Doobie is here to put Ohio on the map. Last year, the young rapper released his single “When The Drugs Don’t Work,” which currently hails at over 14.5 million views on YouTube. Putting forth music that touches on drug use and the real life struggles of fitting in, Doobie is ready to take his career to the next level. Read more…
Moving to Los Angeles in the summer of 2017 proved to be the move, as he was appointed YouTube’s Artist on the Rise just a few months later. Now, fresh off the release of his Blue Brothers EP, Doobie keeps the momentum going by embarking on his first headlining tour in the States.
For those who don’t know, who is Doobie?
Doobie is a 23-year-old artist from Columbus, Ohio, who just recently moved to California. And all his dreams is coming true.
Is Doobie for joint?
Or where’d you get your name?
This is how it came about: I used to call myself E-Dub. People started calling me E Doobie, and took the E off and just left Doobie. But I don’t smoke joints as much, which is kind of the funny part. I actually like leaves, which is weird.
Backwoods for life. Where do you fit in the realm of R&B and hip-hop?
I feel like I don’t fit in. I feel like I’m just in my own lane.
You’re from Ohio. How does that play into your life of music?
Being from Ohio, I guess you can say that our music is different to us because nobody — specifically from our city in Ohio, Columbus — has ever like did anything super major yet. So it’s a dear thing to us. I feel like we have our own sound. It’s very uptempo and very drug-related a lot, I feel like in a lot of their music.
Do you promote that in your music?
Yeah, I do.
How do you feel about the youth and their use of drugs?
I feel like it’s up to their parents to teach them right from wrong.
Their parents? For real?
At the end of the day, kids are going to do what they want to do. But if their parenthood right, it might stir them away from those obvious things that they shouldn’t be doing. I’m not the only one that’s doing bad things out here, I guess.
You moved to Los Angeles last year. How important is it to come to the city as an up-and-coming artist?
It’s very important, because everyone out here does fucking music. Everyone does music. Everyone does music out here. This is definitely the place to be if you’re trying to get up on your feet and network with artists. This is where you need to be. This is the spot. It’s where everybody’s at.
Talk about your new EP, Blues Brothers.
Me and my brother Krash Minati have an EP called Blues Brothers. It’s a six-song project. Basically, it’s kind of like bringing real music back. It’s kind of got like a modern-day blue-sy type feel.
[Krash chimes in] But still keeping our drug-related type lives.
Keeping everything still in one.
What do you want fans to get from your story?
I want people to get from my story just to not give up, just to keep going. Because you never know how far you can get. It’s crazy. I knew I was going to do something with this music, I just never knew where it was going to take me. And so far, it’s took me beyond my wildest dreams.
How long of you been making music now?
Pretty much my whole life.
How does it feel to be appointed YouTube’s Artist on the Rise along with Trippie Redd and Moneybagg Yo?
Honestly, at first it was cool. But then when I thought about it later on, I was like, “Wow that’s like probably some of the coolest stuff that could ever happen to you as an artist.” Just being a kid and watching YouTube every day. YouTube. YouTube. YouTube. And then now I’m on YouTube, and as the Artist on the Rise. That’s like a dream come true.
You’re actually going on tour. What can we expect?
You can expect a dope set, period! My brother DJ Hylyte, my brother Krash Minati will be there. So y’all need to come out and enjoy yourself. Come have fun. Get drunk. It’s gonna be a good time like always.
How important is social media for your career?
I believe it’s very important and that’s why we’re always trying to attack different platforms and things just trying to build it. Because I feel like nowadays, in this day in age, social media is almost 80% of your everything as an artist. You need that stuff.
What would you be doing if you weren’t doing music?
Probably drugs. Bored somewhere. Not doing nothing with my life.
What’s the best encounter you’ve had with a fan?
That’s a tough one. I’m trying to think. I don’t know.
[Krash chimes in] I just thought about one for you. The time when the girl told you that she would be able to walk.
Adam? Oh yeah. This kid in a wheelchair. What we used to do in our city when we were coming up, we used to actually personally deliver the tickets to our shows.
Oh for real? That’s dope.
Yeah, we used to go to their houses and actually deliver them. We met this kid named Adam, and he was in a wheelchair. And he was like so excited for the show. He was geeked as hell. He was like, “Yo, I’m telling you. I’m going to walk at your show.” That was pretty intense.
What’s a normal day in the life? Walk us through.
I wake up probably like 2:30pm in the afternoon.
I feel like you just woke up right now. I’m like you are tired as hell.
I did. I took a nap here. I don’t know. I roll up. We all just smoke so much weed, it’s not even funny. And probably end up taking a nap again, to be honest with you. Make us a little food. Sometimes we’ll hit the studio. Sometimes we’ll play video games. Life’s been very chill lately. But I think the work mode is about to pick up even more because we got some stuff we got to take care of. But lately, it’s been real chill.
Who is the most played artist on your phone?
I like rock music and stuff, to be honest.
Who you bumpin’?
I like Alice in Chains and Metallica. But rap and hip-hop: of course, myself and Crash.
But I feel like as of right now, I don’t know. There’s not really a set artist that I’ve been bumping.
[Krash chimes in] Rae Sremmurd.
Swae Lee’s been going crazy for sure. Him, NBA YoungBoy’s been going pretty crazy. I fuck with him. And Moneybagg Yo. I’m waiting on Kevin Gates to drop something!
He’s out, right?
Yeah, he’s out. I’m waiting on some new shit.
Like ultimate dream collab… shit. That’s like me, Wayne, Eminem, and Kevin Gates. And Andre 3000.
Is there anything else you want to let Young California know?
I want to let Young California know that I am on my way, and I am high as hell thanks to California’s beautiful laws. And it won’t be too much longer.