Like everyone who lives in Los Angeles, I’ve spent time at the Beverly Center mall near Beverly Hills. Never imagined it would earn a place in hip-hop infamy as a homicide scene.
This afternoon, a 21-year-old Atlanta rapper known as Dolla was shot in the head at the valet parking stand... waiting for his car.
Dolla, who reportedly came to L.A. to finish work on his debut album, has been rapping since the age of 12. Lately he had worked with Akon and T-Pain.
The Los Angeles Times report on the killing is here. No idea yet why Dolla was targeted. A suspect was arrested at the airport an hour later.
Disregarding the show-business element and the Beverly Hills element... this shit happens 20 times a day in America. A young black person murdered by another black person. And nobody talks about it. Least of all black folks.