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The hip-hop world was saddened to learn the sudden news of Young Dolph’s death Wednesday (Nov. 17).
The Memphis rapper, 36, was shot and killed outside of Makeda’s Cookies — a place he frequented in his hometown for many years — according to FOX13 Memphis. Per the outlet, three independent law enforcement sources confirmed Dolph’s death outside the cookie business. The store’s owner, Maurice Hill, divulged that Dolph was ordering food when someone drove up and killed him on the spot.
On the scene of a shooting on Airways. I’m hearing Memphis rapper Young Dolph may be a victim in the shooting. Shooting happened at Makeda’s Cookies. pic.twitter.com/Dw1nTcKV3C— Jeremy Pierre FOX13 (@JeremypierreFOX) November 17, 2021
CONFIRMED: Law enforcement confirms rapper Young Dolph killed in Memphis this afternoon.— Kayla Solomon (@KSolomonReports) November 17, 2021
Full story- Rapper Young Dolph shot and killed in Memphis, law enforcement sources confirm https://t.co/yGRJSkHFVq
Following Dolph’s murder, violence has seemingly spread across the city, as another deadly shooting was reported Sunday afternoon in the Orange Mound neighborhood of Memphis. Per WREG News Channel 3, the incident occcurred just a few feet from the White Mercedes-Benz police believed was used by suspects to flee the scene of Dolph’s murder.
Memphis PD has yet to confirm if the vehicle was involved in the shooting. However, three men were arrested for the crime — 23-year-old Terrance Jones, 19-year-old Jailon Nelvis and 22-year-old Tavis McQueen. The men were charged with aggravated assault, evading arrest, reckless endangerment and theft as authorities are still working to identify the gunman responsible for Dolph’s demise.
The beloved rapper, who’s real name is Adolph Robert Thompson, was well-revered in his community. As hip-hop mourns another death at the hands of premeditated violence, longtime friend and fellow Paper Route member Key Glock deleted his Twitter following the news. He took to Instagram Sunday to state the obvious in how he’s feeling: “STOP asking me if I’m ok knowing damn well I ain’t.” He later posted a longer message this week. He dropped his mixtape Yellow Tape 2 on Nov. 5.
Dolph previously announced his retirement following his scintillating collab album with Key Glock this past year, but went back on his word dropping his latest LP Paper Route Illuminati in July.
7 days ago Young Dolph was showing love and promoting a local memphis cookie business he frequents and today they killed him right outside. Sad. pic.twitter.com/CUu307V5ew— KENNY BEAR (@RapDose) November 17, 2021
Hip-hop reacts to Young Dolph’s death
#YoungDolph was unfortunately shot and killed today in Memphis. Rest In Peace 🙏🕊 #OGM pic.twitter.com/wbubq2R3Nn— Our Generation Music (@OGMusicCo) November 17, 2021
LONG LIVE DOLPH 🕊🕊🕊— Our Generation Music (@OGMusicCo) November 17, 2021
From what I’m hearing, Young Dolph went to pick up food and got ambushed, he returned fire but got hit several times and succumbed to the injuries he sustained.— DJ Akademiks (@Akademiks) November 17, 2021
That one time Dolph gave $20k each to two fans that got fired for playing his music at their job 🙏 pic.twitter.com/PWBmjAYBXK— Rolling Loud (@RollingLoud) November 17, 2021
R. I.P. to my friend Dolph this broke my heart— Gucci Mane (@gucci1017) November 17, 2021
Wtf damn Dolph SMFH 😤😤 I’ve said this on how many interviews Dolph was favorite I’m pissed RIH LEGEND 🤲🏽🤲🏽— WESTSIDEGUNN (@WESTSIDEGUNN) November 17, 2021
Damn R.I.P DOLPH PRAYER FOR YA KIDS AND FAMILY SMH— OFFSET (@OffsetYRN) November 17, 2021
Damn man, me and Dolph used to be next door neighbors. Smh. RIP DOLPH.— concrete boy boat (@lilyachty) November 17, 2021
we was just bowling together in Nyc ❤️🥺 Rip Dolph 🕊— Nav (@beatsbynav) November 17, 2021
RIP to Young Dolph, gone far too soon. Our hearts are with his family and friends 🕊 pic.twitter.com/EgLX04Xp2Y— RapCaviar (@RapCaviar) November 17, 2021
The hip hop community loses another good one. When will it end….RIP Dolph😣💔 https://t.co/RGtwZojPSZ— emwell (@emwell__) November 17, 2021
Rest Up Dolph 🐬 pray for @KeyGLOCK— DOE BEEZY/FREEBANDZ (@DoeBoyOfficial) November 17, 2021
Damn @YoungDolph can’t believe this shit prayers to his family and love ones— Morray (@morrayda1) November 17, 2021