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Young Dolph (1985–2021), rapper known for “Rich Slave”

by Linnea Crowther

Young Dolph was a rapper known for music including his Top 5 2020 album “Rich Slave.”

Music career

Born Adolph Robert Thornton, Jr., Young Dolph was from Memphis. He titled his debut studio album after his hometown; 2015’s “King of Memphis” made it to the Billboard Top 50. His subsequent albums included “Bulletproof,” “Thinking Out Loud,” and “Dum and Dummer.” Each increased in popularity until his 2020 release, “Rich Slave,” debuted at No. 4 on the Hot 100. It featured guest appearances from Megan Thee Stallion and Key Glock, with singles including “Blue Diamonds” and “RNB.” Young Dolph’s most recent album, “Dum and Dummer 2,” was released in March 2021 and was another Top 10 success.

Young Dolph on the title of “Rich Slave”

“It’s the reality of being Black in this country. You can have money, and you can be a benefactor and a leader in your community, but all people see is Black skin. … Hopefully this album makes people understand that even though guys like me are doing well, we’re still affected by racism and inequality. It’s 2020, but the same stuff is still going on.” —from his press release announcing the upcoming album


Tributes to Young Dolph

Full obituary: Commercial Appeal

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