Young Dolph – Bulletproof

Young Dolph, one of the least known Trap-rappers, has had an exciting and promising first months of 2017. In the years that have preceded too now, Dolph has collaborated with a handful of well-known Hip-Hop figures; from being featured on Gucci Mane’s ‘Trap House 3’-cut “Muddy”, working with Juicy J, Peewee Longway, Migos and Young Thug, Dolph has a fanbase and following that shouldn’t surprise anyone. Although Dolph, in the least harshest way, isn’t a diamond in the rough, his loud and aggressive voice, punctual pronunciation of his favourite weed strains or bragging, specifically on this project, of how untouchable he is. Without any further slack, here goes the review.

Starting off the album with the DJ Squeeky produced “100 Shots”, Dolph brags about “fucking in traffic like Chris Tucker”, his ruthless spending sprees and influencing his listeners and followers to get whatever they want. Alike too Gucci, Dolphs’ album is only 10-tracks long and contains easy to listen too but violent and abrasive topics. “In Charlotte” is one of these examples as ominous keys and late night church bells give Dolph enough time to give props to Biggie, “shutting down parties” and how he can’t respect a “lying ass bitch”.

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However, it doesn’t take long for the project to get slow or unmemorable at times. The only song with a featured artist, “That’s How I Feel” has an enthusiastic verse from Dolph and while Guwop handles the chorus and the last verse, it can easily be forgotten amongst other better collaborations between the two. However, one of the catchier and club-friendly records is the quick-paced Zaytoven-produced “All Of Them”. Zay’s glitchy and monumental production is just an instant highlight. “I’m So Real” is also another catchy and better quality song on the short but eventful project.

While there are other standout tracks, “SMH” and “But I’m Bulletproof”, Dolph still sounds like he’s trying to create his own sound while using major influences from Atlanta (Young Jeezy), Memphis (Project Pat) and Texas (Paul Wall). However, while he does lack lyrically engaging an audience, his energy and connections within Hip-Hop is evident and there’s still time for him to put out a greater quality project.

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