One year ago today (November 17), the world tragically lost Young Dolph. Young Dolph was shot and killed in Memphis on November 17, 2021. He was 36. WREG reports that Memphis Police said one male victim was located and pronounced dead at the scene and confirmed Dolph was the victim.
Officers and witnesses gathered in front of a broken window at Makeda’s Butter Cookies, a bakery in a local Memphis strip mall. A man who identified himself as the business’ owner said a young man had been shot while buying cookies. TMZ reports that the rapper’s vehicle was found outside Makeda’s.
Dolph was pronounced dead at the scene. Two suspects have since been arrested and charged with his murder.
A year later, while he may no longer be here with us physically, two elements of his legacy still live on: philanthropy and musical excellence.
In honor of the Memphis rapper, #DolphDay is being celebrated with a nationwide Day of Service in Tennessee and Georgia, commemorated with a variety of philanthropic-focused activations across the country.
“[Dolph’s] community efforts and traditions will continue and much more,” Carlisa Brown, the late artist’s sister said Tuesday in a release. “His spirit of giving will continue to live in us as it did in him until his passing. We hope that those who truly supported him will take Young Dolph Service Day as a day to give back and help those that need the assistance as he did.”
In Memphis, the IdaMae Foundation is providing free haircuts and serving lunch at the Hospitality Hub today. According to the Commercial Appeal, free kits containing winter items like gloves, blankets and more will be made available for those in need. In Atlanta, dinner and free haircuts will be provided at the Evolution Center.
Not in either city? Dolph Day of Service also extends to other regions in the U.S. where, in partnership with the Confess Project of America, haircuts and mental health services will be provided in states like California, Maryland, Arkansas, Texas, Kentucky, Ohio, and Massachusetts. For more info, click here.
Of course, Dolph Day 2022 wouldn’t be complete without music. The rapper’s cousin and frequent collaborator, Key Glock, has released a new EP that continues his story.
As the leader of Dolph’s label Paper Route Empire, Glock just dropped PRE5L. Featuring production from Tay Keith, Bandplay, Sosa 808 and Hitkidd, the project has Glock at his best, spitting some buttery smooth bars, perhaps the pinnacle of which come on “Jigsaw.” Check out the video for the song below.
Stream PRE5L here.