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Dolla

Background information
Birth name Roderick Anthony Burton II
Also known as Dolla, Bucc, Bucklyte
Born November 25, 1987(1987-11-25)
Chicago, Illinois
Origin Atlanta, Georgia
Died May 18, 2009 (aged 21)
Los Angeles, California
Genres Hip Hop
Occupations Rapper
Years active 2003–2009
Labels The Gang Entertainment, Konvict Muzik, Jive, LaFace
Website www.myspace.com/dolla

Roderick Anthony Burton II (November 25, 1987[1] – May 18, 2009) better known by his stage name Dolla, was an American model and rapper. Burton began his music career in 2000 with rap group Da Razkalz Cru under the stage name Bucklyte. The group quickly disbanded, so Burton worked as a model for the Sean John clothing line. In 2007, Burton signed to Akon's Konvict Muzik label and used the stage name Dolla for his releases. Dolla released three singles from 2007 to 2009. One of them, "Who the Fuck is That?" (featuring T-Pain), charted on the Billboard Hot 100. On May 18, 2009, Dolla was shot to death outside a shopping mall in Los Angeles, and Audbrey Berry was arrested for his murder.

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Biography

Burton was born in Chicago and grew up in Los Angeles and Atlanta.[2] He formed a rap group, Da Razkalz Cru, going by the name Bucklyte who signed with Elektra Records in 2003 and released the single "So Fly".[3] "So Fly" did not bring the success that was desired and the group was dropped from the label soon after. That same year, he met Akon and P. Diddy, the latter of whom hired Burton as a model for his Sean John line of clothes; Burton appeared on billboards for the clothing line and modeled across the United States.[3] Under the stage name Dolla, Burton signed to Akon's Konvict Muzik label in May 2007.[4] His song "Feelin' Myself" was featured on the Step Up soundtrack in 2006 and was a "bite" of the Mac Dre song of the same name.[5] Additionally, with DJ Nappy Wilson, Dolla recorded The Beatdown Mixtape in 2006.[3]

He made his debut with the single "Who the Fuck Is That?", which was his biggest hit, reaching #82 on the Billboard Hot 100; the edited version substituted the profanity with "heck".[3] He followed his debut single up with a second promo single "I'm Fucked Up" in the summer of 2008, also an edited version was released using the substitution of the word "tore" replacing "fucked". A third single, entitled "Make a Toast", produced by General Geezy, was then officially released on November 4, 2008. It has peaked at #101 on the Billboard R&B chart. The song "Make a Toast" was released again with the feature of Lil Wayne.[6] The last appearance the rapper made was in Ciara's video for her single "Never Ever".

P.F. Chang's at the Beverly Center in LA, 2008.

Dolla flew to LA to record the rest of his debut album, and he was shot on May 18, 2009 at approximately 3:10 pm. He was waiting in the LA shopping Beverly Center's valet parking and Auto Detailing lounge area behind P. F. Chang's China Bistro along with his "Brother" Scrapp Deleon and friend DJ Shabbazz when the incident occurred. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.[7] Later that evening, an armed 23-year-old male, Aubrey Louis Berry, was detained at the Los Angeles International Airport. Witnesses say he surrendered without a struggle. His bail was set at $5 million.[8] Bail was subsequently lowered to $1million by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Terry Bork in late May. [9] Berry claimed self-defense, but Dolla's family disputed that; Burton family spokesman Dennis Byron stated that Berry traveled from Atlanta to Los Angeles with a firearm that was not licensed for use in California.[10] Mr. Price, Berry's lawyer said that Dolla threatened Mr. Berry at the restaurant at the Beverly Center, and after Mr. Berry left, he noticed that Dolla and two other men were following him to his car and he thought that Dolla was reaching to get a weapon. It was then that Mr. Berry shot him several times in the back, Dolla then later died from a bullet wound that pierced his heart.[11] Burton was known to have ties to a West Los Angeles street gang called the Mansfield Gangster Crips to which he had a tattoo of on his right hand.[12] On May 22, Berry was charged with murder and assault, although he pleaded not guilty.[13]

Dolla's funeral was held May 23 in the Word of Faith Love Center in the East Point neighborhood of Atlanta.[14] The funeral was held in a Muslim style, known as Janazah.[15] He was buried in Atlanta's Westview Cemetery.[16] Singer T-Pain recently paid homage to the slain rapper by having a mural of Dolla painted on the hood of his vintage car.[17] Additionally, a YouTube video using unreleased Dolla song "Georgia Nights" has been made as a tribute to him.[18] Jay Rock sended his prayers and condolences to Dolla's family and stateed that these kinds of acts have to stop.[19] Fall Out Boy's music video for, "What a Catch, Donnie" was dedicated to Dolla. Rapper "Franchise" has paid homage to the late rapper on the mix tape Cater To The Streets titled "In da Hood". Tyga also dedicated a song to Dolla called "RIP Dolla" which is a bonus track on his mix tape The Potential.

Discography

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Albums

  • A Dolla and a Dream (TBR)

Singles

Year Title Chart positions Album
U.S. U.S. R&B U.S. Rap
2007 "Who the Fuck Is That?" (feat. T-Pain and Tay Dizm) 82[20] 42[21] 21[22] A Dolla and a Dream
2008 "Make a Toast" (feat. Lil Wayne) 101[23] 17[23]

Mixtapes

  • 2008: Another Day Another Dolla
  • 2009: Sextapes: The Art Of Seduction

References

  1. ^ http://www.contactmusic.com/news.nsf/story/dollas-mother-in-birthday-tribute_1123889
  2. ^ Quinones, Sam; Rong-Gong Lin II and Andrew Blankstein (2009-05-19). "Rapper Dolla is shot, killed at Beverly Center". Chicago Tribune. http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/la-me-beverlycenter19-2009may19,0,7431052.story. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  3. ^ a b c d Jeffries, David (2009-05-18). "Dolla > Biography". allmusic. http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:fzftxqy0ldae~T1. Retrieved 2009-05-29. 
  4. ^ Jive Records (2007-05-15). "Dolla signs with Jive Records/Konvict Muzik". Press release. http://www.prleap.com/pr/77357/. 
  5. ^ Atlanta Rapper Dolla Inks With Akon's Konvict Muzik. BallerStatus.com Accessed February 24, 2008.
  6. ^ "Make a Toast". Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Billboard. 2009-05-24. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/esearch/chart_display.jsp?cfi=367&cfgn=Singles&cfn=Hot+R%26amp%3BB%2FHip-Hop+Songs&ci=3095657&cdi=9781107&cid=05%2F24%2F2008. Retrieved 2009-05-29. 
  7. ^ Quinones, Sam (2009-05-19). "Rapper Dolla is shot, killed in an LA shopping centre. Center". Los Angeles Times. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-beverlycenter19-2009may19,0,1667313.story. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 
  8. ^ "Suspect arrested in shooting of rapper Dolla at L.A. mall". CNN. 2009-05-19. http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/05/19/california.rapper.killed/index.html. Retrieved 2009-05-19. 
  9. ^ "Bail lowered for man charged in rapper's killing". LA Indep. 2009-05-19. http://www.laindependent.com/news/46449282.html. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  10. ^ Reid, Shaheem (2009-05-22). "Dolla's Family Disputes Alleged Killer's Claim Of Self-Defense". MTV News. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1612052/20090522/dolla.jhtml. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 
  11. ^ "Aubrey Louis Berry Claims Self-Defense in Dolla Shooting". NowPublic. 2009-05-22. http://www.nowpublic.com/culture/aubrey-louis-berry-claims-self-defense-dolla-shooting. Retrieved 2009-06-16. 
  12. ^ Alonso, Alex (2009-05-29). "The Mansfield Crips Memorialize Roderick Burton aka Dolla". StreetGangs.Com. http://www.streetgangs.com/street-gangs/the-mansfield-crips-memorialize-roderick-dolla-burton. 
  13. ^ "Man accused of killing Dolla pleads not guilty". MSNBC.com (Associated Press). 2009-05-22. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30891097/. 
  14. ^ Leslie, Katie (2009-05-24). "Hundreds mourn slain rap artist". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. http://www.ajc.com/business/content/printedition/2009/05/24/dolla0524.html. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 
  15. ^ Saint Louis, Tai (2009-05-24). "Dolla Laid To Rest". AllHipHop.com. http://allhiphop.com/stories/news/archive/2009/05/24/21606802.aspx. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 
  16. ^ "Hundreds mourn Dolla at funeral". NME. 2009-05-26. http://www.nme.com/news/various-artists/44898. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 
  17. ^ "T-Pain Has Tribute To Late Rapper Dolla Painted On His Car". MTV News. 2009-06-02. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1613112/20090602/t_pain.jhtml. 
  18. ^ Fisher, Luchina (2009-05-20). "Dolla: Another Rapper More Famous After Death?". ABC News. http://abcnews.go.com/print?id=7628708. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 
  19. ^ . ForbezDvd. 2009-05-18. http://www.forbezdvd.com/cod.php?v=MzIwMg: Jay Rock Speaks on Dolla's Death. Retrieved 2009-06-14. 
  20. ^ "Who the F*** is That?". The Billboard Hot 100. Billboard. 2008-04-05. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/esearch/chart_display.jsp?cfi=379&cfgn=Singles&cfn=The+Billboard+Hot+100&ci=3093088&cdi=9718158&cid=04%2F05%2F2008. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 
  21. ^ "Who the F*** is That?". Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Billboard. 2008-05-24. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/esearch/chart_display.jsp?cfi=367&cfgn=Singles&cfn=Hot+R%26amp%3BB%2FHip-Hop+Songs&ci=3095657&cdi=9781107&cid=05%2F24%2F2008. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 
  22. ^ "Who the F*** is That?". Hot Rap Tracks. Billboard. 2008-04-12. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/esearch/chart_display.jsp?cfi=370&cfgn=Singles&cfn=Hot+Rap+Tracks&ci=3093433&cdi=9728712&cid=04%2F12%2F2008. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 
  23. ^ a b "Make a Toast". Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles. Billboard. 2008-11-22. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/esearch/chart_display.jsp?cfi=345&cfgn=Singles&cfn=Bubbling+Under+R%26amp%3BB%2FHip-Hop+Singles&ci=3102768&cdi=10045512&cid=11%2F22%2F2008. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 

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Simple English

Dolla
Birth name Roderick Anthony Burton II
Also known as Dolla, Bucc, Bucklyte
Born November 25, 1987(1987-11-25)
Chicago, Illinois
Origin Atlanta, Georgia
Died May 18, 2009 (aged 21)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Hip Hop
Occupations Rapper
Years active 2003–2009
Labels The Gang Entertainment, Konvict Muzik, Jive, LaFace
Website www.myspace.com/dolla

Roderick Anthony Burton II (1988 – May 18, 2009) was a rapper better known by his stage name Dolla He had a hit single with "Who The Fuck is That" featuring T-Pain and Taye Dzim. A remix was made featuring Akon and T-Pain. He was engaged to the actress Hazel. But on May 18, 2009, Dolla was shot to death[needs proof] in Los Angeles from an AK47 with six bullets going into is head killing him straight away, and Aubrey Louis Berry was arrested for his murder. He also made a freestyle over Closer to my dreams


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