Rapper Young Dolph was shot and killed at a cookie factory in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee on Wednesday and a search is underway to locate the shooter, officials said.
Police tweeted that no suspicious information was available during the shooting, which took place at Makeda’s Cookie’s near Memphis International Airport.
“The tragic shooting death of rap artist Young Dolph is another reminder of the pain violent crime brings,” Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said in a statement. âMy thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. “
The Daily Memphian newspaper reported that Young Dolph’s cousin Mareno Myers said the rapper had been in town since Monday visiting an aunt with cancer and was also handing out Thanksgiving turkeys.
âHe was inside (at Makeda’s), and someone just turned on him and killed himself,â Myers said.
As recently as last week, the cookie shop posted an Instagram video of the rapper promoting the store’s cookies, saying he returned to the store whenever he was in Memphis.
The 36-year-old rapper was born in Chicago as Adolph Thornton Jr., and moved to Memphis when he was 2, according to The Commercial Appeal.
He has released numerous mixtapes, starting with the 2008 “Paper Route Campaign” and several studio albums, including his first “King of Memphis” in 2016. He has also collaborated on other mixtapes and albums with other rappers Key Glock, Megan Thee Stallion, TI, Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz and others.
Young Dolph had three albums reaching the top 10 on the Billboard 200, with 2020’s âRich Slaveâ peaking at No.4.
In his music, Young Dolph raps about being a drug dealer and life on the streets of Memphis. He recently performed at a concert at the University of Memphis and he performed during halftime of a Memphis Grizzlies game. He was admired in Memphis as the torchbearer of the city’s rap legends, Three 6 Mafia.
Young Dolph had survived previous shootings. He was shot and killed several times in September 2017 after a fight outside a Los Angeles hotel. In February of that year, his SUV was shot down in Charlotte, North Carolina more than 100 times – the incident was the inspiration for the song â100 Shotsâ. He said he survived because he had bulletproof panels in his vehicle, The Commercial Appeal reported.
Memphis officials, athletes and many in the music industry have posted their condolences on social media.
âRIP to my friend Dolph, it broke my heart,â rapper Gucci Mane posted on Twitter.
Record producer Omen also posted a message on Twitter, saying, “We are already losing too many black men to poor health, racism, jail, etc.” we have to find a way to heal and not add to it with our own violence. prayers for the family and friends of the young dolphins. TEAR.”
In a post on his Twitter account on October 20, Young Dolph said a doctor told him he needed time for himself.
âI never knew what anxiety meant until my doctor explained to me that I had it this morning,â another tweet posted that day said.
In an August tweet, he said: “I still can’t believe I’ve gotten to where I am in life. Still feel like I’m unreal.