Musical comedy legend Weird Al Yankovic once said “One of my pet peeves is that sometimes the talents of my band get overlooked because, and it was the same problem that Frank Zappa had, with a lot of groups that use humor, people don’t realize there’s a lot of craft behind the comedy.” It is definitely true that if you’re making a joint venture in music and humor, that the music can often get lost in the merriment if you’re not skilled enough for the task. What’s one thing you can do to avoid this unfortunate scenario? Well if you’re Rebecca Rogers Davis, you seek out a prolific producer in Hellmut Wolf, rely on your own knack for reflective self-deprecating comedy and let your talent do the talking, which is exactly what happens (with fantastic results) in her new song “Butt on Fiya.”
Released under the much more epic moniker of Dawg Gone Davis (often shortened to DGD), DGD doesn’t hold back on telling you just exactly what she’s got to shake south of the border in this new single that celebrates the freedom in a life after breast cancer. In addition to being a cancer survivor, up and coming hip-hop star and comedian, DGD is a University of Kansas graduate who works in the IT field as a project manager and has even published three different books; Technicolor Hans! and Other Events, Yo Hans! Sebastian’s Back, and Intergalactic Hans, So Low (all of which are definitely worth taking a peek at in their own right). If all of that weren’t enough, Davis is also an advocate for children, giving all of the money that she makes from her published works and musical recordings to Operation Breakthrough, an organization that provides children living in poverty with a loving, safe and educational environments (to find out more about Operation Breakthrough’s mission and impact, visit their website operationbreakthrough.org). This woman could be the closest thing to a real life super hero that we’ve got in the Midwest, and she doesn’t seem to have any signs of slowing down any time soon, announcing that a full-length record with Hellmut Wolf is already in the works to be released soon.
In a time when we have seen so much debate over the place of women in our society and revolutionary feminism beginning to find its momentum once again, Dawg Gone Davis could not be arriving at a better time to be a champion and example of what a strong, mature woman can accomplish when she sets out to do something. Whether the international hip-hop community is ready for her or not, Davis has vowed to break into the scene and bring her positive and good natured sense of humor with her, which I think fans and critics can both agree is as refreshing as it is urgently needed. You can stay connected with Dawg Gone Davis on her official Facebook page, facebook.com/rebecca.l.davis.948 and check out her new single “Butt on Fiya,” along with her debut release “Middle Age Woman – Hip-Hop Style” now.