If there is an artist to watch these days, it has to be Doechii. Born Jaylah Hickmon, the 23-year-old rapper has gained popularity since she released her single “Persuasive” in March 2022. Doechii has already collected 48.2 million US streams of her songs, as reported by Billboard.
His talent in the recording booth and on stage did not go unnoticed. She is listened to by some of the most important figures. Barack Obama included “Persuasive” in his roundup of the 2022 summer playlist. The single also caused a sensation in the music industry. SZA recently jumped on a remix of the hit single. “I love the way it interacts with music and you can just hear it inside, all the time,” Doechii told NME on SZA. “It’s something I strive for and I think that’s what every artist wants: we really want to bring out the purest form of our emotions.”
Learn more about the up and coming artist below as we prepare for the release of Doechii’s she / she / black bitch The EP drops Friday.
He had his big break in 2020 with “Yucki Blucky Fruitcake”
Although Doechii has been releasing music for the past six years, his big break can be attributed to the release of “Yucki Blucky Fruitcake”. Released in 2020, the song exploded on TikTok.
“I did ‘Yucky Blucky Fruitcake’ for myself and knew that with everything I put into that song – my heart and soul – it was going to be a game changer,” Doechii told NME. “It was reflected in my real life and my career; personally and musically. Before, I just wanted to make a good song: something that I liked and that my friends liked, and that people thought was interesting. When I did that, I was like, I’m going to try and make a song for my inner child. If it wasn’t for that girl, I wouldn’t even be where the fuck I am now. When I wrote that song, it was all about her. “
He has always had a passion for music
Growing up in Tampa, Florida, Doechii knew she was passionate about the arts from an early age. She took her to the Howard W. Blake School of the Arts in sixth grade. “I didn’t know how to read music yet, but they accepted me because I had a strong voice,” she told Vulture. “I’ve never really been to class. I was alone in the rehearsal rooms playing the piano, reviewing the songs of the classical choir, dancing. I did everything but be in class. ”Doechii had planned to become a professional choral singer until one of her friends gave her the idea to start producing and releasing her own music online.
Has a contract with TDE
In March 2022, Doechii signed a contract with Top Dawg Entertainment. She joined a roster of artists that includes Kendrick Lamar, SZA and Schoolboy Q. Getting a call from TDE was unexpected for Doechii. “I always thought I was going to be independent all my life, but if I ever wanted to sign for a label, it had to be TDE,” she told NME. After she was signed, she went on to release songs like “Crazy” and “Persuasive”.
She is a talented theater performer
Doechii has attracted the attention of both fans and her peers after performing at some of the best awards shows and events. She this year she performed on stage with Isaiah Rashad at Coachella. She stunned the audience when she appeared as a musical guest Tonight’s show with Jimmy Fallon in May 2022. She also took the stage at this year’s ESSENCE Festival of Culture to perform her smash hit “Persuasive”.
It’s also impossible not to mention her performance at the 2022 BET Awards, where she drove the crowd crazy as she tore off her wig mid-performance. “I only had a few days to get ready,” she told Vulture about her set at the awards show. “I learned the dance the day before -” I feel like I’m moving so fast “.
It was included in XXL “Freshman class 2022”
Doechii joined the roster of iconic hip-hop artists to be included in the magazine’s “Freshman Class” list. She has appeared alongside KayCyy, Saucy Santana and Babyface Ray, just to name a few. Past artists who have been included on the list are Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, Ty Dolla $ ign, 21 Savage, Denzel Curry and Megan Thee Stallion.
It is inspired by some of the best current artists
Doechii shared who inspires her when it comes to music. Nicki Minaj was the first to inspire her to become a rapper. “I wrote my first song when I was in sixth grade. I knew this girl who was a huge fan of Nicki Minaj, “he told NME.” She put me on Nicki Minaj and I was immediately hooked and I wanted to start a band. I wanted to rap, so I wrote my first song and we had it. done at a talent show, and we won!
He also considers Kanye West, Tyler, The Creator, Beyonce, Lauryn Hill and Outkast as artists who inspired his music. “These are artists who are the most honest, the most creative and I’m really inspired by them. They gave me the courage to do what I’m doing right now, ”she added.
His fourth EP is expected to be released in August 2022
In May 2022, Doechii shared that he was adding the finishing touches to his next album. The release is scheduled for Friday 5 August according to recent tweet by the artist. “The album is in an interesting place right now: I’m in this space where I have great songs and I could release an album right now, but in my heart, I don’t feel like it’s finished yet,” he said earlier. to NME. “I’m still writing new music at the same time as I reinforce the songs I already have.”
Photo credit: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 26: Doechii poses in the press room during the 2022 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 26, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Robin L Marshall / Getty Images for BET)