Hailing from Maryland, the rapper-producer duo of DTMD (Dunc & Toine Makin’ Dollas) is hella laid back to say the least. Given the groovy, relaxed beats and the unhurried, simple flow of the emcee, none of the tracks from their new disc, Makin’ Dollas, jump up and smack you in the face.
Still a very solid album, Makin’ Dollas – yeah, they seem to like that phrase a lot – does have some utility in the fact that one can simply hit play and walk away. It’s a great album for a chill smoke session with some overly-chatty friends, while you’re cleaning up the crib or eating some really loud chips. It’s one of those that you can put on and fade in and out of paying attention to. And there’s barely a skit to get in the way of the continued, easy listening.
Content-wise, the rhymes vary only slightly – dude’s either talking about what he’s rhyming about, why he’s raps and is better than it than most or his quest to make money doing so. Some tracks tackle coherent topics like street life or the importance of being unique and true to one’s self. One of the better tracks is “You”, which aims to motivate us all to be ourselves amidst stress, distractions and life moving at light speed. Another keeper is “Raw (featuring Godly MC and Kev Brown)”, the album’s only song with features, a straight-forward track about mic skills over a non-descript beat and guitar loop.
And, as far as the beats go, they’re pretty similar and re-use a lot of the same effects or VERY similarly-sounding ones. But, the like-ness of the beats does lead to a cohesive, seamlessly laid out album that has no sharp or annoying breaks in the flow. Standouts in production include the soul-sampling “Untitled” and “The Struggle is Real”, as well as the Dilla-esque “Fantastic”.