“Mikey Dollaz has emerged as one of Chicago’s most promising new talents, especially for his genre-spanning ability.” – HotNewHipHop
“There’s something in the water in Chicago. The energy that a lot of their artists come with can be infectious (Chance the Rapper), grimy (L.E.P. Bogus Boys-R.I.P.), or in your face raw. Mikey Dollaz can be seen as the new ambassador for the last variety.” – Mass Appeal
“Mikey Dollaz is making some major moves to push the drill sound beyond the confines of the Windy City.” – Complex
“Picture Me Rollin’ documents Mikey Dollaz as a major player in the street rap scene” – Dummy Mag
“The waviest shit I’ve heard all year” – MTV
To watch Chicago’s Mikey Dollaz is to see an artist’s vision coming into focus in real time. In less than three short years, he’s grown from a competent drill rapper to a versatile lyricist. He sometimes picks themes for entire projects to keep himself on mission: the titles of Sex Music, Music on Drugz and the three Street Life tapes speak for themselves. He literally has more talent than he knows what to do with.Read more
Born and raised on the west side of Chicago, Mikey reached high school as a promising basketball prospect. But street drama derailed his career and eventually got him locked up in the late 2000’s. He read constantly to pass the time while incarcerated. He also found himself eagerly following the bits of news that trickled in about the city’s burgeoning hip-hop scene, itching to take his shot in the studio when he got out.
Mikey hit the ground running, parlaying his work ethic and obvious potential into local buzz. After a session with the up and coming Lil Chris went particularly well, the two joined up with I.L. Will to form the group M.I.C. In late 2012, he shot a video for his single “All We Know Is Drill” with influential Chicago director DGainz. As Gainz’s videos were crucial in the rise of the likes of Chief Keef and King Louie in the city’s YouTube-centric scene, the clip took Dollaz to another level. King Louie would eventually co-sign him as well, contributing verses to a handful of future tracks.
Through DGainz, Mikey also eventually found himself in a rap-centric love triangle with Tink and Dreezy, two of the most talented female rappers in the city (if not the whole country, and female or otherwise). The details are neither here nor there, but he shines on multiple tracks with both women, and an entire tape with Dreezy: 2013’s excellent Business and Pleasure. The egalitarian nature of these relationships and the obvious chemistry on the tracks are a credit to Mikey.
In 2016, Mikey Dollaz finds himself established and ready to make a statement as an artist. Done workshopping his flows and test-driving various styles, he’s ready to break out of the midwest and reach for national acclaim with a proper album. Only a couple of years into his career, it’s clear Mikey is yet to reach the limit of his potential.
Chicago West-Sider Mikey Dollaz and Sega Bodega Connect for 8-Bit Banger “High As Air,” 💨 Dropping Both Single and Video
Mikey Dollaz Recruits Lud Foe for the Silk Road Assassins-Produced “Cocky”
Drill Rap Innovator Mikey Dollaz Teams with Glacci for Avant-Trap Banger
Mikey Dollaz Causes Trouble in “Problem”
Mikey Dollaz Fuses Drill and Grime Into a “Hot 16”
Innovative Drill Rapper Mikey Dollaz Drops Good Music Gone Bad Mixtape, Produced Entirely by Saint the Good Boy
Mikey Dollaz & Silk Road Assassins Fuse Drill, Electronic, Grime on “Commas”
Mikey Dollaz Bosses Up in New York in “Biggie N Diddy,” Premiered by Mass Appeal
Mikey Dollaz Fuses Drill Rap and EDM, Collaborates Again With SALVA For the Beat-Shifting “Waddup/Who Betta”
Mikey Dollaz, King Louie, and SALVA Turn “Moments in Love” Into a Strip Club Anthem
FADER premieres Mikey Dollaz’ Video For Beat-Shifting, Obey City-Produced Party Anthem “Hot Boy”
Drill Rapper Mikey Dollaz Tears Up Los Angeles in “Flat Or Molly” Video Off Picture Me Rollin’ Mixtape, Premiered by ACCLAIM Magazine
Mikey Dollaz Goes Underwater in Strict Face-Produced Video For “Fuck Me Right,” Debuted By Dummy Mag
Mikey Dollaz Mobs Out in Chicago’s West Side For Sonny Digital-Produced “Good As It Gets” Video
Mikey Dollaz Captivates With High Energy Delivery on Haunting Sonny Digital Production From Forthcoming Picture Me Rollin’ Mixtape
Mikey Dollaz and King Louie Reunite For the SALVA-Produced Cut Sampling Art of Origin’s “Moments in Love”
Picture Me Rollin Finds Chicago Rapper Mikey Dollaz Teaming Up With A-List Rap and Cutting Edge EDM Producers, Debuted via FACT Mag