The estate of Young Dolph has announced that ‘Dolphland’, a touring pop-up museum, will be deployed next year in memory of the late rapper, allowing fans across the US to pay their respects.
Dolphland has been developed in partnership with Young Dolph’s estate, his former label Paper Route Empire and the Atlanta-based Trap Music Museum. A newly issued press release details that the pop-up museum will display “original curated art and personal items that reflect Young Dolph’s unforgettable lyricism, personality, entrepreneurial spirit, philanthropy, and historic moments from his legendary career.”
Dolphland’s first exhibition will take place in New York City from January 13th-15th. From there, the pop-up will tour several cities across the US, with stops booked in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, and Dallas. Fans can also purchase exclusive merchandise only available at the museum tour. Tickets are on sale now.
In a press statement, Dolph’s manager Allen Parks explained: “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”. Paper Route Empire CEO Daddy-O added that the museum will “showcase [Dolph’s] character of a leader and businessman”.
Dolph was tragically shot and killed back in November 2021 in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. The 36-year-old rapper, whose real name was Adolph Robert Thornton Jr, was buying cookies at Makeda’s Butter Cookies when an armed man drove up and shot through the window.
“The tragic shooting death of rap artist Young Dolph serves as another reminder of the pain that violent crime brings with it,” Memphis mayor Jim Strickland tweeted at the time. “My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”
Earlier this month, Paper Route Empire released Dolph’s first posthumous album, Paper Route Frank, with guest appearances from Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz and Key Glock.
Listen to ‘Love For The Streets’ from the newly released album below.