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Ever since he emerged on the scene with his first mixtape, Trap Life, Doe B was primed to establish himself as a force in hip hop. Sadly, the Alabama rapper was murdered on Dec. 28, 2013, before the world ever got a chance to see why people like T.I. (who called Doe B. the south's Biggie) thought he was hip hop's next star.
On his newest mixtape, the posthumously released D.O.A.T. 3 [Death of a Trapper 3], Doe kept it street while also offering a glimpse of the versatility that could have easily helped take his career to the next level.
D.O.A.T. 3 bangs from the jump with "I Remember," a thundering beat with ominous keys. Doe takes the listener through his journey from trap to rap, noting the spoils of success with lines like, "I was working' like a slave call me Kunta Kinte/Copped a chain and a whip and went a got my s--t sprayed/When you ride candy paint the h--s f--k the first day/So much crack in the sink I thought we had a earthquake."
The Grand Hustle rapper continued with tales of street fame on songs like "Eye for an Eye," the Zaytoven-produced "Trappin Made It Happen" and "Money and the Power," which also details Doe's boss mentality. "Pull up Benz on roofless, got respect like Tookie/'Cause I got real shooters on everything that's moving/Got Nino clientele but this is not a movie/Risk game stupid, ain't no way I'm losing," he raps in this 2014 nod to Houston OG Scarface.
In addition to a plethora of street anthems, D.O.A.T. 3 offers a taste of Doe's commercial potential with high energy songs like the aptly titled "Turn Up" and the more club-friendly "10 Freaky Girls," which features a clapping beat and tales of the party life.
And it offers added versatility as he got his most introspective on the tape's final song, "4 My People," where the former drug dealer speaks on what motivated him to keep hustling. "I do this for my fam, I don't do this s--t for nothin'/Scramblin' with these grams to try to make me some/Tito facing ten, and he still kept it real/When you come home, I got a mil/Just know you got a Benz," Doe raps.
Although the subject matter wasn't the most diverse, the late rapper, still in the prime of his youth at his death, made his mark and gave the world what might be a final glimpse of what could have been.
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