Florida is just oozing with talented musicians, but the scene still seems to have this gritty, underground aesthetic to it that I truly don’t think will disappear, regardless of how many emcees rise up from the crowd. Taleban Dooda is one of the most exciting rising talents from the southern state, and his latest release “Major Pain” is a heart-wrenching, emotional track that explores the difficulties of hiding pain behind a smile.
The Ergowantabag-produced beat, driven by a melodic guitar arrangement, provides the perfect backdrop for Dooda’s powerful vocals. His delivery is emotional and authentic, drawing the listener in and refusing to let go. The track’s brutally honest outro, “I can’t give out no love no more, no love no more, it’s all gone,” is a gut punch that lingers long after the song ends.
The accompanying music video, directed by Ike Anyanwu, is a spectacular visual depiction of the song’s raw honesty and personal exposure. In this one, Dooda can be found in a variety of settings including a backyard by a fence, inside of a dim home office of sorts, and looking in a large mirror as he delivers the poignant lyrics with poise and grace. The camera work is intimate and unrelenting, capturing every nuanced feeling on Dooda’s face as he reveals some of his more personal struggles to the world.
Overall, “Major Pain” is a stunning showcase of Taleban Dooda’s genuine artistry and personality. The song is hard-hitting and raw, while the music video is a masterful display of visual storytelling that allows ambiguous themes to surface for each individual viewer to interpret on their own.
The emcee’s ability to uncover his soul with such open honesty is a rare feat for many artists, especially someone as enthusiastic as Dooda, but his execution is commendable and his tuneful vocals give us an inside look at another side of the Florida hitmaker. “Major Pain” is a single that is sure to connect with fans on a deep, emotional level, making it something you need to tune into whether you’ve been a fan for years or you’re just getting familiar.