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.