How appropriate, in the summer of The Dark Knight Rises – Pat Dolla$ finally lets loose his debut mixtape, Change Begins: The Prelude – incredibly inspired by it’s predecessor. The Brooklyn born rapper, who currently calls Boca Raton, Florida his home kicked off this thing last year with the release of his song “Grown Simba.” The audio was kind of bad, the artwork obviously snatched from the 1st page of a Google search – but if there was anything that the 20,000 or so people took away from those experience, it was the passion exuded from Young Simba. The growl would only begin to get even more ferocious as the months went on, continuing his onslaught for the world to hear on tracks such as “The Don’s Fire”, “Dead Presidents”, “The Plan”, “The Dolla Fam”, “Underground Kings” and more. Change Begins: The Prelude proves that Simba, may be indeed destined to take the crown.
Change Begins leaves very little room for fluff as Dolla$ from the jump flexes that fiery passion we’ve been talking about from the beginning. “Change Begins” is just the intro into the mind, which leads into “Fuck Yo Comparison” where he establishes his worth outside the frequently compared list of white rappers. Angel M. flexes his fantastic producing skills on another ThisGoesINDIE effort for the year in the Lana Del Rey sampled, “The Takeover” featuring GRANATA & Brice White. In what starts off as a beat as methodical as one of Del Rey’s own tunes, Angel throws his own dose of Emeril on the beat – and BAM, instant banger featuring two other up-and-coming talents who hold their own on the standout track.
“Dolla Fam II” is the sequel to the initial record dropped last fall featuring frequent collaborator, Young Ty. The tape gets a little bit more deep and personal, as he questions social problems on the back to back tracks “Imagine If” and “Young World.” “Wish You Where Here”, featuring the vocals of Wynton Grant, one of the much more personal cuts dedicated to his late grandparents that almost made us shed a thug tear.
The debut tape from Pat Dolla$ also features heavy production from Ion The Prize including the singles “Young World”, “Use Somebody” and the Courtney Anthony assisted “Money Over Woman.” Change Begins is truly the beginning of something special, providing the perfect entry into this rap game for the white kid from Williamsburg featuring credible rhymes, personal stories, and fantastic production.