In yet another tragic rap slaying, rising recording artist Dolla – who, in 2007, signed with Akon’s Konvict Music Records – was fatally shot in the head yesterday afternoon outside the upscale Beverly Center mall in Los Angeles.
An hour later, LAPD nabbed Aubrey Louis Berry at L.A. International Airport after noticing that the 23-year-old Georgia man fit the descrip- tion of Dolla’s murderer. The suspect is currently being held on $1 million bail.
Cops have told reporters that they do not know what prompted the brutal killing.
Dolla, who was born Roderick Anthony Burton II and who lived in Atlanta, was in L.A. to complete his album, Another Day, Another Dolla.
On February 6, 2008, Dolla appeared on BlogTalkRadio to discuss progress on his debut album.
Throughout the 20-minute interview, Dolla – who’d also recorded with Lil Wayne and modeled for Diddy’s R.I.P. clothing label – returned to a recurring theme in his life: his music had saved him from the streets.
“My upcoming album is called A Dolla and a Dream. I named it that because, since I was 13, I’ve been financially taking care of my family,” he told Freshr Radio host Young Drew.
“And it got to a point where that street s – - – just wasn’t working out for me. You know, the ups and downs of street life. And I literally was going broke.
“I had just a couple of dollars but had dreams of being a rapper.”
Later, when asked how it felt to be signed to a label, Dolla said:
“It gives me an opportunity to do something positive and not be in the streets and not have to worry about being shot.
“I just got shot three months ago, and that let me know, Man you got a record deal, you got a song out, like relax!”
And when asked, “With your newfound fame, I’m sure you got a nice paycheck. What was the first thing you went out and did?” the rapper replied:
“Bought my mama a car.”
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To head Dolla’s full 2008 interview, click here.