Memphis Official to Rename Street After Slain Rapper Young Dolph

A Memphis City Council member will sponsor a resolution celebration to rename a street after slain hip-hop artist Young Dolph. 

Councilmen JB Smiley announced the street name change ceremony will be held on Dec. 15 at 1 p.m. 

Memphis residents will be able to ride the street the same way Young Dolph road his beats: with vigor, pace and an uncanny ability to switch lanes to any cadence. 

“It’s important for the city of Memphis to know that we’re going to celebrate our own,” Smiley told NBC BLK. “We need to tell the story that he was investing in young people in our community. He came back to Memphis to give back… It’s only right for the city of Memphis to do right by him.” 

In a tweet, Smiley used the hashtag #YoungDolphBlvd. 

RelatedYoung Dolph’s GF Promotes ‘Black Men Deserve to Grow Old’ Campaign After Fatal Shooting 

The renaming will take place at Dunn Avenue and Airways Boulevard near the Memphis Industrial Park. 

On Nov. 12, the beloved Memphis rapper Adolph Robert Thorton Jr. was shot and killed while inside of a popular Memphis bakery, Makeda’s Homemade Butter Cookies.  

Dolph, born and raised in Memphis, was visiting his hometown for a Thanksgiving turkey giveaway and other charity events. Surveillance video by the Memphis Police Department showed two masked gunmen but no arrests have been made, police said. 

Related: Memphis Police Release Photos of Suspects in Murder of Rapper Young Dolph 

Young Dolph’s family released a statement after learning news about the renaming of the street: 

“Castalia Heights community, in particular, bestowing this honor is not only a way to celebrate his contributions, but it also continues to serve as a remembrance for the people of this community, of someone who made themselves a relatable example of hard work and perseverance. He sent the message that someone who went to the same schools as them, and walked the same streets that they do, was able to not only create a successful legacy for himself but also prioritize family and community. In short, he was a role model and beacon of hope. And he took this responsibility very seriously.” 

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