Hustle Gang’s Doe B Names His Favorite Alabama Bangers
T.I.'s Hustle Gang has a solid roster of stars (B.o.B, Travi$ Scott) and budding MCs (Chip, Big Kuntry King). Alabama rapper Doe B fits in between the two, steadily coming up as a new talent who shares his stories of the trap life. Typically waxing lyrical over harrowing and bombastic beats by the likes of Will-A-Fool and Zaytoven, Doe B has distinguished himself with his unique reality raps. With this combination, he has a shot at becoming a legit rap star in the very near future.
Part of Doe B's appeal lies in being deeply rooted in 'Bama hip-hop. While the South is identified by the sounds of ATL or New Orleans, the 22-year-old has connected with a larger audience with his banger “Let Me Find Out.” But don't count that as the only regional cut from his city. Doe swung by the XXL offices to drop knowledge on four well-known tracks from his home state outside of his own; from Small Tyme Ballaz to Deuce Komradz, Doe puts us on. —Eric Diep, (@E_Diep)
Small Tyme Ballaz, “Certified”
That was the hottest song out of Alabama for a long time. They still play it in the club to this day; [people] know the whole song. They dropped an album on Universal. People can go look it up. Still on the Internet and YouTube. Small Tyme dropped an album called Certified. The crowd goes crazy [in the club]. They still know that song word for word. You would understand why when you hear it. They from where I am from. They get it. We get it because they are from the same streets that we from. We know what they talking about. Everything.
Doe B, “Let Me Find Out”
To this day, I feel like it's one of my weakest tracks. I didn't even like the song, but that's the song that got me all up into New York. That's the song that got [people] interested in [me]. I did it in 20 minutes. I wasn't really taking it serious. Somebody had called my engineer on the phone saying some stuff about me. I didn't know who it was. Later, I went back to see who was playing on the phone. Just like a saying, around my way, let me find out. Let me find out who you got on the phone. Let me find out.
And the beat, I didn't even like the beat. And that beat been in my email for like a year. It was simple. I threw the beat on and I just went in rocking with it. People liked it around my way. “Alright, it's cool.” I just put it out. I just throwed that out there. It's cool, you know? I got a call to put it on my mixtape. I wasn't even gonna put it on my mixtape out there. They were like, “Man, put this song on there. The people are feeling it.” I throwed it on there. Next thing you know I got a call from [labels] in New York. They were feeling the song and they wanted to fly me up there. It helped me land a deal with Interscope.
When I first did it, Rocko had called my DJ—it was in the club. They playing it in the club, dog. “Let Me Find Out,” they fucking with it. He wanted to get on it. That was the first time [somebody congratulated me on it].
Dirty, “Hit Da Floe”
They got a video for that. That video made BET. It was probably 2002, 2003 when it was released. It was a big song, everybody was talking about it when it got on BET. That was probably the first time somebody ever shot a video. You know what I mean? And they shot a real video. When people seen it they like, “Man, that's a real video. They shot a video like a rapper.” They shot a video! That video was super big. They had a big movement in Alabama. They were one of the first big movements that ever touched out of Alabama.
Deuce Komradz, “Ridin' Smokin'”
It came out in the '90s. But, they still play in the clubs because the guy who was on the song [is] dead now. They play it 'til this day. Everybody know that song. [Sings] “Ride, ride, ride, ride, smokin.'” It's crazy. It's a cool song though.
Deuce Komradz, “Xed Out”
When the ecstasy pills started kicking off in my city, they had a song called “Xed Out.” “We rollin', we rollin', we xed out.” They play that in the club now and it still go hard.