Young Dolph, a rapper who has worked with Beyoncé and 2 Chainz, was shot to death

On Sunday, rapper Young Dolph was rushed to a Memphis hospital after being shot and wounded at a house party in the city’s East Memphis neighborhood. According to police, two men inside of the residence opened fire on Dolph, injuring him in the back. He was then taken to a local hospital in critical condition, but succumbed to his injuries at the hospital on Monday.

Police initially believed that no one else was involved in the shooting, but after a press conference, they said they arrested two men on Sunday. In an interview with BBC Radio, Robert Hauser, 23, denied he had shot Dolph. Police are not treating him as a suspect, but still require his confession, Hauser said. “Right now, they just want me to confess to something that I didn’t do,” he told the BBC.

The victim’s lawyer, Jared Bates, confirmed Dolph’s death to Billboard on Monday, and described him as an “immensely positive human being.” “It wasn’t him,” Bates said, adding that police showed no evidence pointing to Dolph being the shooter. “He did not take the life of Young Dolph,” Bates said.

Dolph rose to popularity in the mid-2000s for working with the producer Big K.R.I.T. on his critically acclaimed album “Live From the Underground.” Dolph signed to Def Jam in 2013, releasing a series of solo albums under his own imprint Young Dolph Records. In 2014, he released “Cabin Fever,” a TDE-executive produced free album, and collaborated with more major artists including Future and YG. At one point, Dolph scored a platinum certification for “Bandz A Make Her Dance,” a track he collaborated on with Travi$ Scott. Dolph released his most recent album “Boy Business” in May 2018.

Read the full story at Billboard.

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