Everyone in the underground is always trying to innovate something new, but none do it better than Dolly/Kara. The 15 year old artist is someone who is pushing the game forward with their unique style and composure. Check out what they have to say below in this UVC exclusive interview.

For the people that don’t know you, who are you and what do you do?

I’m Kara, people call me Dolly, and I make songs that make people cry.

What made you want to be a musician overall? As you both rap and produce.

I think most of it stems from my dad being involved in the scene. He’s had chances to blow up and had ties to people like Baby (or Birdman I guess now) forever and I guess I just want to be like him.

That’s crazy! Have you ever gotten to meet anyone from Cash Money then?

Not yet, and I don’t wanna jinx anything or talk too loud about the moves I’m making yet, but my dad is trying to get me to record more for reasons that may or may not have something to do with Cash Money.

Moving on from getting into music as a whole, how did you get into the SoundCloud scene?

I think it was somewhere around the time VoidTracks uploaded Seco Yayo‘s song “PHONK”. I was really into that song, so I flipped it and uploaded it to SoundCloud under my first music alias and what most people outside of SoundCloud know me as: Kei. Shout out to VoidTracks and Seco Yayo btw!

Did you start with producing or rapping?

Technically producing, if you can call what I did producing. In the summer of 2016 I started making low level, boring vaporwave, and did that until around late 2016 I wanna say, when I got more into trap. I didn’t start rapping until like, maybe September or December of last year.

Vaporwave was definitely something that stood out back in the earlier days of SoundCloud. Who are some of your favorite artists from that genre?

God, don’t get me started. Around the time I first started I was mostly into whatever was popular like Vektroid and shit, but eventually started getting into T e l e p a t h, Luxury Elite, and some more obscure people in subgenres, like Infinity Frequencies in his signalwave era. I used to listen to a lot of shit so I can’t name most people off top but one that stands out that is under a lot of people’s radar is High in Las Vegas, he’s fire.

What made you get into rap? Was there an artist that stood out to you and made you want to start?

Honestly, I have no idea. I think I started from just listening to commentary channel’s intros and outros when they stopped being so vaporwave-y and more trap-y, and only evolved my sound when I got into SoundCloud more. When I got into the SoundCloud rabbit hole I did shit like Dth95k and Prblm, my now good friends, and only started plug shit from being around 1osersclub, my former team. All are really cool people.

Which do you think was harder to get the hang of, producing or rapping?

I’m really hard on myself with beat making because sometimes I shoot for a specific style and can’t get it right on the first try, but I would definitely say rapping. To this day I hate my voice and I’m still trying to find my sound, so it’s not even that rapping is harder, it’s still very hard for me.

How would you describe your current sound, and what are some inspirations for your current sound?

Real talk, I really don’t know if I could describe it accurately. I always do different shit. Like on “8mile” it’s more of a mainstream sound, but on my recent track, “Prada” it’s kinda more my own thing. I would definitely say though that Ivvy League and my brothers in ScaRss influence me heavy, top three inspirations at the moment being Vinso, Braxton Knight, and Lovbug, all from ScaRss and Ivvy respectively.

What do you think is the next step in your career as a musician?

I think slowing down and taking care of myself. I let a lot of stuff get to me and I’m paranoid of everyone around me at all times, but I think once I take care of myself I’ll be able to take care of my music and further my sound and find myself I guess.

Here is a small taste of Kara/Dolly’s discography.

I want to get more into some personal topics with you. Of course, good mental space always helps with your well-being and your sound. What’s something that a lot of people don’t know about you?

I think a lot of people don’t know how caring and also mad sensitive I am. I’m paranoid of a lot of stuff, like losing more of my friends, getting cancelled, making a song people won’t like, all that. So people unknowingly, not really manipulate me – but mess with my head sometimes, so I would want everyone to know that if you wanna be friends and it seems like I’m distancing myself a bit, it’s because I need time to breathe.

What’s your favorite song that you have made?

Off top, “You can’t help me”. I made that off a boost of motivation because that’s the first time Vinso sent me beats, and please keep in mind, he’s my idol and still someone I look up to this day. I did a lot of weird shit on it that made it fun, like mumbling really hard, saying shit that didn’t make a lot of sense, and using Nightcore which actually helped me gain more credibility from Vinso since he uploaded the OG speed of the song.

Who are your favorite artists to listen to? You can list both producers and rappers.

Oh god that’s a hard one, lol. I listen to so much daily it’s hard to list my favorites, but recently I’ve been listening to everyone in Ivvy and ScaRss, Visionblur, Heavenszn, Prblm, Stm, Teori, Lil Emo, Reptilianboysclub, and a LOT of 83Hades.

All great artists. Finally, what is your dream collaboration?

The pop queen Slayyyter.

As we’re finishing up, do you have anyone you want to give a shout-out to?

Shout out everyone I’ve already mentioned, shout out my family for giving me motivation, and shout out you for finally giving me my dream interview. Oh, and shoutout Mixed Matches for making trinity.

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