She has empowering, female-centric rhymes that have ushered in a new wave of hip-hop dominance, Kash Doll has established herself as a pioneering force in the industry. Born and raised in one of the roughest neighborhoods in Detroit, the rapper speaks candidly in her music about the personal struggles she’s faced. On “KD Diary,” the opening track of her album, Stacked, she tells: “Pops died on my b-day before I knew how to speak / I’m the oldest of six and they’re counting on me / Had to get in these streets just to eat for a week.” But it’s not her struggles that set her apart from her peers; it’s that she’s turned them into triumphs. These victories serve as a constant reminder to never count Kash Doll out.

After years of hard work, dedication, determination, and a few setbacks, the charismatic storyteller’s highly anticipated debut album dropped on October 18. A year in the making, Stacked tracks the 27-year-old’s progress on her fearless pursuit from independent presence to mainstream phenom. creating a project of this magnitude is not easy, and with this album — which boasts guest features from Big Sean, Lil Wayne, Teyana Taylor, and more — Kash hopes to cement her status in the industry while gifting her loyal day ones, affectionately known as “Kash Bratz,” with music that showcases her versatility.

Since 2014, the rapper (born Arkeisha Knight) has been keeping social media abuzz with the release of several critically acclaimed mixtapes and streams in the 30-million range. MTV News spoke with the “Ice Me Out” rapper about her legacy, sharing the same stage with heavy hitters like Drake, Rick Ross, and Meek Mill, and what she hopes fans will feel when they give her debut album a listen.

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