Words By Jake Krez
Yeah, we get it, Alabama isn’t your first stop for new hip-hop. Stop, however, and take notice of the Heart of Dixie’s own Jay Dot Rain and you’ll start to believe the state is reliable for more than just college football and Waffle Houses.
Having followed Jay Dot since his 2013 release, Memoirs Of A Young Dreamer (hear it here), the kid has systematically worked his way towards positioning himself amongst some of the top up and comers from the South today. Possessing an endearing vocal intonation to his wordplay alongside consistent production from the likes of Block Beattaz and Southside, the college classmate of Mick Jenkins has proven his worth to the game and returns here with “Dozen” produced by 3rd Eye, the lead single off his upcoming project, The Dixie Renaissance.
The Tuscaloosa native spits inspired here over a flip of Wu-Tang’s sample from “C.R.E.A.M.”, ruminating over all things having to do with the number twelve. It’s soulful easy listening with over-sized drums for good measure, it is hip-hop from the low end, after all. If you haven’t caught the “Youngest In Charge” yet, “Dozen” may just be the perfect introduction for an act that appears poised to make some noise as we creep into summer and closer to his next full-length.
Correction: The sample is Wu’s “C.R.E.A.M.” and not “Ice Cream.”