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Young Dolph’s Posthumous Birthday Mural Suffers Setback

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The first posthumous birthday of Young Dolph is fast approaching, but not without hitches, as a mural painted in his honour gets attacked.

Adolph Robert Thornton Jr., known in music circles as Young Dolph, was born on July 27, 1985. The American rap artist released an album “Bulletproof” in 2017 after surviving “100 shots” that were reportedly fired at him. Young Dolph, however, eventually met his death in another such situation on 17 November 2021, in Memphis, Tennessee, where he grew up.

Cameron Hill, an artist in Memphis, has been painting a mural of Dolph ahead of his posthumous birthday. The memory of Dolph performing at Hill’s “high school pep rally” remains fresh in the artist’s mind. Another motivation was the “good stuff” the rapper was doing around the city of Memphis.

Then, with support of the Ida Mae foundation, a not-for profit organization named after Young Dolph’s grandmother, his Mural came alive in South Memphis. It was there that Dolph “shot his most famous video 100 shots.”  The painting is intended “to honor the rapper for his birthday,” the Memphist artist said.

The Dolph’s mural project took more than four months to materialize and now is facing attacks. Hill, therefore, doesn’t find these attacks funny. The situation has forced him to put the project on pause. “Money has been spent on the project from the foundation and everything just to have a group of hating individuals come and destroy what I was working on,” Hill said on Instagram.

Mural Attack Not The First

After the murder of Young Dolph, a monument was set up at at Makeda’s Cookies, where he was shot. The Dolph memorial included posters, dolphins and flowers honoring him.  One of the men maintaining Dolph’s memorial, Jeremiah Taylor, was shot to death in March of 2022, only about four months after Dolph’s own death. Taylor had regarded the Memphis rapper as a “legend.” Consequently, he had volunteered for that role of helping maintain the memorial.

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