100 Shots and Still Livin': Why Young Dolph is The King Of Memphis

Written by Greg Harris

While the world of hip hop has turned its head on its axis when Remy Ma violated the career and credibility of Nicki Minaj; there was also another beef ensuing in Memphis, TN. This one being on a lesser scale but it proved why Young Dolph serves as the undisputed champion of the streets of the legendary city of soul and blues. 

In a sense, this is something like an urban legend. The root stems from Yo Gotti and Young Dolph being the two rap heavyweights in the city and where Gotti wanted to bring Dolph into the CMG family alongside the growing acts of Blac Youngsta and Moneybagg Yo, Dolph differed and took a different route that brought a lot of Gotti’s dirt to the forefront. From his baby mother messing around with Young Dolph on multiple occasions to his big brother getting fronted some of his “pack”, Gotti seems to be losing on all cylinders to his successor and Dolph capitalizes on that. 


From records such as “Baller Alert” to “Play With Yo Bitch” to “Yeezy”, Dolph shows all signs of imperialism when it comes to who holds the throne in Memphis. Also, it restructures the hierarchy in the city with Dolph’s recent success on “Cut It” with OT Genasis and his consistent release of projects. The “City of Blues” has carved its essence into the streets with lyrically raw stories and Dolph has that as a foundation that’s sparkled with glamor and glitz. In many ways, it’s reminiscent to Master P’s rise to fame and how he constructed a family with independent success. The stature of Dolph's reign is shadowing what Memphis has represented in the past with its gritty roots, but he does it in a way where it shows the process of the rags to riches. 

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