St. Louis rapper Dough Boy has rewired TLC's classic kiss-off, "No Scrubs," for the Internet era on his new single, "No Thots." His biggest complaint here seems to be girls who are too heavy into YouTube beauty tutorials, so they look like an entirely different person in IRL when they turn up at the club.
"I feel like this record is some thing new, fresh, and was much needed," Dough Boy explained in an email to The FADER. "I feel the older people will get it, and the younger people will relate. And at the end of the day, who wanna get tricked by a Thot? Not me!"
Below, listen to "Do Thots" and hear Dough Boy's thoughts on his hometown's scrappy music scene and robust BBQ game.
Describe the sound, story behind, and meaning of "No Thots"?
The record "No Thots" was one of the first songs I ever recorded in New York. A good friend and producer "Judge" sent me a whole pack of beats that I hadn't recorded to. So one night the whole team was in the lab drinking and smoking while I was playing beats. When I first played the beat, I wasn't really feeling it. But for some reason Managment (Too Official) was so excited about it. I was like cool, pull it up. I laid my vocals and the homie from Syracuse laid the singing parts for me. After that, the studio went crazy!
As far as the sound, It's a very big sound. When I say big I mean it's a very universal sound. It can can appeal to the masses. Kids with the the trendy lyrics. Older people with the vibe and style. And it also attracts the R&B crowd with the catchy melody.
How would you describe your sound and what you are working on now?
My sound is different from anything coming out of my city. I consider myself more of a hybrid artist. I've seen the hood, and I've also seen the suburbs to. I feel my music gives the audience a choice. They can hear life stories, get street knowledge, or just turn up and have a good time.
What is the music scene like in St. Louis?
I feel it's coming back. For a minute I felt like we were being over looked as a whole. But now wheather it's negative or positive, the light is back on the city now and it's time someone stepped up to lead the way, so that's what I did. Don't get me wrong, there's a lot of talent in St. Louis. I feel like we just lack the platform or connections.
What is one thing people don't know about St. Louis that they should know?
It's one of the hardest places to make it out of. Whether it's with music, sports, or business. I might not like it to much, but I love it because it's mine.
What is your favorite place for BBQ?
Me and my manager go back forth about this question. I would have to say the Legendary Reds BBQ. But since they're closed, I'll let him win this one and give it to The Rib Shack.