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“Young Dolph has cultivated that formula that makes the bando jump”XXL

“What makes Dolph exemplary is his affinity for memorable hooks and catchy call-and-response punch lines” – Complex

King of Memphis is worth myriad repeat listens: Dolph bridges the gap between his hometown and the Atlanta production that dominates rap’s mainstream.”SPIN


Representing Memphis to the fullest, Young Dolph stands out as one of the most exciting, powerful, and inimitable figures in hip-hop today. A self-made millionaire motivated by the homegrown sounds and enterprising moves of pioneers DJ Squeeky and Three 6 Mafia, Adolph Thornton, Jr. made his formal entry into the rap game as both artist and CEO with the 2008 mixtape Paper Route Campaign, honoring his Southern city’s crunk traditions while pushing things forward. Fashioning himself on the example set by Master P with No Limit Records, the strategically shrewd decision to launch his catalog under his proprietary Paper Route Empire brand proved prescient and came to define his entire career as an independent success story beholden to no one but himself. 

“Just to see somebody come from nothing to become something, it’s super motivational,” he says, following their model of being both artist and product. “That’s been me in my position. I just worked my way up to where I’m at now. ”

Coming up at a time when trap mixtapes could reach massive audiences on digital platforms, Dolph thrived by putting out quality cuts in formidable quantities that inevitably kept his name prevalent in the streets. He dropped over a dozen of them including Cross Country Trappin’, South Memphis Kingpin, and the High Class Street Music series in the first half of the 2010s, cultivating a sizable and faithful fanbase both at home and nationwide. “That was my promotional tool, to flood the market,” he says. “All I had to do was get myself hot, and once I got myself hot, the world was mine.” Building upon that ethos, he put out anthemic singles with self-financed luxe videos like 2014’s “Preach” and 2016’s “Get Paid,” leveraging the streaming revolution for his own gain. 

As such, even before he landed his first ever Hot 100 charting single in 2016 (“Cut It” with O.T. Genasis), he had firmly established a robust profile through those hugely popular PRE releases and a top 50 placement for his King Of Memphis debut album on the Billboard 200. Though the track increased demand for Dolph features as well as his rate, that wasn’t necessary to open doors in the industry for him, already commanding hundreds of thousands of dollars for live appearances and shows all around the country prior to that radio-supported hit. His own prolific hustle had accomplished that.

Dodging major label A&R offers as well as literal attempts on his life, Dolph went supernova with the sophomore album Bulletproof in 2017, speaking raw truths to an even bigger audience than ever before. Its single “100 Shots” triumphed on the hip-hop charts, his defiant message delivered over a sumptuous DJ Squeeky beat no less. Apart from continuing his relentless mixtape campaign with  full-length follow-ups Thinking Out Loud and Role Model peaked in the top 20 of the Billboard 200, allowing his Paper Route Empire imprint to expand simultaneously with releases by other Memphis artists including Key Glock and Jay Fizzle. 

Spending the intervening period with his growing family while advancing the careers of his expanding roster of PRE signees, the release of Rich Slave comes after an uncharacteristic two year drought without Dolph solo projects. Though sociopolitical themes have long been inherent in his work, the album’s title makes that inextricable connection between systemic racism and trap prevalence all the more apparent. “It’s simply about being a successful Black person in today’s society,” he says, explaining the paradoxical position where no amount of wealth protects a Black person from many of the same issues that plague Black Americans who lack such means. “No matter how much you get, you can’t change it.”

Of course, Dolph still wants to inspire a new generation with his music and his entrepreneurial story the same was he was first inspired. As such, Rich Slave also serves a motivational record that draws connections to other key moments in hip-hop history, as evidenced by singles “Death Row,” “Blue Diamonds,” and “RNB” featuring Megan Thee Stallion. He’s still bringing heat and speaking to the streets with bangers like “What’s Da Bizness” as well as the relatable and reflective title track. Overall, it’s another accomplishment in a remarkable and lucrative career emblazoned with them, one that benefits from Dolph’s years of experience and ceaseless dedication to both the craft and the business.

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About Paper Route EMPIRE

Rising out of Memphis to become one of the South’s pre-eminent rap labels, Paper Route EMPIRE embodies the independent hustle. Home to superstar Young Dolph, heatseeker Key Glock, and Tennessee-born upstarts like Jay Fizzle, PRE partners with EMPIRE to provide a nationwide platform for local talent. Generating hundreds of millions of streams in 2018 alone with albums such as Young Dolph’s Majorwhich peaked at #15 on the Billboard 200, and Key Glock’s Glock Bond and Glockoma, Paper Route EMPIRE is making a major impact as an indie label, and will only grow stronger in the future.

Press Releases

Super Trap Bros. SNUPE BANDZ and PaperRoute Woo Live Large in “Straight Like That” Video
PRE’s Snupe Bandz and PaperRoute Woo Prepare for ‘Boyz In The Hood’ With “Dam Fool” Video
Jay Fizzle, Big Scarr & Big Moochie Grape Join Forces for “Dust Town Livin”
PRE’s Snupe Bandz and PaperRoute Woo Prepare for ‘Boyz In The Hood’ With “Dam Fool” Video
PRE Rapper Bigg Unccc Shares “Gun Don’t Work” Video from ‘Young Rich Villain’
PRE’s Bigg Unccc Turns Heel for ‘Young Rich Villain’ Mixtape
PRE’s Bigg Unccc Announces ‘Young Rich Villain’ Project, Shares “Call Of Duty” Video
Jay Fizzle Hosts a PRE Party in Memphis for “Hood Rich” Video
PRE’s Bigg Unccc Sends a Message With Haunting “Free Roccout” Video
Jay Fizzle & 21 Lil Harold Get Freaky at a Car Wash in a New Video
Jay Fizzle Leaves the Opps Shell-Shocked on ‘DonaFizzo’
Jay Fizzle Teams with Key Glock for New Single from 8/12 DonaFizzo Mixtape
Hear Young Dolph’s First Posthumous Single “Hall of Fame”
PRE’s Chitana Shares Video for Young Dolph-Featuring “Love For Me”
It’s All in a Day’s Work for Jay Fizzle on “Last Song”
Big Moochie Grape Knows it Takes a Village to Raise the Illest on ‘East Haiti Baby’
Unfiltered Grape: Big Moochie Grape Shares “Uncut & Raw” from East Haiti Baby
PRE’s SNUPE BANDZ Makes the Trap Bounce in “Barnacle Boy” Video
Big Moochie Grape Prepares New Mixtape, Remains Incomparable in “I’m The One” Single
Jay Fizzle Conducts “Paper Route Bidness” in a Icy New Video
Jay Fizzle Keeps It Mellow Like Donatello in “Zaba Freestyle”
PRE’s Jay Fizzle Sizzles in New “4HOS” Video
PRE’s Jay Fizzle Pays Tribute to His Mentor in “LLD” Video
PRE’s SNUPE BANDZ Explains Why He Flexes So Hard in a New Video
PRE’s Joddy Badass and SNUPE BANDZ Get Seductive in “I Like” Video from LLD
Big Moochie Grape Builds Paper Route Pyramids in New Video “In Dolph We Trust”
Bigg Unccc Looks Skyward with Somber Gratitude in “Letter To Flippa”
Kenny Muney Remembers His Mentor in “Role Model” Video
Paper Route Empire Honors Young Dolph and Puts Stamp on 2022 with Heartfelt Project
Paper Route Empire Announces 2022 Releases, Shares Key Glock’s “Proud”
Paper Route Empire Honors Young Dolph with ‘Long Live Dolph’ Mixtape, Coming 1/21
Young Dolph Mourned By Family, Friends, and Fans at Memorial Service in Memphis
Young Dolph Honored with Street Name in Memphis
Long Live Young Dolph
Young Dolph & Kenny Muney Do Million Dollar Deals in “Ashtray” Video
Young Dolph Has More Jewelry Than Your Jeweler in “Talking To My Scale”
Young Dolph & PRE Share PAPER ROUTE iLLUMINATI Label Mixtape, Drop Key Glock’s “Mister Glock 2” Video
Young Dolph Announces PAPER ROUTE iLUMMINATi Label Tape
Young Dolph Gathers PRE Associates For the High-Flying “Nothing To Me” Video
Young Dolph & Key Glock Assemble for “A Goat & A Dolphin”
Young Dolph Shares “Hashtag,” the Latest Video from Dum & Dummer 2
Young Dolph & Key Glock Crash the Billboard 200 Top 10, Share “RAIN RAIN” Video
Young Dolph & Key Glock Release Dum & Dummer 2 via Paper Route EMPIRE
Young Dolph Shares “Yeeh Yeeh,” a Solo Cut from Dum & Dummer 2
Young Dolph & Key Glock Continue the Run-Up to Dum & Dummer 2 with “Sleep With The Roaches”
Young Dolph & Key Glock Get Frosty in the Video for “Aspen”
Young Dolph & Key Glock Announce Dum & Dummer 2, Coming March 26th via Paper Route EMPIRE
Case Closed: Young Dolph & Key Glock Are Trap’s Best Duo
Young Dolph and Key Glock are All Systems Go in “Green Light”
Young Dolph Shares Deluxe Edition of Chart-Topping ‘Rich Slave’ Album
Young Dolph Shares “Large Amount” from Rich Slave (Deluxe), Out Friday 1/22
Young Dolph & Key Glock Reunite for Stylish “No Sense” Video
Young Dolph Decries Police Brutality in Searing “The Land” Video
Young Dolph Imagines A Less-Fly Alternate Reality in “Hold Up Hold Up Hold Up”
Young Dolph Can’t Change His Womanizing Ways in “Cray Cray” Video
Young Dolph Reveals the Man Behind the Mogul on New Album ‘Rich Slave’
Young Dolph Shares New Video Single “Death Row” As Lambo Giveaway Continues
Young Dolph Announces 8/14 ‘Rich Slave’ Album, Launches Lamborghini Giveaway Contest
Young Dolph Celebrates What He’s Earned with New Vid, “Blue Diamonds”
Young Dolph Recruits Megan Thee Stallion for “RNB” Single
Young Dolph Welcomes Us To His Quarantined Home in the “Sunshine” Video
Young Dolph Shares “Sunshine,” a Rap Anthem for Our Times
Young Dolph & Key Glock Reschedule Remaining Shows on “No Rules Tour”
Young Dolph & Key Glock Live Like Rock Stars in Amsterdam in “1 Hell of a Life”
Young Dolph & Key Glock Announce Nationwide “No Rules Tour”
Paper Route EMPIRE’s Jay Fizzle Ages Gracefully With Young Dolph in the “Don’t Stop” Video
Young Dolph Shares an Effects-Laden Video for His New Strip Club Anthem
Young Dolph Tells His Life Story in the “Tric Or Treat” Video
Young Dolph & Key Glock Announce Nationwide “No Rules Tour,” Kicking Off in February
Young Dolph & Key Glock Take Us Behind-The-Scenes with “The Making of Dum & Dummer”
Young Dolph & Key Glock Take a Business Trip in the Stylish “Back to Back” Video
Young Dolph & Key Glock Trot the Globe in the Epic “Water On Water On Water” Video
Young Dolph & Key Glock Release ‘Dum & Dummer’ Collab Project, Share “Ill” Video
Young Dolph Takes a Camo-Wrapped Cruise ‘Round NYC in “Crashin’ Out,” Premiered by Highsnobiety
Young Dolph, Juicy J, and Project Pat Throw Down Memphis-Style in the “By Mistake” (Remix) Video
Young Dolph and Snoop Dogg Share a Jazzed-Up, ’30s Themed Visual for “I Think I Can Fly”
P.R.E. Six Mafia: Young Dolph Recruits Juicy J & Project Pat for “By Mistake” Remix
Young Dolph Chooses Winner for #ThatsMajorChallenge
King of Memphis Young Dolph Takes Over London in “On God”
Young Dolph Duets With His Mom in the Heartwarming “Black Queen” Video
Young Dolph Will Give Away Camouflage Dodge Challenger Hellcat To Winner Of #ThatsMajorChallenge
Young Dolph Shines in the Company of Models in “Playin’ Wit a Check” Video
Young Dolph Sets an Example with Role Model Album, Shares Video with Offset
Young Dolph Tours Town in His Camo ‘Rari in the Flossy “By Mistake” Video, Premiered by WSHH
Young Dolph Announces Upcoming Album, Role Model, To Be Released Sept 21
Young Dolph Channels Django Unchained, Takes Shots at the Labels in “Slave Owner,” Premiered by TMZ
Young Dolph Escapes the Trap to Smoke “Kush On The Yacht” in His Latest Video
Young Dolph Smokes Gelato and Rocks Fine Furs in “Paranoid”
Young Dolph Strikes With N*ggas Get Shot Everyday EP
Young Dolph Is Alive, Well, and Thriving in “What’s The Deal”
Young Dolph Stunts in a Sling, Reminds You to Appreciate Life “While U Here”
 Money Talks and Young Dolph Always Gets His “Point Across” 
The King Stay The King: Young Dolph Releases Thinking Out Loud
Young Dolph Connects with Mike WiLL Made It for the Cavernous “Drippy,” Debuted by Complex
Young Dolph Announces Merch Collection, Includes “Bulletproof” Flak Jacket
Long Live The King: Young Dolph Emerges From Recovery, Announces New Album Thinking Out Loud
Hide ur Wife and Daughters bc “All Of Them” Love Drug Dealers, According to Young Dolph
Young Dolph Talks Attempt on His Life in WSHH Documentary, Drops New Visual from Bulletproof
Young Dolph Continues An Unrelenting Barrage of Swagger with “In Charlotte” Visual
Young Dolph Runs the City, Effortlessly Stunts on Haters in “100 Shots” Visual
The Self-Proclaimed King of Memphis Young Dolph Asserts His Supremacy on Bulletproof
Ahead Of Bulletproof’s Midnight Release, Young Dolph Prays For His Enemies With New Zaytoven-Produced Track
Ahead of Bulletproof Release, Young Dolph Continues the Flex Parade, Revisits Gelato Mixtape with “Run It Up” Visual
Young Dolph Is Rap’s Superman, Announces Bulletproof Album & Drops Single With Gucci Mane
Young Dolph Eviscerates Crosstown Rival Yo Gotti in the “Play Wit Yo Bitch” Visual
Young Dolph Stunts With Versace Snow Boots in “Whole Lot” Video
Wanna Be A Baller? Young Dolph Reveals the Guidelines on “Baller Alert”
Ice-Cold King of Memphis Young Dolph Continues Victory Lap with “Meech” Visual
Young Dolph Drops His Coldest Track Yet With “Gelato”
Young Dolph Counts His Bills on the Ice-Cold Gelato Mixtape
Young Dolph Threatens on “Play Wit Yo Bitch,” Gelato Mixtape Out Friday 2/3
Young Dolph Enlists Lil Yachty for “Bagg,” Announces Gelato Mixtape
Young Dolph And 2 Chainz Want to Know “What Yo Life Like”
Young Dolph Grew Up With “Nothin,” Now He’s a Rich Crack Baby
“If” Young Dolph Isn’t The Freshest Then Who Is?
You Can’t Deny How Hard Young Dolph Stunts In “Trappa”
Young Dolph Overcame the Odds to Become a Rich Crack Baby
Young Dolph Announces New Mixtape, Rich Crack Baby, Dropping This Friday
Young Dolph Invites A White Tiger, Monkey, and Giraffe to Live Like “Royalty” In New Video
Young Dolph Throws Caution to the Wind in “Both Ways”
Memphis Kingpin Young Dolph is a “Rich Crack Baby”

Memphis Kingpin Young Dolph to Headline17-Date Royalty Tour In August/Early September
Young Dolph Revisits King of Memphis, Enjoys a Romantic Evening in “On My Way” Video
Following the Release of Bo$$e$ & $hooter$, Young Dolph Hits the Club In “They Don’t Want It”
Young Dolph Shares 16-Track Bo$$e$ & $hooter$ Project Featuring Jay Fizzle and Bino Brown
Young Dolph Asks the Important Questions in “How Could”
Young Dolph Has 3 Things On His Mind in “Money Power Respect”
“It’s Going Down” at Young Dolph’s Trap House
Shouting Out His Favorite Strip Clubs Across the Country, the Forbes Hip-Hop Cash Prince Shares “Let Me See It” Video
Young Dolph Pays Respect to His Peers On Mike WiLL Made-It-Produced “Facts”
Young Dolph Says Fuck It, Shares “Fuck It”
Forbes’ Hip-Hop Cash Prince, Young Dolph, Releases First Retail Album, Debuted By Noisey

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