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Published on February 2nd, 2017 | by Jameelah "Just Jay" Wilkerson


Young Dolph – Gelato (Mixtape)

A formidable presence in the Dirty South, Memphis kingpin Young Dolph cultivated an ever-growing fanbase with an unending stream of high-quality mixtapes, tracks, and videos. Today, Dolph continues his quest for southern supremacy with Gelato, a sinister, fun collection of head-nodders, bangers, and boastful street tales. Rhythmically stunting over A-1 production from Zaytoven, Nard & B, and others, Dolph counts his cash on “Baller Alert,” brags about his exalted street status on “Meech,” and annihilates fellow Memphis rapper Yo Gotti on “Play Wit Yo Bitch,” which Dolph shared on Wednesday. Featuring appearances from Migos, Wiz Khalifa, Paper Route Empire labelmate Jay Fizzle, and Lil Yachty, who guests on the lead single “Bagg,” Gelato is Dolph’s opening salvo in a sure-to-be massive 2017.

“It’s a weed smoking, money counting album,” Young Dolph explains. “This album is for when you have those days when you wake up and it’s Friday or Saturday and your whole day finna be lit. It’s like, ‘My folks are with me, we finna have fun, we’re gonna smoke hella weed all day, we’re hitting up the spot, then the other spot, getting fresh at the mall, change clothes four times a day, we’re gonna hit the clubs at night, etc. It’s for when you’re feeling good all day. Music to put in your ride. It’s that feel good music, it’s the party, it’s finna turn the clubs upside down.”

After gaining notoriety in 2015 with his single “Preach,” which boasted a verse from Meek Mill on the remix, as well as a guest appearance on Colonel Loud’s radio hit “California,” Young Dolph busted out in a big way in 2016 with three strong mixtapes, outrageous visuals, and high profile guest appearances. In February 2016, Dolph dropped King of Memphis, premiered by Noisey and praised by XXL as one of the Best Projects of the Year. King of Memphis a concentrated dose of pure Dolph, who shoulders the 11-track load with no features. He followed King of Memphis with the raw, trap-flavored Bo$$e$ and $hooter$, in May, and the blockbuster Rich Crack Baby in August. Featuring T.I., Gucci Mane, Boosie Badazz, 21 Savage, Wale and 2 Chainz and production from Zaytoven, Drumma Boy, Honorable C-Note, Rich Crack Baby delved into a more personal side of Young Dolph. After years of independent grinding, Dolph finally found himself in the Billboard Top 40 with his scene stealing verse on OT Genasis’ “Cut It,” and proved his high esteem in the culture with a guest spot on Gucci Mane’s “Bling Blaww Burr.” Early in 2016, Forbes deemed the emcee one of the Hip-Hop Cash Princes of 2016, placing him alongside Fetty Wap, G-Eazy, and Metro Boomin, among others.

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