Alabama’s Doe B rose to prominence quickly after his street single “Let Me Find Out” took over as a true banger in the South. Now, as the next artist to get a major push in T.I.’s Hustle Gang, the 22-year-old is focused on making his music bigger and better.
A strong start is Doe B’s next single “Kemosabe,” which originally appeared on the compilation mixtape, G.D.O.D. (Get Dough Or Die). The song was meant as a solo record for Doe B, but when Young Dro, B.o.B and T.I. heard the K.E. On The Track beat, they couldn’t resist jumping on it. “That was around the time I first hooked up with Tip when they was in the middle of the mixtape,” he tells XXL. “They heard the song, they automatically was like, ‘Shit, we had to get on it.’ So, everybody got on there. Sent it to Birdman. Birdman blessed me with it.”
Like many Southern rappers, Doe B credits the Hot Boys as heavy influences. The concept for “Kemosabe” came from Big Tymers’ “Big Ballin’” that appeared on How You Luv That Vol. 2. In that song, the hook goes, “Whoa whoa whoa Kemosabe/Big big big ballin’ is my hobby.”
“A lot of my songs I be getting a concept from old shit that I came off of, “ he said. “I just be revamping all of that shit and it be turning out big. Just showing respect that I came up listening to y’all.”
While there is a behind-the-scenes video of “Kemosabe” to tease fans, it will officially premiere on MTV Jams this Sunday. With a feature by Birdman already secured, Doe B believes more collaborations are on the way. He’s already landed tracks with former Cash Money rappers Juvenile and Turk. “I got a video with Birdman. Beats by Mannie Fresh. I got a Wayne feature down the line. You feel me? I have songs with Juvenile that ain’t been heard yet,” he said. “It’s been blessing being able to work with them. The same people who inspired me to step in front of a mic.”