Jackson, Mississippi rapper Dolla Black has released his latest project, a new EP titled “Release.” The project features five singles and establishes Dolla as a solo artist. We got a chance to chat with him about his new EP, check it out below!
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: Before we get into the details of your new EP, how did you come up with its title?
DOLLA BLACK: I really didn’t think of the title for the project as I was pulling it together. At first I was planning on using ‘Dolla and a Dream’ as a series of projects from me, but I began to feel like it was generic and unoriginal and I didn’t want that. So, I began to just think on how I could make everything that I put together, anything that I work on, really have a very special meaning to me and I visualized the idea of the picture first. The picture that’s on the cover, me sitting in my car, writing, because a majority of the time, me riding around and listening to instrumentals is when my mind flows freely and if I’m having a bad day, just sitting in the car is what kinda gives my life that balance back. My release so to speak. So it became the concept and title for this project.
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: How would you describe the sound of this project?
DB: The sound I was going for with this project was simply the here and now. My intentions were to give people five singles from me at once, that fits into the scheme of what’s going on right now in the industry and give the city something to take to at the same time. I think I did a pretty good job at fitting in to each style category as far as singles are concerned, but I still haven’t channeled into my own sound yet. I’ve found my voice, but I know for a fact my full sound will probably kick in on the next project that I plan to release. Everything was brought to life by the great producers that I collab with on more than a regular basis, Alumni Beatz, Traxx On Deck, and A_V_E.
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: Do you have a favorite track on Release?
DB: I have two actually, iHustle of course, because that’s a real life personal song presented with an uptempo production from DA of Alumni Beatz that really gets everything started…plus that was my first single, so that’s my heart, that track will always be my favorite. My second is the newest addition to the EP “Strip IV Me”. I love that track because it brought a different style, delivery, and feel to the EP. I remember like it was yesterday, A_V_E hit me up and told me he think he had one for me that I needed. He came through, we ironed it out and it came to be what it is today. I think that could be one of the ones that is remembered as well as played often by the supporters of this project.
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: What differences between this project and your last project will fans hear? How have you grown as an artist?
DB: The main difference that they will hear is that it’s all me! I know fans are probably used to hearing me and La Roc and that really was a sound that we are known by, so I think that’s the biggest difference in this project and the other projects. All me! And I think I’ve grown a lot in the time period that I’ve started creating and reaching for notoriety as a solo artist. A LOT! Because it’s different when you’re the only person you rely on, the only person you wait on. It’s a whole different level of playing field and it forces your hand with the creativity and keeping the feel and the energy for the whole track. And it’s more important to me now more than ever because I’m the C.E.O. of my own company now – Black Dolla Entertainment. So now more than ever I have the weight on me to ensure that this company, the people that stand behind and support the company, are successful. That responsibility within itself forces you to grow up and strive to be better than the best.
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: Can you tell us about the process of creating an album…what do you go through mentally, physically, emotionally?
DB: Well this was actually a product of me saying I want something different. Something I can really stand on and introduce myself in a different light. So it was just practice to me, repetition and trying to create the best that I can! Something that I’m trying currently is attempting to channel a totally different level of creativity to carry what it is that I want.
Mentally, I try to find that mode that allows me to talk about any and everything and package it in a way that is understandable. I had to get out of that mode of thinking “well I want people to like this one” and “I want people to feel this one,” and just make music! Physically I’ve just started training to become a better performer. Cardio and lifting to really get in the best shape that I can for performances. Especially with being selected by the Sipp Hop Committee for this years #SummerJam2. I’ll be in the light and on the stage with some of the best performers that the state has to offer and I don’t want to under play that opportunity. It’s time to sell this product through performing!
Emotionally, I think when I’m in the production stages of the projects that’s when my passion seeps through the most, because it’s all I think about, all I want to do. I’m always looking for opportunities to create, whether it be encounters with people or just thoughts that run across my head, I’m trying to capitalize and I take it to the heart, because this is really what I want to succeed in out of life.
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: Let’s switch gears a little bit. You’re working along with Red Squared Productions and our site on Mississippi’s first official rap cypher. How has that experience been for you?
DB: It’s been great! Absolutely great! Working along side not only two awesome products of our city, but some actual class mates, you and Rod. To know that we are not only are progressing and have support in the things that we really love and want to do and have a passion about, but we have the opportunity to give back to the community and do all of these things together! That’s big to me! You couldn’t have told me that we would be sitting here, me as an artist and you as PR rep and entertainment blogger, and Rod as a videographer….never would I have guessed it! Then having the opportunity to work with those different caliber artists, Trey P, Skyy, Luck, Slimm Pusha, and IG was a testament to the fact that we as a city and state can come together and make something successful with the right people involved.
Fans can reach Dolla Black on social media @DollaBlackBDE. To visit his website, click here.