Rapper Sir Dollar Isn’t Afraid to Tackle Social Issues in His Music
In recent years, hip-hop music had a reputation for focusing on guns, drugs and glitz. But that may be changing as the United States is currently facing a time of political upheaval and racial violence.
One of the rappers who has decided to tackle police violence in his music is Louisiana-bred rapper Sir Dollar. Sir Dolla has already shared the stage with hip-hop legends such as Snoop Dogg and E-40. His latest song is “Money.” Another single, “Together” talks about Black murder victims such as George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Sandra Bland. His music combines West Coast and Southern rap. This is my conversation with him.
SIR $ DOLLA Bio Born in the dirty south of New Orleans, one of fourteen brothers and sisters. He was from foster home…
Who are some of the artists that influenced you?
The Geto Boys, N.W.A. Snoop Dog, Too Short and a few New York hip-hop heads like Biggie and Bad Boy Records. (Diddy’s label.)
How did you get into the game and get your big break?
My cousin said to me, man, you have a great voice; you should be a rapper. (LOL) So I was like, ok, it was cool but when I moved to California, I knew it was for me. And one night in Hollywood I got to do a big event and it was on from that night.
How has the music industry changed over the last 10 years?
To me, it got better as far as an up-and-coming artist. But at the same time, we also took a step back on what artists are saying to the people. But I love hip-hop, so we’re still winning.
Do you think there’s still a market for socially-conscious rap?
In the music world, it’s a time for this and a time for that, and right now, the world wants to dance. But I hope we can get back to having many things to talk about with our music, so I hope it is.
When you make songs, are you more interested in making people dance or making them think?
Well, the type of artist I am I try and bring the party, Friday night just got paid type of vibe. So yes, I love to make party music but now and then give them something to think about.
Have you been affected by the coronavirus?
Yes, I have. Right before the “corona” hit, I had just recorded two songs on a Wu-Tang collaboration album. And it was set to go on Toure, and bang, Covid-19 hit. All bad. I’m hoping they come back around with the album after all this is over and release that CD.
What do you plan to do career-wise when the coronavirus is over?
Blow all the way up, get my name as a household name in the music world. Build my brand to become a force. Release as much music, and artist’s as Dolla 4 Dolla Entertainment and Dolla 4 Dolla Publishing.