Coming out of Kankakee with a bruising attitude and an appealing rasp in his voice, Doodie Lo has the versatility to become the next Only The Family rapper to break into the mainstream. Allowing himself to introduce himself, Doodie Lo shares Big Doodie Lo, a debut mixtape that paints a vivid picture of the rapper and where he comes from. A veteran in the streets since his early teens, the up-and-coming rapper is an expert tough talker, attacking the beat on street anthems like “Bodies” and “Killing You” with thudding force. He’s much more than just muscle, though, allowing his vulnerability to shine through with a gently melodic flow on songs like his origin story “Growing Up,” which recounts his evolution from football to the streets to potential rap stardom.
The new mixtape benefits from the influence of the late King Von, Doodie’s close friend and confidante, who Doodie credits for helping him develop the confidence to strike out on his own. The mixtape is home to “Me & Doodie Lo,” an energetic collab between Von and Doodie that originally appeared on OTF’s Loyal Bros compilation (and racked up over 8 million YouTube views), in which the legendary O-Block native gives Mr. Kankakee an enthusiastic co-sign. Doodie Lo returns the favor with mixtape highlight “Von Flow,” in which he emulates the propulsive rhyming pattern that Von used in many of his hits and tells a crazy story of his own.
The tape also rolls out the red carpet for some of the biggest names in street rap. In addition to Doodie’s OTF brother Lil Durk, who lends his golden voice to “Alone,” the mixtape finds Doodie Lo dueting with Moneybagg Yo on the plaintive “Don’t Worry,” and joining forces with Pooh Shiesty on the pugilistic recent single “Bodies” (1.9 million YouTube views). With additional appearances from BIG30 and Yung Mal, Big Doodie Lo is available to stream everywhere via Only The Family / EMPIRE.
Along with the mixtape, Doodie Lo shares “Don’t Worry,” a new music video featuring Moneybagg Yo. With dramatic pianos, twangy guitars, and wailing saxophone, the new song finds Doodie Lo speaking on his paranoia, and detailing some of the habits he’s developed to dull the pain. No stranger to substances, Moneybagg Yo comes through with his typical gravitas and street wisdom. In the video [VIDEO COPY],
A close associate of Lil Durk with a growing fanbase in the midwest, Doodie Lo hails from Kankakee, a small city 30 minutes outside of Chicago. He has contributed several standout tracks to OTF compilation tapes, including “Hang Out” ft. Memo600, from 2019’s Family Over Everything. The artist had his coming out party earlier this year with his contributions to Loyal Bros, including “Took Down,” his collaboration with Memphis rapper BIG30 that racked up over 1.6 million video views, “Street Raised Me,” which connected him with Booka600, and most significantly, “Me And Doodie Lo.”
With the full support of Lil Durk and a strong debut mixtape under his belt, Doodie Lo looks to establish himself as the next midwest street rapper to blow. Given all that he’s already overcome, it would not be wise to bet against him.
Buy/Stream Big Doodie Lo: https://music.empi.re/
Watch “Don’t Worry” ft. Moneybagg Yo: https://youtu.be/kCm_
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