Memphis council member proposes street renaming of slain rapper Young Dolph

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A city council member will propose renaming Memphis Street in honor of slain hip-hop artist Young Dolph.

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The announcement comes less than a month after the rapper, 36, was fatally shot inside Memphis Bakery, Makeda’s homemade butter cookies, on November 12. Young Dolph, whose real name was Adolph Robert Thornton Jr., was a Memphis native who was touring. His hometown for the Thanksgiving turkey giveaway and other charity events.

The Memphis Police Department has obtained surveillance video of the incident and is searching for two suspects. Police said no arrests have been made.


JB Smiley, City Council Member Who proposed the name change?, said he plans to propose the measure on Tuesday and hopes it will provide a place for residents to mourn and celebrate the rapper’s legacy. Smiley said he hoped the measure would get the full support of the city council.

“It’s important for the city of Memphis to know that we’re going to celebrate ours,” Smiley told Granthshala BLK. “What we need to tell the story is that he was investing in the youth in our community. He came to Memphis to give back. … for the city of Memphis is what is right for him to do.”

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The rapper’s family talks about changing the name of the street – which will be in South Memphis neighbourhood Where Young Dolph grew up is a testament to his life.

“The Castalia Heights community, in particular, awarding this honor is not only a way to celebrate their contributions, but it also continues to serve as a reminder to the people of this community who have worked hard for themselves. A relatable example of hard work and perseverance,” the family said in a statement. “They gave the message that someone who goes to the same schools, and walks the same streets that they do, is able to not only create a successful legacy for themselves, but also prioritize family and community. Briefly, In fact, he was a role model and a beacon of hope. And he took this responsibility very seriously.”

Smiley plans to hold a public ceremony to rename the street on 15 December.

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