Following the tragic killing of Memphis rapper Young Dolph last month, the city has decided to honor him. In a ceremony scheduled for December 15th, the city will rename a street after him in the neighborhood in which he grew up. Though the city has not confirmed exactly what the street name will be, councilman JB Smiley waited until he got the green light from Dolph’s family before pushing forward with the gesture.

The December 15th unveiling ceremony will be at “an intersection near the Memphis Depot Industrial Park.” His family has said the street name will remind residents of the Castalia Heights community of the perseverance and hard work that Dolph embodied. They want everyone in the neighborhood to remember that someone who came from the same streets they do was able to “create a successful legacy for himself” while also prioritizing “family and community.”

In addition to the street name, there will be a public memorial for Young Dolph held at FedEx Forum in Memphis. The home of the Memphis Grizzlies has a capacity of 19,000 people, and all of the seats are expected to be filled. The public memorial has been spearheaded by Pastor Earle Fisher, who spoke at Young Dolph’s private funeral on November 30th. 

If you’re anywhere near Memphis on December 16th, try to go to this memorial. Young Dolph deserves all of these honors, to be sure. It’s just a shame he didn’t get these kinds of props when he was alive. Better late than never, though.

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