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Memphis & Young Dolph do beef different, even when there are prices on your head.

Last month, Young Dolph’s profile increased in a way he never thought possible.

A usual trip to Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Tournament Weekend resulted in the largest amount of press he’d ever received. Through a sneer and a laugh, he merely shrugged his shoulders after watching his SUV take up to 100 rounds of gunfire. That February 26 was not his Ides of March, so to speak. Dolph went on to perform at Club Cameo that night along with 21 Savage. And all he could do was taunt his way through Gelato tracks and the people who allegedly tried to end his life.

“Death doesn’t bargain,” August Strindberg wrote in The Dance of Death. As long as Dolph has continued to proclaim himself the King of Memphis, he’s faced threats every single day. The moment “Play Wit Yo Bitch,” his diss track aimed at North Memphis’ Yo Gotti hit the airwaves in February, the gloves were officially off. The two had spent the better part of the 2010s embroiled in a cold war in which Gotti wouldn’t even mention Dolph by name in interviews and more. “Play Wit Yo Bitch” was the final straw.

Does Dolph even care that somebody tried to end his life a couple of weeks ago? Not in the slightest. His rationale for it boiled down to jealousy and him being rich. It’s the kind of audacious thoughts and sentiments employed by a regal ruler who has survived attempts and brushed them off. So what’s the purpose of letting Gelato still breathe and exist, “Play Wit Yo Bitch” notwithstanding? Dolph is pressing forward, feeling as invincible as ever.

Friday night, the thick Memphis drawl of his found itself attributed to a new layer of street legend.

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“For 100 shots, I heard you paid 100 stacks. Hope you got a receipt, go and get your 100 back.” – Young Dolph, “That’s How I Feel”

Read the tracklist to Bullet Proof and it reads like an IG caption of taunts. $600,000 worth of bullet proof material had saved Dolph’s life. Everyone, including Dolph and his PR squad have bought into his aura. “Everything about the album is a middle finger to his opponents, down to the tracklist itself,” the press release states. Evisceration is on the group’s mind. While they doesn’t mention Dolph’s major foe by name, he gets lumped into the general hater category.

The taunts continue to add up on “That’s How I Feel” featuring an old Gotti foe in Gucci Mane. “You suckas can’t kill me, I’ma die of old age,” Gucci raps on his guest verse. It’s an irony considering that a decade ago, Gucci released his sophomore album titled Hard To Kill after surviving an attempt on his own life. Neither party has delivered as sharp a barb as “go dig your partner up n*gga, bet he can’t say shit”. Both parties however have laughed off bounties and demanded refunds.

“That’s How I Feel” deals with the sort of union members of different political parties make for shows of power. A decade ago, “Truth” was considered one of the South’s bluntest diss tracks ever but Gucci is far removed from such turf wars. Dolph on the other hand? His debut album King of Memphis should have told it all. Bullet Proof arrives on April 1st and Dolph has no problem pointing all of his venom at “that big head motherf*cker” until he can’t anymore.

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