Young Dolph, Dead at 36
The hurt and pain of losing someone extends as far as the lives that person touched. Unfortunately, on Wednesday, Nov. 18, rapper Young Dolph was murdered in Memphis, and with his death, hip-hop lost one of its most significant artists and entrepreneurs.
According to FOX13 Memphis, the shooting took place out of Makeda’s Butter Cookies, and that the rapper had just walked into the store to buy cookies. The Memphis rap legend was no stranger to the bakery. And a week before being shot, he was there promoting the business.
More Than Just A Rapper
The 36-year-old rapper, outside of being an artist who released over 20 albums and mixtapes, Dolph is remembered today for the philanthropy he’d spread around Memphis. The hip-hop star was set to give back to his community outside Memphis Athletic Ministries this week. However, it was the same week he was shot and killed. The drive gave away 200 turkeys to teens and their families. This would have been the fifth year Dolph volunteered.
Dolph founded a non-profit, Ida Mae. He opened to “address the community’s needs by offering programs and philanthropic activities that will enhance the quality of life by creating opportunities for lifelong learning, personal growth and development, and preservation of the community culture.” With that and the help of Dolph’s family, they have made it possible to give back to their community.
Rapper Gives Back
In 2020, Memphis-born rapper made a stop at his high school, Hamilton High, and they were soon to find out the surprise. The rapper donated $25,000 to go towards new sports equipment and supplies. When he heard the school was in need, the rapper could not think of anything else that would be better to help.
“That’s why I do it for the kids and youth,” Dolph said. “They look up to me.
In 2019, Dolph held a brunch for women who are survivors of domestic violence, experiencing homelessness, and undergoing recovery. The rapper made an impact on these individuals and became a person the community could truly trust.
“I wanted to do this for them, me and my whole team, just to give,” Young Dolph said Sunday. “Today is y’all’s day, I want you to do whatever you want to do.”
The artist gave $20,000 to two baristas fired from a coffee shop on Duke campus for playing his song, “Get Paid,” and when the rapper says get paid, he means it. Dolph heard about the firings and flew both girls out to his May performance at Miami’s Rolling Loud Festival.
When the pandemic crushed the nail business owned by one of his pregnant fans, Dolph drove his Lamborghini to her home, gifted her a luxury car, and allowed her to sell the expensive ride.
An Impact Bigger Than Dolph Could Imagine
Dolph is survived by his two children and his. He also did his best at giving back to his community. He should not be remembered as another rapper who fell victim to gun violence. However, he should be remembered as a man who was a caring father and partner. Most importantly, a man who spent some of his last few moments helping others.