Civil TV: Doe Boy – “Welcome To My Neighborhood: Knowles Ave”
by Lupe LLerenas
Landing a deal with Future’s Freebandz label, Doe Boy has built a steady fan base with a consistent output of street-level braggadocio. Over the years, the East Cleveland-born rapper has delivered hit after hit, which has allowed him to evolve in tandem with the trap genre and its turbulent sonics.
The beneficiary of an early co-sign from trap pioneer Lex Luger, Doe Boy made his way into the rap game in 2010 with the debut mixtape. A 2012 follow-up, Boyz N Da Hood was quick to catch the ear of Atlanta own’s Future. Although a 2013 incarceration caused a significant break in his career, the prison-released Free Doe Boy kept the rapper’s name on the map while he served his sentence.
Returning to music in 2016, Doe Boy released his fifth project, Streetz Need Me. The project saw the rapper embrace autotune, frantic ad-libs, and circular flows to suit the faster-paced trap of the era. As he continued to construct his place within the styles of the late-2010s landscape, Doe Boy made his most prolific run to date, dropping the mixtapes In Freebandz We Trust 2, Codeine Confessions, 88 Birdz with TM88, No Worries, and The Bandprint between 2017 and 2018. Scoring one of his biggest hits to date with 2018’s “Walk Down,” the Knowles Ave rapper enlisted YG for its 2019 remix, which landed on his project Streetz Need Me 2. The release demonstrated his continued evolution of style, providing throwback anthems and contemporary cuts alike. After, he closed out 2019 with the brief EP 4 Piece. Then in 2020, he came back with his mixtape 56 Birdz and Demons R Us. Most recently, Doe Boy delivered his single “Covid-19.”
We recently hung out with Doe Boy for our latest episode of “Welcome To My Neighborhood” on #CivilTV. In this episode, he took around where he grew up in East Cleveland, Ohio as we visited several significant spots for him.
Check out our exclusive “Welcome To My Neighborhood” episode featuring Doe Boy and be sure to stay tuned for more!