In the beyond tragic wake of Young Dolph‘s murder, it’s some small comfort that his label, Paper Route Empire, lives on.
Now, the artists of the label, whose careers Dolph oversaw and helped blossom, are set to release a tributary project in memory of their fallen leader, the appropriately titled Long Live Dolph.
As the first offering from the project, it was only right that Dolph’s first signee, Jay Fizzle, offer his thoughts via the title track. Needless to say, it makes for a bracing song, with Fizzle rapping the likes of, “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.”
It’s a sobering reminder of just what a generous presence the hip hop community, and music at large, lost.
With the project also set to feature Key Glock, Snupe Bandz, Big Moochie Grape, Kenny Muney, and more, it’s sure to be a worthy tribute. We can only hope that Dolph himself might have a few posthumous verses to offer. Personally, I’ll take whatever I can get to remember him by.