Rapper Young Dolph dead in Memphis shooting
A law enforcement source has confirmed Memphis-based rapper Young Dolph has been killed in a shooting at a cookie shop in Memphis. He was 36.
Memphis Police were on the scene of a shooting Wednesday afternoon at 2370 Airways Boulevard near Ketchum.
Officers and witnesses could be seen in front of a broken window at Makeda’s Butter Cookies, a bakery in a strip shopping center that Young Dolph had visited recently. See video of his visit to Makeda’s in July.
Young Dolph, whose real name is Adolph Thorton Jr., was a graduate of Hamilton High School in Memphis. Last year, he donated $25,000 to the school for new sports equipment and supplies.
Young Dolph’s first album, King of Memphis, was released in 2016 and peaked at No. 49 on the Billboard charts. His hits include “Get Paid.”
On Monday, he was at the West Cancer Center outside Memphis with rapper Key Glock to give away 200 Thanksgiving turkeys.
Young Dolph had been the victim of a previous shooting during a fight at the Loew’s Hollywood Hotel in 2017 in Los Angeles. One person was booked into jail on a charge of attempted murder in that case, but was released with no charges.
Rapper Young Dolph shot and killed at age 36 in Memphis
Adolph Robert Thornton Jr, who turned brushes with death into raps of survival, was killed while buying cookies in his hometown.
It’s been confirmed that young dolph is dead
Adolph Robert Thornton, Jr., better known by his stage name Young Dolph, was an American rapper.
(July 27, 1985 – November 17, 2021)
In 2016, he released his debut studio album, King of Memphis, which peaked at number 49 on the Billboard 200 chart.
He was featured on O.T. Genasis’ hit single “Cut It”, which peaked at number 35 on the Billboard Hot 100. Young Dolph’s seventh album, Rich Slave, was released in 2020 and became his highest-charting project, debuting at number four on the Billboard 200. On November 17, 2021, he was shot and killed in Memphis, Tennessee.
The rapper & music executive was killed in a shooting outside a store in Memphis, a source tells Billboard.
the shooting took place outside Makeda’s Cookies, where police located Dolph and pronounced him dead on the scene. He was 36.
Born Adolph Robert Thornton Jr., Dolph became a huge success as an independent star on the Memphis rap scene after releasing his debut album King of Memphis in 2016. Since then, Young Dolph has scored three top 10 albums on the Billboard 200, with his 2020 Rich Slave project peaking at No. 4 on the chart. His albums earned a combined 2.6 million equivalent album units and sold 221,000 copies, according to MRC Data. His catalog tallied 3.9 billion on-demand U.S. streams, according to MRC Data.
“Maurice Hill, the owner of the shop where the shooting happened, Makeda’s Butter Cookies, told FOX13 his employees said Young Dolph, 36, walked into the store to buy cookies.
Someone then drove up and then shot and killed him around 1 p.m. on Wednesday at the bakery in South Memphis.”
Young Dolph released his debut album, King of Memphis, in 2016. It included the breakout hit “Get Paid.” He released several studio albums in the time since, perhaps most notably 2017’s Bulletproof and last year’s Rich Slave, which has racked u tens of millions of Spotify plays, as well as nearly two dozen mixtapes. Over the summer he dropped Paper Route Illuminati with Paper Route Empire, and his social media pages are full of recent videos and other releases.
Young Dolph – Talking To My Scale (Official Video)
WHBQ reports Young Dolph, whose real name is Adolph Robert Thornton Jr., had just bought items at a local bakery when the shooting happened at about 1 p.m. CST.
There was also no immediate confirmation from Young Dolph’s management or record label on his passing.
After years of mixtape releases, the Chicago-born, Memphis-raised rapper’s career on the mainstream took off in 2015 when he appeared on O.T. Genasis’ hit “Cut It”. Shortly after, Young Dolph released in 2016 his debut studio album, “King of Memphis”.
Last year, his sixth album, “Rich Slave”, debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart, which was his highest debut.
Tragically, the rapper lost his cousin, fellow rapper Juice Wrld, who died of a drug overdose in 2019.
Dolph’s collaborators have already expressed their grief over losing the artist.
Megan Thee Stallion, who was a featured artist on Young Dolph’s “RNB”, tweeted, “I am sooo sick rn I am in disbelief! Praying for his family and friends! Rest In Peace to my friend a true legend dolph.”
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