Dawg Gone Davis’ “Middle Aged Woman Hip Hop Style”, on the surface, provides every possible hint of a painful listening disaster to come. Rebecca Rogers Davis is a IT professional in her pay-the-bills life and seemingly far removed from the genre she’s immersed herself in here, but she soon shows that isn’t a particularly useful stereotype to hold against her. She confounds expectations by producing a vocal performance fully deserving of the label “hip hop” without ever embarrassing herself or the style she obviously loves/admires. It’s obviously a DIY effort, in some respects, but that shouldn’t denote a low level of quality – instead, there’s a hand-crafted feel to the song that makes its humor all the more accessible and effective. Even longtime and passionate hip hop fans can find something to like here and there’s total certainty that casual music lovers will be wildly entertained by this number.
“Middle Aged Woman Hip Hop Style” doesn’t seem like it should succeed or work, but it does and works from the first. Davis has an unassuming style in some respects, but her vocals convey a lot of personality in other ways and the confident manner she utilizes to handle a potentially challenging lyric setup shows off both her skill and the supreme confidence she has in the material. The backing track is surprisingly dense, but yet never has a heavy handed unduly affecting how listeners can enjoy the tune. Instead, it juxtaposes quite memorably against the relatively spartan layout of Davis’ vocal performance and helps bring added weight to the performance. “Middle Aged Woman Hip Hop Style” is immensely personable and carefree number that finds bittersweet humor in its understated pathos. Dawg Gone Davis’ command over this song help makes it a very entertaining experience.
The aforementioned backing track is built from synthesizer lines and electronic percussion moving at a mid tempo pace and there’s some tasty shifts during the song that keeps things mixed up from the first. This is never a dull tune and the music even has a little bit of swagger, but it’s never put forth in such a way that it makes for incredulous or uncomfortable listening. Instead, it’s seamless entertainment from the first for this song and Davis pulls it off with remarkable stylishness considering the level of experience she brings to the music world. Let’s hope that she chooses to continue with this second vocation and she’ll undoubtedly expand on its potential with each new release. Dawg Gone Davis is a true talent in the making and emerges as a miraculously finished product with this single release. It’s sure to make 2018 quite a experience and she’ll undoubtedly garner a number of fans thanks to the wide airing of this song. “Middle Aged Woman Hip Hop Style” is more than just funny; it’s smart funny and indicative of a talent sure to grow from here.