Young Dolph Killed In Shooting: ‘Dum And Dummer’ Rapper Was 36

Young Dolph, a rapper whose past three albums made the national Top 10, was killed Wednesday in a shooting at a business in Memphis. He was 36.

The owner of Makeda’s Butter Cookies told Fox affiliate WHBQ-TV that Young Dolph (real name Adolph Thornton Jr.) was in the store when an assailant drove up and fired at him. The rapper died at the scene. His Lamborghini was in the parking lot when the news crew arrived.

Memphis police, however, had not positively identified the victim as of this afternoon.

Born on July 27, 1985, on Chicago’s South Side, Young Dolph was raised in South Memphis. He is best known for his gold-certified singles “Major” and “RNB,” along with “Cut It,” a double-platinum track by rapper O.T. Genesis that featured him and hit the national Top 40. Dolph also scored a pair of gold singles in 2017 with “Play with Yo Bitch” and “100 Shots,” the latter the lead track from the album Bulletproof that came out weeks after the rapper’s SUV was hit by dozens of shots fired from another vehicle in Charlotte, NC. Police recovered more than 100 shell casings at the scene, but neither he nor anyone else was hit.

Dolph was targeted by gunfire again later that year, when he was shot after a fight outside Loews Hollywood hotel, near the tourist hub of Hollywood & Highland. He was critically wounded and was “targeted because of who he is and some kind of beef that’s ongoing,” Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck told reporters at the time.

Along with dozens of mixtapes, Dolph released seven solo albums, starting with 2016’s King of Memphis. In March, his Dum and Dummer 2, a second collaboration with Key Glock, debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 chart. That matched the peak of the pair’s 2019 disc Dum and Dummer. Dolph’s solo set Rich Slave peaked at No. 4 last year. Bulletproof and its 2017 follow-up Thinking Out Loud reached the Top 20.

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