A prominent Memphis rapper was killed while at a bakery in his hometown on Wednesday.
Young Dolph, whose real name is Adolph Robert Thornton Jr, was shot while visiting a local bakery in Memphis. He was 36 at the time of his death.
Mayor Jim Strickland tweeted about the incident, talking about how no crime comes without causing pain.
The tragic shooting death of rap artist Young Dolph serves as another reminder of the pain that violent crime brings with it. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
— Mayor Jim Strickland (@MayorMemphis) November 17, 2021
Young Dolph had a successful rap career, releasing several albums and working with other prominent artists within the field. The Guardian reports the following of his accomplishments:
“Dolph started freestyling with his friends as a teenager, and began releasing mixtapes in 2008. “It can be at a spot, it can be in the trap, it can be in the car driving – we just fucking around,” he told the Guardian. He built a reputation as a confident rapper hungry for success; as he rapped on In My System, off the 2017 mixtape Rich Crack Baby, “I clocked in when I was 12 and never clocked out”.
News of his death spread rapidly, with many artists coming to social media to offer their condolences.
I am sooo sick rn I am in disbelief! Praying for his family and friends ! Rest In Peace to my friend a true legend dolph 🙏🏾
— TINA SNOW (@theestallion) November 17, 2021
God bless Dolph 🕊 Real independent Memphis rapper born in chicago. loved by millions of ppl. Always showed love everytime I seen him this is tragic God bless his family man
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) November 17, 2021