Adolph Robert Thornton Jr., born July 27, 1985, better known as “Young Dolph,” was an American rapper and songwriter. He released his debut studio album, King of Memphis, in 2016, which peaked at number 49 on the Billboard 200 chart.
|Full Name:||Adolph Robert Thornton Jr.|
|Date of Birth:||July 27, 1985|
|Place of Birth:||Chicago, Illinois|
|State of Origin:||Illinois|
|Net Worth:||$3 million|
Early Life and Education
Adolph Robert Thornton Jr. was born in Chicago, Illinois, on July 27, 1985. His family relocated to Memphis, Tennessee, when he was just two years old.
He was second cousins with rapper Juice Wrld and had two brothers and two sisters. Young Dolph’s grandmother raised him primarily.
Be only saw his parents sometimes as a child due to their crack cocaine addictions.
According to Young Dolph, many of his contemporaries in the South Memphis neighborhood where he grew up were raised by their grandparents as a result of problems their parents had.
While occasionally letting homeless acquaintances stay with the family, Young Dolph’s grandmother frequently forbade guests from visiting their home.
Young Dolph went to Hamilton High School while he was a teenager.
Young Dolph developed a love of music early. He was devastated in 2008 when his grandmother passed away.
He turned to music and started rapping as a means of expressing himself. In the end, he issued his debut mixtape, “Paper Route Campaign,” to positive acclaim. The popularity of the mixtape inspired him to learn more about music.
His other mixtapes and songs over the years include “High Class Street Music,” “A Time 2 Kill,” “Blue Magic,” “South Memphis Kingpin,” and “Felix Brothers.”
He was a part of O.T. Genasis’ 2015 hit song “Cut it,” which peaked at number 35 on the Billboard Hot 100. King of Memphis, his debut album, was published in 2016.
Critics reacted well to it. A commercial triumph, it peaked at number 49 on the US Billboard 200. Singles from the album were “Royalty,” “Let Me See It,” and “USA.”
His subsequent album, “Bulletproof,” was released in April 2017 and peaked at number 36 on the US Billboard 200.
I Pray for My Enemies, But I’m Bulletproof, and 100 Shots were among the singles on it. He also released “Tracking Numbers” and “Thinking Out Loud” that year.
Young Dolph Net Worth
American rapper, producer, and recording artist Young Dolph had a $3 million net worth at the time of his passing.
Young Dolph was married to Mia Jaye, and they have two children together Tre Tre and Aria. He claimed that because of his upbringing with his grandmother, he was a little bit tough with his children.
Young Dolph was a distant relative of the rapper and singer Juice Wrld, and the two frequently collaborated. Thornton also frequently worked with his cousin and fellow rapper Key Glock.
On September 26, 2017, Thornton was shot outside a business in Hollywood, Los Angeles.
He was admitted to the hospital in critical condition, but after a few hours, the doctors said he was expected to survive. He was hospitalized for two weeks as he recovered from three bullet wounds.
Young Dolph suffered 22 gunshot wounds, according to an autopsy report.
His funeral took place on November 30, 2021 by the First Baptist Church Broad Street. Security and Memphis Police accompanied the family’s convoy of black SUVs to the graveyard next to Young Dolph’s high school, Hamilton High School.
Police named Justin Johnson, age 23, as one of the murder suspects on January 5, 2022, and a first-degree murder warrant was then issued.
The Tennessee authorities offered a reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect up to $15,000. Johnson, who went by the rap name Straight Drop, has a documented history of violent crimes and “links to organized criminal groups.”
He was well-known in the region for his philanthropy, giving $25,000 to his high school, Hamilton, and inspiring kids with his speeches.
Days before to his passing, Thornton, who was well-known for giving free Thanksgiving feasts, donated 200 turkeys to patients at the West Cancer Center and had more dinners planned for days later.
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