Young Dolph

American rapper (1985–2021)

Adolph "Dolph" Thornton, Jr. (July 27, 1985 – November 17, 2021), better known by his stage name Young Dolph, was an American rapper.

Young Dolph
Young Dolph in 2017. Picture taken by Zach Boisjoly.
Young Dolph in 2017. Picture taken by Zach Boisjoly.
Background information
Birth nameAdolph Thornton, Jr.
Born(1985-07-27)July 27, 1985
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.[1]
OriginMemphis, Tennessee, U.S.
DiedNovember 17, 2021(2021-11-17) (aged 36)
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Cause of deathMurder (gunshot wound)
GenresHip hop
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
Years active2008–2021

In February 2016, Dolph released his debut studio album, King of Memphis, which peaked at number 49 on the Billboard 200 chart.[2][3] He was featured on O.T. Genasis' hit single "Cut It", which peaked at number 35 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Young Dolph was shot multiple times outside of a local retail store in Los Angeles on September 26, 2017.[4] He received multiple gunshots wounds which upon being hospitalized were being treated as non-life threatening.[4] A few hours later, Young Dolph was being treated under critical condition.[5]

Young Dolph was shot and killed while at a cookie store in Memphis, Tennessee by a gunman on November 17, 2021 at the age of 36.[6]


  1. "Young Dolph". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved March 17, 2016.
  2. Hernandez, Victoria (February 29, 2016). "Hip Hop Album Sales: Yo Gotti, Kevin Gates & Young Dolph". HipHopDX. Retrieved March 1, 2016.
  3. Kramer, Kyle (February 18, 2016). "PREMIERE: Stream Young Dolph's New Album, 'King of Memphis'". Noisey. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "YOUNG DOLPH SHOT MULTIPLE TIMES IN HOLLYWOOD... Rushed to Hospital". TMZ. September 26, 2017. Retrieved September 26, 2017.
  5. Joseph Serna (September 26, 2017). "Rapper Young Dolph wounded in shooting in center of Hollywood tourist district; one person detained". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 26, 2017.
  6. Rapper Young Dolph shot and killed in Memphis, law enforcement sources confirm