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Rapper Young Dolph, widely admired in the hip-hop community for his authenticity and fierce independence, was shot dead Wednesday inside a beloved local cookie shop in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, authorities said.

Police tweeted that they had no disclosures about a possible suspect in the shooting, which took place at Makeda Cookies near Memphis International Airport.

“The tragic death of rap artist Young Dolph is another reminder of the pain that violent crime brings,” Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said in a statement.

The Daily Memphian reported that Young Dolph’s cousin, Mareno Myers, said the 36-year-old rapper had been in town since Monday to visit an aunt with cancer and was also giving away turkeys over Thanksgiving.

“He was inside[of Makeda]and someone just rolled on top of him and took his life,” Myers said.

Just last week, the cookie shop posted an Instagram video of the rapper promoting the store’s cookies, saying he’ll be back to the store whenever he’s in Memphis.

A large crowd gathered near the store after the shooting. At a news conference Wednesday night, Memphis Police Superintendent Cerelyn “CJ” Davis asked the public to remain calm and advised residents to stay home tonight. She did not say whether police thought the other shootings being investigated Wednesday were related to the rapper’s murder.

A city council member called for a curfew. Davis has not ruled out releasing one at some point.

Like Los Angeles rapper Nipsey Hussle, who was killed in 2019, Young Dolph pursues an independent approach to the music business. His label Paper Route Empire retains control of his music. “I just had a different vision for it — 100% ownership,” he said in the 2018 mini-documentary co-produced by his studio, titled “Turn dirt into diamonds.” . “A lot of people, they can’t see what I see.”

“God bless Dolph,” Chance the Rapper tweeted. “True independent Memphis rapper was born in Chicago. loved by millions of ppl. ”

Born in Chicago as Adolph Thornton Jr., he moved to Memphis at the age of 2, according to The Commercial Appeal. He said in the documentary that he was raised by his grandmother and tried to help his parents “clean up their lives” as he found success.

He has released many mixtapes, starting with 2008’s “Paper Route Campaign” and numerous studio albums, including his 2016 debut album “King of Memphis.” He’s also collaborated on other mixtape and albums with fellow rappers Key Glock, Megan Thee Stallion, TI, Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz, and others.

Young Dolph has had three top 10 albums on the Billboard 200, with 2020’s “Rich Slave” peaking at #4.

In his music, Young Dolph raps about being a drug dealer and life on the streets of Memphis. He recently performed at a concert at the University of Memphis and performed during the halftime break of a Memphis Grizzlies game. In Memphis, he is admired as the torchbearer of the city’s rap legend, the Three 6 Mafia.

Young Dolph considered himself a workaholic and in recent years has focused on growing his business. “I’m a CEO first, then an artist,” he told writer Gary Suarez in a 2020 interview for Forbes, saying he had strategically delayed signing with a major label. . “As long as I keep growing and keep working, my value will increase.”

“I know what the street wants to hear, I know what the street is going through, the jargon, the fashion, everything. It is not for nothing; that’s my real life,” he told Suarez.

Young Dolph had survived previous shootings. He was shot multiple times in September 2017 after an altercation outside a Los Angeles hotel. In February of that year, his SUV was shot in Charlotte, North Carolina, more than 100 times. The incident was the inspiration for the song “100 Shots.” He said he survived because he had bulletproof panels in his car, The Commercial Appeal reported.

Memphis officials, athletes and numerous members of the music industry have posted their condolences on social media.

“RIP to my friend Dolph, this broke my heart,” Gucci Mane posted on Twitter.

The rapper’s talent agency, APA, said it was shocked and saddened by his death.

“The world has lost an icon, a great man and a beloved artist who was destroyed too soon,” the agency said in a statement. “His dedication, drive, hard work and loyalty to all those around him will always come first and he will be deeply missed.”

In a post on his Twitter account on October 20, Young Dolph said a doctor told him he needed some time to himself.

“I never knew what anxiety meant until my doctor just explained to me I had it this morning,” another tweet posted that day said.

In a tweet in August, he said: “I still can’t believe I’ve gotten to where I am in life. still feels unrealistic.”

This is the fourth high-altitude shooting in the Memphis area in the past two months. Others include a school shooting in which a 13-year-old student injured a classmate, the shooting death of two postal workers by a third postal worker who then killed himself, and a mass shooting at a Kroger grocery store in suburban Collierville. Two people died, including the shooter, and more than a dozen people were injured.

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Pearson reports from Los Angeles. Associated Press writers Joshua Housing of Munster, Indiana; Kristin M. Hall of Nashville, Tennessee contributed to this report.

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