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.
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.
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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: