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Who is Snap Dogg?

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If you take a chance to watch HBO’s groundbreaking series Game of Thrones, based off of the book series named A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin, you’ll notice that many of the major character’s lives are ruled by the titles bestowed upon them. Daenerys Targaryen starts off the show as a lowly woman whose claims to be the Queen of a far away Kingdom comes solely from her last name. Over the course of six seasons, she participates in a number of events that give her a large number of titles associated with her power. When she introduces herself to an important character in the penultimate season, her most trusted advisor relays her important to the guest by rattling off each of her titles. Snap Dogg, one of the fresh young faces of the Detroit rap scene, brings some of the same raw energy to his persona. He started off as someone without any claim to the city’s heart but has worked diligently, with multiple camps, to elevate his name to star status. His self-proclaimed title of “Problem Child Of Detroit” has become his signature tag. He brings a sense of honor and verisimilitude that often times are lost in mainstream rap where authenticity isn’t widespread. It’s only a matter of time before he graces the cover of Rolling Stone or XXL Magazine as one of the last real artists placing their livelihood in their music.

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Snap Dogg was born in Detroit, Michigan into a situation that forced him into the street life. His father was a drug dealer with the group Four Spot Boyz. At the height of his father’s time with the group, he was making $15,000 a day. The problem was that the money had to be funneled back into the drug business. Because of this, Dogg’s family struggled. His mother, brother, and the rest of his family, all turned to the streets to make ends meet. Much of his life was spent in the struggle as he progressed through middle school and high school. At the age of 17, he faced up to 25 years in prison. Shortly after dealing with that legal trouble, his twin brother died at the age of 18. He attended college in the midst of these troubles. His brother’s death spurred him to pursue rap because of its ability to lead people out of the struggle. His heavy-hitting, raw style of rap lead to Chief Keef bringing him into his Glo Gang collective. After working with the team and collaborating with Lil Durk, Snap Dogg joined Durk’s OTF collective. With two projects, Menace 2 Society Vol. 1 (2015) and Problem Child Of Detroit (2016), under his belt, it’s rare for a new artist to have this level of exposure so early. It shows that the Problem Child of Detroit can also be the city’s savior. The sky is the limit for this guy.

Things You May Not Know About Snap Dogg

  • He has a diamond chain with the Denver Broncos logo on it.
  • He has seven children.
  • His twin brother was known as  “Bronco.”
  • He made an appearance at this year’s SXSW Festival in Texas
  • His video for “Trippin” garnered over one million views on Worldstar in 24 hours.

Follow Snap Dogg On Social Media

Twitter: @_SnapDogg_
Instagram: @SnapDogg

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Asian Doll and Nicki Minaj have finally connected with each other

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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?

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Does @allstarjr2724 have the best video of the year with “So Lit?”

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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.

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After a month, here’s how @FenkellPayroll and @CardoGotWings ‘s Big Bossin Vol. 2 holds up

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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.

 

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