MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP) – Police raided Memphis, Tennessee on Thursday looking for suspects in the murder of influential rapper Young Dolph at a popular local cookie store. peace and in all his hometown.
Few details have emerged about the shooting of 36-year-old rapper Wednesday at Makeda’s Cookie’s famous bakery near Memphis airport. Police have not released information on suspects or possible motives for shooting Young Dolph, who was inside the store when he was shot.
A crowd of supporters of the fiercely independent rapper lashed out at the cookie store after the shooting, and his business was shut down late Wednesday night. Police have asked the public to remain calm, and local leaders have called for a curfew on Wednesday night for fear of retaliation. There was no curfew.
At a press conference Wednesday night, Memphis Police Director Sereline “CJ Davis” did not say whether police believed the other shootings under investigation were related to the rapper’s murder.
Young Dolph was in Memphis doing charity work, including visiting a cancer treatment center and giving out turkeys at church ahead of Thanksgiving. He recently performed in concert at the University of Memphis. The rapper had a loyal following in Memphis, where he was admired for his successes and love for the city. Some fans cried as they gathered outside the bakery.
In a letter calling for a curfew on Wednesday, Memphis City Councilor JB Smiley called the shooting an act of “mindless use of firearms.”
“We’ve lost a very talented Memphian and a nationwide star,” wrote Smiley, a Democrat running for governor of Tennessee. “I get tired of making statements that talk about or highlight crime in our communities.”
Like Los Angeles rapper Nipsey Husslekilled in 2019Young Dolph took an independent approach to the music business. His label Paper Route Empire retained control of his music. “I just got a different vision of it – 100% ownership,” he said in a 2018 mini-documentary titled “Turn Dirt Into Diamonds,” co-produced by his label. “A lot of people don’t see what I see.”
“God bless Dolph,” Chance the Rapper tweeted. “True independent Memphis rapper born in Chicago. loved by millions of people. “
Born in Chicago as Adolph Thornton Jr., Young Dolph moved to Memphis in early childhood, according to The Commercial Appeal. In the documentary, he said he was raised by his grandmother and when he was successful, he tried to help his parents “put things in order in their lives.”
He has released many mixtapes since 2008’s Paper Route Campaign and several studio albums, including his 2016 debut album King of Memphis. He has also collaborated on other mixtapes and albums with fellow rappers Key Glock, Megan T Stallion, TI, Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz and more.
Young Dolph’s three albums hit the Billboard 200 Top 10, while 2020’s Rich Slave peaked at # 4.
In his music, Young Dolph talked about being a drug dealer and about life on the streets of Memphis. He considered himself a workaholic and in recent years has focused on growing his business.
“I’m the CEO first, then the artist,” he told writer Gary Suarez in a 2020 interview with Forbes., saying that he strategically refrained from signing with a major label. “As long as I continue to grow and work, my value will grow.”
“I know what the streets want to hear, I know what is happening on the street, jargon, fashion, everything else. This is not a trifle; this is my real life, ”he said to Suarez.
Young Dolph had survived previous shootings. In September 2017, he was shot several times after a fight outside a Los Angeles hotel. In February of that year, his SUV was fired upon in Charlotte, North Carolina more than 100 times. This incident served as the inspiration for the song “100 Shots”. He said he survived because his car had bulletproof panels, according to The Commercial Appeal.
Memphis officials, athletes and numerous music industry representatives posted their condolences on social media.
Rest with my friend Dolph, it broke my heart, Gucci Mane tweeted.
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 a beloved artist, who was taken away too early,” the agency said in a statement. “His dedication, drive, hard work and dedication to everyone around him have always come first and will be sorely missed.”
In a tweet, 2 Chainz said he loves Young Dolph.
“I appreciate you and I am lost for you, Dolph,” he said.
Pearson reported from Los Angeles. Associated Press author Joshua Housing of Munster, Indiana contributed to this report.