Caddy Da Don
"Cut the Check" mixtape (download it free here)
Monarch Entertainment Group
Rating: *** (out of 4)
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When Baltimore rapper Caddy Da Don, born David Rice, was released from prison in 2009 after serving a 2 1/2-year sentence for money laundering, he didn't waste time re-establishing himself as one of the city's most promising MCs. Last year, his club-banger "Grindin' on Me" found a regular home on radio station 92Q. Now, a year later, he's releasing his anticipated new mixtape, "Cut the Check," hosted by Maybach Music Group's
In hip-hop, timing matters. Caddy seems to acknowledge this when he raps, "Heard they say I sound Ross / in my city been boss" on "Trap Life." He possesses a booming voice similar to current mainstream hit-maker Rick Ross. It's Caddy's most obvious gift, so he smartly rides it throughout the 17-track tape, bending it for hardcore street anthems (the excellent "Out of Line") and potential crossover singles ("She Bad").
As a songwriter and lyricist, Caddy has the potential to do what few Baltimore rappers have done — break through the Charm City ceiling and enter the national hip-hop scene. (He's second to only Los, the local rapper signed to Diddy's
Despite the missteps, "Cut the Check" has songs that showcase Caddy's versatility.