“Darkest Hour” from rapper DawgGone Davis (featuring Chago G Williams)
When I think of the phrase “darkest hour” I conjure up images of war-torn society, crumbling buildings or even the plot in an 80s action movie where all hope seems to have been lost. It’s the song “Darkest Hour” from rapper DawgGone Davis featuring Chago G Williams that enlightens the mood. This song might not be a game-changer, but it’s definitely worth the time.
Some of the key ingredients to DawgGone Davis’ rap style are personality, personality, personality and oh, personality. She leaves enough room between the words in her lyrical lines to drive a semi-truck, but somehow manages to flow like a beatboxer. She sounds like she’s lived a few experiences, she has a hoarseness in her voice that comes with age. Within her sound is a little spring step, like a boing. The pulses in her flow is like a slow sweating to the oldies’ squat pulse. It burns and shapes up those hamstrings. When DawgGone Davis jumps the line with been a long slide down to this stricken hour, her mental health spiraling is conveyed seamlessly within the moody music, a popping, rambunctious bed. The medley happening underneath DawgGone Davis is further palpable once guitarist Romain Duchein struts his electric guitar through the sonic wall.
Duchein climbs his way into the track with vibrancy and fast-fingered temperament. Eddie Van Halen, step aside. Yeah, Duchein’s riff that sends shockwaves through this track. In its wake, rapper Williams steps in, delivering a jarring rendition of like a waging war, stuck in the darkest hour, with no lights at all, who cares if we fail, we’re stuck in the darkest day. His voice is stalwart. It’s like he’s Biggy Smalls and Rhymesayers’ Brother Ali warped into one being. The tempo increases when he’s around, prompting the listener to feel the beat even more. He’s transfixing and levels out the chaos in the music bed, wraps together the entire package. He’s the bind in this novella. The glue. DawgGone Davis can at times be aloof and off-center in her storytelling, but Duchein and Williams’ are the compass to “Darkest Hour”. They keep the train moving and on the tracks.
DawgGone Davis, or Rebecca, is based in Kansas City, Missouri. For the past two years, she’s been dropping tracks including “Weight of the World”, “Middle Age Woman-Hip Hop Style”, “Judge Not Rap Yes” and “Baby I Have Words”. She’s even charted a handful of times on the independent European charts. Williams hails from Long Beach, California. Duchein can also be heard on DawgGone Davis’ “Baby I Have Words” and “Judge Not Rap Yes”. I plan on exploring DawgGone Davis’ tribute to the legendary Neil Diamond, too. I’m sure that’s a listening experience worthy of epic proportions. “Darkest Hour” tips the scale favorably. It’s one of those songs that isn’t top of mind, but in the time of need, it comes ready to do good. DawgGone Davis shoots and scores with her winding tale of conquering fear and choosing light over darkness. Love over hate.
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