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Rapper Young Dolph was shot to death in Memphis on Wednesday, according to local data. He was 36.
The incident took place outside a local company called Makeda’s Butter Cookies on Airways Blvd., reported by local Fox subsidiary WHBQ and CBS subsidiary WREG.
Maurice Hill, the owner of Makeda, told the point of sale that the rapper best known for his role in the 2015 OT Genasis hit “Cut It” had come to his office to buy biscuits as the vehicle approached and someone fired a fatal shot.
Memphis Police Department spokesmen refused to comment on the victim’s identity but directed PEOPLE Tweet showed that police were present during a shooting in 2370 Airways, in which one male victim was killed.
Young Dolph (born Adolph Robert Thornton Jr.) broke into the stage in 2016 with his debut album King of Memphis, and has since continued to release at least one album each year.
His latest project, a collaboration with his cousin Key Glock, was called Dum and Dummer 2, was published in March as a continuation of 2019 Dum and Dummer, which rose to No. 8 on the Billboard 200 album chart.
“We were excited to have fun with this album,” Young Dolph said Billboard in March. “There’s a song called ‘Cheat Code’ that we recorded in LA, and we didn’t record the music together, but we played it over and over again. The song was too raw and too loud, and we were like ‘S—, let’s do another 15 of these.’ and put them away. ‘ We knew we had to do another one – so we said, ‘K … it, let’s leave Dum and Dummer 2. “
At the time, the outlet said Dolph had set up an indie record company called Paper Route Empire and was looking for rising artists to help build the list he hoped would one day dominate hip-hop radio.
“This has always been my plan and vision to build a strong team and build artists like Glock,” Dolph said. Billboard. “I always knew I could do it with artists because I saw what I did to myself as an artist. I got the green light, and that’s the beginning of what we’re doing. Everyone will see this journey we’re on. It’s … I’ve just signed many artists over the last four months, and we have a lot of new music and content coming out. We’re going to tour people around the big record companies. ”
In the 2020 story, which focuses on all the achievements during the closing of the Young Dolphin pandemic, GQ wrote that his songs “always sound out of gravity and – either mockingly, triumphantly, or gratefully – out of abundance.”
In an interview with the magazine, Dolph said he spent quality time with his family, which was the “number one reason I enjoyed” the closure.
“This makes me realize how many good moments I’ve missed except for my house,” he said. “It has nothing to do with money. Your money doesn’t mean s-… Everything depends on your happiness.”
The rapper also described the special time he spent with his children Tren and Ari, both of whom got a shout out with their single “Sunshine.”
“We watch movies, we have [toy] arms fights, we on the trampoline, we do everything, “he said.” We play. I’m in my daughter’s room, I’m in her little castle she got. She crawled in, I crawled in my big ass at that mom. I’m in their world right now. Everything they want to do, everything they play, I am in this world right now. I’m just a big ass kid right now. ”
The young Dolph and her family were also the founders of the local non-profit IdaMae Family Foundation, named after her grandmother, with the goal of improving their community.
When news of Young Dolphin’s death was made public on Wednesday, tributes began to flow into social media.
At the emotional Instagram, Keke Palmer recalled meeting Mia Jaye, Young Dolph’s partner, on the plane with their two children while the family was on their way to her.
“When I found out her husband was a Dolph, I knocked it out,” Palmer wrote. “Hearing this news breaks my heart. The way people move these days seems unreal. Instead of inspiring or enhancing someone’s success, there is nothing but jealousy and jealousy, and this hurts me especially for our community. Everyone is trying to make ends meet and carry others. people on their backs when they get to where they’re trying to go. When that happens, you don’t just take away that life, you hurt the millions of other people they carried. “
He continued, “I’m sorry for your loss Mia and I’m sorry we lost you Dolphin. I send the most love I can conjure up to these beautiful children who now have to grow up without their father. Rest in eternal peace with my brother.”
Megan Thee Stallion also showed respect when writing Twitter: “I’m so sick, I’m disbelieving! I’m praying for his family and friends! Rest in peace with my friend, a real legend dolphin.”
“Damn man rip young dolphin,” wrote Utah Jazz shooter Donovan Mitchell. Twitter.
Rolling Loud, a popular hip-hop music festival, also showed respect writing: “LIVE YOUNG DOLPH” rapper next to the photo.
The young Dolph recovered from a previous shooting in Los Angeles in 2017, TMZ reported at the time.