Kash Doll’s story is the foundation of her debut album, Stacked, as the Detroit-bred mc takes her audience through a ride of struggle, relationships and fortune.
Kash Doll might not be a certified star yet, but she’s most definitely climbing the stairs to be considered one of the more memorable women in hip-hop for seasons to come. As she jokingly stated that she was pregnant and gave birth to a baby – her debut album – there was some truth to the struggle leading up to this day.
Let’s be clear. There’s no baby Kash on the way. There is a heavy that comes with expectation. Not just for a hip-hop artist, but any creative that displays their ideas and interpretations to the public. Arkeisha Knight was not just gifted the respect now commands, nor is this her first strike at a hit. “Run me my money” and “For Everybody” are two tracks alone that have assisted in building her blooming fame and fortune.
Stacked arrives as a proper greeting to a game that has forgotten who Kash Doll is and who she came to be.
Kash takes her audience on a journey from the opening track, “KD Diary”. Produced by Soundz and Nellz, the album’s introduction presents the Detroit-bred rapper as she explains the journey from her valleys to the mountain in front of everyone right now. “My intentions were so good / did it all for a dream / Signed some papers to a N*&&@ / only knew for a week” conveys a time in her life when Kash Doll’s creative release to public domain was on pause.
Artists thrive from their ability to produce a massive amount of content for their audience’s catalog and it was almost crippling to her buzz when she was unable to stream new work. “I look better than what I been through” blares almost in perfect cohesion in the album’s second song “Ready Set” featuring Big Sean.
It’s a feel-good vibe that feels like a celebration. In raw-Kash fashion, she and Detroit’s own collaborate for another guaranteed spinner that relays that the product is far more beautiful than the process.
There is a charming arrogance that underlines much of the album, but that’s one of the characteristics that draw fans to the Keisha vs. Kash Doll rapper. “It’s big Kashy ‘bout to pull up with them rackies” encompasses the braggadocious personality that comes with Kash Doll in titles like “Mobb’n” and “So Amazing” where the Detroit doll raps about imported footwear, making girlfriends jealous and dragging them if there is a hint of disrespect involved.
Kash’s lyrics aren’t all glasscutters. She teams up with Teyana Taylor for “Feel Something” where surprisingly, Kash Doll longs for someone to shares her lavish life with. Even alongside Summer Walker in “No Lames”, she’s admonishing the subpar men women subject themselves to the plight of their chase and their bag. Something the Detroit rapper would never allow.
Lyrically Kash Doll more than compensates for the wait as she commands your attention amongst features from a wordsmith like Lil’ Wayne in “Kitten”. Landing a co-sign like that through social media is a testament to the times we are operating in and Kash’s drive to make things happen – by any means necessary. Her evolution is obvious.
There are tales that swarm the hip-hop industry of artists who were swallowed whole by the hustle. Kash Doll could have stopped and gone back to the club. She could have used her $50,000 down payment to her legal team on materials that were instantly gratifying. Jewelry. A car.
It was the first step to the rest of her musical future and Stacked is a testament that the investment was lucrative.