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Mixtape Review-Doll Szn by Asian Doll

Mixtape Review-Doll Szn by Asian Doll

by Dan-O

The intro track (Doll Szn Intro) on the mixtape Doll Szn does a spectacular job establishing who Asian Doll is for anyone coming late to the party. Immediately after you press play she vents and tears away the preconceptions you may bring to this music. She knows a large portion of sour folks are sucking their teeth muttering “She sounds like Nicki…” as if that is an adequate insult. In a minute and thirty five seconds she tears all of that away, distancing herself from the backstabbing rat race female MC’s are put on. Then it is time for the music.

Queen of Nightmares is a sparse piano beat she absolutely demolishes before and after the beat beefs up and the bassline tramples in. She goes in for two minutes straight before you realize this has no hook. She catches bodies like she’s been working out and gets a dudes beard off her dress. If you’ve never heard Asian Doll before and want to know if she can really spit, track 2 resolves that. When she uses her voice for singing it works out very well. Her chorus on Lose You is well done and never interferes with her bars.

I’ve listened to Doll Szn every day for a week and never got tired of it. The track sequencing is right on the money. After the sing-rap-single feeling Lose You, track 5 is Clout which could be a more rave friendly Three Six Mafia song. Doll has a modern flow that bounces melodically but she has gears and can move at different speeds. The harder the beat smashes the more electricity crackles out of her on every bar. Arm Froze is positively fantastic with a hook that sticks and a vocal performance in the verses that moves as effortlessly and impressively as the chorus.

My favorite single line in Doll Szn (and verse) is the very beginning of Miami as the Cash Money Mannie Fresh pacing of the beat pushes her she says “ever seen a real B*%^ that rub your nuts and hold a Mac clip?!” The mental image is one my brain had never conjured before and whenever that happens no matter the subject matter you have to give credit where credit is due.  MC’s are not scientists they are entertainers so their goal is to remain important all the time.  From the more radio friendly stuff like Lay Up to the very last song she is vitally important. That last song is called Savage Barbie and it is one of the very best of 2018. The beat radiates beneath her and she rides it with unruffled resolve. This is her sixth mixtape so you might be assuming she should have already marshalled her talents with this level of poise but that is not how it works. Ask Charles Hamilton. In a year of very unimpressive mixtapes Doll Szn stands out as a rock solid calling card from someone who just wants to work and get better so when she gets a chance for the whole world to look she’ll be a thousand percent ready.

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Throwback Thursday-Love Is Blind by Eve featuring Faith Evans

Throwback Thursday-Love Is Blind by Eve featuring Faith Evans

by Dan-O

I want no one who ever heard this song to forget it. Just that it existed and we all loved it. Every time a headline runs about how misogynistic this rap music or that rap music is (looking at you Compton) we need to remember that is not the singular identity of the genre. At the height of his success Swizzy threw all his best beats on Let There Be Eve… and she gave us a hip hop persona we have really never seen duplicated. She was sexy but not consumed by it, and emotionally intelligent. This song is about the physical abuse her friend goes through and the emotional abuse she takes on while it happens; that strange bouncing-light-off-the-mirror effect of letting someone’s situation completely mess up your life. By the end of the song their lives are mirrored, her friend’s life is over and she gets locked up for the revenge so freedom ends for the both of them.

While many have made the argument that Nicki is projecting the Lil Kim persona (with 30% Busta Rhymes delivery), I kind of wish more people drew from Eve. She was fashionable but not a fashionista and her beauty was always an easy part of her. Her music was never about putting you below her in the totem pole. It was about finding you in full through the catharsis of music and this song is that light, never extinguished.