If you don’t already know who DotdotDotdotDotdot is, now is the time to get hip, because it won’t be long before his name rings bells in the underground and beyond if he keeps dropping projects like his last few. His latest, the deeply immersive and symbolically personal Montoya, Vol. 1, continues the DotdotDotdotDotdot practice of lavish storytelling, clever lyricism and stellar beat selection. Even though Montoya, Vol. 1 is not his first foray into crafting what equates to a sonic film with deeply personal undertones in the narrative, DotdotDotdotDotdot somehow manages to continue to push that envelope forward, creating more compelling songs as time goes by. With production assists from Genius khrist, Beautiful Lou, Zachary LIght, the homie poolboi blu and MARC.SET.GO!, plus verbal appearances by Austin all-star The Teeta and rising underground star Mr. Muthafuckin’eXquire, the tier quality is the highest, so definitely don’t sleep on one of the strongest releases of the year, rivaled only by the equally brilliant and more ambitious From Russia With Drugs. Check it out on your favorite streaming service or digital storefront, and most importantly, let everyone know about it.
You know how it goes when the #WeirdRapDiscussionGang gets together… any and all things hip-hop get broken down, examined and discussed, and hopefully, everyone involved (and everyone watching/listening) steps away with a bit more insight. This latest go-round, the topic of skits, intros and interludes (a true staple of the hip-hop genre) were on the table, and to help us truly dig deep, the homie DotdotDotdotDotdot joined Th’Mole, Beverly Fre$h and myself to fawn over some of our favorites. Check it out if you’ve got a spare hour, leave a like and a comment, and share it around so everyone can get down!
It’s no secret that I’ve been a fan of DotdotDotdotDotdot for quite a while now… at least through two or three name adjustments. One thing that has not adjusted or wavered, however, is his undying dedication to lacing strong production with even stronger lyrics. After putting out the monumentally impressive From Russia With Drugs roughly one month ago, my man is back at it again with D(dot)ed Ass, an EP based around a concept that is not a concept album. The project is told through the eyes and experience of D(dot)ed Wood, a reaper who hangs out around corner stores selling borrowed time to those already taking it for granted. If nothing else, check out the project for Dirk, which contains one of my new favorite DotdotDotdotDotdot verses to date. With guest appearances from Cease and 3ZoneS, plus production by the homie poolboi blu, beautiful lou and more, don’t sleep on this brief little slice of wonderful.
When the homie DotdotDotdotDotdot hit me up super excited with a sneak preview of his upcoming opus From Russia With Drugs, I got excited myself. This hypeness came from the fact that referring to any single one of his works as an opus seems redundant, as he never puts anything less than his all into the music he releases. Still, I was not prepared at all for what From Russia With Drugs held in store for me… DotdotDotdotDotdot took the Prince Paul approach made famous in A Prince Among Thieves and essentially made what equates to an audio movie, and as difficult a task as that is to pull off, my man does a killer job of it. Thanks to some vocal assistance from Alesia Lani, Pro Zay and Dray Yard, the project has a range of vocal textures, and with such an intriguing story enhanced by DotdotDotdotDotdot‘s stellar wordplay, this is a project you’d be foolish to skip. Dig this one and dig it good.
The homie DotdotDotdotDotdot is always good for compelling, thought-provoking music, and it appears that he has something major in store for listeners in the near future. In order to set up this upcoming release, he recently dropped the single Thyme and The Space Oddity, a collaboration with CecilBDDot. DotdotDotdotDotdot uses the epic beat as a platform to discuss the importance of legacy, being self-driven and not being deterred by criticism from peers and critics (while giving hints about how hearing them is still a good practice). DotdotDotdotDotdot has always been a calculated cat, and he has clued me in to the bigger picture, so I am very much excited to see how it all develops. While the rest of you wait, go find this latest track on your favorite streaming service or digital storefront, and support your local creatives!
DotdotDotdotDot (pronounced Dot Dot Dot), the artist formerly known as DDotElles, has been cooking during his momentary hiatus from the limelight. According to some of the conversations we’ve had, he’s planning on stepping back out into the spotlight with a handful of new musical, literary and film projects underway, and I’m here for it. If Outlaw Country, his first single under the new moniker, is any indication of what’s to come, then us listeners and viewers are in for a long and wonderful ride. The single is a bit of audio noir intertwined with some solid self-aggrandizing and empowering lyrics about learning to hone in during the isolation (self-imposed or otherwise) in order to continue to grow. The description is a bit of an oversimplification, but honestly, songs like this are meant to be experienced, not talked about. Check it out, share it around for others to do the same, and stay tuned for what DotdotDotdotDotdot has in store.