CITY OF ORIGIN:
Musical Mercenary: Warning Shots (swishENTERTAINMENT, 2010).
Life, sorrow, victory, pain, death, love, hate, hope, willpower, struggle, God, family, fans, supporters, lovers, enemies, success…
Anthony Dollar hasn’t always been Anthony Dollar. Similar to Bow Wow dropping the “Lil’” tag as he matured, Dollar decided to slice the “Young” off his former moniker of Young Dolla and he added an “r.” But it wasn’t really due to the fact that he was placing more candles on his birthday cakes.
“To me, it was my actual name,” says the Moreno Valley-based Dollar. “Then I had a bunch of guys telling me they had it first . . . so I went with my real name. My last name is pretty sick! Had to throw that in there.”
Dollar notes that he got his start in high school. “It was the only way I felt like I could try and fit in,” he recalls. “I would write raps in class and show my boys . . . [they] usually liked what I wrote. After I recorded my first song at 14 in an actual studio, I was hooked.”
Dollar, who is originally from Las Vegas, soon got picked up by Beyond the Gate Productions and started in the pro leagues five years ago. He’s now moving ahead via his forthcoming release, Musical Mercenary: Warning Shots. “It’s actually a follow up to a teaser project I did called Musical Mercenary,” he explains. “I am the musical mercenary and these songs are my warning shots. I’m letting the IE, Vegas and the whole world know I’m here. And I’m killing all that noise about [how] the West Coast isn’t hot right now.”
Expect Dollar to be killing it on stage too, as he notes his excitement in getting to perform at Stinger’s for the first time.
“If you miss this, you missed out,” he says. “Expect to be surprised. I have a couple of ideas for this one. I don’t want to reveal too much. If you want to fall in love with music again, come check me out.”
After all, Dollar says that he makes music that can touch everyone. “I display my heart, soul and every emotion I have ever known in these songs,” he says. “I give my listeners my all on every record.”
Anthony Dollar at Stinger’s Bar and Nightclub, 194 W. Club Center Dr., San Bernardino, (909) 872-0308; www.stingersbarandnightclub.com. Sun, 9PM. $10-$20.