The 36-year-old singer, who survived two shootings in 2017, died on Wednesday in Memphis, Tennessee.
“Preliminary information indicates that the victim is Adolph Robert Thornton Jr.” , better known by his stage name Young Dolph, authorities said. Young Dolph, 36, born in Chicago and raised in Memphis, had just entered the Makeda cookie shop, where he used to be, when an armed individual appeared and shot him, local press reports. Police said they have no information on the suspect at this time.
He had already survived two shootings
He is added to the sad list of downcast rappers like the Swede Einár , the Americans Nipsey Hussle and Pop Smoke or the legendary Tupac Shakur and Notorious BIG . 36-year-old Young Dolph , an artist often ranked in the charts and the Billboard charts, was killed on November 17 in Memphis (Tennessee), the city where he grew up. The rapper was then in a cookie store where he had his habits. “On November 17, 2021 at 12:24 am, Memphis Police officers were called to the scene of a shooting and a male victim was located and pronounced dead at the scene. Preliminary information indicates that the victim is Adolph Robert Thornton Jr “authorities said, naming Young Dolph’s birth name.
A historic quarrel with another rapper
Without saying more, the local press specifies that an armed man had appeared in the cookie shop and then had shot the rapper , author of the hit album “King of Memphis”. If he could not survive this time, the artist had already been the victim of two shootings in 2017 . In Charlotte, first, in North Carolina where his car had received a hundred bullets, then in Los Angeles. According to the American rap media, these exchanges of fire at the time could have been linked to the conflict between Young Dolph and Yo Gotti, another rapper, also from Memphis. Their quarrel was regularly the subject of allusions in the titles of Young Dolph.
A difficult existence
The rapper, born in Chicago but who grew up in Memphis, also regularly evoked his difficult childhood and adolescence in his lyrics. In one of them, we learn that his mother is homeless and did not raise him, that his parents were hard drug users and that he went through the drug trafficking hut.. This event has shaken the world of American rap and many personalities have already paid tribute to the young man, starting with rapper Gucci Mane who regrets having “lost a very close friend”. According to the specialized press, despite the fact that no investigation has yet been carried out, reprisals in the form of shootings have already taken place, targeting the homes of members of the family of rapper Yo Gotti and their entourage. Police did not say whether these events were related.