Today in Hip-Hop: R.I.P. Doe B (June 13, 1991 – December 28, 2013)
On this day, Dec. 28, in hip-hop history...
2013: Montgomery, Ala. rapper Glenn Thomas, better known to the hip-hop world as Doe B was killed on Dec. 28, 2013.
Known as an up-and-coming member of T.I.'s label Hustle Gang, Doe B was making a name for himself in Southern rap for nearly two years before his death. His debut mixtape Trap Life, released in 2012, featured exemplary bars from the one-eyed rapper and beats from Lex Luger and Zaytoven. The strength of the tape got Doe signed to Hustle Gang in 2012 and the following year, he not only dropped a follow-up tape (2013's Baby Jesus), he also stood out on Hustle Gang's compilation mixtape G.D.O.D. thanks to songs like "Kemosabe," "G.D.O.D." and “Let Me Find Out (Remix)." During this time, Doe B was moving up the rap ranks by working with acts like Juicy J, Kevin Gates, T.I. and more.
Sadly, Doe's rising stardom was snuffed out when he was killed on Dec. 28, 2013. The MC was shot at the Centennial Hill Bar and Grill in his hometown of Montgomery. Doe B was one of the fatal victims of a violent club shooting that left another two people dead and six others injured.
Two days after the shooting, Jason McWilliam was arrested as a suspect. Soon after the new year, on Jan. 3, 2014, a second suspect, Darius Thomas, turned himself in. They were both charged with three counts of capital murder in the deaths of Doe and two others during the shooting. The two suspects had a bad history with Doe B. McWilliam admitted to police that he had stolen a bag of money and jewelry from the rapper in the past. In September of 2016, McWilliam, Thomas and another man, were indicted for three counts of first-degree assault and reckless murder.
Earlier this year, the cover art for Doe B's posthumous, debut album, No Life After Death was revealed by the rapper's manager causing much controversy. The LP has yet to be released.
R.I.P. Doe B.
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