DawgGoneDavis – In The Dawg Pound

Rebecca “DawgGone” Davis has definitely attracted a lot of attention in 2018 with her unique blend of hip hop and humor and her four song EP In The Dawg Pound  solidifies her status as one of the most unique hip hop entertainers and performers working today.

Davis, holder of a MBA and experienced IT professional, brings an unique flavor to the musical style that few others can claim – her previous singles, working in collaboration with producer and multi-instrumentalist Helmutt Wolf, have gained attention thanks to the humor, but there’s a resolute determination to properly invoke the genre while still paying tribute to her non hip hop influences makes for a potent brew.

Forever Music starts off with a compelling back beat and the inclusion of brass only deepens the musical riches. Davis’ slow, smoky drawl suits her lyrical content quite well and she definitely plays into the song’s atmosphere without ever straining for effect. The horns are particularly effective as a counterpoint to her voice and Wolf’s production is a cut above other similar DIY efforts.

The playful Butt on Fiya has a much less straight forward approach and relies much more on electronica to make an impact, but Davis doesn’t disappoint with a near lascivious vocal. The inclusion of horns deeper into the song adds some welcomed musical spice without ever taking the track off course, but it’s Davis’ strong lyrical content and the obvious relish she takes in her delivery that makes this song stand out from the pack.

If Dawg Gone Davis had entrance music, akin to a professional boxer, it’d be Middle Aged Woman – Hip Hop Style and the flow she achieves is surprising and quite enjoyable, but there’s much of the same playfulness we heard from the earlier songs working their way into this track as well. The rhythms engage you physically and her varied vocal delivery makes it all the more fun. The song’s insistent hook buries itself in listener’s memory and neatly dovetails into the arrangement for a satisfying effect.

The final track of the four, Anthem Pandemonium, runs just a little over three and a half minutes and has every bit of the same rambunctious fun and clever rhymes defining the other tracks. The music, likewise, has a slow simmer that builds as the song progresses,

Rebecca Davis may be a long ways from the typical hjp hot artist, but she embraces the style in a convincing way and demonstrates solid writing talents far beyond the usual ilk. Some may call her a gimmick performer, but she’s far from it – there’s an understated artistry in what she produces born from a clear love of music and a well steeped knowledge of what works and what doesn’t. She name checks numerous talents along the way through these four songs, but never sounds like she’s pandering for attention.

Instead, Dawg Gone Davis’ In The Dawg Pound resonates like a genuine, knowing work of musical art and will likely continue her same upward trajectory in the indie music world and beyond.

If you enjoyed a preview from Dawg Gone Davis’ In The Dawg Pound, check out her official website by clicking here. Check her out on Facebook by clicking here.

Eric Jarvis

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