In July, Young Dolph dropped his latest project, High Class Street Music 4 (American Gangster). The mixtape features appearances by 2 Chainz, Trae Tha Truth, Problem and Trinidad James, as well as Gucci Mane, who's currently incarcerated, but with whom Dolph has long been associated.
"I probably talked to him a couple times; like twice," the Memphis native recently told MTV News of his recent contact with Guwop. "He seems like he straight. Seems like the situation turned out better than it could have, because he's supposed to be getting out sometime soon. I don't know when, but he feel like he good about it."
Gucci is currently behind bars on weapons charges, though he recently took a plea deal, and claimed he'll be out by next year.
Their High Class Street Music 4 collab is far from the only song that they've worked on together. In fact, later in July, the two, along with PeeWee Longway, released a collaborative mixtape, Felix Brothers. It's another in a string of projects that Gucci has been releasing from behind bars.
"We did so much music together, before he got locked up, it's just, Gucci, he don't hold on to music," the independent rapper explained. "He like, Man, let's put this out, let's put that out, let's put this out. That's what he do. He like to put out a lot of music."
Dolph says he's taken cues from that non-stop approach, too, and brought it to his own career, helping him earn a growing buzz.
"He go hard," he said. "I learned a lot from him, based on consistency -- always feeding the fans and doing it right. His work ethic crazy. Make ten songs in a day, 12 songs in a day, eight songs in a day."
The biggest takeaway? "Just go hard, make songs every day."