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.
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.