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Young Dolph gives $20,000 to baristas fired for playing his rap song at Duke coffee shop

Young Dolph performs on June 24, 2017, at the BET Experience concert in Los Angeles. During a performance at the Rolling Loud hip-hop festival in Miami on Friday night, rapper Young Dolph gave $20,000 to two baristas who were fired for playing his 'Get Paid' song at a coffee shop on the Duke University campus.
Young Dolph performs on June 24, 2017, at the BET Experience concert in Los Angeles. During a performance at the Rolling Loud hip-hop festival in Miami on Friday night, rapper Young Dolph gave $20,000 to two baristas who were fired for playing his 'Get Paid' song at a coffee shop on the Duke University campus. TNS

During a performance at the Rolling Loud hip-hop festival in Miami on Friday night, rapper Young Dolph gave $20,000 to two fired baristas.

The baristas were fired for playing his 'Get Paid' song at a coffee shop on the Duke University campus.

The Memphis rapper on Friday gave the baristas the money after calling them up on stage, according to Revolt TV.

"Now how's that for getting paid?" Young Dolph asked the surprised pair, Revolt TV reported.

Larry Moneta, Duke University's vice president for student affairs, complained after he heard the song being played and considered some of the lyrics "inappropriate," Indy Week reported. The song includes profanity and the n-word.

After leaving the shop, The News & Observer reported that Moneta contacted Duke Dining Services, which oversees the university’s contracts with vendors such as Joe Van Gogh Coffee. Indy Week reported that the pair was then told by the company that “Duke University has instructed us to terminate the employees who were working that day.”

A group of nearly 20 protestors marched into the offices Larry Moneta, Duke’s Vice President for Student Affairs to voice their opposition to the firing of two employees of the Joe Van Gogh coffee shop on the Duke University campus.

The coffee shop said Friday it was closing its shop on the Duke campus and that the company is offering the baristas their jobs back.

Britni Brown describes her interaction with Duke Vice President for Student Affairs, Larry Moneta and how she was later fired for playing “Get Paid” by Young Dolph, during an interview on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at Duke University in Durham, N.C.

Young Dolph tweeted on Wednesday about the firings, saying "Whoever that VP is, he don't give a dam about nobody but his self."

On Friday night, after Young Dolph called the fired workers on stage, the festival retweeted a tweet about his gift. And fans reacted positively on social media.

"That's love," A. Jarrell Hayes said.

"That’s probably more than what they make annually," said a woman with the Twitter handle Midnight Misandrist III. "I’m somehow moved by this and I don’t understand why."

"Nothing but respect for my president @YoungDolph," tweeted Trill Withers.

Young Dolph was a target of bullets in Charlotte in February 2017, several national hip-hop-related websites reported at the time. Young Dolph was in town for an unofficial CIAA party/concert at Cameo Charlotte nightclub.

No one was hurt when several dozen rounds were fired in the 600 block of North Caldwell Street, and bullets hit multiple homes and vehicles indiscriminately.

Three months later, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police charged rapper Blac Youngsta (nee Sammie Benson), 27; Frederick Black, 23; and Antavius Gardner, 20, with six counts each of discharging a weapon into occupied property and felony conspiracy.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067; @jmarusak
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