The Come Up: Young Dolph
On Being Influenced By Master P, Pimp C And More:
Young Dolph: I was just a big fan of music. I didn’t write a lot, but I did use to freestyle a lot with my cousins and everybody. We was really playing, but when I think about it, that’s what we used to do. Just freestyle against each other. Even now, I don’t even write raps. We’ve been doing that.
I used to look up to [Master] P and them. P, C-Murder and them. I just respected his hustle more than anything. A lot of people look down and they really understand the music shit goes. It’s not just about the talent. It’s more with it. You gotta have the talent. You gotta know the business. You gotta keep your appearance up. The whole nine. You gotta have everything to go along with it, depending how far you want to go in it. I grew up bumping Snoop. I grew up bumping P and them. I grew bumping Pimp C and them. I grew up bumping DMX, Jigga and them. Shit, everybody. I fuck with all kinds of music. I remember that whole East Coast when there was nothing going on but all the Def Jam shit. Def Jam had all that shit poppin’. Ruff Ryders. Jay and them. Ja and them. Everybody.
These guys are authentic. Their originality. Storytelling. Their personal music. When you give your fans your personal music, they will be attached to you and they’ll be a fan of you forever. You got to them and you touched them and they started being a fan because of your personal shit that you were speaking. They gonna most likely end up being a fan forever. If people become a fan of yours on some like your music that you just putting out–fun music or regular music like trap music. Any kind of basic music, it’s cool but it won’t last that long. When you got that storytelling shit, you got that personal shit. You have a motherfucker want to listen to the song over and over and over. “Man, I was in this situation before.” Or, “Man, I know exactly what you are saying. I can feel it.” They them people that’s gonna go buy your records. They gonna come to shows. They gonna do all that.