Young Dolph Santa Christmas T-Shirt . Adolph Robert Thornton Jr. was born on August 11, 1985, in Chicago. When he was two years old, his family moved to Memphis, Tennessee. He had two sisters and two brothers; he and rapper Juice Wrld were second cousins. Dolph was mostly raised by his grandmother; his parents experienced addictions to crack cocaine, and as a child he would only see them every few weeks.Dolph said that in the community he was from in South Memphis, many of his peers were raised by their grandmothers due to the issues experienced by their parents. He described initially recognizing his grandmother as “the meanest motherfucker in the world”, explaining “I didn’t get that shit at the time. … All the shit she was telling you, you get to seeing that shit when you hit about 15”, saying that when he approached that age he began utilizing her teachings throughout his life to be more independent. His grandmother often did not allow Dolph to have friends visit their home, but on occasion let homeless friends stay with the family. As a teenager Dolph attended Hamilton High School.
Young Dolph Santa Christmas T-Shirt . In 2008, Young Dolph released his first mixtape Paper Route Campaign. Two years later, he formally established his label Paper Route Empire in 2010, an independent record label not affiliated with a major record label, and subsequently released Welcome 2 Dolph World that same year. With the release of mixtapes High Class Street Music and High Class Street Music Episode 2 in 2011, Dolph began to develop his own rap flow, shifting away from a style similar to Memphis rappers Three 6 Mafia and 8Ball & MJG instead to a personal style described as “vociferous” with a “magnetic delivery and uniquely deep voice”. With Dolph’s increasing popularity, Memphis rapper Yo Gotti offered him a record deal with Gotti’s Collective Music Group label (affiliated with Epic Records) in August 2014, but Dolph declined, preferring to remain independent.
Young Dolph Santa Christmas T-Shirt . In 2016, Young Dolph was featured on O.T. Genasis’s hit double platinum single “Cut It“. Later that year, he released his debut album King of Memphis under his independent Paper Route Empire label, which peaked at number 49 on the Billboard 200. Other Memphis rappers (including Yo Gotti and Gotti-affiliated Blac Youngsta) took offense at the album title, with Youngsta leading an armed group attempting to find Young Dolph in Memphis and releasing a diss track, “SHAKE SUM (Young Dolph Diss)” in response. The following year Dolph released a diss track against Yo Gotti entitled “Play Wit Yo’ Bitch”, prompting Gotti to release a response song. Two weeks later, in February 2017, Dolph released a music video for “Play Wit Yo’ Bitch”; the next day, his own vehicle was the target of gunfire in Charlotte, North Carolina, while in town for a performance at the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association tournament. His car was reportedly shot over 100 times but was outfitted with bulletproof panels, and no one was hurt. Following the shooting, Blac Youngsta and two other men were arrested, but the charges were later dropped due to insufficient evidence. Young Dolph used the publicity from the shooting to promote his second studio album Bulletproof. In September that same year he was shot multiple times; in February 2018, he released the extended play Niggas Get Shot Everyday, referencing this prior incident.
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