What is Chiraq? The city’s top daily newspapers rarely tell it how it is from the people’s perspectives. Over 500 murders afflicted the Chi in 2012. To many onlookers, it’s just a number. But there are actually names and faces behind those statistics, in addition to pain and anguish suffered by loved ones. It is best to get an honest accurate account of the hell occurring in Chicago from its urban community reporters- the rappers. The stories told from the South Side’s Hip Hop acts are haunting, but brutally honest. S. Dot is one such reporter on ground zero hailing from the 600 set. Dot doesn’t hold a bachelor or masters degree from a so-called prestigious university. But he does hold a doctorate in street smarts. And it takes a lot of it to survive the South Side’s gritty streets and some of its crooked inhabitants. Dot possesses a lot of street wits and swagger on his newly released DJ Bandz-hosted project. He doesn’t waste no time letting listeners know the streets can get real in his tape’s opening track. And oh yeah, you can call him Dotarachi.
A lot of people are only accustomed to losing a family member in old age. Dot has lost several friends to the streets or prison before they even reached age 21 and their prime. This includes DThang, Lil Steve, Baldy and L’A Capone.
Dot is stressed as he raps, “I can’t think right cause they done took my n-ggas and they done booked my n-ggas.”
Dotarachi is pessimistic about whether his community will ever change, rapping, “To tell the truth, this street sh-t will never end/They take one of ours, we take ten of theirs/Free my lil bro nine, he got in the jam/My uncle (Ron?) lost his case, he back in the feds/Front line, my n-ggas on front line/And we always out when it’s war time/And I’m from Chiraq where the young die/Whole lotta man downs, lotta gunfire.”
But Dot holds on to hope because he wants his children to have it better than him.
“And I pray I get out this sh-t, so my little boy ain’t gotta live life like this,” he raps.
Dotarachi’s lyrical ability cannot and should not be denied. Dot hushes haters and makes believers out of doubters by going crazy on the bars in track two.
Dot goes cray for his squad, rapping, “Pull up on opps, hollows and mops and you know we got llamas out/Tweaking with squad, boy you be better try taking Obama out/Dotarachi, I’m hot, squad sh-t this year, I’m bringing the summer out/Ain’t sh-t changed, I still gang bang/Sell dope out my momma house.”
S. Dot aka Dotarachi recorded a battle drum record to assemble his 600 squad. But his DJ L-produced track “Wit Da S----” featuring Tay 600 also doubles as a hot party record for listeners to body rock to.
Dotarachi raps, “Slide through my hood, better not be throwing up sh*t/On that opp sh*t, gon get your car flipped/Riding in that foreign, I be on some boss sh*t/them boys talking bout they want war, man stop the nonsense.”
Tay 600 raps, All black, that’s my gear when I play in that gang way/Step out in all white like a n***a that slang yay/Leaning off a six and I just smoke four zips/Why she on my d*ck if she supposed to be your b*tch.
DJ L again lends his production assistance to Dot’s “32 Barz.” Dot proves once again why he is a monster on the mic, rapping, “Dotarachi, I still shine, I ain’t even got on my diamonds/They like Dot, he so hot, man why nobody ain’t sign him?”
Money will forever be the motive for those in the Hip Hop community. S. Dot is no exception. The 600 rapper keeps “Racks” on him just like he keeps his strap. It’s a necessity.
S. Dot warns against sneak dissers. It could potentially be bad for someone else’s health. Dot lays out the side effects of “Sneak Dissin,” rapping “All that sneak dissing, you get man downed/Ain’t no talking, catch him in traffic, got his head down/Don’t need no hitters, I keep that 30, I ain’t playing around.”
S. Dot slows it down midway through his tape on track seven.
Every thug needs love from a down a-- b-tch. Dreezy holds it down for her street soldier S. Dot in their collaborative single “Ride For Me.”
S. Dot lays out the qualifications of a down a--, rapping, “She hold it down me/She gon ride for me/She say Dot don’t lie to me/She know I gotta woman on the side of me/She ain’t tripping on my guys with me/She see a opp and let it ride for me.”
Dreezy meets all of Dot’s qualifications, She promises to ride for her guy, rapping, “He know I’m a ride like a hitchhiker/Name another b-tch with a cl-t tighter/Catch him with a h--, I turn into a fistfighter/Pull up with my own weed and a bic lighter.”
A lot of people claim to have more buzz than they actually do. Dot, on the other hand, can merch his clout. But he doesn’t even need to say a word. He let the dead presidents in his pocket do all the talking. Dot makes “Noise” in the streets, rapping, “Ball so motherf-cking hard, I think I need a ref or something/Yall say yall team making noise, then I must be deaf or something.”
Dot slows it back down for ladies.
Dotarachi ain’t selfish. He was raised a gentleman and will gladly await his turn while he lets a respectable lady “C-- 1st.”
Dot asserts himself as master in the bedroom, rapping, “Legs up, lights out/She hit my line tryna get piped down/Give me a minute, on my way right now/I hit the door ripping off her night gown/I can tell you want it right now/We going at it, you would think it’s fight round.”
Beware of the “Deep End.” There are warning signs in front of it for all to see. This area is where the wolves and lions roam. Only the strong survive on S. Dot’s end as he raps, “Chiraq, my city cold like anemic/Better bring your gun cause you gon need it/Smoking by myself, I’m on some me sh-t/I just poured a four, I feel decent.”
Dot linked with the Prince Dre of O’Block to terrorize the neighborhood. The two make their presence known “In Dis B-tch.” S. Dot has his arsenal on point, rapping, “We got choppers, we got 30s, we got uzis in this b-tch/Fire em up, lots a clips, shoot a movie in the b-tch.”
L’A Capone coined the phrase “3 Much.” Dot is continuing his bro’s legacy with a song titled after the popular phrase. Dot again obtained the production talents of DJ L to show why he’s just “3 much” for rival artists. Dot spazzes out, rapping, “I told them bro, I’ma murder this sh-t/Rondo in cuts with 30s and clips/911 emergency sh-t/All about cash, that currency sh-t/Go hard for L’A, I’ma bury this sh-t.”
Dot revealed he and OTF NuNu had recorded a track shortly before the “At The Top” rapper’s demise. We hear classic NuNu in this track. It’s like he never left.
Dotarachi’s final track on this tape is fitting.
Dot is set on reaching his prime moment in life. He is chasing his “Dreams” and will be damned if anyone attempts to stop him. He can’t go at this point.
Dot outdid himself on this project. There are only a few projects we’ve regarded as potential classics and this is one of them. The flows and production on “Call Me Dotarachi” were on point. THP was the go to producer on much of this project. The chemistry between Dot’s flows and THP’s beats was a perfect mesh. Dot and THP could possibly be one of the hottest rapper/producer combos in the game next to Drake and 40; Dre and Snoop; YG and DJ Mustard; and Mannie Fresh and Juvenile. In my opinion, there are no skip-throughs on this tape. According to Dot, the South Side is cutthroat. Dot broke down hustling and Chiraq streets in this project. The streets ain’t a game and Dot isn’t either. I bet both the industry and the underground will be hearing more of S Dot’s name. When the rap game gets more familiar wih Dot, they’ll refer to him as Dotarachi.
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