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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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Review: “Pull Up N Wreck” by Big Sean ft 21 Savage (prod. by Metro Boomin)

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It’s always nice to hear Big Sean switch from sullen, introspective mode to the loose, thrill-seeking rapper that we grew to love over the course of a couple of mixtapes and a few albums. With a self-focus aspect that permeated the subject matter of his last release, I’m Decided – save for a handful of singles made for radio – his new release “Pull Up N Wreck” is a welcome look into a more enjoyable style of rap that we’ve missed.

Sean makes two decisions that define the track, making it one of the better of his last releases. The first is that he brings in superstar producer Metro Boomin to handle the production. It’s faster than what Boomin’s usually darker, more foreboding, style of beats usually entails. It’s jumpy, crass, and yet, soothing. It’ll definitely garner some spins at a party, something that previous releases like “Bounce Back” and “Moves” somewhat struggled with. The second decision is to feature a guest verse from Atlanta-rapper 21 Savage, who brings in his effortless, grimacing style of rap. 21 raps at a brisk pace, utilizing his usual array of street raps. It’s largely the same, but it works.

Combining these elements together, along with some creative bars from Sean himself, creates a track that works on multiple levels. It may not be his most lyrical or his most entertaining party-grabbing anthem, but it’s solid nonetheless. With it coming so soon after the release of I Decided – which just recently went platinum – is it an indicator of another project? If so, we’re ready to see if the fun-loving style of “Pull Up N Wreck” will be a consistent theme of the project or just an isolated instance.

Score:

3.9/5

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Remembering Doughboy Roc’s Legacy After His Untimely Death

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The Detroit Community is beside itself with grief after the news of the death of Doughboy Roc of Doughboyz Cashout. He was tragically gunned down yesterday, Oct. 9 at only 29 years old. Roc was one of the founding members of Doughboyz Cashout, there when the existing Doughboyz group merged with Payroll Giovanni’s Cashoutboyz collective to form the Doughboyz Cashout group that we know today. He recently released his heavily anticipated project Roc Vs. Balboa that was circulating airwaves, further growing his impressive brand. The news of his death is shocking, untimely, and a reminder that life is extremely short.

All around Detroit, central figures to the Hip Hop community are paying their respects to the fallen artist.

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4 Sho Magazine offers its condolences to Doughboyz Roc’s friends and family. As we mourn Roc’s passing, let’s remember him and his artistry to keep his spirit alive.

 

 

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Who Is Rocky B?

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Rocky Badd

It’s commonly said that children take after their parents, combining the best characteristics of both worlds to craft into their own personality. If both parents have a fascination with words, what will their offspring do with them? Rocky B also known as Rocky Badd, a rising rapper out of Detroit, is the answer to this question. She’s a fierce soul with a devilish grin whose poised to blow any day now. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of appeasement because of her bright smile and youthful exuberance; she throws down on the microphone with reckless abandon.

Rocky was born on May 16th, 1994 in Detroit, Michigan. Her parents were both extremely familiar with words; her father was an important rapper in the city’s local scene and his mother frequently wrote poetry about her lifestyle and surroundings. Because of this, Rocky knew that she wanted to work in music from a very young age. She wrote her first rap song in the sixth grade when she realized that the art form was her calling. Just recently, in 2016, she uploaded her first song to Soundcloud. Prior to that, much of her music existed on YouTube (and can also still be found there). Since then, she’s been on a roll, releasing music along with accompanying videos that have racked up tens of thousands of views. Combining that with the 129,000 followers she has on Instagram shows that there is some serious interest and star power surrounding Rocky.

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Rocky’s rap style is solid and straightforward, emulating a more traditional sound that’s uncommon in today’s rap atmosphere. It works, perfectly. Her ability to keep her delivery on point is what separates her from the scores of other artists who would kill to be in her place. It makes listening to her easy as well. She’s named Erykah Badu and Lauren Hill as two of her influences.

As she continues to become a larger influence in the world, Rocky B will capture the minds of many who look for the traditional sound that the game lacks. Check out her music today.

Standout tracks: 

Vindictive

Lights Out

Make It Back Part 2

 

 

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