Rapper Young Dolph dead at 36 after fatal shooting outside store in Memphis

Law enforcement sources confirmed that rapper Young Dolph was shot and killed in Memphis on Wednesday, Nov. 17th at age 36. The incident is said to have occurred outside a local business called Makeda’s Butter Cookies on Airways Blvd. in South Memphis.  Maurice Hill, the owner of Makeda’s, told the outlet that the rapper had entered his place of business to buy cookies when a vehicle approached and someone fired the fatal shot, killing the rapper around 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

Young Dolph (né Adolph Robert Thornton Jr.) is perhaps best known for his feature on the 2015 O.T. Genasis hit “Cut It”. He launched his solo career in 2016 with his debut album King of Memphis.  His latest project, a collaboration with his cousin Key Glock called Dum and Dummer 2, was released in March as a follow-up to 2019’s Dum and Dummer, which peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.  Late last month, Dolph performed during Rolling Loud New York 2021 at Citi Field in Queens.

Dolph was previously shot and critically wounded in September 2017 after three men confronted him outside Memphis’ Loews Hollywood hotel. That shooting was the second in 2017 involving Dolph; in February 2017, Dolph’s SUV was barraged with bullets in Charlotte, NC, prompting the rapper to get custom bulletproof panels for his vehicle.

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