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David Dallas (feat. Freddie Gibbs) - “Caught in a Daze”
For the past week I’ve been putting in some serious plays on The Rose Tint, the recently released mixtape of emcee David Dallas. Haven’t heard of him? Well, there’s a good chance that you might quite soon. Though his name is Dallas, the dude isn’t from Texas, instead, he hails from a far-off and mythical land known as “New Zealand,” and honestly, if the rest of NZ rap sounds anywhere as polished as this record then I need to take a trip. Over the past few years Dallas had been turning some heads in NZ with his previous records, and managed to catch the ear of the dudes at Duck Down Records, the house that Buckshot built. The heads at the label liked what Dallas was doing and quickly signed him.
Now, while Dallas is on the roster of a label well-known for it’s hardcore, crazy-as-hell artists, some of whom are so badass that they would stick their dick in the dry earth to prove how serious they are when they exclaim “fuck the world,” Dallas takes his own path, as the lyrics on The Rose Tint main concern his continual struggle to make it big. But listening to this one, it sounds like he’s already at the top.
Dallas is a pretty decent rhymer, but the production on the record, provided by a duo known as Fire & Ice, nearly steals the show. The beats on The Rose Tint are very seductive, with an air of opulence about them. There are several songs on The Rose Tint which seem to be custom-made for evening vibes at home in a breathtaking Manhattan penthouse, with the lights low, a bottle of the finest bubbly just in reach, and a pretty young thang by your side.
Take this one for example. Featuring our old friend Freddie “Gangsta” Gibbs, “Caught in a Daze” swings with the best of them, a real playboyish “scuse-me-while-I-cruise-the-streets-in-my-Maybach” affair, even though Dallas is rhyming about trying to make the most of life even though he doesn’t have a lot, and Freddie is rhyming about getting his and murking fools. It’s the soundtrack to success.