Tuesday, May 19, 2009
On a sad note, an Atlanta up and coming rapper, Dollo was shot and killed yesterday in LA. My prayers go out to his family and friends at this very difficult time.
Via Rolling Stone:
Up-and-coming Atlanta rapper Dolla was shot and killed in an altercation outside a shopping mall in Los Angeles on Monday, May 18th. He was 21 years old. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Dolla was gunned down while he waited at the Beverly Center’s mall valet with rappers DJ Shabbazz and Scrapp DeLeon. Dolla’s publicist said that before the shooting, a man and woman were trailing the rapper. Police have “two persons of interest” in custody; cops picked up one man at the ticketing area of the Los Angeles International Airport with a gun in his possession.
Dolla was in Los Angeles to continue work on his debut album, A Dolla & A Dream. Born Roderick Anthony Burton II in Chicago, the rapper’s family relocated to Atlanta from L.A. when he was five after his father’s suicide. First a member of the Elektra-signed Da Razkalz Kru, Dolla made his way up the Atlanta hip-hop scene and was eventually recruited by Diddy to be a model for his Sean John fashion line. Around the same time, Dolla hooked up with Akon, who signed Dolla to his Konvict Music Records in 2007, and Dolla recorded the hit “Who the F&%# Is That?” with T-Pain, which reached Number 82. His follow-up single “Feelin’ Myself” was featured on the Step Up soundtrack. “He had a very promising career,” Dolla’s publicist Sue Vannasing said yesterday. “He was being hyped as the next Tupac [Shakur]. He chose music to get off the streets.”
According to TMZ, the man police have in custody is Aubery Berry. “As the officers approached the suspect, they asked him ‘Do you know why we’re here?’ ” airport police spokesman Sgt. Jim Holcomb told the AP. “He put his [hands] up in the air and said, ‘Yes, I’ve got a gun in my waistband. Don’t shoot me.’ ” Police recovered a loaded 9mm semiautomatic handgun from Berry, who is reportedly being held on $1 million bail on unspecified charges.
“My music is universal,” Dolla wrote on his MySpace page. “I can do street music or pop music. But whatever I do, I attempt to make meaningful songs with substance.”