Kash Doll stands at only 5’6 but her commanding presence makes her at least ten feet tall. This Detroit, Michigan spitter commands the mic with her lyrical capabilities but also governs the eyes thanks to her effortless sexuality. While she’s drawn comparisons to female rap icons such as Nicki Minaj and Trina, her abilities are within her own lane. The dexterity she’s shown in her growing catalog of music means that she is in a lane of her own. She started off as an exotic dancer who was uncomfortable in the role. Through hard work and perseverance, she was able to jump headfirst into the Detroit rap scene and hasn’t looked back since.
Kash Doll was born on March 14, in Detroit, Michigan. She knew from a young age that she wanted to be either a rapper or singer. She grew up listening to Aaliyah, DMX, Fabolous, Mary J. Blige, and Jennifer Lopez. It was rough for her growing up on Detroit’s west side in a household consisting of her mother, stepfather, and six siblings; Her biological father died when she was only a year old. She attended Detroit City High and worked a series of odd jobs to help take care of her younger siblings. After graduating, she turned to exotic dancing to make money more easily than what a minimum wage job could provide. She was close to Dex Osama, the late Detroit rapper who was tragically gunned down in 2015. His death inspired her to pursue music.
On a whim, she released a remix of Junior Mafia’s track “Get Money” on social media and received an overwhelming wave of support. People immediately flocked to it, causing Chicago rapper Chief Keef to take notice. He contacted her and set things into motion, causing her to open for the rapper in her first performance ever. After her performance, she was contacted for a feature by a rapper who paid her $2,500. This caused her to really pursue her craft. Since then, things have been smooth sailing. She’s released her debut project Keisha vs. Kash Doll to critical success and continues to push the envelope in new and exciting ways.
Her track “For Everybody” is a stunning track, telling two sides of a story; from a wife and the side chick’s perspective. It’s definitely something to listen multiple times to catch everything it entails.
Things You May Not Know About Kash Doll:
- She opened up for Drake at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
- As an exotic dancer, she made $26,000 in one night.
- Her favorite actor is Will Ferrell.
- She doesn’t like to “Netflix and chill,” she likes to be courted.
- Her foundation B.A.D. Girls Club (Black American Doll Girls) that has helped young women in Detroit prepare for prom as well as other empowering things.
- She really wants to collaborate with Rihanna.
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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: