Virginia's Doujah Raze has been making some noise in the underground scene the past year with his solid 12-inch releases, such as "Irish Cream", the Beatminerz produced "Spinmata" and "The Dedication" featuring O.C. With his debut mixtape release "The Pre-Fix", Doujah Raze combines his 12 inch hits with some new material, all of which adds up to a solid album.
With a slick flow and confident swagger, Doujah Raze is an emcee that demands attention immediately. He has a strong mic presence, which will instantly draw you to him. This is never more evident than on the standout track "Ghosts Of Mars". Producer Double J laces the track with an early 90's boom bap feel, while Doujah displays his egotistical, battle-influenced rhymes perfectly. On a more hardcore vibe, "Throw Heat" featuring Tribeca is a scorching street record that finds the two emcees trading verses with precise chemistry. Other tracks, such as "Looking Up", which features a beautiful piano loop, "Hangin On" and "These Questions" are all solid attempts as well.
The only time "The Pre-Fix Mixtape" tends to lose some steam is during Doujah's jacking for beats efforts. Like every mixtape these days, Doujah decides to jack a variety of popular beats such as "Mighty D-Block" and "All 4 The Cash", among others. While Doujah's beat selection is at least better than most, such attempts do get old after a couple of listens.
Doujah Raze is an emcee with a lot of potential. While he may need to work on being more original and creative with his song making, on a lyrical level Doujah is certainly where he needs to be.