Written by: Khalif Thompson
The death of Young Dolph last year shocked the hip hop community. Everyone from LeBron James to Rick Ross, who said losing Dolph and Nipsey Hussle was like losing Tupac and Biggie, remembers the Memphis rapper warmly.
However, it appears that two individuals had little consideration for the late rapper.
On Thursday, Fox13 Memphis reported that a mural honoring Young Dolph had been destroyed in his hometown of Memphis. The two vandals were captured on video.
Dolph's family and the Ida Mae Foundation commissioned the artwork. Local artist Cameron Hill began painting the homage at King Of Discounts Mini Mart in South Memphis four months ago. Hill took a break from the project on Tuesday after receiving some harsh tweets.
"I started receiving hateful messages, hateful phone calls, so I paused for a day," the painter told Fox13.
Of course, Hill is distressed by the vandalism. The artist had wanted to finish the artwork before Dolph's 37th birthday on July 27, but that deadline has already been thrown off. The artist uploaded photographs of the vandalized painting on Instagram, along with a defiant message.
“SMH,”, he captioned. “Money has been spent on the project from the foundation and everything just to have a group of hating individuals come and destroy what I was working on."
Hill stated this isn’t his first run in with these vandals and that they have aimed to destroy his work over the years.
“The certain group of individuals have been trying to ruin my art career and tarnish my name since last year," he explained. "I have been harassed and also threatened for the last two or three days for trying to do something for the foundation and to make the community look better. I have been getting calls and text from different numbers from people trying to plot on me. They have been sending people up there to try to intimidate me and spy on me."
Even after this loss, Hill remains undeterred, writing:
"I’m a king and I’m going to conduct myself as such. One thing for sure I don’t fear no man and I’m not going to tuck my tail and run. I stand on what I believe in."
Look at his post down below.