The creator of street classics such as Bulletproof, Gelato and Thinking Out Loud is back with another album titled Rich Slave. The political significance behind this title is something worth explaining because you have two words that define a portion of America’s history. “Rich” being focused on America’s strong and deep history with Capitalism and “Slave” deriving from the cruel and dark history of slavery. The cover art is something unique too because it pictures just how life is like for a successful black man in America, the man in the car is Dolph and it’s clear to see that the people around him are giving him mean looks because they feel a type of prejudice towards him, once a black man is winning in this country questions are asked and this is what the cover art touches on, let a man make his money and live his life. I personally didn’t see this album coming so I was surprised when i saw it on Apple Music but somewhat skeptical because I’ve heard Dolph do it all, it might be hard for him to wow me or the fans but I’m going into this with open ears. Let’s get started.
“Hold Up Hold Up Hold Up”– This Intro track isn’t anything crazy in my opinion, the production does get a little boring towards the end and so does the flow. I just feel like I’ve heard something like this from him before. I definitely expected something more from him on the opening track because he normally murders Intro tracks to get the listeners attention but that isn’t the case here.
“Black Friday Skit”– This small skit is just a phone conversation between Dolph and his grandfather? Or Uncle? In unsure. The conversation itself is about 2 minutes long and is full of a variety of different topics. I’m unsure as of what the significance is for the skit but from the sound of the skit it may be about this event called “Black Friday” that occurred in Memphis a very long time ago, what happened is explained in the skit which I recommend listening to.
“To Be Honest”– I personally don’t know what to really say with this track. It isn’t lackluster but it also isn’t anything worth talking about, it’s just a fairly generic Young Dolph track in my opinion.
“I See $’s”– The thing that separates this track from the two full tracks above is the interaction with his voice, he raises the volume of his voice which is a thing that I enjoy because it sounds like he is more interactive with the music he is making. The production is decent but I still haven’t heard anything that’s “wow’d” me.
“Corduroy Horseshoes”– Here we have another skit between Dolph and the same man that was on the first skit. This is definitely more entertaining than the first because Dolph asks about his father to this man who clearly knew him in school as kids. I like this because it brings a little bit of lightheartedness to the album.
“What’s da Bizness”– This is the track I’ve been waiting for. How the baseline kicks in right at the beginning of the track catches my attention almost immediately, Dolph also rides this beat extremely well. I’m wondering what took so long for Dolph to get into it but I’m just glad he finally found his groove. He comes with a real laid back but yet intimidating flow that matches almost perfectly with this beta with a haunting aspect to it with bells in the background throughout the beat, definitely a highlight for the album.
“The Land”– The lyrical significance behind this track is something extremely special, specifically where the title of the track is placed within the track. The lyrics “They say this the land of the free, it seem like the land of bullsh*t to me” really caught my attention because of how real they are and how applicable they are to what this country is going through right now. I really enjoy this track and really want to see more of this on the album, when you have a title such as the one on this album you have to come with tracks about the same topic in which your album title is about and this track is a perfect example of it.
“Death Row”– This track really sounds good and gives some comparisons and references to the record label Death Row. I love the production and the subtle usage of the guitar mixed with the 808s, kicks and baseline, Dolphins flow is like water on this track, he typically has a very flexible flow and can use it however he wants and shows this to me on this track.
“CrayCray”– I cant find a whole lot to say about this track because it just feels like another one of those generic tracks, the production is nice and reminds me a little bit of what NBA YoungBoy would rap over, mainly because he works with this producer a lot. Again, I can’t find a whole lot about this track that’s worth talking about.
“RNB (feat. Megan Thee Stallion)”– This track and possibly one or two more before this track have been produced by Juicy J…I personally didn’t know Juicy J produced music in a serious way. I really enjoy the production because it honestly sounds like something Juicy would rap over and also it reflects the style of music Megan and Dolph make and their sound which is that down south/ dirty south sound, they both have that southern accent that makes things sound more intimidating and serious, I love this track and how well done it sounds.
“Rich Slave”– In my opinion Dolph has the most interesting flow on this track compared to all the other tracks off the album so far, it sounds fun and engaging with a little bit of melodic tendencies throughout the hook. The production is a little gritty which gives it a very serious and intimidating undertone which is absolutely perfect for Dolph. Another well done track for Dolph.
“Until It Rot”– This track is another generic track but not as generic compared to all of the other generic tracks on this album. The production has a small element that feels almost eerie which supports Dolph just fine but it’s the flow that makes me feel indifferent because i just feel that I’ve heard it several times in the past.
“Blue Diamonds”– I really enjoy when he does things with his voice like raise it, lower it, or even auto tune but when he has a monotone voice for 2 and a half to 3 minutes it’s just not fun for me but that isn’t the case here. His flow picks up in speed a little and drops in speed and his voice also goes up and down so this track caries a lot of qualities about Dolph that I appreciate as an occasional fan.
“No Sense (feat. Key Glock)”– I personally love hearing Dolph and Key Glock on the same track because they both have relatively similar styles with their music, they both have that deep and intimidating voice that makes their music sound even more tough than how it already sounds. This is probably the best track off the whole album because of their chemistry and how well they work together, the energy just seems much higher than any other track off the album.
“Benz”– One thing that I love that musicians do is incorporate real life sounds and that’s what he does on the intro of this track, we get a little audio clip of a cars engine rumbling, it isn’t anything major but I really like it. I really love how nonchalant he sounds on this track, his lyrics are from confidence but the tone of voice he chooses on this track supports him a lot with the overall toxic energy he portrays in his music. The track is a little repetitive with the hook but all in all it’s a really good track.
“1 Scale (feat. G Herbo)”– I saw this track trending on Twitter, more so G Herbo but it was definitely related to this track. As an outro it’s pretty good, the production is a little lackluster and the use of auto tune is a little unnecessary but I like the overall vibe. G Herbo really does a lot for this track in my opinion, it just sounds like more of a Herbo track than a Dolph track. It isn’t a bad outro but it definitely has the potential to be something great.
With this being a Dolph album I feel like it’s pretty on par for what he’s used to making but just a little less effort. The album definitely has its highs and it’s lows which makes it an inconsistent price of music, I did have higher expectations because I really like Dolph and the music he makes and how he makes it, Dolph has the perfect “I really don’t care” voice, it’s so nonchalant and confident to the point where he makes everything sound cool but sometimes on this album he just felt emotionless and boring. I would honestly rate this a 5/10 or even a 4/10 but all in all this isn’t the best project I’ve heard from Dolph but I’m definitely hoping for something more entertaining through his next project whenever that comes out.
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