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Defining The Dolls: A Look At @kashdoll , @CubanDaSavage , and @ImAsianDoll

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Hip Hop is a tightly packed race with plenty of suitable candidates, ready to take off at a moment’s notice. Sometimes, the monikers that these participants choose are somewhat similar to each other. The latest, and perhaps most prominent case, of similar-named rappers comes in the form of Kash Doll, Cuban Doll, and Asian Doll. While their names may be similar, make no mistake – they’re styles are completely different. You’re getting three different types of rap from these women and it’s immediately noticeable once their verses start on their songs. For listeners sake, and for the casually curious, we’re here to define just exactly who they are for everyone.

 

Kash Doll – The Flower

Hailing from Detroit, Kash Doll is a rapper’s rapper. She prioritizes punchlines and witty lyrics over pizazz, choosing to dress in the flyest, traditionally feminine gear available. She’s widely loved by all who encounter her; it’s probably because her charisma is out of this world. She’s worked with Big Sean, Chief Keef, and opened up for Drake, for starters. Out of the three dolls, her social media presence is perhaps the most polished. Seldom will you see her promoting music – perhaps because of a bad record deal which she recently got out of – but you will see her interacting with fans on a daily basis. She’s the kindest of the three and perhaps has the most polished flow.

 

Cuban Doll – The Thorn

Defining Cuban Doll is a little bit harder – she’s both stunningly pretty and hardcore. She brings a new-age, millennial sound to her music. In fact, her releases show no trace of her Dallas, TX roots; chalk that up to being young and a child of the internet versus identifiable influences. Her music is a little rougher than Kash Doll’s which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But she has mounds of untapped potential that will continue to manifest as her star power grows. Her style varies randomly; one day she’ll be in a skin-tight dress and long, shimmering hair, and on another, she’ll be chillin’ in a sweatsuit while holding an AK-47. Her unpredictability makes her someone to watch in a genre full of easy-to-read people.

Asian Doll – The Unpredictable

It seems like Dallas, TX is home of extravagant personalities. Out of the three, AD is the most rambunctious. Her style is brash and loud; her rap delivery varied and frenetic. And it works, she’s rising fast to the top. She takes a unique road to success by remixing hot songs in her own unique manner, releasing online for fans consumption. She also seems to channel the outlandishness of early Nicki Minaj through her wardrobe that’s as unpredictable as her delivery. But it works for her.

 

 

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Johnny Quest The Rebel Drops “Blue Diamonds” ft. Cruch Calhoun

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Trenton-born rising artist Johnny Quest joins forces with New Jersey hip-hop stars for a “Clash of the Titans.” Blue Diamonds, a collaboration between The Rebel and acclaimed rapper Cruch Calhoun (Roselle, NJ), is one of the state’s most intriguing recent collabs.

With the year drawing to a close, Quest has decided to bring in the new year on FIRE, guaranteeing that anybody who observes it realizes that New Jersey is totally immersed in the hip-hop culture. He promptly returned to the studio after releasing his latest EP, Money Dreamz, in May (getting a BET Jams placement and features in publications such as Flaunt Magazine and All Hip Hop). “Blue Diamonds,” his follow-up, is a verbal checklist for determining if you have the “glow,” even before others see it in you.

“Blue Diamonds” is a self-reflection, a reminder to everyone who listen that pressure and experience are what shape us into diamonds. Quest immerses listeners in his film with to rising star producer Fatir’s cinematic style production. They’re putting themselves in the shoes of a celebrity just before his meteoric ascent to stardom. While Blue Diamonds is a narrative, it’s also a warning shot, foreshadowing a long-awaited merger of North and South Jersey. Cruch Calhoun, a well-known artist and regular Dave East collaborator, contributes an OG viewpoint in a scary verse, giving the song a new flavor.

Quest has began to establish himself as one of New Jersey’s rising stars with his recent albums. He continues to shine brightly as a rising star with “Blue Diamonds.”

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Adam Ness Impresses With Silky New Single “Houzkatz” Featuring Durand Bernarr

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When it comes to the silky-smooth sounds of Neo Soul, there are no finer artists than Adam Ness. Raised in Detroit but now based in Chicago, he is the epitome of a fully-formed talent who is intricate, refined and simply sublime. He’s back with new music, and this time he delivered “Houzkatz” with talented R&B artist Durand Bernarr. The song is a masterpiece and puts Ness’ talents on full display.

Benefitting from an education in Gospel, the lush sounds that tug at the emotional heart strings gave him the building blocks to pursue a career that is delivering music of the highest quality. Touching people on both a spiritual and musical level, he has uniquely developed a style that sits comfortably alongside artists like Frank Ocean, D’Angelo, Maxwell and the eternally brilliant Erykah Badu.

Lush harmonies, deep grooves, inspirational lyrics and fresh perspectives await the audience as Adam delivers on every single promise he has ever made. Destroying stereotypical storylines with his sumptuous songs, he is building on his first critically acclaimed album released in 2019 titled ‘Sagittarius Volume 1’.

Completing the emotional circle, ‘Sagittarius Volume 2’ is about Adam’s journey through young adulthood and a testament to an artist led by the flames of desire. Meticulously crafted with exquisite touches, the album is a clear example of why he sells out venues in Chicago and beyond.

With nearly a million plays on Spotify alone, audiences are beginning to take serious note of Adam Ness as his music is undeniably spreading the positive message the world needs right now. His humility and burning desire to share a message of love, peace and hope transcends the every day challenges that people endure. There is so much beauty in his work that it is hard to imagine a future without it.

“It’s ok to be yourself and get the things you’re deserving of. Being soft doesn’t diminish your power. It elevates and inspires.”

Be sure to check out “Houzkatz” below.

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Atlanta Artist DavidTheTragic Unleashes New Visual Titled “ALLERGY”

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DavidTheTragic has proven himself to be one of the most diligent and original stylists in Atlanta ever since he broke through the underground in early 2019. Since then, he has released three tapes, “Fit In,” “Bender,” and “How It Feel,” which all act as evidence for his improving and expanding abilities as an emcee. David manages to stand out in the hip-hop mecca by being a keen expressionist who uses articulate lyricism and gruff flows to paint lofty portraits of his psyche. He resides in a similar introspective lane as Kenny Mason, Ovrcast, Jelani Imani, and Mavi. His newest single + video, “ALLERGY,” is yet another testament to DavidTheTragic’s originality and masterful rapping ability. It’s clear that no one else sounds like him or flows like him right now. The video, directed by Brendan Mcgregor, matches the aesthetic of David’s recent videos for singles “Money First” and “Lori.” It shifts from scenes of intense color correction to David on a roof or in an alley shaking his dreads and talking his shit. The track is a two and a half minute frenzy of clever bars: “I was on a year long bender / These n***as my son like Simba / She like when I hit from the fender…Underground like Master Splinter…Egotistical I suppose / I just move with the highs and lows…I ain’t hatin’ on a n***a that look like me / Please hit me with zeros I ain’t doin’ no shit for clout or IG.” It sounds as if David hopped in the booth then splatter painted the beat with everything that was on his mind at the time. 

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