Open Space: Young Dolph

Adolph Thornton Jr., aka Young Dolph, aka “Notorious Dolph” aka “Dolph Obama” has been riding high on the success of his latest album Bulletproof. He also made headlines back in February for surviving a brazen attempt on his life—100 shots were fired at his SUV while on his way to a show in Charlotte, N.C. And he still made it to the stage.

Last week the young boss who titled his 2016 album King of Memphis stopped by MASS APPEAL HQ and opened up about his early days on “the wild Hundreds” of Chicago’s Southside.

“My grandmama in Memphis, she came and took me when I was about two years old and took me to Memphis,” Dolph recalls in a remarkable Open Space interview. At the time his mother and father were “in the streets,” struggling with drug and alcohol addiction.

“I had a problem with my parents when I was younger,” Dolph explains. “I just felt like, ‘Aw shit, they don’t give a fuck about us.’ They doin’ they thing.They can’t do shit for us.  We don’t see them.”  Once he got older and gained more experience he gained an understanding for his parents’ situation. “Someone who’s just an alcoholic in itself they can’t function. That shit is just all bad.” Still he remembers the day his mama told him he was going to be a star.

Dolph would go on to fulfill his mother’s prediction, establishing his name in the rap game. “I made a song,” he says, recalling the birth of his 2008 mixtape, Paper Route Campaign. “Went to the hood. Went to the spots. Went everywhere, like… Pull up on my boys. Lettin’ them hear it. They jump out the car. This is you?” He watched the wave build until his debut mixtape became a regional phenomenon: “First it started from, ‘We finna show my boys—let me see what it sound like.’ To ‘Damn, the hood, they love it!’ To ‘Damn, we got the whole city on this shit!’ To ‘Damn, we got the whole state!’ ‘Down there in Mississippi on this shit!’ ‘Down there in Alabama!’ ‘Now we in Carolina!’ It’s like the measles, the shit spread. And you like… It’s a feeling you can’t explain.”

After recounting the high associated with musical success, Dolph also shares his feelings about a near-fatal car crash in 2013—as well as his thoughts on the close call he survived in Charlotte. “It was a crazy situation,” Dolph says, calling the recent incident “the biggest test of my life.” Asked if he was surprised that the shooting happened, Dolph states: “I was surprised but I wasn’t surprised if that make sense.” One thing’s for sure, he’s not tripping. Maybe that’s why they call him “the realest in it.”

“I tell fake from real just offa actions,” says a man who’s been through some real situations. “Fuck everything else. Shit don’t make sense I don’t want part of it. Shit makes sense, I’m with it all the way.” Check out the full interview up top.

Related Articles

Video
Video

Watch Young Dolph’s New Documentary, ‘KING’

Ad

Latest News

Harambe News

Are You Pulling Your Dick Out For Harambe Today?

Please Don't, But Also RIP Harambe
Sofie-Boiler-Room-London Music

Sofie And The Art of the Mix

From Stones Throw to The Boiler Room
News

Meek Mill to YoungBoy Never Broke Again: If You Don’t Move, You’ll Die

The Philly rapper has seen this movie before
Music

Lil Yachty is Pissed That a Grown-Up Didn’t Edit His Lyrics

“I fucked up, I thought Squidward played the cello.”
NWA-daily-op Music

26 Years Ago Today, N.W.A Dropped ‘Efil4zaggin’

No one was spared.
ruth gruca, made la, vfiles Hey, You're Cool

Hey, You’re Cool! Ruth Gruca

The girl boss bringing Wiz Khalifa and Opening Ceremony together
Sports

With E-40 as Her Hypeman, Steph Curry’s Wife Freestyles at BottleRock Fest

Cavs in 4
MA-Thumbnail_Andre3000_nologo Music

Happy Birthday, André 3000!

"Made it through another year can't ask for nothing much more."
migos scotty 2 hotty Music

Migos Returns With Ode to WWE Legend Scotty 2 Hotty, “To Hotty”

Scotty 2 Hotty, choppers and shottys
alessandra mastronardi, hey youre cool, Italy, Master of None, Netflix Hey, You're Cool

Hey, You’re Cool! Alessandra Mastronardi

The 'Master of None' Italian actress considers an alternate ending.
John Boehner News

Former GOP House Speaker Known for Crying Says, “Trump’s A Disaster”

Today's edition of The Daily Blunt
gucci mane listening room Music

New Music From: T-Pain, Gucci Mane, Denzel Curry and More

The Listening Room (May 26, 2017)
gucci-zay-piano-album Music

‘Droptopwop’ is Dope But Gucci Mane Needs to Make That Zaytoven Piano Bar Album ...

The time has come for Jazzmatrap!
Hillary Clinton News

Hillary Clinton Talked Mad Shit On Trump And His Supporters to Wellesley Grads

She also said she drank chardonnay to get through her November loss
black-opera-premiere Music

PREMIERE: The Black Opera Salutes Wu-Tang, Public Enemy On New Mixtape

'80z Babies To The 2Gz II'
vinny virgo Music Video

PREMIERE: Vinny Virgo and His “Fast Car” Video

The car, of course, is a girl