The rapper Young Dolph died Friday night in Memphis, Tennessee, in what is believed to be a drive-by shooting. He was shot multiple times in an incident that took place on Visit Parkway, not far from his home in the city’s South End. The Star Advertiser reported the shots were fired during an apparent attempted robbery.
Popular hip-hop artist Young Dolph was murdered in Memphis, Tenn., officials said. The rapper was taken to the Regional Medical Center of Memphis with multiple gunshot wounds, however he later died from his injuries, a police spokesman said in a news release. Later, local news station WREG-TV reported that the shooting was “execution-style.” Memphis police have confirmed that he was shot multiple times. The suspect is still at large. Dolph’s death comes a day after his highly-anticipated album, “King of the Beach,” was released.
Young Dolph’s death, and his death only days before a highly anticipated album, prompted artists and fans to react to his death with a steady stream of condolences, memories and offers to donate to the rapper’s charitable organization, Money For My Pillow, which supports women battling domestic violence.
“R.I.P. to the great rapper Young Dolph we lost one of our own last night and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. He was an amazing talent and what he did for those in need while being one of the biggest stars in the game is unfathomable,” Tweeted the rapper Twista.
Young Dolph is a household name to anyone who follows music, and he is perhaps best known for his part in the infamous, and now infamous, Tupac Shakur-Stalin-directed video for the song “Ballin’”.
Young Dolph has had more high-profile ties to hip-hop: he worked with Shakur before the shooting in the video, which took place in 1996, and later partnered with Snoop Dogg in his ongoing weed storyline on the MTV show “Rob & Big.”
But Young Dolph was also known for his charitable contributions; he would provide incentives to promote his charitable products and pay for the costs of specific campaigns, such as supporting breast cancer awareness campaigns, according to Billboard. His company, also named Money For My Pillow, has held numerous large events, including a celebrity basketball game and a celebrity softball game, with proceeds going to the organization.