DeJ Loaf effortlessly manages singing and rapping while showcasing what she has to offer on "Sell Sole."
With a face often free of make-up and a childlike voice that delivers bars filled with tales of gun violence, come-p wishes, survival and tipsy nights off Hennessy, DeJ Loaf, the 23-year-old baby-faced rapper-singer, who hails from the East side of Detroit currently has everyone intrigued. Loaf garnered massive attention this summer with her hit single, âTry Me.â Although the DDS produced track is a huge part of the reason Loaf is no longer independent, she feels that âitâs not even close to being her best work. The new Columbia Records signee had co-signs from Drake, Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign and Oklahoma City power forward Kevin Durant before she even had a deal. During a recent interview with SooDetroit, when asked what people could expect on her next project, she responded,âFlavors! Iâll have a song thatâll make you cry, a song thatâll make you laugh, and a song thatâll make you dance.â
Insert Sell Sole, the Detroit rapperâs latest effort. The 13-track release opens up with âBird Call,â the song that caused DJ Whoo Kid to immediately hire Dan The Man to direct the video on spot. âNo magazine spreads/Couple funeral services/Time to clean the hood up/That community service/We ainât tippinâ no dancers/Yâall bitches be worthless/I might pull up to the club in like two of them suburbans,â she spits on the hook-less track. On the comedic track âProblemâ Loaf goes hard with punch lines, but delivers a premature flow. âI know what the problem is/Iâll find out where yo mama live and buy the crib/I donât got no kids/Iâm seedless/Baby you thirsty/you teethin,ââ she spits in typical hip-hop braggadocios form. Loaf finishes up her verse with direct sexual demands, âSo donât talk to me pussy/open up yo mouth/You gotta talk to this pussy/I be gone off that Hen/Might just offer you the pussy/So what/I make them gargle this pussy,â but donât expect to hear an entire mixtape following in the footsteps of her predecessors, Lil Kim, Trina and Foxy. Birdman and Young Thug appear on âBlood,â a melancholy song about loyalty and the death of her father and other loved ones. During her verse, she speeds up her typical gradual flow, which helps ease the pain of the track, on which she describes herself as ânumb.â
Loaf brings up the tape's energy with tracks like âOn My Ownâ and âWe Be On It,â where, like most rappers, she boasts about being self-made. Both tracks are capable of being club bangers. On âMe U Hennessyâ the âTry Meâ rapper slows things down a bit with a steamy one minute and 46 second taleÂ about intoxicated love-making. âCan we stay home tonight?/Try something new tonight/This drink got me feeling right/Iâm bout to lose my mind,â she raps in a sultry voice. The seductive track is the perfect segue into the motivational tracks that follow. On âNever,â a track lead by a piano with a dominate bass drum, Loaf sings to her fans about remaining steadfast while chasing their dreams. She follows that up with âEasy Love,â where she sings about a simple love. The track is like the rap version of Niveaâs 2005 title track âComplicated.â Remy Ma and Ty Dolla $ign help the newbie close out her mixtape with the official remix to âTry Me.â
Sell Sole is a good introduction to what DeJ Loaf has to offer, especially for those who have only heard of her because of "Try Me.: Itâs not filled with a myriad of features that outshine her efforts. She seamlessly displays her capability of rapping and singing without it being overkill. People will obviously attempt to compare her to other women rappers such as Nicki Minaj and Iggy Azalea, but thereâs honestly no comparison. So far, Loaf is in a lane of her own and can go toe-to-toe with her male counterparts. From her image to her content, Loaf is refreshing. Sheâs relatable (something which she said would be obvious on Sell Sole during our recent interview), and makes it easy to want to see what sheâs going to try next.Â