After releasing his 2019 mixtape Streets Need Me 2, which included a fistful of features (Young Thug, Gunna, and YG) and comedic skits narrated by Mike Epps, Doe Boy has become a promising star on Future’s FREEBANDZ imprint.
Raised in Cleveland, Doe Boy’s harrowing experiences in the streets molded his rap career. His menacing delivery and shifty wordplay caught the eye of Future and allowed him to partner with premier acts in the hip-hop production world, for joint projects such as 56 Birdz with DJ Esco and his forthcoming effort Demons R Us with Southside.
Last Friday (Oct. 2), Doe Boy teamed up with the latter for the single “YESSIRSKI,” which showcased their explosive chemistry together on the track. Get to know Doe Boy below, as he touches on his friendship with Future, and how Demons R Us with Southside came together.
1. What’s the first piece of music that you bought for yourself, and what was the medium?
I think the first piece of music I bought was a Bow Wow CD when I was kid.
2. What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen happen in the crowd of one of your sets?
Craziest thing I seen was somebody I didn’t let come to Rolling Loud with me and my gang. So he bought a ticket and drove down on his own. I jumped in the crowd and saw him in there. I almost dropped my mic and died laughing.
3. What’s your karaoke go-to?
I don’t do karaoke. So I’m not sure anymore, but when I was a kid, it was “Hate It Or Love It” by [The Game and 50 Cent].
4. What movie, or song, always makes you cry?
I don’t necessarily be crying, but “Lonely Child” by YoungBoy puts me in my feelings.
5. What’s one thing that even your most devoted fans don’t know about you?
They don’t know I’m really a generous person. Everybody thinks I’m evil, but I’m actually cool as hell.
6. If you were not a musician, what would you be?
If I couldn’t be a rapper, I would be in the streets.
7. What’s one piece of advice you would give to your younger self?
These n—-s ain’t your friends and they don’t love as much as you think. I was so ready to risk my life and die for some people who wouldn’t do the same.
8. What was the first concert you saw?
A 50 Cent concert my mom took me to.
9. What did your parents do for a living when you were a kid?
My mom helped my uncles sell drugs.
10. What made you realize you could be an artist full-time?
When I start seeing how much money you can really get out of this rap sh-t.
11. What’s at the top of your professional bucket list?
12. How did your hometown/city shape who you are?
It made me solid. I’m built different than all these people in the industry. I really come from what they pretend to be so bad.
13. What’s the last song you listened to?
“Right Foot Creep” by YoungBoy.
14. If you could see any artist in concert, dead or alive, who would it be?
Nobody. I seen everybody I wanted to see perform already.
15. Talk about your friendship with Future, and the best advice he’s given you.
That’s my favorite brother, and one of the few people I actually listen to. He gave me a lot of game. The best advice he gave me is “Never give up.”
16. What made you and DJ Esco link up together for 56 Birdz?
He pulled up to the studio with a beat for me and I did the song. It came out so hard we just said fuck it, let’s do a whole project.
17. You had a lot of cameos like Trippie Redd, Lil Yachty and MGK for your “Split It” video. How did the idea come together during quarantine?
One of my guys that I work close with helped me come up with the idea. It was actually a lot easier to get done than I expected.
18. What was your favorite moment from the Legendary Nights Tour with Meek and Future?
When I came out for “100 Shooters” with them every night. Especially right before I get brought out, getting my ear piece and stuff put on back stage, made me feel like a real rapper.
19. Who has been your favorite artist to work with in the studio?
My n—a Babyface Ray from Detroit.
20. How did you and Southside link up for your upcoming album Demons R Us?
This project been overdue. Me and him been rocking with each other since I was like 15. I just finally decided to actually pull up on him and get it done. We recorded it in like a week.