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Review: Kash Doll’s “Ice Me Out”

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Kash Doll’s latest release “Ice Me Out” is the signal of a new age for the Detroit paragon. Her raps have been traditionally delivered in luxe instrumentals, with powerful punchlines being delivered in louder tones. She’s like a female Meek Mill, only more cunning and intimate while keeping the garish tone. “Ice Me Out” changes the perception surrounding her rhymes tremendously. It’s a bold change that works out in the long run.

When Kash Doll steps into the booth, you know you’re going to get something fiery. Just listen to “Check,” one of her previous releases from a few months ago, and you’ll find the energy that she raps with to be mesmerizing. But “Ice Me Out” travels in the opposite direction from the sentiment made evident in the first release. Here, Kash Doll is much quieter, more intimate than ever before. Also, the instrumental she chooses is barebones, enabling her tantalizing lyricism to stand out in bold, exciting ways.

If you’re open to change, than “Ice Me Out” is the Kash Doll track for you. It’s much different than her past releases and gives her a platform to build her aesthetic from. It’ll be interesting to see how it grows from here.

Listen to “Ice Me Out” below.

 

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BurnaMaleik Is Here To Stay With New Visual Project ‘U Evol I’

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St. Louis rapper Burna Maleik takes pride in his versatility and the diversity of his sound, be on the lookout for his new project, U Evol I, out everywhere now!

Brandon Maleik Hawkins, known by his artist name, BurnaMaleik, is a St. Louis artist making a name for himself with his versatile sound and lyrical wordplay. With his ability to adapt to any beat, whether that be R&B, traditional hip-hop, or trap, BurnaMaleik can acclimate to any sound and make it his own. He’s a unique artist to be on the lookout for because his diverse sound is what makes him different than his peers.

Starting his journey in music at the very young age of 10 but not seriously starting pursuing it until he was in his 20s, BurnaMaleik claims his upbringing has influenced his music and sound growing up. He says his parents are responsible for his versatility and diverse sound because they exposed him to different artists and genres. “From Luther Vandross to the Bone Thugs-N-Harmony,” the variation of melody is what BurnaMaleik says influenced him and his relationship with music. 

“I pride myself on the variety of sounds I make as an artist,” he said in a recent interview. “When the record comes on, you know it’s BurnaMaleik, and no matter what style of rap you prefer, BurnaMaleik will have at least one record you enjoy.”

His love for music and his fans keeps him motivated and gives him the tenacity to keep doing better. Burna wants his fans to take away that his music has both the fun-trap beat and the conscious flow on the same track, and that you do not need to limit yourself and with one or the other because the two can exist simultaneously. 

Burna feels there is no “need to take away substance to make hit records” and that you can have the hard beat with a conscious flow at the same time. He hopes his audience understands that they too can make songs with lyrical content and a message over a fun-beat. 

His newest project, U Evol I, has an overall Trap-Soul album feel, with the versatility and lyrical malice that audiences have come to expect from BurnaMaleik. U Evol I is Burna’s first official EP in his discography. The project is a visual and conceptual album and gives you a visual representation of light to darkness, from the albums’ start to finish. 

The visual project is an extension of his music, as each song takes you deeper and deeper into this sensual world and the dangers of love and trust created by BurnaMaleik. The visual takes place in a hotel room, where the scene goes from light to dark, or happy and sexual to mysterious and sinister. The energy changes as time passes in the hotel room, making for an incredible narrative and idea for a video. BurnaMaliek’s visual highlights a different aspect of the song. BurnaMaliek expands and illustrates each lyric of his song onto the screen up until the ultimate climax of his story, the demise of love and his partner being collateral damage. 

The project is creatively impressive and is available on all streaming platforms. In the meantime, also stay in touch with BurnaMaleik via his IG @burnamaleik


Check out his latest visual album, U EVOLI, below.

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Arkansas rapper Lil Dolfin releases hard-hitting EP ‘Dolfin Not Dolphin’

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Lil Dolfin is an independent artist who’s name already grabs audiences attention. The Pine Bluff, AR native’s recently dropped a new four track EP called Dolfin Not Dolphin which showcases a masterfully crafted sound that Dolfin has been working on since he was nine.

When asked about how he came up with the name Lil Dolfin, he explained that he got his name in junior high from his friends. 

“I got my name in Jr. high school from close friends,” he explained. “I used to wear a lot of Pink Dolphin clothing. First it was Lil Dolphin, then as I got older I changed it to Lil Dolfin.”

The lead single off of Dolfin Not Dolphin is “King Kong,” a bubbly track that gives Dolfin the space to both showcase his work ethic and flex. With lyrics like “keep a lot of green on me, from the sun up, busting out the jeans on me” and “she know I touch money but stack up a lot,” Dolfin creates a perfect introduction to his sound for new listeners. The single also was released with a dope visual, which compliments the track even further.

Dolfin, born Darron Eaves, follows “King Kong” with “No T-Shirt.” Dolfin doubles down on a breakneck, NBA Youngboy-esk flow that shatters the Cali rap-influenced beat. Dolfin’s next track is a complete 180 from the first two, and further showcases his talents and skills.

“Avenue” capitalizes on the money hungry nature of “King Kong ” but slows the flow and instrumental down to a much more leisurely pace. With the “welcome to my avenue” line in the beginning of the song and Dolfin’s call and response flow, Eaves makes the track feel almost like a tour of his life. 

Dolfin’s final track “They Don’t Wanna” utilizes a Lil Baby type flow to detail people who look down on him. Lines like “they don’t wanna see a young n**** grind, I been putting in overtime” and “I hear voices they be talking saying I’m mixed up in the times, so when I rap this shit I do it to make a million every time” illustrate his ability to shake off those who have negative opinions of him.

As far as the message that Dolfin wants audiences to take away from his music, he says he wants people to feel inspired to “never give up” and “never stop going because it’s never too late.”

Check out Dolfin Not Dolphin below and follow Lil Dolfin on Instagram and Twitter!

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Tampa Artist Rublow Delivers New Single and Confirms He Has An EP On The Way!

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Born and Raised in Tampa, Florida, independent artist Rublow has been preparing to take over the music industry since he was 10 years old. Now the 22-year-old is proving he’s a force to be reckoned with in the hip hop community.

The up-and-coming artist who is currently signed under two independent labels, Hieroglyphic Music and No Silver Spoon LLC, is killing the game with his versatile sound and incredible flow.

“The way I articulate, I feel as if I tell a different story,” he said, “Yeah, I got turn up music with trap vibes but I’m also well-rounded. I write about real shit, police brutality, growing up in the hood, adversities of being a black man in America. I feel like I’m good at that stuff too.”

Determined to kick start his career, Rublow made the decision to move to Los Angeles, California where he could fully dedicate himself to music. He admits moving to LA was a power move which led him to link up with some of Hollywood’s hottest artists including Anwar Hadid and His Girlfriend Dua Lipa.

Till this day, Rublow continues to have a close relationship with the powerhouse couple who have shown an endless amount of support to the rising artist. In fact, Hadid was on set while filming the visuals to his latest single “Rublow 2x”. The visual available on YouTube, already has over 170k views on YouTube and was shot by Connor Ellmann and Creative Directed by Anwar Hadid, Arb and Kuj!

Already receiving interests from several different music labels, the independent artist has no plans on slowing down this year and wants his fans to know he is here to stay! In fact, Rublow revealed he’s currently working on a new EP which will feature a variety of tracks and will include a collaboration with So So Def artist LA The Goat. The EP “Thru Talkin” is coming sooner than you know it, the project is expected to drop right in time for the summer!

Follow Rublow (@rublow_) on Social Media for music updates and MORE!

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