The first rapper to die on Twitter

Those damn hip-hop police. They’re never there when you really need them.

From what I understand, they’re all over New York, preventing rappers from even getting into their own shows, but they somehow failed to prevent that guy Dolla from getting shot in the head in the mall, out in LA.

(On the outside chance anyone gives a shit, I saw this story about how they wouldn’t let long since forgotten St. Louis rapper Huey open for Nelly, because people might be trying to kill him. Remember that song “Pop, Lock and Drop It?”)

It could be that 5-0 had no idea who Dolla was. I hadn’t heard of him until he died the other day, and I stay reading about hip-hop on the Internets. It’s kinda my job – though I’ll admit I do have a certain perceptual vigilance about acknowledging anything that looks like it’s purposely designed to appeal to the lowest common denominator. Maybe some of his shit was posted on Cocaine Blunts, I saw it, and was like, fuck this shit, and went back to looking at pr0n or whatever.

I’d insist that, before he died, this guy Dolla wasn’t any more famous than I am, but you guys know I tend to be conceited. I’m still reeling over the fact that Ashley Logan suggested that Red Cafe is more famous than I am. I put it up to an unofficial poll on my own site, and of course hardly anyone had heard of Red Cafe. I could almost certainly make her more famous than he has, if she’d still be interested. I know I’d be, pending the results of tests for various STDs.

No but really, I think this Dolla story has had more “legs” than I ever would have guessed it would, due to social networking. Twitter, in particular. As far as I know, this is the first time a rapper has been killed since a lot of hip-hop heads got on Twitter. Not to sound like that guy, but I’ve been on Twitter since the summer of ’07. The law of averages would suggest that a few rappers have bit the dust since then, but there probably wasn’t anyone on there who gave a shit. Now it’s overrun with the kind of people who light a candle any time anyone remotely famous dies. You know, Bovine America.

I can only imagine what it’ll be like when anything important actually happens now with everyone (who matters) on Twitter. Like, if a real celebrity is killed, or there’s another terrorist attack. To date, maybe the biggest thing that’s happened is when that plane went in the Hudson. Wait, I know what’s gonna happen. Twitter’s gonna get overloaded and stop working. The damn fail whale’s gonna show up.

My bad, if you have no idea what I’m talking about. Now, where was I? Ah yes, this guy Dolla. It just so happens that Dolla joined Twitter like an hour before he got killed. He posted two tweets (if you will): one about how he was trying out Twitter (as if), and one instructing us to check out his MySpace. Then he headed off to the mall to get himself some of those tight jeans kids wear these days, and the rest, as they say, is history.

So, the next day, in addition to the usual stories about how a guy who once had a song with T-Pain got shot and killed at the Beverly Center, there was a buncha stories on tech sites about how an artist got killed a mere matter of hours after joining Twitter. They say it could have become a huge clusterfuck for Twitter, if he’d mentioned that he was on his way to the mall. It would have raised a number of issues about privacy, crime and what have you. In that sense, it’s a good thing he never had a chance to figure out what Twitter is for.

As far as why there won’t be any more updates to Dolla’s feed, I’m not sure. I’ve seen a couple of pictures of him wearing red, which suggests he might be a member of the Bloods. Then there’s the fact that he was signed to Akon’s label, and one of those Africans Akon runs with kicked the living shit out of Suge a few months ago. Would having your ass handed to you by an African trump belonging to the same gang? You guys know I learned everything I know about the code of the streets from watching 60 Minutes. Anyway, I’m sure the hip-hop police are on the case.

  • Pierzy

    The attack on Twitter continues!

    “Like, if a real celebrity is killed…”

    HAHA

    • http://www.smh.com Sleeze Money

      Yo Pierzy, what’s your secret? RSS feed?

  • ?

    second!
    Dammit Pierzy…

  • PARIS PERSHUN

    THEY SAID IT COULDA BEEN OVER A BITCH….. HE ALSO GOT INTO A SCUFFLE A WHILE BACK WITH ALSO NOT-SO-FAMOUS RAP NIGGA 2 PISTOLS!!!! HENCE THE NAME….HA HA HA AH AHA HA HA A…. OK I’LL STOP!!!

    (LEANS BACK AND TURNS “I REALLY MISS MY HOMIE” WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY THE FUCK UP))

  • http://xxl gside

    I no another place they won’t be letting rappers in. Bo you need to make peace with yourself about your African Beef and move on with your life you ain’t never going to see that $9.99 they got you for so give it up.

  • El Tico Loco

    Didn’t another Dolla die earlier this year? In Miami? Maybe Dolla is new Big, you know jinxed.

  • General

    Its fucked up to see another person taken early. I’m sure we will be hearing alot more about what really happened to cause this.
    I will say atleast they did arrest an actual suspect in this case unlike so many other cases involving rappers and young black males.

  • P-Matik

    Fail whale? Ha, never heard that one before. Anyway, it’s a shame when anyone get murked off some BS. Me? I had never heard of Dolla either.

    I saw it on the CNN.com headlines yesterday. You know how they love to make sure the words “hiphop artist” or “rapper” can be applied if someone gets their head blown off or busted for weed.

  • ryne rich

    fail wale….
    rest in peice dollar they put his song on the radio last night and i listened to every word, kid had style for ya know the type of rapper he was not takin anything away from him. i really want to find out why this cat went the way he did.

    ny state of mind bumpin through out the house in florida

    • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grand$

      On a serious note, I saw this coming awhile back. Not Dolla’s murder, but the fact that privacy is becoming a dinosaur, & how @ some point celebrities are going to shun this whole digital update era.

      When I learned how to find a (famous/civilian) person’s address online, I thought, “It’s a good thing I’m not a stalker.”

      Now, with so many celebs trying to pull folks into their personal lives (for the sake of making more money), how does this kind of thing fall through the cracks? Twitter needs some sort of disclaimer immediately, otherwise they may be facing the same type of lawsuit as MySpace over that girl’s suicide.

      Big Brother is upon us, by our own hands.

  • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tojny Grand$

    On a serious note, I saw this coming awhile back. Not Dolla’s murder, but the fact that privacy is becoming a dinosaur, & how @ some point celebrities are going to shun this whole digital update era.

    When I learned how to find a person’s address online, I thought, “It’s a good thing I’m not a stalker.”

    Now, with so many celebs trying to pull folks into their personal lives (for the sake of making more money), how did this kind of thing fall through the cracks? Twitter needs some sort of disclaimer.

    Big Brother is upon us, by our own hands.

    I used to think that “Terminator” was just a cool futuristic movie. Let’s see what type of world we live in in 20 years.

  • geico lizard

    “You guys know I learned everything I know about the code of the streets from watching 60 Minutes.”

    ^
    Throw in watching”banging in little rock” and you have my exposure to the street life too.

    Twitter got this guy killed and now Lane Kiffin is the first coach to get an NCAA violation because of a Twitter post. I dont know who this fucking Twitter guy is but he is a snitch ass nigga.

    • PARIS PERSHUN

      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
      GANGBANGING IN LITTLE ROCK WAS A NICE ASS DOCUMENTARY BOUT GANGS…. I REMEMBER THAT SHIT…. I WAS LIKE 7 YEARS OLD!!!!!

      • DA TRUTH

        Bangin in Lil Rock got nothing on COLORS.

  • HugoLLavez

    What I’m hearing on my end of the streetz is that an altercation occurred at Atlanta strip club platinum 21 last week and a guy followed him out there to kill him. Why a nigga would follow someone cross country over getting a lapdance from “his” favorite stripper is beyond me. So no, it wasn’t no bloodz thing or Suge thing, it was a stank pus thang.

  • HugoLLavez

    it was a fight over a stripper, check the AJC.com website, both niggaz lived in atlanta but he didn’t want the city to get a bad name so he followed him out to LA and committed the murder there for all the gang speculation. What a smart dumb nigga.

  • BGZ

    Bol, stop snitchin on Simon.

    What have we learned from this?
    Goin on Twitter will get you murked.

    On the real, tho; what the fuck is a Red Cafe?

    I remember him from the time he was in Da Franchise w/ Gravy from ‘Notorious’ around ’01 and as far as I can tell, he got major record contracts left right and center since; has no LP out and isn’t that talented.
    Has he got a golden dick that all these faggot-ass label heads wanna suck, or something?

  • $ykotic

    Now do ya’ll see why I call it Twatter?

    The network for all quasi-stalkers.

    Cam’ron “Why”-Public Enemy CRT

    “He a fraud, the city morgue gonna claim his wig/Wanna be famous, WELL THE GAME IS RIGGED…”

  • Josh

    Red Cafe was on Candy Girls on E!. That makes him more famous than you.

  • http://www.smh.com Sleeze Money

    Bottom line, people die every day in the hood over bullshit like this. For the record, this was over a female. Unfortunately, the young, black, ghetto population is worse off than ever before. Fuck em!

  • 402

    Dolla, was an alright rapper he did alot of ghostwriting for artist and he had a video to that song “Who Da Fuck Is That”

  • http://suckmynutz.com suckmynuts

    i love how tender hearted you all are about this 21 year old youngin being murdered. never ceases to amaze me how selfish and ignorant people are. Lets hope yall dont get shot in the head…

  • http://www.twitter.com/bfears bfears

    this article was disrespectful….shame on yu

  • Cojones De Mono

    R.I.P.
    DOLLA
    Fucc ya’ll niccas all day

  • RIPDOLLA

    OP, your a nobody and Dolla and Red Cafe you wish you could be ! Konvict all day !! If they don’t know Them because they need to get off Lil Wayne’s dick !