Rapper Adolph Robert Thornton Jr., known as Young Dolph, was shot and killed in Memphis on Wednesday, 17 November 2021 – see 5 facts about Young Dolph, details about his death, and how he died.
How did Young Dolph Die?
Memphis Police Department Chief, CJ Davis, said that officers responded to a shooting at a cookie shop at around 12:30 p.m, and the victim was pronounced dead at the scene. In his statement, the police head revealed:
“The preliminary information indicates that the victim is Adolph Robert Thornton Jr. However, this information will be confirmed once the identification process has been completed. This shooting is another example of the senseless gun violence we are experiencing locally and nationwide. Our hearts go out to the Thornton family and all who have been affected by this horrific act of violence.”
The 36-year-old rapper, who is from Memphis, has been a victim of multiple shootings until this one that claimed his life. In 2017, more than 100 shots were fired at his bulletproof SUV in Charlotte, N.C. He managed to walk away unharmed, and later, he released a song about the incident titled “100 Shots.”
A line from the song goes like this: “A hundred shots, a hundred shots. How the f*** you miss a whole hundred shots?”
Still, in the same year, he was involved in another shooting outside of a hotel in Los Angeles, and at the time, LAPD officials told reporters that the shooting occurred after young Dolph had an argument with three men. “[It] escalated to a physical fight. At one point, Young Dolph was knocked to the ground. And then one of the suspects pulled out a handgun and began shooting at him,” the official report read.
He escaped from the scene and ran into a nearby store, where he was later taken to a hospital and underwent surgery. Officials in Los Angeles told NPR that investigation about Young Dolph’s death is ongoing and more details would come to light.
See 5 facts about Young Dolph
1. Early life
His real name is Adolph Robert Thornton Jr., and he was born on 27 July 1985 in Chicago. He has two sisters and two brothers whose names are unknown.
When Young Dolph turned 2, his family moved to Memphis, Tennessee.
Growing up, he had a rough childhood, as his parents were addicted to hard drugs, and he only saw them every few weeks as a child. His grandmother raised him and his siblings.
He once described her as “the meanest motherf__ker in the world,” because according to him, he “… didn’t get that sh_t at the time. All the sh_t she was telling you, you get to seeing that sh_t when you hit about 15.”
His grandmother never allowed him to have friends visit their home, but she had let homeless people stay with the family.
The rapper’s career started in 2008 when he released his first mixtape, Paper Route Campaign. Two years after that, in 2010, he formally established his label Paper Route Empire — an independent record label not affiliated with a major record label.
In 2016, Young Dolph appeared on O.T. Genasis’s hit double-platinum single “Cut It”. Still, in that year, he released his debut album King of Memphis under his independent Paper Route Empire label, which peaked at 49th on the Billboard 200. In February 2017, Dolph released a music video for “Play Wit Yo’ B_tch”.
He has three other albums that gave him good recognition, reaching the top 10 in the Billboard 200. His latest work, Rich Slave, which was released in 2020, was not left out. The album became his highest-charting project, peaking at number four on the Billboard 200.
3. Personal life
Young Dolph was in a relationship with Mia Jaye, and the duo had two children together — Tre Tre and Ari. According to reports, the rapper is somewhat strict with his parenting because of his upbringing with his grandmother. He has a cousin named Key Glock, who is a rapper and they often work together and he found out that he was a distant relative of Juice Wrld, after the latter passed.
The rapper died on Wednesday, 17 November 2021, after he was fatally shot while picking up cookies for his mother at a local shop in Memphis that he frequented. According to police reports, an unidentified gunman entered the store and shot him twice. TMZ reported hours later that the person who shot and killed Dolph was caught on camera but was wearing a face mask.
5. Young Dolph Tributes
Celebrities, fans and friends of the rapper have flooded the internet with tributes. Here are some of the early ones we collated so far:
Meghan Thee Stallion wrote: “Everybody that know me knows I play this man music EVERY DAY ! He was so genuine so real so kind to me and tfarris always !!! Rest In Peace to a real legend“
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Mike Will wrote: “HATE POSTING SHXT LIKE THIS MAN WTF ! RIP DOLPH , U ALREADY KNOW HOW WE ROCK’d BIG DAWG , HAPPY WE MADE THE HISTORY WE DID PRAYERS TO UR FAM , FLY HIGH”
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Rick Ross had this to say:
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Also, his passing has ignited recognition of his many kind acts including gifting a fan his Lamborghini for buying his album, his annual thanksgiving and cash gifts.
Rap Fact: Young Dolph gifted 2 baristas $20,000 after they were fired for playing his song ‘Get Paid’ at their cafe ??? pic.twitter.com/ZTuYbhJuiU
— RapTV (@raptvcom) November 18, 2021
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