|Young Dolph Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 3 in|
|Date of Birth||July 27, 1985|
|Date of Death||November 17, 2021|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Young Dolph was an American rapper, best known for his debut studio album, King of Memphis (2016), which peaked at the 5th spot on the Billboard Rap chart, and 9th on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop chart. He released 3 more studio albums following the recognition he got – Bulletproof (2017), a collaborative studio album Tracking Numbers (2017), as well as Thinking Out Loud (2017) that peaked at the 9th spot on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop chart, and 8th on Billboard Rap chart. His 5th album, titled Role Model (2018), was slightly less successful and reached 11th place on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop chart, and 9th on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Rap chart the same year. He also released a solo EP titled Niggas Get Shot Everyday on February 16, 2018.
Young Dolph was also known for 19 solo and collaborative mixtapes that he released between 2008 and 2017. His debut mixtape Paper Route Campaign was released via his own, newly-founded Paper Route Empire record label, after which Welcome 2 Dolph World (2010), High Class Street Music (2011), High Class Street Music 2: Hustler’s Paradise (2011), A Time 2 Kill (2012), Blue Magic (2012), East Atlanta Memphis (2013) with Gucci Mane, High Class Street Music 3: Trappin’ Out a Mansion (2013), and South Memphis Kingpin (2013) followed. The year 2015 was one of the most productive for him, as he released 5 mixtapes, 2016 saw the release of 2, while on February 3, 2017, he released only 1, under the name Gelato. Young Dolph had garnered a large social media fan base of more than 3 million followers on Instagram, more than 800k followers on Twitter, and more than 400k followers on his Facebook page.
Adolph Thornton, Jr
Young Dolph, Dolph, Dolph Gabbana
Young Dolph was born on July 27, 1985.
Young Dolph died on November 17, 2021, at the age of 36, after being fatally shot while picking up cookies for his mother at a local shop in Memphis, Tennessee, United States.
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Young Dolph attended Magnolia Elementary School in Memphis, Tennessee, United States.
- Siblings – He had 2 sisters and 2 brothers.
Young Dolph was managed by his own company, Paper Route Empire, in Memphis, Tennessee, United States.
Hip hop, Rap, Gangsta Rap
Paper Route Empire
6 ft 3 in or 190.5 cm
78 kg or 172 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
He was of African-American descent.
- Fuller Lips
- Short afro hair
- Goatee facial hair
- Often wore excessive jewelry
Young Dolph had endorsed his own clothing and accessories brand, Paper Route Empire (PRE).
Best Known For
- His studio albums King of Memphis (2016), Bulletproof (2017), Tracking Numbers (2017), Thinking Out Loud (2017), and Role Model (2018)
- His EP Niggas Get Shot Everyday released on February 16, 2018
- Releasing 19 mixtapes between 2008 and 2017 like Welcome 2 Dolph World (2010), A Time 2 Kill (2012), Blue Magic (2012), Cross Country Trappin (2014), BagMen (2015), 16 Zips (2015), Bosses & Shooters (2016), Rich Crack Baby (2016), and Gelato (2017)
Young Dolph released his debut studio album King of Memphis on February 19, 2016, under his own record label Paper Route Empire. It consisted of 11 tracks – Facts, F*ck It, Royalty, Both Ways, USA, How Could, On My Way, Let Me See It, It’s Goin’ Down, Real Life, and Get Paid, which was the most prominent song, and the only single for the album, released a week before the album itself. The album peaked at the 49th spot on the US Billboard 200 chart that year.
Young Dolph Facts
- He was born in Chicago, Illinois, but moved with his family to Memphis, Tennessee when he was 2 years old.
- Young Dolph witnessed his parents smoking crack, which inspired the lyrics for his hit track Preach.
- He was raised by his grandmother, who died of lung cancer in 2008. The other grandmother cared for his 2 sisters in Chicago, Illinois.
- Young Dolph wanted to make money since he enrolled in elementary school. He promised himself that he would get his parents out of the hood as soon as he could.
- He had a near-death experience the same year his grandmother died (2008) when he got into a nasty car crash. Both of these incidents were what inspired Young Dolph to start rapping as a form of an emotional release.
- He claimed that Yo Gotti tried to sign him to his CMG imprint record label, but he refused. Young Dolph didn’t like the way Yo Gotti treated the people he signed, and also wasn’t ready to abandon $3 million he invested in his own record label.
- Young Dolph nearly lost his life in a shooting in Charlotte, North Carolina in early 2017. According to the police, around 100 rounds were fired and hit vehicles and nearby residences. He wasn’t harmed, and his rival, rapper Yo Gotti, was accused of having something to do with it.
- When asked how he managed to survive over 100 rounds fired, he said that his SUV car was bulletproof and that he paid around $300,000 to make it secure. He also used the unfortunate event to promote his studio album titled Bulletproof, released on April 1, 2017.
- On September 26, 2017, he was shot multiple times in Los Angeles, California. Young Dolph was reportedly in critical condition but survived, and Yo Gotti was a person of interest once again.
- While recovering, he filmed parts of the music video for the song Believe Me in the Los Angeles hospital.
- Young Dolph refused offers of up to $12 million by major recording labels but said that he was still open to options in the future.
- In May 2018, after he heard that 2 baristas were fired from their job after listening to his Get Paid single which was deemed inappropriate, he invited them on-stage at his next concert and gave them $20,000 each as a reward for being loyal fans.
- Young Dolph managed to release 5 mixtapes in 1 year in 2015. High Class Street Music 5: The Plug Best Friend was released in February, Felix Brothers in June, BagMen in July, 16 Zips in late July, and Sh*ttin’ On The Industry in October of that year.
- The song titled Major, which he recorded in collaboration with the rapper Key Glock received a ‘Gold’ certification for more than 0.5 million units sold on January 22, 2019.
- In early February 2019, Young Dolph organized a special competition that he titled TheMajorChallenge.
- He asked his fans to film a video that featured his song Major, and send it to him. 1 winner of the challenge that won in originality, view count, and sharability was rewarded with Young Dolph’s Dodge Hellcat car, worth around $30,000, not including a custom camouflage pattern paint.
- On March 3, 2019, while Young Dolph was eating at the Cracker Barrel in Atlanta, Georgia, thieves broke into his car and stole a Patek Phillipe watch priced at $85,000, and 2 diamond chains worth just as much. His backpack, computer, headphones, and Cartier sunglasses worth $24,000 were also stolen.
- Visit his official websites @ youngdolph.com, itsdolph.com.
- Follow him on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, iTunes, YouTubeVEVO, SoundCloud, AllMusic, Spotify, and Discogs.
Featured Image by Young Dolph / Instagram