Hailing out of Fredericksburg, Cane Is The Name has been having an amazing 2017. His year started off from making his rap battle debut at the Baptism By Fire event hosted by Southpaw Battle Coalition, to being on Shade 45 making an appearance on Statik Selektah’s Showoff Radio back in July. Cane has been a prominent presence here not just in the Virginia music scene but as well as the DMV music scene as he’s back and forth between DC and VA.
Earlier this summer, Cane released his highly anticipated project ‘Doomed On Reality’. It’s his 9th project in his discography that’s composed of fifteen tracks. Cane is known for his unique delivery and rhyme schemes. In the project, he displays his talent through MF Doom produced beats doing the hip-hop legend’s beats justice. There are minimal features on the mixtape as the only features come from Southpaw’s and Richmond’s very own Henny Lo on Romanian Deadlift and Radio B. on Impulse.
I think that this mixtape is another successful project from Cane Is The Name. It’s a solid follow up to his Illuminate project from last year. On 9 to 5 Raps, Cane discusses how his work ethic was once vulnerable due to doubts. He questions how his sanity will be impacted if he keep feeling trapped in the everyday cycle of a “9 to 5”. 9 to 5 Raps is a metaphor for the trails and tribulations of holding on to music as a way of living and a personal therapy. On A Name, Cane explains the meaning of his name and the characteristics behind his persona. He also sends a message to the listeners by saying, DARE TO BE DIFFERENT, DARE TO BE GREAT. In his rhymes, he says verbatim, “I used to never think I had a shot/ because I never took a shot, and I never never cooked a rock/ and I never stood a block but was rapping/ but I embraced what was special about me and made it happen/ Dare to be different, dare to be great/I fought away my fear and shared my deep pain/ I speak for those that don’t care to be named cause there’s another Travis out there scared to be Cane”. His delivery along with those bars brings a fresh sense of clarity to cash in on your blessings and make your presence known by taking chances on doing what you love.
This is a very witty bar filled project mixed in with some honesty. Cane takes the listener on a journey through what occurs in his mind when facing reality chasing his dreams from the people that switched up on him to blown expectations to fears of not reaching his desires. He faces those obstacles with introspective bars and positive energy to challenge those said obstacles. Follow Cane on Soundcloud and check out his project on Bandcamp available for stream and purchasing. Check out his YouTube Channel for his videos and interviews. Follow Cane on his Instagram (@caneisthename) and Twitter (@Caneisthename)