With the untimely passing of rapper Young Dolph, his words are repeated as a reminder of the advice he gave to the community. In an epic interview with Drink Champs, the Memphis CEO shared that he is one of the few artists in the history of the genre to have achieved such success without ever signing a traditional record deal. Despite Young Dolph’s career being plagued by controversy, including multiple attempts on his life, he still learned the importance of property.
In the interview, Young Dolph said he turned down a $22 million record deal because he had a bigger vision for his career. “It was a label deal,” explains Dolph. “It was a really good deal, a super good deal to tell you the truth. But I just see something else. I have something else on my mind, which I want to do. But at the same time, it wasn’t a wrong decision whether I did it or not. It’s not a wrong decision, because I know what I’m doing. I’m focused, I have a plan for this shit.” The rapper also mentions how the evolution of the music business and the direct-to-consumer relationship between the artist and the fan also influenced his decision. “It’s always about ownership, as the game is different now. It’s just like you (Noreaga) just said, when you fell and you went for gold and you did this, did that, it’s like it’s different now. These days it’s more like your fans have more access to the artist just like you have more access to the fans and you can do shit. You can spend your money, you can control the game, dawg. The business part of it, dawg, and really keep people out of your business for as long as you want, until you want.
Condolences to his wife and family and may he rest in power.