“Start paying attention to Young Dolph before you look stupid as shit,” – Noisey
With his ascent to rap stardom in the rearview mirror, Young Dolph seeks to redefine the commercial and cultural expectations of what an independent rapper can accomplish. Hot on the heels of Role Model, which debuted last week at #15 on the Billboard 200 with 33,000 in sales equivalent units, Young Dolph shares “Playin Wit a Check,” his latest video. Packed with close-up shots of Dolph and his diamond-encrusted jewelry, Dolph lives the life of a boss in the new video, relaxing with a squad of models amidst a mutating and arresting background, transforming from the New York skyline, mountains, to burned-out forests. Produced by Budda Bless, “Playin Wit a Check” is one of the most infectious tracks on Role Model, juxtaposing Dolph’s jet-setting, playboy lifestyle with his life as a family man.
Asserting himself as an everyman-turned-superman, Dolph levels up to star status in Role Model, his new studio album. Role Model provides a new context for Dolph’s braggadocio and sets an example for rising independent rappers and anyone else trying to get out the mud. Telling the unlikely story of Dolph’s success, the album kicks off with “Black Queen,” a beautiful introductory track that finds Dolph recounting his difficult childhood and declaring his love for his mother, who ably accompanies him on piano: “Even though you was a crack fiend, momma/You gave birth to a trap king, momma/You gon’ always be my trap queen, momma/Damn, I mean you’ll always be my black queen, momma.” After the emotional intro, Role Model finds Dolph glowing up, experimenting with new flows and raising his boastful bars to a Herculean level: “Parked the Rari in the crib and came back in a Bentley,” says Dolph on “How U Luv It,” “Codeine with no sippin’ (pour up)/Gelato I’m twistin’ (roll up)/Got on too much ice, hard for the bitch to pay attention/Menace just like Dennis/I got racks like Venus (Williams!).” Featuring appearances from Snoop Dogg, Offset, Key Glock, and Kash Doll, RoleModel, released by Paper Route EMPIRE/EMPIRE, is Dolph’s origin story, establishing him as a symbol of hope to kids in the hood who desperately want to improve their lives.
1. Black Queen (feat. Moma Gabbana)
2. By Mistake
3. Major (feat. Key Glock)
5. How U Luv Dat
6. I Think I Can Fly (feat. Snoop Dogg)
7. Break The Bank (feat. Offset)
8. On God
9. Still Smell Like It
10. Whole World (feat. Kash Doll)
11. Playin Wit A Chek
13. Space Jam
14. Trap Baby
Young Dolph Background
Born on the South Side of Chicago and raised in notoriously known Castalia Heights neighborhood in South Memphis, Young Dolph emerged in the urban music scene and amassed a large dedicated fan base.
Dolph grew up in a hectic environment, surrounded by drugs and alcohol, but that never completely defined him. He always had a passion for music, but it wasn’t until his peers recognized his talent and suggested that he take rap seriously. Eventually his hustle mentality and creativity led him to consistently dropping mixtape after mixtape. With authentic punch lines and stern club bangers, he created his own lane of High Class Street Music.
On the strength of releasing consistent quality mixtapes, Dolph became one of the only independent musicians to have multiple Top 20 records with “Cut It,” “Preach,” “California” and Top 40 records with “Make the World Go Around” and “PulledUp.” Yet to release an album, the success Dolph has gained from his mixtapes have led to collaborations with some of the most influential artists in hip-hop including 2 Chainz,Juicy J, Young Jeezy, and Rick Ross. In 2015, Dolph headlined his own tour selling out throughout the country. – HotNewHipHop
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