Dowrong & Eric Dingus
Last Texas Platters of 2014
Reviewed by Kahron Spearman, Fri., Dec. 26, 2014
Dowrong & Eric DingusThe Dowrong EP (Dream Sequence Records)
As prelude and dedication, "The Last Time I Saw You" features a voicemail from LaDerrick Torry, Dowrong's (LaDarrian Torry) late father. Armed with Eric Dingus' ominous production, the League of Extraordinary Gz rapper minces no words about his stance: "Ain't give a fuck since the day they killed my daddy/ Beef? I'll grill your patty." You believe his claims on "9mm," yet understand the aggression may be a coping mechanism. Standout track "Believe It" warns potential enemies with an almost UK grime flow: "You don't see me angered/ I was raised by killas and gangstas." The young lion sounds seasoned, confidently roaring over tracks. While Dingus and Dowrong make an ideal match, the 11-track EP bloats, which leads to a lack of topical diversity as well as problematic mixing. Nevertheless, the MC underlines life's lack of equity with stark promise: "From death comes life."