Rapper Young Dolph shot up a cookie store in Tennessee
Memphis, Tenn. Rapper Young Dolph was shot dead Wednesday in a cake shop in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, and the hunt for the shooter is underway, authorities said.
Police wrote on Twitter that they had no information to release a possible suspect in the Makeda Cooks shooting near Memphis International Airport.
“The tragic shooting death of rapper Young Dolph is yet another reminder of the pain that violent crime brings,” Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said in a statement.
The Daily Memphian reports that Young Dolph’s cousin Marino Myers said the rapper has been in town since Monday visiting his cancer-stricken aunt and has also been handing out turkeys at Thanksgiving.
“He was inside (Makeda), and somebody rolled up on it and took his life,” Myers said.
Just last week, the cookie store posted an Instagram video of the rapper promoting the store’s cookies, saying he returns to the store whenever he’s in Memphis.
Like Los Angeles rapper Nipsey Hussle, who was murdered in 2019, Young Dolph has been admired by many in the industry for his independent approach to music. The Paper Route Empire label has retained control over his music.
“God bless Dolph,” Chance the Rapper tweeted. “The real independent Memphis rapper was born in Chicago. loved by millions of people.”
The 36-year-old rapper was born in Chicago as Adolph Thornton Jr., and moved to Memphis when he was two, according to The Commercial Appeal.
He has released several mixtapes, starting with 2008’s “Paper Route Campaign” and multiple studio albums, including his 2016 debut The King of Memphis. He has also collaborated on producing other songs and albums with other rappers Key Glock, Megan Thee Stallion, T.I., Gucci Mane, 2 Chains and others.
Young Dolph has had three albums that reached the top ten on the Billboard 200, with 2020’s “Rich Slave” peaking at number four.
In his music, Young Dolph criticized for being a drug dealer and life on the streets of Memphis. He recently performed at the University of Memphis and performed during the first half of the Memphis Grizzlies game. He was admired in Memphis as the torchbearer of the city’s rap legends, Three 6 Mafia.
Young Dolph has survived a previous shooting. He was shot multiple times in September 2017 after a fight outside a Los Angeles hotel. In February of that year, his SUV in Charlotte, North Carolina, was shot more than 100 times. The incident served as the inspiration for the song “100 Shots”. The Commercial Appeal reports that he said he survived because his car had flak plates on it.
Memphis officials, athletes, and several members of the music industry have posted their condolences on social media.
Gucci Mane posted on Twitter: “This broke my heart for my friend Dolph.”
Record producer Omen also posted a message on Twitter, saying, “We’ve already lost so many black men to poor health, racism, imprisonment, etc. We must find a way to heal and not add to that by using our own violence. Prayers for the family and friends of the little dolphin. Rip.”
The rapper’s talent agency, APA, said it was shocked and saddened by his death.
“The world has lost an icon, a great man and a beloved artist who was captured so early,” the agency said in a statement. “His dedication, drive, hard work and loyalty to all those around him have always come first and will be sorely missed.”
In a post on his Twitter account on October 20, Young Dolph said the doctor told him he needed some time to himself.
Another tweet said that day: “I never knew what anxiety meant until my doctor indicated I was taking it this morning.”
In a tweet in August, he said, “I still can’t believe I’ve reached where I am in life. I still feel unrealistic.”
This is the fourth high-profile shooting to take place in the Memphis area in the past two months. Other examples include a school shooting in which a 13-year-old student injured a classmate, the fatal shooting of two postal employees by a third postal worker who then killed himself, and a mass shooting at a Kroger grocery store in the Collierville suburb that left. Two dead, including the shooter, and more than ten wounded.
Associated Press book Joshua Housing in Monster, Indiana; Kristen M. Hall in Nashville, Tennessee; Ryan Pearson of Los Angeles contributed to this report.
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