed up for Twitter in March of 2012 and Instagram soon followed. Her account, named Cubanndoll, would get her the exposure that she wanted. Along with professional modeling, she would grow the Instagram account to its current number of 466,000 followers. Eventually, she created a website for herself that sells merchandise featuring her likeness.
She began rapping less than a year ago and already has over thirty songs under her belt. Her first mixtape, Cuban Link came out February 14 of this year to stellar reviews from hip hop fans. Her collaborations thus far include Molly Brazy, Lil Bibby, and Lil Sammie, and the list continues to grow as people become more accustomed and understanding of her sound. In regards to her dating life, she is currently in a relationship with Tadoe, the 22-year-old rapper in Chief Keef’s Glo Gang collective.
Things You May Not Know About Cuban Doll:
- She may be preparing a remix of Tay K’s “The Race.”
- She’s only 5’2.
- Her measurements are 34B-24-34.
- She currently resides in Atlanta.
- She also sings. Her song “Rat Bitch,” amassed over 30,000 views in only a couple days after its release in July.
- She used to be an associate of Asian Doll.
- When dating, she likes bossy men.
- Her uncle almost flipped the car that they were driving in for Christmas one year.
- She opened up for Chief Keef and Glo Gang at Gas Money in Dallas, Texas.
- Kodak Black had a crush on her at one point in time.
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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: