Tupac, slain in Las Vegas in 1996; Kendrick Lamar, who is one of the most prolific rappers of the past decade and a half; and Shakur, whose untimely death in 1996 shocked the rap community and the world at large. Young Dolph, who signed a deal with Interscope Records earlier this year, was gunned down just outside of Memphis on Monday, aged 36.
According to The Tennessean, which first reported the news, Dolph was riding in his car with his girlfriend, and two friends, early on Monday afternoon when a vehicle pulled up next to him. Once a man approached the car, and got out, Dolph started firing back, “unsuccessfully,” killing the passenger of the car. The male driver of the car was shot in the leg and was expected to survive. The man who was shot in the car, who turned out to be Dolph’s cousin, was not involved in the altercation.
Born Jermaine Lamarr X Hollis, Dolph went by the name Young Dolph early in his career, but has since adopted the more popular nickname. He was signed to Aftermath/Interscope last year, with the label’s CEO and founder, Dr. Dre, serving as a mentor. He released his first major-label album, All Eyez on Me, in 2016, receiving positive reviews for the project. Despite recording in Memphis, Dolph also recorded and released records overseas.
Dolph — who is from Grenada — was also the founder of Spittin’ Gallery, a non-profit organization that offered music, photography and video classes to underserved youth in Memphis. In a statement, his family asked for privacy and asked fans to “dont attack people you dont know or care about.”
According to the police report, a suspect — who has not yet been identified — was in custody for the shooting. The suspect’s identity was confirmed to The Tennessean. The shooting may have been the result of a robbery gone wrong.
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