YOUNG Dolph shared photos of his merchandise with a chilling message that may have ...predicted his death... weeks before his tragic shooting outside a cookie store.

The rapper, whose real name Adolph Robert Thornton Jr, shared pictures on Instagram with a slogan that appears to foreshadow the tragic shooting death on Wednesday.

Rapper Young Dolph holding a custom backpack from his collaboration with SPRAYGROUNDyoungdolph/Instagram

Rapper Young Dolph's custom bags from his collaboration with SPRAYGROUNDyoungdolph/Instagram

Three months before his death at Makeda's Cookies. in Memphis, Tennessee, Dolph revealed a custom collaboration with SPRAYGROUND which featured backpacks and shoulder bags.

The design of the merchandise featured cameo print mixed with orange, infused adjustable drawstrings, and a slogan that caught many people's attention.

The plastic bag in which the book bag is stored reads: ...RIP ME OPEN,... which some social media sleuths highlighted could allude to ripping open the bag.

However, others wondered whether the rapper was alluding to death, due to his previous mentions of being a target of violence for nearly two decades.

...The bag says ...RIP ME' wow,... noted one person in the comments section, while another wrote: ...Damn....da bag says RIP....

...Lord this said RIP ME JESUS get your rest I hate this for you,... remarked another devastated fan.

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On November 17, Dolph was fatally shot while visiting Makeda's Cookies in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee.

Dolph, whose real name is Adolph Robert Thornton Jr, stooped at the establishment to purchase cookies that afternoon.

According to the shop's owner, around 1pm, someone drove up and shot and killed the rapper.

His death was confirmed by the three law enforcement officers.

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Dolph was reportedly not alone when he was shot, FOX13 reports, however it is not clear who he was with or if they were hurt.

The 36-year-old rapper previously spoke about his belief that he has been a target of violence since his teenage years.

“I’ve been targeted since I was 17, 18, 19,” he stated in an interview with The Guardian.

The rapper admitted that he did not grow up in the best surroundings, which caused him to turn to certain methods to make money.

When asked how, he responded: ...Hustling – you’ve been seeing it for so long that you start to partake in it. I clocked in when I was 12 and never clocked out....

He further explained how his surroundings had an influence on him around that time.

...Even when leaving school, you either had to go up past the two stores and the corner, where everything is going on or walk up this long ass boring street up the hill to go home.

...We wanted to go past where the action is. We were in the fourth, fifth, and sixth grades, seeing this living hell....


The star has accumulated over 4.4million followers on Instagram, a platform that several social media users flooded to share their condolences.

...They saying you dead I hope not,... one user wrote, while another said ...Damn rip....

...Please don't leave us,... another wrote. ...News better be fake....

The artist was related to the late rapper Juice WRLD, who passed away following an accidental overdose.

Following his death, Young Dolph posted a tribute saying: ...damn lil cuzz. i feel awkward as hell makin this post on social media the world didn't know u was my blood lil cuzin 'sic '....

Dolph leaves behind his two children, a daughter, and a son, that he reportedly shares with Mia Jayes.

Young Dolph and Mia Jaye standing alongside their two childrenInstagram / @iammiajaye

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