Some people with anti-social tendencies hole up in a shack in the mountains and, a la Ted Kaczynski, believe that society is shutting them out and shutting them up.
Moreno Valley rapper Young Dolla was similarly afflicted, but instead of turning his introspective angst against the onslaught of subjugation caused by a technologically advanced society—and the subsequent mail bombings that go along with those convictions—he steered his energy into making beats and rhymes. He’s honed his talents to become a hip-hop master craftsman, in fact, and while his withdrawn bent isn’t holding him back, it’s definitely not shutting him up.
He promises “No bling, no bitches, no bullshit,” a sentiment that’s echoed by many an underground rapper, but rarely delivered. But Young Dolla comes through where so many others fail, slinging rhymes that go back to hip-hop basics. His lyrics are solid and without pretense, avoiding traps like boasting and gangsta subject matter. These words are genuinely his own. The Las Vegas-born IE transplant has been rocking mics for years, but in 2005 when he put some of his demos online, he met music producer Damon “St. Demon” Perry, founder of Beyond the Gate productions. Soon after, he was able to drop his eight-track EP The Root of All Evil.
Perry, who sharpened his producing and recording skills working with the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, Warren G and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, gives Young Dolla’s songs a dark, sinister feeling that compliments his sharp, biting tone and spot-on delivery, giving him a sound that separates him from so many underground rappers. Avoiding a mainstream and over-produced generic hip-hop sound, Dolla strives to present something unique: a different kind of flavor for a different kind of rapper. (Phil Fuller)