Young Dolph is dead at the age of 36 following a shooting in Memphis, Tennessee.
Fox 13 Memphis writes that “three independent law enforcement sources confirmed” Dolph was killed on Wednesday. Billboard shared the same news, citing a source.
Police said the shooting took place at Makeda’s Homemade Butter Cookies, a local bakery. Fox 13 writes that owner Maurice Hill informed them “his employees said Young Dolph walked into the store to buy cookies. Someone then drove up and then shot and killed him.”
TMZ adds that a source says the shooter fired “through a front window,” and notes Dolph leaves behind a daughter and son.
Reporter Jeremy Pierre took to Twitter with news of the shooting. “On the scene of a shooting on Airways,” Pierre wrote. “I’m hearing Memphis rapper Young Dolph may be a victim in the shooting. The shooting happened at Makeda’s Cookies.”
On the scene of a shooting on Airways.
After releasing several mixtapes in the first half of the 2010s, Young Dolph scored his first top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with a feature on O.T. Genasis’ 2015 single “Cut It.” From there, Dolph dropped five studio albums in five years: 2016’s King of Memphis, 2017’s Bulletproof and Thinking Out Loud, 2018’s Role Model, and 2020’s Rich Slave, which peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200.
Dolph also collaborated with fellow Memphis rapper Key Glock on a pair of joint projects, 2019’s Dum and Dummer and 2021’s Dum and Dummer 2, which dropped in March and climbed to No. 8 on Billboard’s albums chart. Most recently, Dolph released his Paper Route Empire label’s first-ever compilation mixtape, Paper Route Illuminati, in July.