The life and times of Roderick Anthony Burton II, a rap artist BEtter known as Dolla, are no big secret to anyone that’s BEen keeping up with hip hop news headlines. Dolla’s tragic and untimely death will forever sit in the memories and hearts of many adoring fans, but just think about how the tragedy registers for his mother, his brother, and even for his long time comrade and DJ, DJ Shabazz. Many of us will merely miss the dope rhymes that he spit, or his clever way of directly transferring life and hood thoughts onto wax…I’m sure lots of ladies will miss the model side of Dolla. In fact, it is quite possible with his success as a model you more than likely have seen Dolla’s image even if you don’t know who he is. I urge you to jump in the mindset of DJ Shabazz. Shabazz was more than an employee working for and with Dolla; he was Dolla’s right hand man. So much truth reads through that very line that it’s hard to honestly capture exactly how close the two were, but if you put on your imaginary thinking cap one more time and place yourself at the Beverly Center in Los Angeles on May 18, 2009 in Dolla’s entourage (and subtract DJ Shabazz out of the deal), one can only help but feel chills as you imagine seeing not only your artist, but your best friend lying there murdered at the hand of another man.
Aubrey Berry would BE that man initially held responsible for killing Dolla, but Berry was later AQUITTED OF ALL CHARGES – including first-degree murder and even assault with a firearm. This not only leaves Dolla’s family in an obvious uproar, but for those closest to Dolla, this leaves a deep passionate yearning to showcase a certain reality BEhind Dolla’s artistry that due to his early passing has gone unseen to most eyes and ears. He had yet to become a household name.
BE Magazine got the chance to formally sit down with DJ Shabazz to capture a small tidbit of his feelings after what many would call a harsh and unfair verdict that still seems to be as brutal as the assassination itself. We also got the chance to get some info on Dolla’s final mixtape The Miseducation of Dolla.This is an interview you don’t want to miss!!!
Click on the divShare player below HEAR he actual interview with BE Magazine and DJ Shabazz. Also make sure you check out his final mixtape, The Miseducation of Dolla to get a real scope on what Dolla could really do. Many feel that with this posthumous release you get a very honest and pure taste of his talent – without the label restraints and obvious promotional pushes.