Back To School Drive Distributes Supplies in Memory of Slain Rapper Young Dolph

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Several hundred kids now have backpacks and school supplies, thanks to the memory of  the late Young Dolph. 

On what would have been his 37th birthday, parents and students came out for a giveaway Wednesday in South Memphis. WATN-TV reports that organizers for the ’20th Annual Back to School Stop the Violence’ event say they held it in the Castelia neighborhood because that’s where Young Dolph grew up.

The “100 Shots,” rapper was shot and killed late last November outside Makeda’s Homemade Butter Cookies in Memphis. The entrepreneur, and visionary of Paper Route Empire was admired for his charitable works that included Thanksgiving food giveaways, giving to high schools and paying rent and funeral costs for people in his home neighborhood. 

READ MORE: Remembering Young Dolph: Happy Heavenly 37th Birthday

Suspected shooter, 32-year-old Cornelius Smith is expected in court on July 29.  Smith will appear with his co-defendant, Justin Johnson who’s also accused in the shooting death of Dolph.

Smith has been charged with first-degree murder, possession of a firearm, employment of a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony, and theft of property over ten-thousand dollars. He’s also been charged with the attempted murder of Young Dolph’s brother, who was present at the time of the fatal shooting.

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Young Dolph’s Estate Celebrates His Birthday With New Banger

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Young Dolph’s estate released a new track for what would have been the rapper’s 37th birthday. He died last year after being shot in his hometown of Memphis. Dolph’s team at the Paper Route Empire released the song “Hall of fame” on July 27 in honor of the first anniversary of his death.  His longtime […]

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Young Dolph’s ‘Hall Of Fame’ Is His First Posthumous Single

In the less than 12 months since Young Dolph was gunned down in his native Memphis, his Paper Route Empire cohorts have made a point of honoring their fallen brother. In January, the Paper Route Empire Presents: Long Live Dolph compilation album dropped featuring PRE rappers Key Glock, Big Moochie Grape, and others. And today, PRE has leveled up with “Hall Of Fame,” the first track from Young Dolph to be released following his death.

“Hall Of Fame” is accompanied by an animated video, which is a loop of a boy admiring a shrine to the late rapper. A Dolphin logo/Paper Route Empire branded sports car rolls down Memphis’ Adolph “Young Dolph” Thornton Jr. Avenue to a hall where Dolph’s legacy is honored. The iced-out doors open and the boy looks upon a wall of Dolph’s records, framed in jewel-encrusted borders. A bust of Dolph with his diamond-studded PPE necklace around it sits in the center.

Produced by Bandplay, Dolph floats on the track, rapping swiftly like he always did, spitting: “They say I’m showing out, they say I should be ashamed, I don’t do it for the clout, b*tch, I do it for the gang. You can walk in any trap and I bet they know my name, Frank Matthews of the South, put me in the hall of fame.”

Watch the video for “Hall of Fame” above.

Remembering Young Dolph: Happy Heavenly 37th Birthday

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Today would have been the 37th birthday of Young Dolph. The late rapper, entrepreneur, and visionary of Paper Route Empire leaves behind a legacy filled with classic bangers and moments that fans will cherish forever. In celebration, The SOURCE salutes Young Dolph a Happy Heavenly Birthday and recalls some of his most iconic fan moments.

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Young Dolph Gives Away Lamborghini to a Fan

in 2020, Dolph was releasing his Rich Slave album. In promotion, he gave away a Lamborghini to a lucky fan. “THEM: ‘Dolph not gonna give away his Lamborghini, why would he do that?’” he wrote on Instagram. “ME: ‘BECAUSE I GOT THE BEST FANS IN THE WHOLE WORLD.’”

The fan would meet Dolph and also receive the Lambo, which the fan turned around and sold. Once the fan flipped the car for cash, Young Dolph hopped on IG with a simple message: “GET PAID.”

Dolph Mentors Troubled Youth, Who Asks to Go To the Trap House

By court mandate, Young Dolph had to spend time with a youth whose mom stated he was acting out and stealing. One ot capture his life for socials, Dolph showed the time spent with the kid and gave fans a laugh by revealing the kid asked to make a visit to the trap house instead of a mansion.

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Young Dolph – Family First

Fans of Young Dolph know he was a family man. Over the years, moments of Dolph sharing time with his family would hit the Internet. A couple of those precious moments are below.

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Betting on Himself: Young Dolph Turns Down $22 Million

Would you turn down a $22 million record deal? Young Dolph did. The Memphis legend hit Instagram in 2018 and revealed independence was more important to him. “This ain’t none of that rap sht. None of that super cap sht. You niggas get offered a million dollars — you gone sign your life away, your mama life away, daddy life away, every f**kin body life away.”

In celebration of his birthday, Paper Route Empire has released the first posthumous single from Dolph, “Hall of Fame.” You can hear the new release below.

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Young Dolph’s First Posthumous Single, “Hall of Fame,” Releases to Celebrate His 37th Birthday

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In honor of what would have been the 37th birthday of Young Dolph, Paper Route Empire has released the late rapper’s first posthumous single, “Hall of Fame.”

Dolph is in vintage form on the Bandplay-produced song, detailing his history, celebrating his accomplishments, and showing off his undeniable charm with uncommon flexes.

“Have you ever felt a V12 when the gears change?/Have you seen my new charm? It’s taller than Johnny Dang.”

As Paper Route Empire pays homage to Dolph’s legacy by working as hard as they can, Dolph’s first posthumous record continues a very busy year for the label he founded. The label compilation album Paper Route Empire Presents: Long Live Dolph, which includes heartfelt tributes to Dolph from practically every artist on the roster, from emerging stars like Key Glock to relatively rookies like Paper Route Woo, served as the beginning of the run.

You can hear the new single from Dolph below and you can hear the PRE compilation album here.

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ICYMI: Court Date Postponed For Young Dolph Murder Suspect’s Trial

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A court date has been postponed for one of the men accused of murdering Young Dolph, born Adolph Thorton Jr., on Nov. 17, 2021 in Memphis.

32-year-old Cornelius Smith was expected in court last Monday, but will now appear on July 29.  Smith will appear with his co-defendant, Justin Johnson who’s also accused in the shooting death of the “100 Shots” rapper last year.

READ MORE: Young Dolph’s Autopsy Report Reveals 22 Gunshot Wounds

Smith has been charged with first-degree murder, possession of a firearm, employment of a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony, and theft of property over ten-thousand dollars. He’s also been charged with the attempted murder of Young Dolph’s brother, who was present at the time of the fatal shooting.

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J.Stone Enlists All-Star Cast For ‘The Definition Of Sacrifice’ LP

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The founder and CEO of 25/8 No Breaks Inc and a founding member of All Money In Records, J. Stone has been overcoming adversity his entire life.  

From the onset of his life, he has been confronted with loss. At three, his mother passed. An aunt became his guardian before succumbing to cancer. One year later, J lost his brother Alvin to street violence. Throughout his teens and twenties, he endured a revolving door of incarcerations, group homes, and getting shot. Meanwhile, he connected with an associate from the neighborhood who shared his passion, goals, and fierce work ethic: Nipsey Hussle.

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For well over a decade, the Crenshaw native has put in undisputed work on the mic. However, his association is forever closest to longtime friend and business partner Nipsey Hussle. Grinding away out of nothing with a matched drive to win, J Stone reached over 10 million views and streams with “The Marathon Continues” tribute. Adding to an album series that Nipsey architected during their All Money In No Money Out days

As Nip’ recalled on J Stone’s 2019 tribute “The Marathon Continues,” they recorded each other in Hussle’s makeshift bedroom studio. They worked side by side on J’s The Grind Don’t Stop, Nipsey’s Bullets Ain’t Got No Name, Vol. 2.  and J added a standout solo song, “All Get Right,” too Nipsey’s revolutionary Crenshaw.

After shining on one of the highest-profile mixtapes of all time, J. Stone went deeper.  The Coldest Story Ever25 / 8 No Brakes, and Neighborhood Watch became catalog milestones, which helped All Money partner with a major label, Nipsey then urged J to create the series that would propel him further. Although Nip’ was unable to see it, The Definition Of Loyalty met that challenge. After nearly quitting music after the tragic 2019 loss of Nipsey, J. Stone let hurt become hunger, evident on The Definition Of Pain (2020). Both albums peaked at #2 on the iTunes Hip Hop charts. 

MORE: Nipsey Hussle Drops ‘All Get Right’ Featuring J Stone

Now, J. Stone’s new album, The Definition Of Sacrifice, (which completes his “Definition” trilogy) raises the stakes. The album features appearances and production from Young Dolph (RIP), Swizz Beatz, Jadakiss, Mozzy, OT Genasis, Styles P, K Camp and Lumidee.  

“I feel like I’m one of the dopest lyricists from L.A. and The Definition Of Sacrifice will prove it.  I am South Central’s advocate” J. Stone asserts.

Check out the full album below.

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