Rapper Young Dolph, widely admired in the hip-hop community for his authenticity and fierce independence, was shot dead on Wednesday in a bakery in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, authorities said.
olice tweeted they had no information to release about a possible suspect in the death.
“The tragic shooting death of rap artist Young Dolph serves as another reminder of the pain that violent crime brings with it,” Memphis mayor Jim Strickland said.
The Daily Memphian newspaper reported that Young Dolph’s cousin, Mareno Myers, said the 36-year-old rapper had been in town since Monday visiting an aunt who has cancer and was also giving out Thanksgiving turkeys.
“He was inside the bakery and somebody just rolled up on him and took his life,” Mr Myers said.
A large crowd gathered near the shop after the shooting. At a news conference on Wednesday evening, Memphis Police director Cerelyn Davis asked the public to remain calm.
A city council member called for a curfew. Ms Davis did not rule out issuing one.
Like the Los Angeles rapper Nipsey Hussle, who was killed in 2019, Young Dolph pursued an independent approach to the music business. His Paper Route Empire label retained control over his music.
“I just got another vision for it – strictly 100pc ownership,” he said in 2018 a mini-documentary co-produced by his label titled Turned Dirt Into Diamonds. “A lot of people, they can’t see what I see.”
He said in the documentary that he had been raised by his grandmother and tried to help his parents “clean their life up” once he found success.
He released multiple studio albums, including his 2016 debut King of Memphis, and collaborated with fellow rappers Key Glock, Megan Thee Stallion, TI, Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz and others.
Young Dolph had three albums reach the top 10 on the Billboard 200, with 2020’s Rich Slave peaking at number four.
In his music, Young Dolph rapped about being a drug dealer and life on the streets in Memphis.