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One Thousand Grams: AL-DOE

One Thousand Grams: AL-DOE

It's always refreshing for me when I discover rappers who still care about RAPPING. I mean the ones who value never taking a bar off. That's exactly what Al Doe embodies, and one of the reasons he's an all time favorite of mine already.

I was introduced to Doe's music around 2010 with the release of his "From Coke Blocks To Boat Docks" mixtape. My first thought was, that title exudes flair and it's also a hard bar, who is this guy?? I quickly learned that he was special with the pen and wordplay. His delivery serves as the perfect precursor to the punch lines he lands effortlessly. While he doesn't rely on metaphors to keep you interested, he has them on demand, but it's much deeper than that.

"All my niggas sold they yayo, the white Bent, orange seats; O.J. Mayo." -Al Doe "So Much White" [From Coke Blocks To Boat Docks]

With the release of "America's Most Hated", by the group Most Hated, Doe delivered some of the best verses I've ever heard. One in particular came on the CeeZo assisted "Mafia". This is a verse that I will be able to quote forever when discussing certain moments in Hip Hop that made me remember why I fell in love with it. The slick talk is absolutely unmatched over this perfect production.

"Slick talker, that's the sign of a Mack. I blew a kiss when I ran into Rihanna at Saks." -Al Doe, "Mafia". [America's Most Hated]

He's since then followed up with "Nose Candy", "Keys Of Heaven", appearing on the "RFC" album, and the gem "Blanco". All of which I've grown very fond of for the same reasons I fell in love with the music initially. Although, now it's even more love because you can hear Doe's progression. Whether it's with using his voice better over the beats, the content, or just overall presence; the growth is apparent and refreshing.

"Champagne in the lobby of the Bellagio, can tell I'm gutta, sellin butta like Fabio." -Al Doe "Mr. Fix It" [Nose Candy]

 I hate making comparisons because it's usually unfair to the artist and who you're comparing them to; but in this case I feel it's perfect. Doe reminds me of a young Jadakiss. Kiss when he rhymed on "It Ain't Hard To Tell" to be specific. It's the way they both set up their bars that leave you on the edge of your seat because you KNOW that moment is coming where you will make the ugliest face and hit rewind to hear the jewel again. They have a way of making that introductory line so heavy that you just know a quotable is coming.

When it all boils down, Al Doe is elite. I feel as though he's overlooked, but then again, the real know him. Don't ever talk about missing "real rap" or complain about the state of hip-hop if you don't support the Pope of the coke talk.

 "Stained Glass Windows" soon come. In the meantime, peep the latest visual from Doe and Capo (Jim Jones) "Terror Dome"

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