Memphis born rapper Young Dolph is giving back to the city that he says made him who he is today.
“This is the holidays,” Young Dolph said Thursday. “There’s more to it than just giving away turkeys. I’m here to flood the area and the city with positive vibes.”
Young Dolph made his guest appearance for teens and young adults at the Memphis Athletic Ministries in South Memphis after landing at Memphis International Airport.
Inside the community center, there were more than 200 turkeys ready to be handed out to those in need.
“I’m going to douse this thing with a whole lot of poultry seasoning,” said Pamela Stewart. “I’m going to stuff it with some stuffing and seal it in the oven.”
Steward was just one of the many grateful recipients of the turkey giveaway.
“This is one of the best things I like about South Memphis,” she said. “When rappers come in and give back to the community, I think that it’s a wonderful thing, especially when they’re giving us turkeys this heavy!”
Young Dolph is well known throughout Memphis communities. Despite moving away at the age of 20, he still has ties to community groups.
“Ain’t nothing like family,” he said. “When you come to Memphis you get the family vibe. All of my partners, friends, they’re from my neighborhood. Everyone here is for the support, and it’s really just about capturing the positive vibe around the holidays.”
Aside from giving out turkeys the rapper spent about 30 minutes talking to kids and young adults about the importance of education and preparing for life once they graduate.
“He just able to give back to others,” said Jermia Jerdine. “That really means something to this community. One thing he strives to do is to give back and be a blessing to others.”