Chances are the first thing you thought to yourself when you heard “rapper Dolla shot & killed” was one of two things. You either instinctively sang the chorus to his hit or you went into Biggie mode, applying the “dark-skinned Jermaine” theory. I did both when David D. hit me up last night, passing along the information that Roderick Anthony Burton II had been gunned down in L.A.
Denizens of our corner of the web will recall that Beware just posted one of Dolla’s latest tracks, “Georgia Nights” and, for me, that’s immediately what I reverted to. And when you do, focusing on the first verse, you realize that perhaps Dolla’s death wasn’t coincidence, but an event he knew was approaching faster than anyone else knew. The violence is the first few lines of the song & how recently Beware shared it make yesterday’s incident all the more eerie.
True, he was no innocent, but he was still a young man & an artist. And by that, Hip-Hop lost another voice.