By Jack Barnes
Memphis kingpin Young Dolph took an independent path, but he’s a major rap star. Asserting himself as an everyman-turned-superman, Dolph shares Role Model, his new studio album. Released by Paper Route EMPIRE/EMPIRE, 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 leveling up, experimenting with new flows and raising his boastful bars to a superhuman 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, Role Model is Dolph’s origin story, establishing him as a symbol of hope to kids in the hood who desperately want to improve their lives. Enjoy this audio stream below after the jump and please share this with friends.
Carrying the momentum from a tumultuous, yet monstrously successful 2017 that included three full-length releases and two near-death experiences, Young Dolph is firing on all cylinders in 2018. Dolph kicked off the year with the defiant N****s Get Shot Everyday EP, an adrenaline rush of a six-track project that contrasts Dolph’s luxurious life with the dangers that come from being the industry’s most fearlessly honest emcee. Earlier this summer, Dolph shared the epic video for “Slave Owner,” which drew inspiration from Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and took an exaggerated look at the relationship between artists and record labels, positing label execs as slave owners and comparing signed artists to Samuel L. Jackson’s Uncle Tom character from the film. One week later, Dolph stole the show at Miami’s Rolling Loud Festival, making national headlines when he brought onstage two Duke University baristas, who were fired for playing his music, paid them $20,000 cash, and led them and the audience in a rousing rendition of his hit (and the song Duke University deemed to be a fireable offense) “Get Paid.” With a massive, loyal fanbase and a ceaseless work ethic, Young Dolph strides into the next chapter of his career in style with Role Model.
To accompany the release of the album, Dolph shares “Break The Bank,” his latest music video. On this anthem for the flexers, Dolph shows off a thudding, forceful flow over an eerie and atmospheric piano-led production, methodically laying out how he will spend his latest bag: “She the owner of a daycare but she ratchet/The car drive itself when I say go-go-gadget.” The single features an appearance from Offset, who contrasts Dolph’s calm straight talk with a hyperactive and tongue-twisting new verse. In the video, the two rappers make it rain, dropping Benjamins on a dozen strippers from the balcony of a villa. “Break The Bank” is the third video from the project, following the outlandish “Major,” featuring Key Glock, and “By Mistake.”
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Role Model tracklist:
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
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