Those familiar with the 2007 biographical crime drama, American Gangster, and its portrayal of heroin kingpin Frank Lucas know that he branded the product he sold as Blue Magic due to its high potency and purity.
Considering his latest mixtape to boast similar qualities musically, Young Dolph stamped his new body of work with the same moniker.
“Blue Magic was the best product in the streets [in the movie],” Dolph said. “This mixtape is the best product in the streets. I’m the best product in the streets. That’s how I feel.”
Blue Magic boasts 20 songs and is hosted by legendary southern turntablist and Maybach Music Group’s own, DJ Scream. Memphis duo 8Ball & MJG, Houston hard hitter Paul Wall, Atlanta giant Gucci Mane, and Dolph's Paper Route Empire labelmates Tim Gates and Muney Makkn Murda all make appearances on the mixtape.
Memphis-bred producers DJ Squeeky, Drumma Boy, and Young Neiman (the in-house producer for Dolph’s label, Paper Route Empire) handled the beats. Other contributors included Peezy and Izze the Producer, who has laid tracks for Young Jeezy, Future, Freddie Gibbs, among others.
“I want listeners to know that my music is authentic. It’s real. They’re getting the real,” Dolph said. “I’m telling them my story and where I come from. I want them to know that if I can come from where I come from and do what I’m doing then they can do anything.”
With five mixtapes under his belt, Dolph considers Blue Magic to be his best work yet. Among other bangers, the mixtape features the tracks “Dream” and “My Real Life" featuring Gucci Mane. He considers the tracks to be two of the best songs he’s ever recorded.
“On the songs, I’m explaining a whole lot and walking people through what I’ve been doing from day one [up to this point],” he said. “Overall, all my projects are better than the last one. You’re never gonna get a Young Dolph project and be like, ‘damn, I don’t know about this one.’ You know what I’m saying? When you get this one, Blue Magic, you might be like, ‘damn, this my favorite.’"
Dolph has no plans of signing with a major label any time soon, but he’s not opposed to it if the appropriate deal presents itself. In the meanwhile, he’s pushing his record label, Paper Route Empire. His labelmates, Tim Gates and Muney Makkn Murda will both drop mixtapes in 2013.
A few weeks ago, a video revealed Dolph seated next to Gucci Mane during his interview with Hot 107.9 Atlanta. In the interview, Gucci called Memphis rapper Yo Gotti a “busta” for dropping his mixtape “CM7: The World Is Yours” on the same day as his “Trap God.”
Despite Yo Gotti being a fellow Memphis artist and person whom he’s collaborated with, Dolph said the situation doesn’t concern him.
“I don’t feel no kind of particular way,” Dolph said. “I just look at it like everything else that ain’t got nothing to do with me. What they got going on is between them. I’m not about to turn down Gucci, because he said something or got something going on with somebody from the same city as me, because that doesn’t make sense to me. I mess with him and that’s what it is. I can’t control him from saying what he wants to say. He’s grown.”
Blue Magic can be downloaded here.
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