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Remembering Young Dolph, a Rapper of Uncommon Generosity

It’s not unusual for stories of charitable goodwill or kind interactions with fans to flood social media when a beloved celebrity passes, but so much of what I’ve seen in the wake of Young Dolph’s murder yesterday highlights an all-too-rare generosity. Over the past few years, the Memphis rapper had started spending more time in his hometown, giving back significantly to the place that made him. Dolph and his family founded the non-profit IdaMae Family Foundation, which was named in honor of their grandmother and sponsored high school literacy and college prep courses, organized clothing drives for victims of domestic violence, and ran various community outreach programs in Memphis. That he was killed in his own city, a place he gave so much to, musically and materially, makes his death all the more heartbreaking.

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