Memphis rapper Young Dolph is the subject of a new musical tribute featuring some of his closest friends, collaborators and proteges.
Last week, Dolph’s label, Paper Route Empire, released “Long Live Dolph,” an eight-track tribute featuring songs from Big Moochie Grape, Kenny Muney, Jay Fizzle, Joddy Badass, Snupe Bandz, PaperRoute Woo, and Chitana. .
The digital release follows the debut of the album’s first single, “Proud”, by Key Glock, Dolph’s cousin and frequent collaborator. “Long Live Dolph” features Dolph’s vocals, heard in audio clips as he praises artists like Kenny Muney and raps over Chitana’s “Love for Me.”
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“Long Live Dolph” comes just two months after Dolph’s November 17 murder in Memphis. Earlier this month, three suspects have been arrested in connection with the murder.
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In a statement announcing the company’s plans for 2022, Paper Route Empire CEO Daddyo noted that the label will continue in order to realize Dolph’s vision.
“Among the many definitions of the word ‘Empire’, the one that stands out the most is ‘a great conglomerate, ruled by a higher authority, especially an emperor,'” Daddyo said. “And Dolph was just that. He walked through this land with the grace of a king. He guided us through this industry with strategy, knowing that there were obstacles. And with his foresight, those obstacles have been and will continue to be unsuccessful.
“We are so grateful that his legacy has been solidified not by what he had, but by what he achieved. Since his passing, the outpouring of love and support has been overwhelming.
Born in Chicago, Dolph moved to Memphis as a baby. He launched his career with a string of mixtapes starting in 2008. Over the years, Dolph has climbed the hip-hop and Billboard charts, starting in 2016 with Gold-certified hits like “Play With Yo B* ***” and “100 Shots,” while his latest album, 2020’s “Rich Slave,” reached No. 3 on the Billboard chart. Dolph went on to build his own hip-hop business independently with the development of Paper Route Empire.
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“All artists on the label – Key Glock, Jay Fizzle, Moochie Grape, Kenny Muney, Joddy Badass, Chitana, Big Uncc, Snupe Bandz and PaperRoute Woo – have all been handpicked, because beyond talent, [Dolph] saw in them the same hunger and determination that he saw in himself,” Daddyo said.
“He spent time nurturing them as artists and mentoring them until they discovered their own greatness. Everyone is more than ready to fulfill their destiny. And they have the support of this entire Empire behind them.
In addition to “Long Live Dolph”, Paper Route Empire has also confirmed that it will be releasing several new tracks in 2022. Among the projects slated for release is a posthumous album by Young Dolph, titled “Paper Route Frank”. . No release date has been set for it.
In the meantime, other planned Paper Route Empire releases will include Kenny Muney’s “Time is Muney” on February 11, a deluxe edition of Key Glock’s “Yellow Tape 2” on March 4, as well as half a dozen other titles – including albums from Big Moochie Grape, Jay Fizzle and Jody Badass – slated for the remainder of the year.