Dot Cromwell has released Vanity Tape, his new mixtape out today via Repost by Soundcloud. Cromwell – who has collaborated with the likes of Pharrell, Wale and Jidenna – hopes Vanity Tapes leaves listeners feeling empowered, motivated and fully charged, and something that can become the soundtrack for listeners’ lives. Informed by his work as the co-founder of music/tech company Milllion Watts — a creative initiative that was established for the exaltation, protection & preservation of contemporary artists, entertainers, activists and entrepreneurs — the mixtape’s themes center on entrepreneurship, independence, self confidence and perseverance. “I’ve learned so many things as an independent artist, so I wanted to put some of the codes into the music,” The Philly-raised, Atlanta-based artist forged his musical career in Harlem and Brooklyn and further notes. “I am calling the project Vanity Tape because it dives into the intermittent imposter syndrome that takes over me from time to time. I’m currently so far away from where I started in life that at times I don’t even believe it, sometimes the success and growth doesn’t seem real, so the rewards don’t always feel warranted. So the Vanity Tape symbolizes me checking in with myself, taking a look into the mirror and realizing…I really am that guy!”
Created during the pandemic across Brooklyn and Atlanta, Vanity Tape was written in the middle of transition as Dot was moving from New York to Atlanta, and from roaming to working in solitude. He was also shedding his day jobs and lept into working on music full time.
Last week Cromwell shared the mixtape’s lead single “1st and Goal” which was produced by his in-house producer and frequent collaborator Swanky, The mixtape is the follow up to Dot’s 2019 debut EP Full of Sin. He followed that with a feature on Pharrell Williams’ “i am OTHER, Vol. 1” and in 2020, a handful of singles including “Mood” which was featured on the soundtrack and game “NBA 2K21.”