By Paiea Kalili
“ITS DOLPH!” is usually what you hear on every Young Dolph song at some point. It’s become a tradition of his. Dolph has been real focused lately; he’s on his second album of 2017 already with “Bulletproof”.
This album comes after some crazy circumstances. While in Charlotte for CIAA weekend,Dolph’s truck was hit with 100 shots. Thankfully he was not harmed because his truck was bulletproof (You see what he did there?) Now was this retaliation from the Yo Gotti diss track “Play Wit Yo Bitch”? We may never know, but what we do know is the South Memphis native is wearing it on his chest and isn’t going to let it stop him.
- “100 Shots”
- “In Charlotte”
- “But I’m Bulletproof”
- “So Fuk’em”
- “That’s How I Feel” featuring Gucci Mane
- “All of Them”
- “I’m So Real”
- “I Pray For My Enemies”
- “I’m Everything You Wanna Be”
- “SMH” (Acapella Song)
The album features production from Metro Boomin, Zaytoven, Dun Deal and his in house producers Izzy The Producer and DJ Squeaky. The only feature was a very impressive Gucci Mane verse on “That’s How I Feel”. Dolph doesn’t do anything new this time around. He sticks to his guns which are hard trap beats and dope boy street raps.
The album starts off with “100 Shots” and that pretty much sets the tone for the next ten songs. The beat is ridiculous and the title is pretty self explanatory. Zaytoven cooks up the beat on “All Of Them” which features a catchy hook, but where Zay an Dolph really shine is on “I’m Everything You Wanna Be” spitting,
“Grew up watchin’ Master P and Baby on the TV screen/I had to hustle, my family full of dope fiends/Years go by I’m 18, 19/Neighborhood dope boy, I got what you need”
“In Charlotte” and “So Fuk’em” feature more of the same trunk bangers and loud ignorant ad libs that only Dolph can make sound good. The drawbacks are the same as with any Dolph album. The subject matter doesn’t change and the songs can get repetitive after a few listens. It’s fair to wonder if Dolph even has the versatility to even bring us something different. Dolph knows what he’s good at and sticks to it.
It’s hard to believe that he is five years deep in the game, but he wants you to know that he’s self-made and nobody gave him anything. Surviving the shooting in Charlotte has only enhanced his aura, but a 100 shots are a 100 shots and there is nothing cool about getting shot at. Dolph doesn’t have to say it, but I’m pretty sure his life flashed before his eyes which in turn has probably only made him more focused. He says that he’s the King of Memphis which is meant for Yo Gotti every time he says it. The beef has led to questionable events, but one thing that is not debatable is that Dolph’s star is only growing brighter and brighter with each release.