Capitalism X.O. Rapper meditates on making cash but keeping his soul.

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Standout Track: “I Got Doe,” a heavy and hazy rap treatise on commerce, purity, and death. Long burdened by Southern efficiency and Northern charm, D.C. hip-hop has struggled to find its own aesthetic, but “Doe” beatsmith AB the Producer breaks down the city’s natural go-go pocket into its rawest elements and rebuilds them around synth-heavy beats. Instead of riding the drums, X.O. adapts his flow to the rhythm of AB’s hard piano to unnerving effect.

Musical Motivation: The almighty dollar. The song’s titular refrain plays with typical hip-hop materialism, but X.O. dismantles its clichés by looking inwardly and claiming to have kept his soul. “That was the worm on the hook,” X.O. says. ”Materialistic shit sells, [but] you don’t have to lower your standards to get money.” The track continues with more baits and switches, as the 24-year-old Petworth-raised MC boasts about weed smoke and hood credibility while implicating individuals and the government for their less than noble monetary pursuits: “Hell has a face/America is its ski mask.”

Capitol Gains: “I Got Doe” is the lead single from X.O.’s forthcoming Capitalism, a loose concept record based on similar themes. Here, he spirals wordplay off in as many different directions as possible. “Capital is money, we earn capital,” he riffs. “Coincide that with the Nation’s Capitol, I’m from D.C., so the Capitol-is-him. Capitalize or capital lies.”

Our Readers Say

XO is getting better every time he steps in the booth. I've been a supporter since the Monumental mixtape and I've watched his progress. As a native Washingtonian, it makes me proud to see someone who takes their craft seriously. And as a fellow rapper, whos seen XO live and even shared the spotlight with him at Pure, I can honestly say dude is great at what he does. And much more important than his talent, his business mind will take him where he wants to be in life. I wish dude all the success he deserves. Btw: Got Doe cranks!
@Dizzy the punk:
Ditto to XO. I've seen XO put it down at Pure, too. The depth that he's acquired in just these two short years belies his age. If Jay-Z can still come out of retirement while pushing 40-something, it boggles the mind what XO will put out over the span of his career...
XO IS THE TRUTH, THE MAJORITY OF ARTIST ARE RAPPING FOR MONEY, HE SEES BEYOND THAT, AND KEEPS IT PURE TO THE ART FORM OF HIP HOP, XO DEFINITELY SHOULD BE EARNING CAPITAL WITH HIS MUSIC, AND SHOULD OF BEEN "MAINSTREAM", TRULY ONE OF THE FEW "MC'S" OUT HERE, AND HIS WORK ETHIC IS ADMIRABLE, AND LIKE HE SAID IN THE TRACK "I WANT IN", RAPPERS SELLING THEY SOUL FOR WEALTH AND IT AINT WORTH IT. (SINGING) IT'S BIGGER THAN MONEY IT'S BIGGER THAN THE CLOTHES,LOL!, THAT'S MY MAN RIGHT THERE! - X O BABY!

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