Memphians and the rap community are mourning the death of Memphis rapper Young Dolph. The independent rap artist was shot and killed Wednesday, in his hometown while supporting black owned local business Makeda’s Butter Cookies

So far, nothing is known about who pulled the trigger and MPD has no leads. He was just 36 years old.

The rap community has been devastated by continuous violence. Artists’ lives are put on the line for their craft. We’re still dealing with the loss of XXXTENTACION in 2018, Nipsey Husstle in 2019, and both Pop Smoke and King Von just last year. Now in 2021, we lost another prominent artist.

In an already struggling minority group, we’re losing many of our strong, black male figures.

Real name Adolph Robert Thornton, Jr. he was a prominent member of the Memphis community. He supported local businesses, appearing at Makeda’s Cookies a week before to promote the store.

Young Dolph also donated to charity. He handed out turkeys around Thanksgiving to families in need, he visited schools to speak to children, he also donated to Hamilton High School – his former high school. 

He was well known in the community for his philanthropic nature. He loved his city so much, in 2016 he released his album – King of Memphis. 

There is an outpouring of sadness, but also love for the Memphis rapper.

Young Dolph collaborated with the likes of Migos, Gucci Mane, and Megan Thee Stallion. They took to social media expressing their sorrow for their fellow rapper being shot and killed. 

Memphis is not unknown to gun violence – ranking number two in the nation for violent crime. Those who are hurt significantly by this are local businesses. Struggling already due to the Covid-19 pandemic, violent crimes can hinder tourism, threaten their business, or they can become victims to crimes themselves – often suffering from theft and property damage.

The local bakery, Makeda’s Cookies, has suffered many burglaries at their South Memphis location.

With no answers in sight, Dolph’s death has left many fans saddened and angry. Black men are subjected to more violence, imprisonments, and deaths in this county. This plight continues to plague the black community. Our fathers, brothers, and friends are lost too soon. Dolph’s death may open the conversation of the health and well being of African American men.

With no answers in sight, Dolph’s death has left many fans saddened and angry. Black men are subjected to more violence, imprisonments, and deaths in this county. This plight continues to plague the black community. Our fathers, brothers, and friends are lost too soon. Dolph’s death may open the conversation of the health and well being of African American men.

Black men deserve to live a full life.

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