Young Dolph (real name – Adolph Thornton, Jr.) is an American independent recording artist who founded the record label Paper Route Empire. His 2nd project, named – ”Welcome To DolphWorld,” propelled his career significantly forward.
He was born on August 11, 1985, in the USA.
At age 2, Dolph and his family moved to Memphis, Tennessee. There, the artist grew up with his 4 siblings.
He said about his father:
“My dad used to always tell me when we [were] little, like real little, ‘I’m rich.’”
After he finished high school, Young decided to focus on his musical career. Soon, his cousins introduced him to many rappers. At some point, Dolph released his first mixtape, titled – ”Paper Route Campaign.” The mixtape was a success.
In February 2016, he released his debut studio album, named – ”King Of Memphis.” The album boasts production from the likes of Nard and B, Cassius Jay, TM88, Drumma Boy, Zaytoven, and Mike WiLL Made It. It peaked at number 49 on the Billboard 200 chart and debuted at number 8 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album Charts.
In early 2017, he released the mixtape, titled – ”Gelato,” which has tracks featuring Lil Yachty, Wiz Khalifa, and Migos, as well as the Yo Gotti diss track “Play wit Yo’ Bitch.”
On April 1, 2017, the American rapper released his 2nd studio album – ”Bulletproof.” He said about the album:
”Bulletproof is more on a hardcore vibe and street vibe.”
In January 2019, while Young was in a restaurant, burglars smashed a window on his Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon. They ran off with a $230k watch, jewelry, electronics, and cash.
According to the police report, the thieves stole:
- $2,000 in cash (all $100 bills);
- watch (Richard Mille – Swiss luxury watchmaking) worth around $230,000;
- Louis Vuitton wallet worth $700;
- Patek Philippe watch worth $85,000;
- Pirelli backpack worth $300;
- Apple iPad, MacBook, AirPods worth $3,700;
- 2 Cartier sunglasses worth $24,700;
- 2 diamond chains worth $84,000.
During an interview, Dolph said:
“I was in a restaurant, they broke in the car, know what I’m saying? Typical bulls—t.”
Young went on to say:
“I really don’t give a damn about that s—t. I’m too blessed and highly favored, you know what I mean? It’s like, s—t like that, people like that, all of us put together, that’s what makes the world go around.”
In July 2019, he linked up with rappers from southern Memphis Key Glock on their joint project, entitled – ”Dum and Dummer.”
On January 29, 2009, the rapper started his YouTube channel, that currently has over 500 million views and 845,000 subscribers.
Dolph is in a relationship with Mia Jaye.
He has two children.
Young is 6’3″ tall.
”I’m planning to stay independent, but at the same time I’m talking to majors, just because I’ve got so many offers out on the table.”
”Don’t nobody leave successful, don’t nobody leave on top, you know what I mean?”
”I just like music. You hear music every day. It’s something you can’t dodge.”
Young has worked exclusively with Gucci Mane on a few projects.
Note – Gucci Mane is an American rapper who released an album ‘La Flare’ under the record label ”Str8 Drop Records” in 2001.
In 2005, Gucci released his independent debut album – ”Trap House,” that featured the single “Icy” with Young Jeezy.
Mane has also made appearances in the movies including:
- Beef 4;
- Birds of a Feather;
- Visual Reality;
- Spring Breaker;
- Confession of a Thug.
He is an independent artist, meaning that he gets 100 percent of all his sales. Young said:
“I don’t want a deal.”
Dolph later added:
”I don’t wanna be like everybody else. What matters to everybody else don’t matter to me.”
In a different interview, he said:
“They want to give me 22 million dollars, nah mean? I’ll have 200 million in five years.”
Young also said:
”Maybe it might not take that long. I’m a hustler now, so ain’t no telling where this shit gon’ come from.”
In 2008, Young was involved in a car accident.
On February 25, 2017, while in Charlotte for the CIAA college basketball tournament, his SUV sustained dozens of bullet holes before the gunfire stopped. The rapper walked away without any physical wound.
It was speculated that the shooting had come from a rivalry between rapper Yo Gotti and Young, however, both parties have remained silent.
Shortly after the shooting, Blac Youngsta was charged with:
- one count of conspiracy to commit discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling;
- five counts of discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling/moving vehicle.
Note – Blac Youngsta is an American rapper who released the mixtapes I Swear to God and Young & Reckless. In 2015, Blac Youngsta signed to Yo Gotti’s Collective Music Group label.
On September 26, 2017, Young was shot outside the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles. Dolph fell down, got back up and stumbled into a shoe shop to call for help.
He was listed in critical condition at the hospital, however, within several hours, the surgeons said that Dolph was expected to survive.
During an interview, the artist said:
“I knew I was shot one time, but I didn’t know I was shot three times: two in the leg, and one in the arm.”
“I saw so much blood coming out, and I sat up against the wall. I really was paranoid because I didn’t know if I was dehydrated or whatnot, from drinking [codeine-laced cocktail] lean.”
In 2017, he opened up about the shooting on the track “100 Shots.”
Note – according to the police report, there were around 50 shots.
Young Dolph – Net Worth
Dolph earns most of his wealth from his music. For instance, his debut album, ”King of Memphis,” reached the Billboard Top 200. The American rapper has been active in the hip-hop scene since 2008.
He earns some money from touring nightclubs. According to some sources, he earns up to $100,000 per week only from touring nightclubs.
In addition, Young sells merch (shorts and t-shirts) on his website – itsdolph.com. Also, he has ads on his YouTube channel that brought him around $1,000,000 so far. Considering that he rejected a deal of $22 million and the $500,000 in goods and cash that were stolen from him didn’t even upset him, Young Dolph has an estimated net worth of $11.9 million.