On Jan. 21, Young Dolph’s life and legacy will be honored by his record label Paper Route Empire with a full-length tribute album. The new project is titled Paper Route EMPIRE Presents: Long Live Dolph. As an official preview from the compilation, the fans have received a moving single by Paper Route Empire’s longest-tenured artist Jay Fizzle titled “LLD (Long Live Dolph).” On the song, Fizzle raps over dramatic piano chords and faint percussion, speaking on the lessons he learned from his mentor
I fuck up plenty times, but you ain’t never threaten to cut me off/ Always had my back and everybody know I wanted to be like Dolph/ The way I talk, the way I walk, the way I act, the way I dress/ The way I do my thang up in the booth, I learned it from the best
Got your face tatted on my back cause you always had me regardless/You took me out the ‘partments and since then I ain’t been starving.”
Besides Fizzle, Paper Route EMPIRE Presents: Long Live Dolph will also feature Dolph’s protégé and cousin Key Glock, as well as the record label’s Snupe Bandz, Big Moochie Grape, Kenny Muney and more.
Dolph was tragically shot and killed in November outside of the Memphis bakery Makeda’s Cookies. Last week, police identified a suspect in the shooting, 23-year-old rapper Justin Johnson, and put out a first-degree murder warrant for his arrest. Johnson, who goes by the rap moniker Straight Drop, has maintained his innocence in the shooting and on Saturday (Jan. 8) said he plans to turn himself in to police.
Be sure to press play on “Long Live Dolph” down below and keep and eye out for the full tribute project coming later this month. Rest in peace, Young Dolph.