A Conversation With Zoey Dollaz On His New Music, Working With Future, Florida Hip Hop & More

The Miami rapper plans to go back-to-back with ‘M’ap Boule’ & 'Who Don’t Like Dollaz 2.'

(AllHipHop Features) Staying active is one of the keys to building a buzz in today’s music game. That’s partially why Zoey Dollaz is coming right back with another body of work following the M’ap Boule EP hitting the Web in July.

The Miami-raised rapper of Haitian descent is preparing to drop the sequel to 2015’s Who Don't Like Dollaz. Zoey already freed “Move Like The Mob,” his WDLD2 collaboration with Young Thug and Lil Durk.

Dollaz is also pulling off double duty by sustaining his promotion of M’ap Boule. He recently released the video for “Post & Delete” featuring Chris Brown. The clip has collected nearly a million views in its first week on YouTube.

I caught up with the Freebandz/Epic artist on the phone to talk about his latest records. We also chatted about his connection with Future, his thoughts on Joe Budden, and the rise of South Florida Hip Hop.

AllHipHop: Can you explain the project’s title - M’ap Boule?

Zoey Dollaz: I picked that title because it’s part of my first language. Also, the title means “I’m on fire.”

AllHipHop: Since you’re Haitian, I’m assuming that’s French.

Zoey Dollaz: That’s Creole-French.

AllHipHop: On quite a few of the tracks you use a melodic delivery. Why did you decide to take that approach on this particular project?

Zoey Dollaz: I wanted to try something different with the melodies. People know me for doing the hardcore raps and freestyles, so I wanted to take a different approach on my album and give them something they’re not used to.

AllHipHop: Are you going to go with that style on future projects? Is that a sound you find yourself enjoying?

Zoey Dollaz: I’m gonna do it probably on a few more. My next project is Who Don’t Like Dollaz 2. It’s gonna be all raps, aggressive, and street.

AllHipHop: When can we expect that?

Zoey Dollaz: I’m gonna drop it in like mid-October.

AllHipHop: Have you worked with any artists or producers for that project?

Zoey Dollaz: So far, I’ve only worked with Thug and Durk.

AllHipHop: When artists tend to do sequels to a project, the expectation level is a bit higher. Are you worried that people are going to hold you to a higher standard because you’re making this a sequel?

Zoey Dollaz: It’s definitely gonna be on fire. That’s mandatory. I can’t even play around like that.

AllHipHop: With you being on Freebandz, how involved is Future in your creative process?

Zoey Dollaz: Super involved. He’s one of the people that gives me my titles, the name of my tapes. He’ll be like, “You should name it that.” Then I’m like, “Oh crap. Alright, let’s get it.”

AllHipHop: Freebandz is a subsidiary of Epic which has been going through some executive turnover at the top of the label. Has that affected you at all?

Zoey Dollaz: It definitely don’t. It works itself out.

AllHipHop: Earlier this year, you did a freestyle where you called out Joe Budden over his comments he made about [former Epic Records CEO] L.A. Reid. Have you had the chance to talk to him and settle that situation?

Zoey Dollaz: Nah, f-ck Joe Budden.

AllHipHop: BET Hip-Hop Awards weekend is in Miami. Has BET approached you about participating in the cypher, being a presenter, or performing?

Zoey Dollaz: Most definitely. You know I gotta kill the cypher. That’s mandatory.

AllHipHop: You’ve been releasing more songs like a new freestyle and the song with Thug and Durk, but none of those songs appeared on M’ap Boule. Are those tracks precursors going into your next project?

Zoey Dollaz: Yeah, those will definitely be part of Who Don’t Like Dollaz 2.

AllHipHop: Speaking of that “Roll In Peace (Freestyle),” that was a song by Kodak Black and XXXtentacion. As a Miami native, what are your thoughts about how Kodak, XXX, Lil Pump, Ski Mask, and other guys from Florida have dominated SoundCloud?

Zoey Dollaz: It’s their time. They gotta shine. We’ve been in a hole for a little minute. XXX is definitely empowering all of his opportunities. Lil Pump is from Miami, so I’m standing behind him 100 percent. Kodak do his thing. Ski Mask The Slum God is just a super humble individual, so I rock with him.

AllHipHop: A couple of years ago, I did an interview with Denzel Curry, and he talked about how he kind of felt like the old heads in the Miami region weren’t really supporting his movement. Do you feel like it’s different now, where some of the people who are established in the city are taking these younger guys and helping to push them?

Zoey Dollaz: I fully agree with Denzel Curry. That’s my brother.

AllHipHop: So you feel like people in the city could be doing a little more?

Zoey Dollaz: Definitely.

AllHipHop: One of the things you hear about Atlanta is that they all work together which is why the city has been running Hip Hop for the past 15 years or so. But it seems like Miami is on the cusp, like you guys are the next ones up to have a really strong run in the culture. Right now the city is kind of dominating the internet, but what do you think it’s going to take for Miami Hip Hop to break into the mainstream?

Zoey Dollaz: Atlanta, for sure, is super strong together. Them boys is like, “We’re all together. We’re gonna get this money together. We’re gonna put each other on.” I feel like South Florida is coming like that little by little. It’s a great move, and I feel like everything great is yet to come for us.

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