Young Dolph is an American rapper who has beat the odds in an unforgiving industry to become a huge success. Few hopeful artists make it to the big time and become popular enough to earn a living from their passion. Young Dolph has amassed a small fortune with an estimated net wealth of $3 million as of the end of 2020. How did he do it? Did he earn millions pursuing his passion for rap music, or did he get rich some other way? We looked into his career history to learn more about how he gained his wealth and here is what we discovered.
Young Dolph's early years
According to Wealthy Gorilla, Young Dolph was born in Chicago, Illinois, on August 11, 1985. When he was just two years old, the family relocated to Memphis, Tennessee. He was raised with two brothers and two sisters. His birth name is Adolph Thornton Jr. after his father. Life wasn't always good for Young Dolph though. He alludes to the fact that his mother and father smoked crack, and his mom spent most of her time in the streets. These are lines that he shares in his hit song "Preach." He asked the question, "Who raised me?" Dolph had a love of music from the time that he was a small boy. He had a good relationship with his grandmother. She passed away in 2008, and this had a deep impact on him. In his grief, he threw himself into music. He expressed his feelings and his thoughts through rap music. This signaled a turning point in his life.
His early career
Celebrity Net Worth reports that Young Dolph's career began the year after losing his grandmother. The same year of her passing, he was involved in a horrific car crash that was nearly fatal. He survived and realized that he had come close to dying. In 2009, he released his first mixtape titled "Paper Route Campaign." His official debut studio album was released in 2016, titled "King of Memphis." The album made it to the fifth spot on the United States Rap chart, number nine on the US R&B hip-hop chart, and it even made it to number 49 on the Billboard 200 chart. The following year he released the "Bulletproof" album. It made it to number 36 on the Billboard 200 chart, 19 on the hip-hop chart, and 144 on the US rap chart. It is believed that the album "Bulletproof" was in commemoration of the fact that he was shot at previously with around 100 rounds of ammunition fired at him in Charlotte, North Carolina. It is believed that Yo Gotti, a rival rapper was the perpetrator of the attack. Young Dolph escaped the onslaught without injury.
A successful career that is still in full swing
Young Dolph has been fortunate in his career endeavors. He has taken his music seriously. According to Wealthy Genius, he has released six studio albums which have rocketed him to heights of fame and fortune. Fans are appreciative of the downloadable mixtapes he has released. There are a total of 19 of them so far. He has become one of the most productive rappers in the United States.
Features of his music
Young Dolph expresses himself through his music. We see a recurring theme of gun violence and, understandably, he would be attuned to this lifestyle, as he narrowly escaped death from gun violence. In 2017, he wasn't quite as lucky when he was walking outside of a Hollywood, CA store, and caught a bullet. This was a close call as they didn't expect him to survive the shooting. The shooter was not identified, and although Yo Gotti was brought in for questioning, he wasn't charged in the incident. Thanks to expert medical care, Young Dolph pulled through. At the age of 36, he has been through a lot, but he has not failed to rebound and return to his music.
What makes us love Young Dolph so much?
Young Dolph is an artist that many can easily relate to. He tells his personal story through the music and it comes from his heart. He hasn't had an easy life, and he lays it all out honestly for the world to hear. We learn a great deal about his family life through his songs, and about his life as an adult. He has a professional quality drive that made him go on to promote his new album after recently being the target in a drive-by shooting. He is determined to succeed and there is little that is going to hold him back. Young Dolph is with Mia Jaye, and the couple has two children together. He has a solid emotional base and he vents his frustrations through the music to keep his feet on solid ground. He's the kind of guy that stands as an example of how young Black Americans can overcome poverty and find success in their lives. He is also a producer and owns his own music label. Rapping brings its own lifestyle challenges, as he has discovered, but it's what he loves to do and his career is firmly established.
Young Dolph rose above the challenges of an unstable childhood and poverty to pursue a passion that helps him to stay grounded. The talented artist has earned a fortune of $3 million through his rap career so far. At the age of 36, he has many years left to continue his career in the music industry. He has shown us all that it is possible to simply do what you love and give it your all to become successful, even in an industry where it's hard to succeed. It has been his talent along with his determination and will to succeed that has taken him to his current state of fame and wealth.
Written by Allen Lee
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