Key Glock has released a heartfelt statement on the death of Young Dolph.
Glock, who is Dolph’s cousin and also signed to the late rapper’s Paper Route Empire label, shared a carousel of images on Instagram last night (Nov. 22) that featured his family member
And frequent collaborator. The photos date back to Glock’s childhood to present-day adulthood when they’ve worked on music together.
In the caption, the 24-year-old rapper wrote, “Damn bro, im LOST my heart is torn my brain bout to explode it HURTS when I breathe..why you leave me so soon?? I’ll never be the same, you was my lefthand man,my brother,my cousin,my mentor.
And drank partner for the past 2 years I been taking LOSS AFTER LOSS and still can’t understand whyFirst, it was my pops then my auntie then my grandma and now YOU!!.”
He continued: “I know we can’t question GOD but GOD why?! There’s nothing no one can do or say to bring you back and that shit just eats me up by the second!! Nigga you were Phil Jackson and I was yo MJ Remember I told you I got yo back no matter what??
I GUARANTEE THAT!! Words really can’t explain how I truly feel right now.. I’m sick to my stomach bruh!! Peace ain’t even working.. all I see is DARKNESS, only GOD knows how much you meant to me #LongLiveDOLPH#PlugBestfriend #Dum&Dummer #THEMniggas #FamilyNOTfriends #PaperRoute4Life.”
The long-awaited autopsy results in the death of Memphis rapper Young Dolph were released Tuesday.
The medical examiner listed the official cause of death as homicide and said Young Dolph had been shot 22 times.
According to the report, the 36-year-old rapper whose real name is Adolph Thornton Jr. lists the cause of death as “gunshot wounds to the head, neck, and torso.”
Memphis-based rapper Young Dolph, whose real name is Adolph Thornton Jr., was killed November 17 in a shooting at Makeda’s Butter Cookies on Airways.
Officers and witnesses could be seen in front of a broken window at a bakery in a strip shopping center that Young Dolph had visited recently.
Days later, hundreds attended a memorial service celebrating his life filled with stars, fans, family, and his life partner, Mia Jaye.
“It’s definitely painful for us to not having him in our lives. One thing I know for sure for certain he’s in our hearts guiding us,” Jaye said.
Rapper Young Dolph fatally shot at Tennessee cookie shop.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Rapper Young Dolph, widely admired in the hip-hop community for his authenticity and fierce independence, was shot and killed Wednesday inside a beloved local cookie shop in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, authorities said.
Police tweeted they had no information to release about a possible suspect in the shooting, which took place at Makeda’s Cookies near Memphis International Airport.
“The tragic shooting death of rap artist Young Dolph serves as another reminder of the pain that violent crime brings with it,” Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said in a statement.
The Daily Memphian newspaper reported that Young Dolph’s cousin, Mareno Myers, said the 36-year-old rapper had been in town since Monday visiting an aunt who has cancer and was also giving out Thanksgiving turkeys.
“He was inside (Makeda’s), and somebody just rolled up on him and took his life,” Myers said.
Just last week, the cookie shop posted a video on Instagram of the rapper promoting the store’s cookies, saying he returns to the store whenever he is in Memphis.
A large crowd gathered near the shop after the shooting. At a news conference Wednesday evening, Memphis Police Director Cerelyn “CJ” Davis asked the public to remain calm and recommended that residents stay home tonight. She did not say if police think other shootings under investigation Wednesday were related to the rapper’s killing.
A city council member called for a curfew. Davis did not rule out issuing one at some point.
Like the Los Angeles rapper Nipsey Hussle, who was killed in 2019, Young Dolph pursued an independent approach to the music business. His Paper Route Empire label retained control over his music. “I just got another vision for it — strictly 100 percent ownership,” he said in 2018 mini-documentary co-produced by his label, titled “Turned Dirt Into Diamonds.” “A lot of people, they can’t see what I see.”
“God bless Dolph,” tweeted Chance the Rapper. “Real independent Memphis rapper born in chicago. loved by millions of ppl.”
Born in Chicago as Adolph Thornton Jr., he moved to Memphis when he was 2, according to The Commercial Appeal. He said in the documentary that he’d been raised by his grandmother and tried to help his parents “clean their life up” once he found success.
He released numerous mixtapes, starting with 2008′s “Paper Route Campaign,” and multiple studio albums, including his 2016 debut “King of Memphis.” He also collaborated on other mixtapes and albums with fellow rappers Key Glock, Megan Thee Stallion, T.I., Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz and others.
Young Dolph had three albums reach the top 10 on the Billboard 200, with 2020′s “Rich Slave” peaking at No. 4.
In his music, Young Dolph rapped about being a drug dealer and life on the streets in Memphis. He recently performed at a concert at the University of Memphis and has performed during the halftime of a Memphis Grizzlies game. He was admired in Memphis as a torchbearer of the city’s rap legends, Three 6 Mafia.
Young Dolph considered himself a workaholic and in recent years was focused on growing his business. “I’m a CEO first, then an artist,” he told the writer Gary Suarez in a 2020 interview for Forbes, saying he’d strategically held off on signing with a major label. “As long as I keep going up and keep working, my value is going to increase.”
Young Dolph Autopsy Twitter
The insider, who requested anonymity, initially released the 44-second video on Twitter. This footage was filmed immediately before the rapper’s body was carried to the scene, according to him. The video was first broadcast on Facebook Live, and as of Wednesday night, it has had over 60,000 views on Twitter.
“I know what the streets want to hear, I know what the street’s going through, the lingo, the fashion, everything. It ain’t nothing; it’s my real life,” he told Suarez.
Young Dolph had survived previous shootings. He was shot multiple times in September 2017 after a fight outside a Los Angeles hotel. In February of that year, his SUV was shot at in Charlotte, North Carolina, more than 100 times. The incident was the inspiration for the song “100 Shots.” He said he survived because he had bulletproof panels in his vehicle, The Commercial Appeal reported.
Memphis officials, athletes and numerous members of the music industry posted their condolences on social media.
“R.I.P. to my friend Dolph this broke my heart,” Gucci Mane posted on Twitter.
The rapper’s talent agency, APA, said it was shocked and saddened by his death.
“The world has lost an icon, a great man and beloved artist who has been taken too soon,” the agency said in a statement. “His dedication, drive, hard work and loyalty to all those around him always came first and he will be deeply missed.”
In a post on his Twitter account on Oct. 20, Young Dolph said a doctor told him he needed some time to himself.
“I never knew what anxiety meant until My doctor just explained to me that I have it this morning,” another tweet posted that day said.
In an August tweet, he said: “Still can’t believe i got to where im at in life. still feel unreal.”
It is the fourth high-profile shooting in the Memphis area in the past two months. Others include a school shooting in which a 13-year-old student wounded a classmate, the fatal shooting of two postal employees by a third postal worker who then killed himself, and a mass shooting at a Kroger grocery store in the Collierville suburb that left two people dead, including the shooter, and more than a dozen wounded.