Young Dolph and Key Glock return with “Dum and Dummer 2”
Album: “Dumb and stupid 2”
Artist: Young Dolph and Key Glock
Etiquette: Paper Route Empire
Release date: 26th of March
Young Dolph and Key Glock are two artists who are often wrongly excluded from the top rapper conversation.
Dolph has spent over a decade making a name for itself, releasing twenty mixtapes and albums in its discography since 2013. While his protégé and cousin Glock has only been on site since 2016, the Memphis-born duo has been making waves since its 2018 hit “Major,” topping the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart. Since the release of their joint debut “Dum and Dummer,” fans have asked the duo to release more content. This prayer was eventually answered with “Dum and Dummer 2” published on March 26th.
The album cover is a blatant reference to the successful animated series “Beavis and Butthead,” in which Glock and Dolph can be seen on a couch amid piles of money and a selection of random items, including a parrot. Given the cartoon duo’s penchant for getting into trouble, causing a stir, and not caring about what others think of them, there is no better allegory to visually sum up the Glock and Dolph experience.
No album uses the “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality better than “Dum and Dummer 2”, which improves almost everything that its predecessor “Dum and Dummer” built. On its 20 tracks, Dolph and Glock rap about life in Memphis and the couple’s love of repeating words – especially “yes” – over a variety of trap beats.
With zero features, Dolph and Glock reserve the spotlight and waste no time proving why they are some of the most formidable rappers in the business.
On the opening track “Penguins”, Dolph and Glock get straight to the point with a rapid beat, in which Glock makes his (relatively) quiet voice shine and blends into the beat to an impressive extent. As confident as ever, he spits aptly: “I’m going to buy another truck and give Finna my coupé as a gift. I don’t shoot like Paul Pierce. I am the truth. “
The lead single, “Aspen,” which was released a few weeks before the album, has all of the lavish references and flexes you would expect in a song named after a town famous for its ski resorts. Regardless of how far he’s come, Dolph still finds time to think about life in Memphis, whether it’s about his family or problems with the law.
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“Free all my men locked in the can and call the opponents because they are my number one fans.”
Glock begins his verse comically with a timely reference to COVID-19 as he announces his return: “I just jumped out of quarantine to get back in.”
The real highlight of the album is returning producer BandPlay, who produced 14 tracks for the project, slightly fewer than the 20 songs they produced for the original “Dum and Dummer”. While its ad-libs can be heard throughout, no two beats are identical. BandPlay ensures that a variety of drums, moods and sounds are added to each song while maintaining a general tempo that gives the production a surprising level of thematic consistency.
While the album is a collaborative venture, Dolph and Glock get three and five solo tracks respectively, reminding listeners that these two titans can more than easily stand on their own.
“In GLOCK we trust” contains some of the best Glock lyrics to date. With one of the darkest rhythms on the album, Glock raps effortlessly with some of the most challenging drum and bass beats of recent times.
“I promise loyalty to the streets, yup, in that Glock, I trust / you say, ‘You think you are the shit?’ I say: “Yes, so what?” / And long before Corona came we were masked / I never ran away from anything, I just used up my money, yup. “
Dolph also gets his solo moments and shines on the “Coordinate” produced by Sosa 808. Always one who respects his elders, Dolph offers an interpolation of the notorious BIG song “Juicy”. The repeated line, “Whenever you slide,” is sure to repeat in the minds of thoughtful listeners. Dolph uses all of its branding techniques throughout the project and even rhymes non-rhyming words by manipulating their pronunciation:
“Hold a dull light, keep a gun in my drawer / Damn it, I miss my dawn / Pour out an ace of spades and spray its name on the wall.”
The final track “Dummest and the Dummest” sums up the album perfectly as the two rap to one of the album’s darker beats with the aggression and malice they are known for. No line embodies what the duo better represents than Dolph’s line, which both flexes his hardened personality and gives props to his cousin Glock.
“I just had fun with it / I pulled up in the club and then pulled out because I couldn’t get my gun in / All the bad b —– in my department, yours doesn’t have any in it / Glock has Lambo doors on his Truck set, I’m like ‘Damn you won, n — a’ ”
As always, the duo’s sound is an acquired taste and is likely to turn away listeners who are not yet fans of the artists. Apart from that, anyone who appreciates trap music, high quality lyrics and lots of drums will be at home with “Dum and Dummer 2”.
Alex Falter is the assistant art editor and can be reached at [email protected]
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