For the latest entry in our Conversations With interview series, HYPEBEAST linked up with Asian Doll to discuss her definition of what it means to be “Icy,” Gucci Mane being her mentor and why Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas is a hotbed for innovative talent within the music industry.
When music enthusiast generally think of Texas hip-hop, the first thing to come to mind will probably be Houston’s scene, however, Dallas-Fort Worth area has a rich history in the genre as well, especially over the last 15 years with the production duo Play-N-Skillz and rappers such as Tum Tum, Big Tuck and Fat Bastard. Most recently, there’s been an influx of new talent making a name for themselves such as Tay-K, Cuban Doll, Yella Beezy, Go Yayo, among others but Asian Doll seems to be hitting a stride that carries her onto another level.
She explains that the Dallas music scene has a special element that most areas don’t have. “We got this sauce,” she says. “We got this drip, we really started this sauce shit. We really did that, we really got swagg.” She adds, “I’m just so happy that Dallas, Texas is getting the recognition that they deserve. Sometimes we got our shit stolen.”
The “First Lady of Gucci Mane’s 1017” signed to Gucci Mane’s label in June and pointed to the hip-hop vet’s willingness to mentor her as a major reason why she chose 1017 Eskimo Records. Last October, Asian Doll made her 1017 debut by releasing her solid 16-track mixtape So Icy Princess. The project featured guest appearances from Gucci Mane, Lil Yachty, Young Mal, Dreezy, Smooky Margiela, Go Yayo and YBN Nahmir.