YOUNG Dolph was killed a week after fellow rapper Soulja Boy said "he put $100,000 bounty on his head" and joked about his past shootings.
Dolph, whose real name is Adolph Robert Thornton Jr, was shot and killed at Makeda's Cookies in Tennessee on Wednesday afternoon.
The rapper was reportedly in rap beef with Soulja Boy, who had been at odds on social media over money and their careers.
There is no suggestion that Soulja Boy is connected with Young Dolph's slaying, and he has not been named as a suspect.
A week before Dolph was gunned down, Soulja Boy was on Instagram Live speaking to his followers when a fan brought up Dolph's name.
"Man, today was about me and Kanye, cause me and Kanye just made amends you feel me. How the f*** we end up talking about Dolph's lame a** , God damn, clout chasing h** a**," the Pretty Boy Swag rapper said.
"Man, stop playing I'll put a $100  ball on this n***** head. N**** ain't ever play with me, last n**** that played with me I shot him. I don't do the shoot get shot at, I'll do the shooting at n*****.
"I bet a $100,000 this n***** won't give me an address how about that. Look, I got a $100k cash. Look, DM the address and you can have all this in my hand how about that."
Before Soulja's rant about Dolph, the 100 Shots rapper took to Instagram on November 10 to slam his foe, saying: "How da f*** I'm a independent artist and gettin 100rax plus for a show?"
"How da f*** @keyglock got more cars & ice than you & your ceo?"
Soulja Boy caught wind of Dolph's comments online and snapped back, writing: "That's big cap. They signed to @empire I'm really 100% Independent no cap."
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He then went on to address Dolph and his team directly in the Instagram video, saying: "Man, Young Dolph, if you don't get your b*** ass artist out my m***f**** DM, n***."
"F**** you talkin' bout, n***? N*** thought he was bulletproof 'til he got shot like Dolph, n*** F*** you talkin' 'bout, n***? Ain't you the n**** getting shot at 100 times?
"Ain't you the n**** getting popped and shot at all the time?
"Y'all b***a*** n**** better get out of my DM. F*** Paper Route. F**** Key Glock. F**** Young Dolph. F*** all y'all n***."
Soulja Boy was referencing the time in 2017 when Dolph's car was shot over 100 times in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the time Dolph was shot in Los Angeles a few months later.
It is unclear if Dolph responded to Soulja Boy's message at the time.
The deceased rapper was also rumored to have had rap beef with Yo Gotti for several years.
Yo Gotti and Dolph allegedly exchanged subtle disses on tracks towards each other and spoke about one another in interviews.
The rappers were raised in Memphis and became competitors once Dolph rose on the Southern hip hop scene.
It's unclear why the two began feuding, but tensions continued to mount in subtle ways.
Photos of the alleged gunmen quickly spread on social media on Thursday, showing two suspects wearing face masks and gray sweatpants, as well as dark hoodies.
One of the men was wearing a hat, while the other had his hood up.
The pair are also both holding weapons – one appearing to be a pistol and the other a Draco AK-47.
Eagle-eyed fans spotted the front of Young Dolph's car behind the two men.
WITNESS SAID THEY HEAR '50 GUNSHOTS'
Footage exclusively obtained by The Sun appears to show Dolph's arm hanging out one of the store's broken windows.
Speaking exclusively to The Sun, the anonymous witness said they heard "approximately 50 gunshots" while at the Shell gas station across the street.
"I was across the street right before the cops, and the news arrived, and screen recorded a live video of Young Dolph's arm hanging out the window," the witness explained.
Meanwhile, an Airway Inn worker, who wished not to be identified, exclusively told The Sun that they were cleaning rooms in a motel across the street from the crime scene when they heard the gun blasts.
"All I heard were gunshots. We were cleaning the rooms, and we locked ourselves inside," he said.
Dolph was related to late rapper Juice WRLD, who passed away following an accidental overdose.
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