Release Date: Jan 13, 2015
Record label: Vested in Culture
Genre(s): Pop, Pop/Rock, Pop-Rap
Miami-bred Cuban-American singer, rapper, and songwriter Kat Dahlia put herself through the restaurant industry ringer to pay for some studio sessions. Recordings led to a deal with Vested in Culture, Sylvia Rhone's Epic-supported boutique label -- home to Casey Veggies and Quadron. "Gangsta," a tough ballad about self-reliance with a twist on 50 Cent's "Wanksta," was released in early 2013 as her debut single and topped out at number 40 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop chart.
Releasing an album is often a matter of timing — who knows what might have occurred if Miami-born singer-songwriter Kat Dahlia didn't damage her vocal cords, making her anticipated debut drop this year instead of last? As it stands, My Garden is a just okay collection of R&B-pop largely informed by her Cuban background and love of hip-hop and Latin sounds. Her unique vocal range and knack for catchy melodies serves her well on tracks like "I Think I'm In Love" and "Crazy. " The rugged numbers of "My Garden" and "Saturday Sunday" however, along with the gangsta posturing with "Gangsta" and the dancehall-, Spanish- and hip-hop-flavoured "Tumbao" come off as a tad forced.