Guest Star: "How Could It Be Self Defense When Dolla's Back Is Shot?" -DJ Shabazz

Tuesday, Jun 8, 2010 5:40PM

Written by DJ Shabazz for SOHH

I would talk to Dolla's mother on a daily basis, just because they were from Atlanta and were in LA for the whole murder case. She was out here for a good solid two months. And she was just like, telling me, he's gonna get either the first or second degree. She would call me, keep me updated with it and she called me the day of the acquittal and was like, "They let him walk," she was in tears so she couldn't really talk and I was just confused more because of the legal aspect of it.

I'm not a lawyer, so I don't know how the whole system works but it kinda sounded f*cked up to me. So I was just confused. How could it be self-defense when someone's back is shot 10 or 12 rounds? I was with him, we were standing like, literally not even eight feet away so we were close. I was standing next to him in broad daylight. I don't know, I'm just confused as everyone else is.

I knew him since he was like 15, 16. When he got signed to Jive, I was actually interning for Ant Rich who signed him so when he would come back to New York in the studio, me and him would start bonding and then he was like, "Yo, I want you to be my deejay." When my internship was done and I was back in the Bay area, that's where I'm originally from, I did hella sh*t for him. We got him on the radio out here, I got him to perform at the Playboy mansion. So he was just like, "Yo, move to Atlanta."

I moved in with him and that was like my little brother. I was with him every single day. Even when we didn't have shows, I wouldn't fly back to the Bay, I would stay in Atlanta. I was a part of the family, his mom calls me her son, his brothers are my brothers, his sisters are my sisters. I'll always remember our conversations and his stage presence and his work ethic. He was only 21. I'm 24 and the way he would act sometimes, I would think he was older than me.

A lot of people are not familiar with Dolla as the artist, they're just familiar with the "Who The F*ck Is That" featuring T-Pain. It didn't really display the range of talent that he actually had. So when he came up with the concept that he wanted to put out this mixtape, The Miseducation of Dolla, he would listen to The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and was like, "Man, I'm just gonna go in and show them I do this, I really do this. I'm not just one of those T-Pain featured singles. I really rap."

When he came out to the Bay, we just locked ourselves in the studio and he banged it out. There's 26 tracks on the CD. As far as more material, I probably have enough to put out another project and his actual album is gonna take a while. The album was d*mn near done and now I have to deal with the logistics of the whole label, the people that was involved, the family and just how it's all gonna get situated.

That's pretty much gonna take some time. His mom pretty much said, "You do what you have to do relating to the music, I give you the rights to do whatever you have to do." You're gonna listen to this mixtape and be like, "Wow. We are definitely gonna miss this kid." His father committed suicide in front of him, he grew up in a one-parent household, his mom and two sisters, he grew up in East Atlanta, originally from Chicago, so, he's talking about the struggle.

I deejay in San Francisco at all the clubs, Los Angeles, San Diego, and wherever I go, I'm repping him hard. Even if you haven't even heard the tracks, I'm playing them in the club at primetime. And also, his brother raps. His brother is gonna be a real problem real soon. We perform in Atlanta a lot and before we get home, I'm doing the Dolla tributes. There's always Dolla t-shirts everywhere. I just hope the mixtape takes off. That's what I'm really hoping for and the music is gonna speak for itself and everyone is gonna be like, "This kid had it."

DJ Shabazz was the longtime friend/deejay for late rapper Roderick "Dolla" Burton II

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