His mixtape, The Beatdown, is set to drop around the middle of August. The CD is an eclectic mix of beats from all over the country, combined with Dolla's real life lyrical stylings. He has also been featured on such CDs as Down South Ballin' 2 and Lil' Jerk's Young and Restless.
Hot 107.1 DJ Superman calls Dolla's music a straight interpretation from the soul. Although Dolla resists being compared to other artists, as most originators do, he has a heavy voice like Tupac. As Dolla said, I'm no imitator, but I came into the game behind some good teachers. He is influenced by artists like Biggie, Tupac, Outkast and Prince.
Dolla's good teachers taught him to rap about being himself, and this is what his fans most enjoy about his music. He won't rap about what he doesn't know. Instead he talks about some of the ridiculous things you have to do just to survive. This honesty in his lyrics makes Dolla appealing on a broad and diverse level.
When he was about 13 years old Dolla got into rap out of sheer boredom. All my friends were recording on the weekends and I didn't have anything to do, he said. When Dolla started writing something sparked inside him. Then his older sister brought home a copy of Outkast's The Player's Ball. Dolla loved the deep bass and the fact that Outkast was talking about things that he could relate to. They were developing your social consciousness without shovin' it down your throat, he said.
When he bought his first Biggie album it was all over. He would forever be changed by music. I'm sick of trying not to die instead of seeing what I can do to live better, said Dolla. His hunger and determination will ensure that he does just that.
By Tiffany Amore
1. Intro Produced By Rocstar
3. Gangsta (freestyle)
4. Live and Die For Hip Hop (freestyle)
5. Put Cha Hands Down
6. Afters Hours
7. What We Do
8. Hostile Takeover
9. Disappearing Acts
10. On the Slab
11. Special Delivery (freestyle)
12. Front to Back
13. Don't Make (freestyle)
15. Some People