Soulja Slim, “Life Goes On” (Originally Published January/February 2005)

Ed. Note: The following is Mrs. Linda’s account of her son’s shooting, and the aftermath that followed.

It was the day before Thanksgiving. Slim had called me on the phone asking me to bring my VCR upstairs to him. He lived upstairs. He had just gotten his video back from Koch. He’d been shooting the “Lov Me Lov Me Not” video. Slim wanted to do “I’ll Pay Fa It,” but I felt that “I’ll Pay Fa It” had been in New Orleans for a long time. So I told him to do “Lov Me Lov Me Not.”

But Slim and them gangstas were thugs, so they wanted to do the other song. He wanted to do the one with him and Juve on it [“Slow Motion”]. He wanted to do that. But he listened to me more than I thought he did, ’cause then I found out that he did “Lov Me Lov Me Not.” He shot the video. The day he got the video back is the day he got killed. He called me to bring him the VCR. He said, “Mom I got my video back. They don’t believe in DVDs over there…” We stood up there, me and his little group, and watched it, and I was just so amazed. ’Cause he was so beautiful, and I just said, “Look at my son.” He was free and it was beautiful.

He got the video back that day. He was so happy. He was getting ready to go out of town to do a concert. I’d left Slim out on the driveway. I’d left to go see my sister. She stays around the corner. I was in there talking to her about a half hour, 45 minutes before they called and told me that he had gotten shot. I was like, “He just was inside.” They told me he’d got shot in front of my house and he was just coming from the gas station. That’s where they all go to get clothes and tennises [sneakers] and stuff and he’d went around there to get a T-shirt and a cap and when he came back…

I don’t know what the situation was, but they probably had to scope everything out, ’cause I’m always here. But evidently I wasn’t there that day. My car was in the driveway. He was parked out front. He got out of his truck to go inside. I figure it happened on the steps before he came into the house. The way it is, I saw a bullet hole in the wall, so they must have came to him shooting because I know they never know what he had. I’m figuring when they shot the first shot, they missed him, which made him turn around to see, and when he turned he was shot three times in the face and once in the chest.

Anthony Murray, his manager, [called to tell me Slim had been shot]. I watched a guy shoot my son before. I done been through this. I’m nervous. But he said, “It’s not good, Ms. Linda. I think he’s gone.” That was it for me. I just ran from my sister’s house. I just wanted to see my son and hold his hand and just look in his eyes. But they wouldn’t let me get close to him. They said I wouldn’t want to see him. He was still there, lying out there when I came. They had to put something over him so I wouldn’t see. A partition.

[His boys] were still here upstairs when I came. They don’t know how to face me. Slim had this Rolex from No Limit and when he landed on the ground, one of them took it off his arm—left with it. I didn’t get it back until a couple of days later. Anthony or someone went looking for it. They took it off his body when he died. And while he’s lying on the ground, they up there taking his clothes—anything that they could get. You can imagine how I felt? People he trusted. If he had went to jail— “Leave them up there, mama. They okay.” And the hurtful thing about

that is that the mama is already grieving—and then to find out you done did this. I stayed with one of my sisters after it happened before I could come around here. But [early on] I came around and I lay on his bed and I saw this suit lying on the bed that he must’ve took out for the concert [that night]. When I went back up there, the suit was gone. That’s how I know that they went back up there after. They took advantage. Right now Slim’s computer’s missing also. His laptop.