Young Dolph Biography (Updated 2023)

Let’s remember the loss of Young Dolph, an American rapper, producer, and recording artist who tragically passed away on November 17, 2021, at just 36 years old.

Born Adolph Thornton Jr. in Chicago, Illinois on July 27, 1985, Dolph moved with his family to Memphis, Tennessee when he was just two years old. It wasn’t long before he made a name for himself in the music industry, releasing his debut mixtape Paper Route Campaign in 2009, as well as the album Welcome to DolphWorld.

As the founder of the record label Paper Route Empire, Young Dolph often collaborated with rapper Gucci Mane, and released many successful recordings such as 16, Shittin On The Industry, 16 Zips, High Class Street Music, Cross Country Trappin, South Memphis Kingpin, and Blue Magic. You may also recognize him from the O.T. Genasis hit single “Cut It,” which reached #35 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Young Dolph released his debut studio album King of Memphis in 2016, which peaked at #5 on the US Rap chart, #9 on the US R&B/Hip-Hop chart, and #49 on the Billboard 200 chart. His album Bulletproof, which was released in 2017, reached #14 on the US Rap chart, #19 on the US R&B/Hip-Hop chart, and #36 on the Billboard 200 chart.

We’ll never forget the impact that Young Dolph had on the music industry, and our thoughts go out to his friends, family, and fans during this difficult time. Rest in peace, Dolph.


Let’s take a look back at the life of Young Dolph, a talented rapper who faced some intense moments in his career.

Back in February 2017, Young Dolph was caught in the middle of a gunfire attack in Charlotte, North Carolina. Reports suggested that up to a hundred rounds were fired at him! It’s hard to imagine how he must have felt during that time, but he spent a couple of weeks in the hospital, healing from his wounds.

There were even rumors that this incident might have been connected to his rivalry with another rapper, Yo Gotti. Yo Gotti was briefly suspected to be involved, but the police soon cleared him of any involvement.

Interestingly enough, Young Dolph chose to name his second album Bulletproof, which clearly showed how much that incident had affected him.

Unfortunately, tragedy struck again in November 2021, when Young Dolph was shot and killed in Memphis, Tennessee. It’s such a sad loss for the music industry, and for all of his fans who loved his music.

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