Written by Staff Writer
Dolph has been the true subject of conversation and notoriety for years, always playing an outcast to the stereotypical persona we would expect him to play: a powerful, reckless, bad-boy rapper. It was the combination of the regular shock value he brought to shows and of his lyrical skills that earned him close to 100 million views of his 2018 video single “Heat.”
The song itself was not created as a push towards more mainstream notoriety, it was created as a way for Dolph to speak out against some of the questionable situations he was faced with, in which the law itself enforced unreasonable accusations as to why the he was involved in street crimes, or allegedly got those on the outskirts of society into those same lifestyles.
Dolph didn’t make his way through the music industry overnight: he would graduate from a youth program called Camp TC in his hometown of Liberty, and would spend time in the juvenile jail.
“Things just kind of started changing for me when I was in 9th grade,” said Dolph. “I had to put up a story of how I came to get that gang affiliation, to be able to maybe not be bullied all the time.”
These stories became something that Dolph would dwell on constantly, hoping that people in society would be able to look at something similar to what he had gone through. So it wasn’t a case of an overnight product being the cure all, rather a story of tough love, cultivating a mind that would follow through, and excel.