Young Dolph‘s legacy of giving back is being continued by artists signed to his Paper Route Empire label.
Following the tragic slaying of the Memphis-born artist on Nov. 17, and subsequent concerns over retaliatory violence, it was unknown whether the scheduled annual giveaway would continue. On Nov. 19, the “You Got It” rapper’s artists including Snupe Bandz, Paper Route Woo, and DJ Rocksteddy kept the community tradition alive by hosting the giveaway that Dolph planned to attend at the St. James Missionary Baptist Church in Memphis.
“It’s very important because we still have folks out here unfortunate and probably don’t have money to buy turkeys,” Snupe Bandz told Fox 13 Memphis.
Young Dolph’s turkey giveaway was a tradition for the artist since at least 2015 when he handed out 200 turkeys and demand was so high that his manager had to run out for additional birds.
“We [are] just giving back to the community, you know what I’m saying,” Dolph told FOX13 Memphis at the time. “It’s Thanksgiving. I’m going to be on the road tomorrow all the way until Sunday, so I won’t be here for Thanksgiving. I just want to do something special for the hometown.”
The “100 Shots” artist continued that special tradition every year since, and his artists are committed to seeing to live on. “We’re just representing Young Dolph,” said Snupe Bandz. “And, just keeping the legacy going. And, getting people to know we’re going to do this every year.”
The 36-year-old rapper was gunned down while visiting a business he frequented while he was in his hometown, Makeda’s Butter Cookies. The owner of Makeda’s released a subsequent statement about the senseless killing, and the location remains temporarily closed due to damages and out of respect for Dolph, his family, and loved ones.
Police have released images of the shooting suspects and continue to investigate.
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