Yesterday morning – I got the call to interview one of my favorite rappers, Young Dolph so I excitedly accepted. Touring to support his album ‘Role Model’ that dropped last fall, stopping in the DMV last night to the Fillmore. Young Dolph is known and revered for being an independent artist who never signed a major deal (outside of distribution) and to his own label ‘Paper Route Empire’ throughout his musical journey. In fact, we talked here in his interview about his independent status. Low and behold – immediately after Dolph leaves the radio station, he headed to Twitter to confess in a series of tweets:
Now I don’t know what to take from this but this lowkey contradicts everything we had JUST talked about in the interview. Twitter’s reaction is just as confused with some fans expressing disappointment after celebrating his independent status for YEARS. Artists who are independent rely heavily on the support from their fans (streaming, word of mouth promotion etc.) to make their money. Independent means exactly that: independent.
Did Dolph get hacked? Did Dolph wanna get something off his conscious? Did he sell independent rappers a false dream of hope? Or did a rapper I had hella respect for – just omit the truth from me?
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