Does Kash Doll live up to expectations in “Stacked?”
5. BUSS IT
“Buss It” has Kash Doll turning into Yung Detroit.
“Buss It” will get love from hip-hop fans all over, mainly because strip club joints are adored by listeners these days. However, I can’t believe Kash Doll blatantly copied City Girls’ formula to make a hit with this song. (I mean, damn, did you even have to say “Period” like them in your first verse, Kash?) Nonetheless, Buss It’s energy is impeccable, and Kash’s lyrics on it are way too appealing to pass up on.
“Excuses” is definitely hard as f**k! For starters, the track is powered by this gritty version of Marvin Gaye’s “You’re All I Need To Get By” instrumental. Over this instrumental, Kash Doll raps passionately, spitting ferocious bars about hustling, dismissing haters, grinding to get her music deal, and making it out of Detroit.
I love how this song flows, the hook Kash delivers on it, and how emotional it feels as a whole.
3. ON SIGHT (FT. TREY SONGZ)
“On Sight” is one of those raunchy bangers that features a steamy R&B hook, and a couple of rap verses that are rawer than 711 hot dogs.
Trey Songz is what makes “On Sight” a dope ass song, to me. Not only does he bless us with a solid vocal performance on the hook, but he also holds nothing back when it comes to sex-talk lyrically. As for Kash Doll, she definitely does a great job of feeding off of Trey’s energy, blessing us with a couple of verses that has her embracing her freaky, alcoholic, and ratchet side.
I don’t mean to sound like an asshole, but Kash Doll’s sex-talk doesn’t excite me…
2. KD DIARY
Ever since Meek Mill dropped “Dreams & Nightmares,” it seems like every rapper wants to make an intro similar to it. In “KD Diary,” Kash Doll takes her stab at emulating the track.
“KD Diary” starts off sweeter than Skittles, boasting both a piano-heavy instrumental and gentle bars by Kash Doll in which she talks about the struggles she went through on her rise to the top. The track eventually turns into some hard s**t, as the production on it gets tougher, and Doll’s lyrics turn grittier, more arrogant, and flossier (I actually pictured Kash Doll having a snarl on her face during the second phase of the song).
“KD Diary” is a flawless way to start an album.
1. READY SET (FT. BIG SEAN)
Detroit’s hottest rappers link up for “Ready Set.”
“Ready Set” is an absolute banger, as it features a bass boomin’/fast-paced instrumental, extremely polished bars by Kash Doll about celebrating wins and spending hella money, and most importantly, a fly ass hook by Sean in which he talks about his unlikely comeuppance. To me, the combination of each aspect makes the song a feel-good hit everyone should be able to vibe with.
SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN
1. KD DIARY (4/5)
2. READY SET (4.5/5)
3. SO AMAZING (3.5/5)
4. PAID BITCHES (2/5)
5. ICE ME OUT (2/5)
6. KITTEN (3/5)
7. ON SIGHT (4/5)
8. KRAZY (1.5/5)
9. MOBB’N (2.5/5)
10. CHEAP S**T (1.5/5)
11. DOIN TOO MUCH (3/5)
12. BUSS IT (4/5)
13. NO LAMES (3.5/5)
14. EXCUSES (4/5)
15. FEEL SOMETHING (4/5)
16. COASTAL ROTA (4/5)
17. 100 TIMES (3/5)
Kash Doll’s “Stacked” album has some bright spots, but it also has its fair-share of atrociousness. Let’s start with the bright spots:
- I thought Kash Doll was a pretty solid rapper when she got competitive on this album. On songs like “Ready Set Go,” KD Diary,” and “Excuses,” I loved how she plowed through her verses like a hungry MC, showcasing her ability to ride beats, deliver clever punchlines, and command respect lyrically.
- I thought the guest appearances on “Stacked” were pretty good! Everyone from Big Sean to Teyana Taylor killed the hooks they were tasked with. Matter of fact, the songs that featured hooks by someone else were mainly the best ones on this album.
- Kash Doll is a very experimental artist, and I think she should be applauded for that. On “Stacked,” you get tracks that are club-ready, tough as s**t, grown & sexy, and extremely vulnerable.
Now let’s touch on the atrociousness in “Stacked”
- So who exactly is Kash Doll as an artist? In “KD Diary,” she sounds like Meek Mill; In “So Amazing,” she sounds like Iggy Azalea; in “Buss It,” she sounds like City Girls; in “Ice Me Out,” she sounds like Megan Thee Stallion. I’m OK with Kash stealing elements from every artist I just mentioned, but when you do it as blatantly as she did on this album, that s**t is concerning.
- I thought some of the tracks on this album were God-awful. Can someone explain to me what the f**k “Krazy” was (That s**t sounded like a song made by two thirteen year old’s that are being questioned by the police)? What about “Cheap S**t? (That s**t sounded like a song some corny chick made to get a man who is out of her league’s attention)” Hell, if the legendary Lil Wayne wasn’t on “Kitten,” I would be asking what the f**k that song was, too (That s**t sounded like a bad porn)!
As a whole, I feel like Kash Doll dumbs down her sound on this album way too much. Personally, I think she could succeed in the rap game if she focused on making authentic rap tracks like “Excuses,” “Ready Set,” “On Sight,” “Coastal Rota,” and “KD Diary.” Nonetheless, I am not super disgusted by “Stacked,” but I am a bit disappointed by it.