Southern rapper Young Dolph - a Gucci Mane protégé who has increasingly carved out his own identity on mixtapes like South Memphis Kingpin - recently invited listeners to "Choose Your Side" on a slinky shot fired at fence-riders. "Ain't no in between … choose your side," he drawled. With songs that combine sobering street realities ("I've never seen a man cry 'til I seen one die") and beats that hit like a pillowcase full of doorknobs, expect more fans to fall in line shortly.

Southern rapper Young Dolph - a Gucci Mane protégé who has increasingly carved out his own identity on mixtapes like South Memphis Kingpin - recently invited listeners to "Choose Your Side" on a slinky shot fired at fence-riders. "Ain't no in between … choose your side," he drawled. With songs that combine sobering street realities ("I've never seen a man cry 'til I seen one die") and beats that hit like a pillowcase full of doorknobs, expect more fans to fall in line shortly.