The playfulness driving Dawg Gone Davis’ “Middle Aged Woman Hip Hop Style” isn’t the single overriding factor making this song go, but it’s definitely a big part of what makes Rebecca Rogers Davis’ presentation fly for listeners. There’s underlying melodic value, however, to her performance that focusing on the comedic value of the piece misses out on. You can hear it in the atmospheric juxtaposition of her voice relative to the backing track, the lush suggestiveness of the backing track itself, and the intensely rhythmic style of Davis’ delivery. The IT Project manager in her everyday possesses none of the flat footed creativity we normally associate with first time recording artists or novices; instead, she comes fast out of her corner on “Middle Aged Woman Hip Hop Style” and wows listeners every bit as much with her energy as we hear from her humor.
The humor is constant, but never overstated. She comes at listeners from the first but her touch as both a writer and vocalist is never so weighty that the humor ends up failing the song early on. Like any great funny song that doesn’t rely on some level of obscenity or juvenile emotion, the humor in “Middle Aged Woman Hip Hop Style” lies in its details and Davis does an excellent job of orchestrating them in such a way they have a maximum effect. Her vocals are layered into the musical arrangement and sync up rather nicely with the percussive quality that gives the song its spine. The mechanics of this song’s construction are impeccable and Davis has put it together with some interesting flourishes along the way that keep it from ending up sounding like some cookie cutter, by the numbers track. “Middle Aged Woman Hip Hop Style” might be a track that was assembled in a studio or one piece at a time, however you might put it, but it comes off with immense naturalness.
The writing is pinpoint and never missteps. It’s clearly the focal point, along with her vocal, of the song, but the imagery and details are never so exaggerated that they make for any sort of jarring performance. “Middle Aged Woman Hip Hop Style” is pure satire and never risks any of the hamfisted efforts at being funny that might mar this song in lesser hands. She sounds like she’s been doing this a long time rather than coming off as some newcomer to the style and scene. It doesn’t sound like a ill fitting match and, instead, proves to be one of the more fun outings from anyone, any genre, in recent memory. Dawg Gone Davis is an impressive and surprising performer from the first and she’s sure to win over a large following from the sheer likability of this single. “Middle Aged Woman Hip Hop Style” is a good time from the outset.
Rebecca Rogers Davis’ dual existence as an IT project manager by day and amateur musician Dawg Gone Davis by night is transitioning into something much more impressive than just a gimmick or side lark. There’s definitely plenty of humor in her song “Middle Aged Woman Hip Hop Style”, but the humor in the song never obscures the underlying musical strengths behind what she does. She’s likewise an author and has opted to funnel any profits from her book salesinto “Operation Breakthrough”, a program serving challenged babies and children. There’s genuine warmth coming off this song from the first that sustains itself from the first and whets the appetite for any future material. “Middle Aged Woman Hip Hop Style” is knowing, self aware, and capable of entertaining in a way you aren’t ashamed of laughing at.
There’s a steady, rolling quality to Davis’ delivery that sounds free from affectation and yet playful in a very natural way. It’s clear that the intended focal point of the song is Davis’ voice and writing, but the backing track strikes the right note thanks to its simmering tone and the way it melds so seamlessly with her voice. The song is condensed and goes straight to the point rather than wasting listeners’ time with adornments that would weigh down Davis’ songwriting. It never runs on too long and the same tightly focused economy governing the musical construction extends over to the words as well. Both of these elements are smoothly woven into a greater whole and “Middle Aged Woman Hip Hop Style” proves to be far more effective than what you might assume going into this song. Davis may only be a part-time musical performer, but she carries off this song with all the confidence of someone who is pursuing music in earnest.
The words are, arguably, the strongest element of the songwriting. There’s fleet footed verbal dexterity defining every passage of the song and some relatively tricky linguistic turns along the way that Davis handles well. She never overstates the song’s humorous elements in its lyrical content and the references laden through the songwriting are never so obscure they lose any chance of appealing to her audience. Davis, clearly, isn’t aiming this song towards a younger crowd, but rather first and second generation hip hop fans, but this isn’t a gimmick song either and the clear intelligence behind her humor helps make this song seem like more than it otherwise might. Whether or not Davis returns with any sort of follow up doesn’t necessarily matter. The quality of this song is such that you can’t help but hope she does, but the quality of this track stands out so well on its own that even this contribution is a welcome addition to our music world. “Middle Aged Woman Hip Hop Style” is one of 2018’s more unusual tunes and a great fun.
Dawg Gone Davis, the performing name for IT professional Rebecca Rogers Davis, is going to make a big impression with her new single “Middle Aged Woman Hip Hop Style”. Some may flash on the title and think it must be a gimmick song, but the truth is far from it. Music produces few humorists, traditionally, but Dawg Gone Davis can add her nom de plume to the list and has such promise for further growth that this song stokes the appetite for more material to come. Her humor is well nigh untouchable and she mixes that with a lush, warmly rendered musical arrangement while embedding her vocals in the song in such a way that it balances out well against the musical performance. “Middle Aged Woman Hip Hop Style” has a surprisingly strong vocal presentation and she unreels the lines and concluding lines in a compelling rhythmic clip.
This could’ve ended up a goofy, unruly mess, but she keeps an even hand on things and plays the humorous elements of this song in an appropriate way. The lyrics are particularly lively and the contrast with her delivery is such that they stand out even more; there’s a laconic tone to her voice that’s different from anything else going today. The mid-tempo melodic sway of the backing track has surprising melodic strengths that are understated in comparison to her voice, but important to the song nonetheless. It’s not a lengthy song, and that serves its ends well, but it has a tightness of construction that’s a byproduct of that brevity. It’s apparent that Davis knew exactly what she wanted to do from the first and the recording captures that without ever straining for effect. “Middle Aged Woman Hip Hop Style” has immense style, but it also has a locked in creative vision that makes for a satisfying listening experience.
Her vocal ability and the deft handling of the songs lines and rhymes will surprise many. She definitely doesn’t come off like any sort of novice with the way she approaches the performance and achieves a churning and persistent quality with her delivery. One of her greatest strengths that the song demonstrates time and again is the ability to strongly manifest her personality through the lyrics without allowing the song to lapse into histrionics and overblown cheesiness. This may be her first single, but it percolates with the sort of life and good spirit we hear from artists who have long since consolidated their positions as talented practitioners of their chosen form. Dawg Gone Davis isn’t looking to remake the wheel but her performance of “Middle Aged Woman Hip Hop Style” is one of the most entertaining rides from any musical genre in recent memory. Let’s hope we hear more from this talented performer, like an EP or full length album, in the near future.
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.
Partly satirical and completely fun, Rebecca Davis (aka DawgGoneDavis) may not be a name that the hip-hop community is familiar with at the moment, but after listening to her exceptionally witty new single “Butt on Fiya” you’d be hard pressed to find someone resistant to her infectious sense of humor. Much in the spirit of artists like the Dead Milkmen, Weird Al Yankovic, and Spike Jones, Davis uses music, in this case, hip-hop, to make us laugh and inspire a much needed sense of humility in these stressful times we live in today. I was pleased to sample “Butt on Fiya,” and can say unquestionably that Davis has plenty of skill with a mic in her hand.
DawgGoneDavis (or simply DGD for short) opens the single with a riveting explosion of drums that is immediately followed up by an 80’s style beat and synthesizer beneath DGD’s Midwestern plaintive style of rapping. In the song, DGD proclaims that while she may be sans big breasts, that doesn’t matter, because she’s rocking enough action downstairs to keep the party going. A real-life survivor of breast cancer, DGD’s overwhelming confidence and smooth delivery of her lyrics is not only fun to listen to, it’s very motivating. With so many of us having loved ones and friends who have been touched by cancer, it’s a little surprising that we don’t have more songs that are as open about the subject like this. Despite the personal nature of the lyrics, DGD never seems to sink into a somber state on this track, instead she not only stands proud, but she makes us laugh, too.
A lot of artists don’t put a lot of effort into the B-sides of singles, if they have one at all, but “Middle Age Woman – Hip Hop Style,” the second track here, is hardly a throwaway. As its title implies, “Middle Age Woman” plays like DawgGoneDavis’ theme song, here self-titled anthem to introduce new audiences to her identity, and she pretty much hits it out of the park. Although both of these songs are meant in fun, they’re surprisingly catchy. And while I don’t necessarily think that Davis intends to take over the hip-hop game with her DawgGoneDavis recordings or start challenging Kendrick Lamar for consumers, her drive behind this project is deeply profound; all of the proceeds from her work go directly to charity, explicitly Operation Breakthrough, which is a very special organization assisting the needs of children facing tremendous challenges. When was the last time you heard of anyone else in pop music doing something as truly selfless as that? Davis deserves to be commended for this gesture, which personally I would love to see replicated by other artists in a variety of mediums.
For lovers of humble comedy and good music, check out DawgGoneDavis and her ongoing quest for laughter, pride, and self-confidence. In a track like “Butt on Fiya,” you definitely will be far from disappointed.
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.
We often like to throw around the word “hero” in our society, almost to the point where it has lost the weight of its meaning. I guess a hero can be a lot of things to a lot of different people, but we can all agree that anyone who gives everything of themselves and their earnings to a cause is definitely a special kind of hero. Rebecca Davis, or Dawg Gone Davis as she goes by in the hip-hop world, is one of those special kinds of heroes. Since starting her music career she has promised to give everything she makes to Operation Breakthrough, a noted not for profit company dedicated to improving the lives of kids living below the poverty line, and she has kept that promise consistently. Although her music is rooted heavily in hilarity and parody, there’s nothing even remotely funny about her level of passion for helping Operation Breakthrough and the children they serve every day.
In her new song, “Butt on Fiya,” Dawg Gone Davis raps that she doesn’t need the breasts she lost to cancer five years ago, because her posterior has a reputation all on its own. For a newbie to professional recording, Dawg Gone Davis knows all the right buttons to push here, even sounding like Neneh Cherry during the height of her “Buffalo Stance” stardom. I haven’t seen Dawg Gone Davis’ butt, but she convinced me that if nothing else, her swagger and artistry are definitely hot enough to burn down any club she decides to headline.
Cancer is not a friendly topic for most people to delve into carelessly. There’s a certain discomfort for most people in discussing a disease that claims almost 600,000 lives annually in the United States alone according to the Center for Disease Control. There’s a definite problem in that lack of conversation however, in that it makes the stigmas and intense terror surrounding cancer all the more painful to endure. I absolutely love the way Dawg Gone Davis proudly embraces her life post-breast cancer and all the enjoyment that can be had out of it. Much like her equally biographical song “Middle Age Woman – Hip-Hop Style,” which was released earlier this year and is essentially a B-side to “Butt on Fiya,” Davis is cutting through any notion of the awkwardness around age, cancer and expectations with her newest song, and shows nothing but awesome potential as her career continues to develop and blossom.
Make sure you check out “Butt on Fiya” and “Middle Age Woman – Hip-Hop Style,” both out now on Hellmut Wolf’s Wolf Digital imprint. I should note that Wolf produced both tracks and his legendary abilities in the studio are impeccably represented in the resulting products. You can find more information and connect directly with Rebecca L. Davis, the genius behind the Dawg Gone Davis project, on her official Facebook page at facebook.com/rebecca.l.davis.948. To explore how you can also help Operation Breakthrough and discover the incredible work they do, visit their website at operationbreakthrough.org.
No matter what your persuasion, most people can agree that comedy has the power to make the world a better place. Whether you’re as good looking as a supermodel or as plain as a piece of paper, if you’re a funny person, you’re going to make it in this world. There’s a lot of really disgusting, sick and evil things that people do in America and all over the planet for absolutely no reason whatsoever. It’s hard just to get through the week anymore without hearing a somber story of loss or rage-inducing news of injustice. Comedy disrupts all of that chaos and mayhem and makes us forget about the pains of life for a moment.
In her new single, “Butt on Fiya,” out now from Wolf Digital records, Basehor, Kansas-based rapper Dawg Gone Davis takes comedic rap to the next level of bizarre chic with reflective rhymes that harmonize with a classic beat that would make even Eazy-E proud. A writer since the age of six, Dawg Gone Davis (or Rebecca Rogers Davis as she occasionally goes by) is no stranger to the creative industry. Educated in journalism at the University of Kansas and having received her MBA from Baker University, Davis already has three published books under her belt in addition to her two single released this year. All of her material is joyously funny and often intimately autobiographical, with 100% of all the proceeds and profits from her work going to Kansas City’s Operation Breakthrough. Of her service, the non-profit charity says; “Springfield, Mo spawned a serious and very silly girl, named Rebecca (Rogers) Davis. The ability to write and perform original material to raise money for Operation Breakthrough in Kansas City, MO, came out of nowhere, literally. The full-time IT Project Manager goes all-out after office hours to support the Operation Breakthrough kids.”
What’s even more awesome, is that in these modern times of the “Look at me!” generation that cannot live without their Instagram and Twitter pages, Dawg Gone Davis isn’t pretentiously bragging about her giving back to the community or trying to sell you a self-righteous agenda. She’s just rapping, laughing and loving every minute of her life. With this kind of exuberant positive energy motivating her, it should come with no surprise to anyone that this multitalented woman not only beat a vicious cancer diagnosis almost half a decade ago but now is rapping that “Hey babies, don’t get carried away. Cancer took my boobs, now my tree don’t sway. I’m the cancer’s ironing board, and I cannot lie.” And hey, if that isn’t the definition of an Original Gangsta these days, then I honestly don’t know what is anymore.
Listen for “Butt on Fiya” to make its way onto specialty radio dials everywhere soon, and link up with Dawg Gone Davis online at her official Facebook page, facebook.com/rebecca.l.davis.948. To learn more about how you can help Operation Breakthrough continue to serve the children who need it most, visit their website as well at operationbreakthrough.org.