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Rap Song of the Week: Doechii and Rico Nasty Are “Swamp Bitches”

Plus, hear essential tracks from Benny the Butcher, Maxo, CLIP, and more

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Rico Nasty (photo by Kris Lori) and Doechii (photo by Christopher Parsons)
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    Rap Song of the Week breaks down your must-hear hip-hop tracks every Friday. Check out the full playlist here. This week, Doechii taps Rico Nasty for her new track “Swamp Bitches.”


    Doechii has been positioned to be the next one up from Top Dawg Entertainment after being chosen for the 2022 XXL Freshman Class. Boxing in the Tampa native as a rapper would be downplaying her talents, however, because she is just as comfortable with the flirtatious singing on tracks like her SZA collab “Persuasive” as she is with delivering hard-hitting bars on “Bitch I’m Nice.”

    Both tracks appear on Doechii’s new EP, she / her / black bitch, which opens with the Rico Nasty collaboration “Swamp Bitches.” In the most impressive display of her rapping skills to date, Doechii kicks the track off with snarling bars about her come-up (“Doechii bottom feeder to Doechii the Don Diva”) before switching to a higher vocal tone and ripping the beat to shreds with a motor-mouthed flow.

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    While paying tribute to forebears like fellow Floridian Trina and weaving in name-drops ranging from the Beatles and John Cena to Casio and SpaghettiOs, Doechii bounces off Kal Banx’s beat, which offers her the opportunity to breathe with sinister guitar breakdowns.

    It all serves as the perfect handoff for Rico. Following Doechii’s lead, the Maryland rapper embraces the opportunity to laser focus on her rhymes, popping off on haters with reckless abandon while taking a moment to enjoy the luxuries music has afforded her. Perhaps the best line is a humble brag of sorts: “Got heat wit’ the Rico, that bitch started singin’ like she was on Glee.”

    Though she / her / black bitch only contains five tracks — two of which were previously released as singles — the project is a strong display of the multi-faceted artistry that led to Doechii being signed to TDE. It’s also just enough to leave fans begging for more. Considering the pace at which she’s put out music since officially signing to TDE in March, they likely won’t have to wait too long for a full-length release.

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    Honorable Mentions:

    Benny the Butcher feat. Heem and Rick Hyde – “Times Is Rough”

    Black Soprano Family founder Benny the Butcher will always cast a long shadow over the group, but Heem and Rick Hyde put in an impressive showing on the DJ Premier-produced “Times Is Rough.” Heem’s less measured delivery provides a change of pace from Benny’s opening verse, while Hyde’s gravelly flow makes a strong impression while he closes out the track.

    Maxo feat. Pink Siifu – “48”

    Having already worked with The Alchemist, landing a Madlib beat is just another notch in Los Angeles rapper Maxo’s belt. Spitting vivid rhymes, he takes listeners on a journey through his past while reaching toward a better future. Pink Siifu comes through with a reflective verse of his own, admitting that he’s just trying to get his mind right like everyone else.

    CLIP – “FALL BACK”

    “FALL BACK” is built around a vocal sample from Gangsta Boo’s aggressive 2001 track “Hard Not 2 Kill,” but CLIP goes for a completely different vibe. Floating over dreamy production by Sachy, the New York-based rapper expresses her exasperation with men who “don’t know how to act” in an almost detached flow that still manages to convey her frustration.

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    REASON feat. The Game – “IMPALAS & HYDRAULICS”

    Producer Supah Mario provides his own twist on G-funk with icy synths and a catchy whistle on “IMPALAS & HYDRAULICS,” laying the foundation for REASON to channel his West Coast upbringing with sharp lines referencing Dickies and Chucks. The Game is a natural fit for the track, offering up yet another reminder his skills as a rapper haven’t faded.

    $NOT – “Immaculate”

    Featuring light, airy production and a laidback flow, “Immaculate” is a different look for $NOT. Taking a moment to slow down and process his emotions, the Florida rapper tries to dig himself out of a dark hole. Initially trusting no one but himself, $NOT raps about his most self-destructive qualities before remembering “Haitians and all of my Asians” that have his back.


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