/  12.21.2021

Hip hop continues to mourn the loss of Young Dolph, who was senselessly killed in a shooting last month. Longtime collaborator Gucci Mane was one of the many who paid their respects to the late Memphis talent, and took things a step further by releasing a tribute song titled “Long Live Dolph.” Produced by Metro Boomin and Zaytoven, the track sees Gucci reminding listeners just how impactful the Paper Route Empire head honcho was to music and the world as a whole:

“When it comes to legеnds, Dolph forever in my top five, real life street nigga, never had to tell lies, remember used to rap about weed, he didn’t sell pies, freshest young nigga on the scene, had his own style, don’t take your life for granted, could be gone in seconds, R.I.P. to Dolph, long, long live the legend, from Memphis to the 6, they felt you in the bricks, the day you died, it broke my heart, a day I won’t forget … it’s Paper Route forever, you know Wop gon’ represent…”

Yesterday, Guwop unveiled a new visual for “Long Live Dolph,” which comes courtesy of Omar The Director. Viewers can see Gucci delivering his ode to Dolph while dappered up in what looks like a cathedral — all of this is interspersed with shots of both Dolph’s home going service and the rapper with Gucci, (PRE member and cousin) Key Glock, and more during better times.

“Long Live Dolph” also serves as a standout cut from Gucci’s December drop So Icy Christmas, which contains 17 songs and additional contributions from Enchanting, BigWalkDog, Big Scarr, Hotboy Wes, BiC Fizzle, and DJ Chose. This year also saw him unveil another 1017 compilation (So Icy Boyz) and his fifteenth solo LP Ice Daddy.

Check out the prolific star paying homage to his fallen friend — and, if you missed it, So Icy Christmas — below.

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