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Young Dolph
Thornton in 2017
Thornton in 2017
Background information
Birth nameAdolph Robert Thornton, Jr.
Also known asDolph Gabbana[1]
Born (1985-07-27) July 27, 1985 (age 35)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.[2][3]
OriginMemphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
Years active2008–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websiteyoungdolph.com

Adolph Robert Thornton, Jr. (born August 11, 1985),[2][3] better known by his stage name Young Dolph, is an American rapper and songwriter. In February 2016, Dolph released his debut studio album, King of Memphis, which peaked at number 49 on the Billboard 200 chart.[4][5] He was featured on O.T. Genasis' hit single "Cut It", which peaked at number 35 on the Billboard Hot 100. Young Dolph's seventh album, Rich Slave, was released in August 2020 and became his highest-charting project, debuting at number four on the Billboard 200.

Early life

Adolph Robert Thornton, Jr. was born on July 27, 1985, in Chicago, Illinois.[2][3][6] His family moved to Memphis, Tennessee, when he was 2 years old.[6] He has two sisters and two brothers, and was cousins with deceased rapper Juice Wrld.[7][8] On his hit track "Preach", he rapped that, "Mama always in the streets, so guess who raised me?". In his music he describes a time where his parents were smoking crack.[9]

Career

2008–2017: Early success and shootings

In 2008, Young Dolph nearly died in a drive-by shooting accident and later that same year, his grandmother died from lung cancer. These incidents motivated his "wake up" call. He started making music around that time as an emotional release. In addition, Young Dolph and his fellows all complained about fake rappers telling stories about what they had never done, witnessed or experienced. His partners encouraged him to do more music after hearing his first song, even though he did it simply for fun. His first mixtape, Paper Route Campaign, was a success and confirmed his journey into the entertainment industry.[9]

In 2016, Young Dolph performed his hit singles "Get Paid" and "Cut It" live at the Royal South Central in Atlanta along with Solo Lucci and more to promote his debut album King of Memphis.[10]

In early 2017, Young was the target of gunfire in Charlotte, North Carolina. According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, on February 25 several dozen rounds were fired. At least two vehicles and several weapons were involved, with rounds striking nearby residences and vehicles. By the next day, several hip-hop news agencies had begun reporting that Young Dolph was the primary target of the shooting, and that perhaps 100 rounds were fired during the attack. It was speculated that the shooting had stemmed from a rivalry between Dolph and rapper Yo Gotti, though both parties have remained silent. Young Dolph used the publicity to promote his second studio album Bulletproof.[11]

2018–present: Charting singles and top 10 album

In 2018, Dolph's single "Major" peaked at number 47 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

In July 2019, Dolph released his collaborative album with Key Glock, titled Dum and Dummer. The album peaked at number eight on the Billboard 200, earning each artists their first top 10 album.[12]

During the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, Dolph released the single "Sunshine" to highlight and address the global situation. Dolph's seventh album, Rich Slave, was released on August 14, 2020. It was preceded by the singles "Blue Diamonds", "RNB" featuring Megan Thee Stallion and "Death Row". Dolph explained the album's title, stating "It's the reality of being Black in this country".[13]

On March 5, 2021, Dolph and Key Glock released the single, "Aspen", and announced the release of their second collaborative album, Dum and Dummer 2, due for release on March 26, 2021. It is a sequel to 2019's Dum and Dummer. The project's cartoon artwork references Beavis & Butthead.[14]

2017 shooting

Young Dolph was shot outside of a retail store in Hollywood, Los Angeles on September 26, 2017.[15] He was listed in critical condition at the hospital, but within a few hours doctors said that he was expected to survive.[16] He spent two weeks in the hospital to recover from his three gunshot wounds.[17] Moments after the shooting, Yo Gotti was initially named as a person of interest in relation to the shooting.[18] Yo Gotti was later cleared; his friend, Corey McClendon, was arrested for attempted murder but was released with no charges the next day.[19]

Discography

Studio albums

Studio album, with selected information
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[20]
US R&B/HH
[21]
US Rap
[22]
King of Memphis
  • Released: February 19, 2016
  • Label: Paper Route Empire
  • Format: CD, LP, download
49 9 5
Bulletproof[23]
  • Released: April 1, 2017
  • Label: Paper Route Empire
  • Format: CD, download
36 19 14
Thinking Out Loud[24]
  • Released: October 20, 2017
  • Label: Paper Route Empire
  • Format: CD, download
16 9 8
Role Model
  • Released: September 21, 2018
  • Label: Paper Route Empire
  • Format: CD, download
15 11 9
Dum and Dummer (with Key Glock)
  • Released: July 26, 2019[25]
  • Label: Paper Route Empire
  • Format: CD, download, streaming
8
[12]
5 4
Rich Slave
  • Released: August 14, 2020
  • Label: Paper Route Empire
  • Format: CD, download, streaming
4 3 3
Dum and Dummer 2 (with Key Glock)[14]
  • Released: March 26, 2021
  • Label: Paper Route Empire
  • Format: CD, download, streaming
8 5 4
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Mixtapes

List of mixtapes, with selected information
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[20]
US R&B/HH
[21]
US Rap
[22]
Paper Route Campaign[26]
  • Released: 2008
  • Label: Paper Route Empire
  • Format: Download
Welcome 2 Dolph World[27]
  • Released: July 2, 2010
  • Label: Paper Route Empire
  • Format: Download
High Class Street Music[28]
  • Released: May 7, 2011
  • Label: Paper Route Empire
  • Format: Download
High Class Street Music 2: Hustler's Paradise[29]
  • Released: November 8, 2011
  • Label: Paper Route Empire
  • Format: Download
A Time 2 Kill[30]
  • Released: April 6, 2012
  • Label: Paper Route Empire
  • Format: Download
Blue Magic[31]
  • Released: November 14, 2012
  • Label: Paper Route Empire
  • Format: Download
East Atlanta Memphis[32]
(with Gucci Mane)
  • Released: March 16, 2013
  • Label: 1017 Brick Squad
  • Format: Download
High Class Street Music 3: Trappin' Out a Mansion[33]
  • Released: May 13, 2013
  • Label: Paper Route Empire
  • Format: CD, download
South Memphis Kingpin[34]
  • Released: October 15, 2013
  • Label: Paper Route Empire
  • Format: CD, download
Cross Country Trappin[35]
  • Released: April 15, 2014
  • Label: Paper Route Empire
  • Format: CD, download
High Class Street Music 4: American Gangster[36]
  • Released: July 8, 2014
  • Label: Paper Route Empire
  • Format: CD, download
High Class Street Music 5: The Plug Best Friend[37]
  • Released: February 24, 2015
  • Label: Paper Route Empire
  • Format: Download
Felix Brothers[38]
(with Gucci Mane and Peewee Longway)
BagMen[39]
(with Peewee Longway)
  • Released: July 15, 2015
  • Label: Familiar Territory
  • Format: Download
16 Zips[40]
  • Released: July 28, 2015
  • Label: Paper Route Empire
  • Format: CD, download
Shittin' On The Industry[41]
  • Released: October 8, 2015
  • Label: Paper Route Empire
  • Format: Download
Bosses & Shooters[42]
(with Jay Fizzle & Bino Brown)
  • Released: May 27, 2016
  • Label: Paper Route Empire
  • Format: Download
Rich Crack Baby[43]
  • Released: August 26, 2016
  • Label: Paper Route Empire
  • Format: Download
132 14 13
Gelato[44]
  • Released: February 3, 2017
  • Label: Paper Route Empire
  • Format: CD, download
54 22 13
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

EPs

Studio album, with selected information
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[20]
US R&B/HH
[21]
US Rap
[22]
Tracking Numbers (with Berner)[45]
  • Released: August 24, 2017
  • Label: Bern One Entertainment
  • Format: Download
Niggas Get Shot Everyday[46]
  • Released: February 16, 2018
  • Label: Paper Route Empire
  • Format: Download
59 29 24

Singles

As lead artist

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
Bub.

[47]
US R&B/HH
[48]
US
Main.
R&B/HH

[49]
"Preach"[50] 2014 24 Cross Country Trappin and High Class Street Music 4
"Get Paid" 2016 King of Memphis
"100 Shots" 2017 10 49 Bulletproof
"Bagg"
(featuring Lil Yachty)
Gelato
"While U Here" Thinking Out Loud
"Believe Me"
"Drippy"
"Major"
(featuring Key Glock)[52]
2018 1 47 18 Role Model
"Sunshine" 2020 Non-album single
"RNB"[53]
(featuring Megan Thee Stallion)
1 46 5 Rich Slave
"Blue Diamond"[13]
"Death Row"[13]
"Hold Up Hold Up Hold Up" 16
"Penguins"
(with Key Glock)
2021 15 Dum and Dummer 2
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist

List of singles as featured artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US US R&B/HH US Rap US
Main.
R&B/HH

[49]
"California"[54]
(Colonel Loud featuring T.I., Young Dolph and Ricco Barrino)
2015 [A] 32 21 8 California EP
"Cut It"
(O.T. Genasis featuring Young Dolph)
35 11 6 3 Rhythm & Bricks
"Bling Blaww Burr"
(Gucci Mane featuring Young Dolph)
2016 [B] Woptober
"Stunting Ain't Nuthin"
(Gucci Mane featuring Slim Jxmmi and Young Dolph)
2017 95 39 Mr. Davis
"Downfall"
(Lil Durk featuring Young Dolph)
2018 Signed to the Streets 3
"Drip Like Dis"
(Bankroll Freddie featuring Lil Baby and Young Dolph)
2019 23 From Trap to Rap
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other charted songs

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
Main.
R&B/HH

[49]
"Pulled Up"
(featuring 2 Chainz and Juicy J)
2015 39 High Class Street Music 5
"Get Paid" 2016 35 King of Memphis
"Royalty" 33
"Go Get Sum Mo"
(featuring Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz and Ty Dolla Sign)
2017 29 Thinking Out Loud
"By Mistake" 2018 36 Role Model
"Water on Water on Water"
(with Key Glock)
2019 35 Dum and Dummer

Notes

  1. ^ "California" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number two on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.[47]
  2. ^ "Bling Blaww Burr" did not enter the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, but peaked at number ten on the Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.[55]

References

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  28. ^ "High Class Street Music by Young Dolph". iTunes. Retrieved March 30, 2016.
  29. ^ "High Class Street Music 2: Hustler's Paradise by Young Dolph". iTunes. Retrieved March 30, 2016.
  30. ^ "A Time 2 Kill by Young Dolph". iTunes. Retrieved March 30, 2016.
  31. ^ "Blue Magic by Young Dolph". iTunes. Retrieved March 30, 2016.
  32. ^ "East Atlanta Memphis by Gucci Mane & Young Dolph". iTunes. Retrieved March 30, 2016.
  33. ^ "High Class Street Music 3: Trappin' out a Mansion by Young Dolph". iTunes. Retrieved March 30, 2016.
  34. ^ "South Memphis Kingpin by Young Dolph". iTunes. Retrieved March 30, 2016.
  35. ^ "Cross Country Trappin by Young Dolph". iTunes. Retrieved March 30, 2016.
  36. ^ "High Class Street Music 4: American Gangster by Young Dolph". iTunes. Retrieved March 30, 2016.
  37. ^ "High Class Street Music 5: The Plug Best Friend by Young Dolph". iTunes. Retrieved March 30, 2016.
  38. ^ "Felix Brothers by Gucci Mane, Peewee Longway & Young Dolph". iTunes. Retrieved March 30, 2016.
  39. ^ "BagMen by Peewee Longway & Young Dolph". iTunes. Retrieved March 30, 2016.
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  41. ^ "Shittin on the Industry by Young Dolph". iTunes. Retrieved March 30, 2016.
  42. ^ "Bosses & Shooters". livemixtapes. Retrieved March 30, 2016.
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  44. ^ "Young Dolph - Gelato - Paper Route Empire".
  45. ^ "Tracking Numbers - EP by Berner & Young Dolph". Retrieved March 30, 2021.
  46. ^ "N****s Get Shot Everyday - EP by Young Dolph". Retrieved February 16, 2018.
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  55. ^ "Gucci Mane: Chart History (Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop)". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-07-27.

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