Relying on his booming voice, street smarts and the support of his city, Young Dolph has quietly become one of the most successful rappers from the South. Known for his commanding presence on street hits “Preach” and “California,” Dolph made a major mark on trap music in recent years, collaborating with the likes of 2 Chainz, Young Thug, T.I., Meek Mill, Juicy J and many others. In April 2017, based on a failed attempt on his life, Young Dolph released his album Bulletproof which features production from Zaytoven, Drumma Boy, Metro Boomin and a guest feature from Gucci Mane. The album debut in the Top 40 on the Billboard 200 and Top 20 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop chart.
Born on the South Side of Chicago and raised in the notorious Castalia Heights neighborhood of South Memphis, 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 that he decided to 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 “Preach” and “California” and Top 40 records with “Make the World Go Around” and “Pulled Up,” resulting in Forbes naming him a Top 10 Hip Hop Cash Prince. 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 2016, Dolph headlined his first tour, selling out venues throughout the country and released the Rich Crack Baby mixtape in the middle of the tour’s success. Dolph also released his first studio album King of Memphis, which featured production from Mike WiLL Made-It, TM88, Zaytoven, Drumma Boy, and Cassius Jay. The album debuted at #49 on the Billboard 200. Dolph’s success translated into a BET Hip Hop Award nomination for the People’s Choice for his guest verse on O.T. Genesis’ hit song “Cut It,” which peaked at #35 on Billboard’s Hot 100.