Indianapolis’ Dose may not be on your radar yet, but he should be from now on. One of the many acts that impressed at the third annual Chreece festival, the versatile emcee first caught my ear with his contributions to Musical Family Tree’s 2015 hip-hop EP in a Weekend. In the time that’s passed since then, Dose has grown into one of Indy’s most exciting young rappers, as he proves with his latest Birth EP.
From start to finish, Birth is loaded with bangers, beginning with the EP’s opening track “Stress.” “This life that we live/It’s just too much stress,” sings Dose, introducing listeners to the vibey song’s irresistible hook. In the following track, “FCK THE CITY UP,” Dose kicks it into trap mode, calling upon fellow Indianapolis emcee Mula Kkhan for a verse. More trap follows on “Play Money,” as Dose presents listeners with another golden hook. “Mama said this shit won’t happen overnight / I just wanna play with the money right,” he sings, before eventually bringing on Indianapolis rapper Swan for a verse. And on the EP’s title track, he returns to a grooving, old-school style, giving fans a song that belongs in a sexy action movie scene.