Doughboyz Cashout Inspire a New Detroit Sound

In the early morning hours of June 11, 1805, a fire began that burned down Detroit: population 600. The residents chose to rebuild and the event became a symbol of a new beginning in Detroit and is where the city gets its motto: Speramus Meliora: Resurgent Cineribus which translates to, “We hope for better days, it shall arise from its ashes.”

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And since that fateful day, Detroit has been in what seems like a perpetual cycle of burning itself down and rebuilding. The recent bankruptcy filing by the state-appointed Emergency Manager made national headlines as Detroit becomes the first major municipality to make such a filing. While the city government is ridden with debt, the people of the city remain hopeful for what most believe will be a triumphant comeback.

In recent years, it has been hip-hop artists carrying the legacy of “The D,” on their backs, or more likely, on their fitted Tigers caps. From the Eminem era came D12, Royce Da 5’9″ and more. They represented the “Detroit Hip-Hop” scene immortalized in 8 Mile and known for battle prowess and lyrical dexterity.

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Meanwhile, another sect of lesser-known rap artists were also making music, the Detroit street sound was embodied by the Eastside Chedda-Boyz, Big Herk, Tone-Tone, the Street Lord’z; rap crews more likely to be rapping about money, hoes, and clothes. One rapper, however, was the most well-known. A boss of bosses, born into a family of hustlers, he had an enigmatic personality and made street music for flashy Detroit players. The life and murder of Blade Icewood inspired of a generation of rappers who too liked to talk about living the flashy, hustler lifestyle that Detroit is known for. “Blade was just a real street guy, and he was living what he rapped about,” says Rikavel, owner of Seven Mile Records, “Doughboyz Cashout are basically what he was then…now.”

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Blade Icewood greatly influenced a new generation of street sound rappers, most notably Doughboyz Cashout, the newest signees to CTE World, the label owned and operated by Young Jeezy. The relationship with Jeezy and Detroit is a close one. From his loose affiliation with Big Meech, to his street hustler sound that resonates with the city, he is practically an Honorary Detroiter. He shut down the city’s Summer Jamz this year, and in fact, his name was jokingly tossed around during a recent Mayoral primary. So, when he signed the hottest group of rappers out of the city this summer, he came close to being crowned king. “The best thing about working with Jeezy,” says Kid, “is just working with him. Being around him.”

Doughboyz Cashout started out as two cliques of popular kids in two different high schools. Known for their flashy clothes, shoes, and Cartier glasses, the Doughboyz and the Cashout Rich Ni**as, were well-known in their westside neighborhoods, “We was just popular, known for dressing and taking girls, and s**t,” explains Payroll, “Then we started rapping.” The merger of the two crews into one resulted in their unique name, Doughboyz Cashout or DBCO, and their raps quickly gained popularity in high schools and barber shops. The sheer size of their crew, now 20-something’s in age, makes people question who exactly is in the group, but the four main rappers are Payroll, Kid, Big Quis, and Doughboy Dre.

On the new CTE Mixtape, Boss Your Life Up Gang (#BYLUG), dropping today (Aug. 13), the Detroit spitters are featured on several songs including, “Chris Paul,” featuring Young Jeezy, a slow almost soulful song about…ballin’, of course. The hook “I ball hard/Chris Paul bi**hes/gold neck, gold wrist/call me Cristal ni**as/Alexander McQueen/Christian Louboutin dreams/from the bottom to the top of the world with a triple beam.” The DBCO crew can be counted on to talk about ballin’, but they also have some deep songs too, they played one for us that isn’t on BYLUG called, “Panamera,” a cautionary tale about a young boy who should be dreaming big, but all he really wants is a nice car. “Young kids are going crazy in Detroit,” they explain, “robbing people, shooting people. This is for them.”

It’s too early to predict what effect the national attention of Doughboyz Cashout will be on their hometown. It seems like their influence is already spreading, they have a popular clothing line and steady promotional events. But, they seem confident, “We are the new Detroit sound.”

Boss Your Life Up Gang mixtape will be released today (Aug. 13) DatPiff at 3pm.

  • Thomas Smith

    if your the “New Sound” of Detroit, I’d rather listen to J Dilla and slum village old shit all day…..smmfh bullshit music or garbage

  • Fokie Bourne

    Allhiphop this is not a SOUND this shit is trash. There’s no talent involved with this shit no subject matter. The beats also suck. All the dope Detroit niggas that have came and gone and you chose to single out dopeboyz cashout????

    • king joe

      im from Detroit bro, but I truly respect you for that real shit you said cuz there is a lot of folks with more substance and lyrical content from DETROIT!

  • Guest

    Folks have NO soul!! Some music is just universally good, as artists, they’re not half bad at all, but folks saying the beat aint hard must’ve gone nuts. That beat is smooth and soulful, shit is raw.

    • ItGoesDownINtheDM

      its loses its soul once jeezy spits these bars lol gold neck, gold wrist/call me Cristal ni**as/Alexander McQueen/Christian
      Louboutin dreams/from the bottom to the top of the world with a triple
      beam ………………. come on son !! top of the world with a triple beam lol smh lol leave up to jeezy he’d turn everyone to cokes heads so he could fill his pockets lol

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  • JEDI

    Nobody respect this music but hoodrats and simple minded nigs. GTFO not even hating but this is not good music

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  • eric clay chenault

    Wow,,, Detroiters really iz the Most Hated!!! This Shit Bangs people! !!
    Visit the hood,, This is what it sounds like,,, reality rap,,, Stop it!!! (hoe’s)

  • I like these dudes.Their not straight trash rappers making music about money.they are bringing a sound of the detroit streets back.Every city has a more simple street music.I put their skills up against Waka,French,and a lot of street based rappers.This beat smooth.Song is cool

  • Black Exodus

    I thought we were at the apex of change? I thought that more lyrical substance was the name of the game now? I thought the wave of this “type” of lyrical heroin was becoming fossilized? I thought, I thought, I thought. I really don’t expect anything less from Jezzy, his career is made up of this and he’s searching high and low for these types of artist . But I know there is a group of young Detroit spitters…that can rep their hood and at the same time bring relevancy and awe to the game, not just shock value. So much shock value out there that we have devalued the music and message. As a huge media’s time for “YOU” To take responsibility about was becomes the new “IT” music. Just my opinion, but sometimes feel this music has be about more than getting a check! Many Blessing to Doughboyz Cashout, I’m SURE they will be force fed down your throats!

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  • LetsBeRealpeople

    I bet if Jay Z did the same project/sound, y’all would be betwixt his A$$B@LLConnector, saying he was the God.

    For those of you who have been calling sh$t-sh$t, iSalute!

    Its just funny what ma’fa hype and what they trash on this site.
    How much of these comments are for real?
    If these brudes say they are this ish, then so the f’ck be it. That’s on them. AAH gave them press. The check is still coming.

    As whole, mainstream is fair market. Hip Hop is sold at Taco Bell prices. You expecting a (lyrical) Hip Hop Revolution off of one lyric that launched last week, and get panty bunched at group in Detroit who say they the be-all. 16 years and counting- Hip Hop mainstream has been spineless and trashy with a few redeeming moments smacked in-between. Stay mad or stop downloading. You want better quality as a consumer? Then stop giving spare changers hand-outs.

  • brotha_man

    i like these cats, but i thought these dudes were westcoast cats, by the way the sound.

    • Apollo Showtime

      Get the CalTroit mixtape…explains Detroit’s sound, we are Motown…which influenced the soul of West Coast gangsta rap…MidWest and West Coast Connection fam!

      • brotha_man

        Will do, thanks

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  • @Real_SirJamie

    Dam looks like the people have spoken! I dreamed for the day people would WAKE UP and stop liking BS like this. People are FINALLY getting tired of the stereotype??? GOOD. WE NEED MORE. LET’S START BOYCOTTING THIS NONSENSE.

  • Adam Austin

    lol u nerds just hate music that real people actually listen to. Do you think real people in detroit all love battle rap and listen to slum village all day? You are probably the same people who think little brother and cunnilynguists is the best southern hip hop.

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  • Remi

    yes AHH …. This is the kinda sh*t i wanna be reading about on your website… nobody cares about who is fu*king who and all the other BS on this site.. DBCO has already blown up in detroit. now #itsthaworld

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