In Young Dolph’s popular song “Get Paid,” he gave listeners two primary rules for wealth accumulation.
“Rule number one (What’s that?), get the money first (Okay). Rule number two (What?), don’t forget to get the money (Ayy).” And that’s the advice he lived by and supported his family with, even after his passing.
Born Adolph Robert Thornton Jr., the Memphis-based rapper was known for some hits like “Major,” “Preach,” and “To Be Honest.”
Beyond his music, Dolph was also known for his philanthropic work in his hometown. According to Mic, between 2015-2019, Dolph gave out turkeys to families for Thanksgiving. He also donated $25,000 to Hamilton High School, the rapper’s alma mater.
Days before his tragic passing in November 2021, Dolph was planning a food and clothing giveaway for needy families in Memphis, TN.
And while his acts of service and kindness reached many in the community, he was keen on building wealth for his family.
The Mic report later showed that Dolph allegedly walked away from a $22 million record deal to remain an independent artist.
Soon after, he signed with Empire Records, allowing him to have ownership of his masters. Dolph’s business acumen benefited him and inspired others like his cousin and fellow-rap colleague, Key Glock.
"On the business side, he probably inspired me with everything I do because this is deeper than music with us. Just like he handle business with other things outside of music, and I still be there sometimes witnessing and understanding," Key Glock said on REVOLT's Off Top.
To honor his life and legacy, Young Dolph will be at the center of a traveling museum set to start in New York and hit several popular cities in 2023.
According to Complex, the pop tour will include art inspired by Dolph's music.
“Dolph has a great base of fans, and he loved going out and engaging with them. We wanted to do something that still provided a way for that engagement beyond just the music,” Dolph’s manager and Street Execs co-founder Allen Parks said, according to Complex. “We brought the idea to Trap Music Museum, and they were excited to help bring a dope experience to life for all who will attend.”