WorldStarHipHop's new documentary on Young Dolph gives us a very, very intimate look at the 31-year-old rapper's rise, complete with commentary from family friends, business associates, and Gucci Mane.
Though many docs are sanitized, largely because the subjects involved are holding back out of fear of being misrepresented, this offering gives you a raw and personal look into Dolph's life, including candid tales about the Memphis hood he grew up in (and still frequents), his formerly drug-addicted father, and the gunfire that was aimed at him earlier this year in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Dolph says he looked at Gucci Mane, Rick Ross, and other rappers, and took note of how much money they were making. He said he wanted to do that, but also be in control of his own destiny as an independent artist. He says he wanted to be both the artist and CEO.
“I brought this shit to reality on account of my ambition and me really knowing what all this shit is, it’s some work,” Dolph says. “This is how I came in the game, and I was always like, we gonna pull this shit off and make it happen.”
As we mentioned, this documentary is super personal. Dolph even narrates his first sexual experience as an 11-year-old.
The documentary features his childhood home, where he made his early music. Dolph grew up under the guidance of his grandmother. At one point, Dolph visits his grandma’s burial site and reminisces on her life and how much she did to serve others.
“I just grew up watching her taking care of everybody,” Dolph says.
The rapper knew what he wanted from a young age.
“He said, ‘Miss Tammy, I’m going to the top,’” recalled Miss Tammy, a family friend. “Next thing I know, he’s Young Dolph.”
Dolph said he’s “Young Dolph” to everyone on the road, but in Memphis it’s just “Dolph.”
“It’s different around here,” he says of his beloved hometown.
Check out Dolph's KING documentary above and grab his new album Bulletproof on iTunes.