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DreamDoll reflects on her rap journey, making it to the ‘Essence’ Fest stage


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When rising rap star DreamDoll started rapping, it was mostly just for fun and games. The Bronx native said she got her start by making jokes or “cutting a**,” as New Yorkers would call it. Since hitting the hip-hop scene recently, DreamDoll’s career has seen rapid success. At the 2022 Essence Festival of Culture in New Orleans, ABC Audio caught up with the rapper to discuss her music journey thus far. 

“I’ve been rapping since college. I used to do a lot of freestyles,” she said.

She went into detail about the on-and-off again relationship she’s had with rapping, her decision to start back up and her lead 2017 single, “Everything Nice.”

“And from there, I just kept doing it,” she said. “I either had to stop working in the clubs or take my music serious. And look where I am today.”

DreamDoll said she was proud to be a part of Essence Fest, the annual Black music and arts festival known as the “party with a purpose,” where she performed for the first time this year.

“I’m proud to be on the stage with legends and just to be a part of the culture,” she said. 

During the four-day event, the 30-year-old rapper spoke on a panel about plastic surgery and shared her own experience. 

She told ABC Audio that she opened up about “the stigma people have about plastic surgery and things that I got done and that if I regretted anything and the misconception people have of plastic surgery and how addicting it is.”

Riding the wave of her recent track “You know My body” with Capella Grey, DreamDoll said to stay tuned for new music on the way.

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