Doe B’s family, friends and hip-hop colleagues said goodbye to the slain rapper as he was laid to rest on Saturday in his native Montgomery, Alabama. During the service, attended by other hip-hop notables like Trae Tha Truth and DJ Frank White, Doe’s label boss, T.I., remembered the 22-year-old.
“I want everybody to know that one thing I will never do, I will never let this young man’s hard work go to waste,” T.I. told mourners, recalling how he met and signed Doe B (born Glenn Thomas) a little more than a year ago.
“I will never let his life be lived in vain. All of my resources, all of my relationships, all of my efforts, all of my energy will be put forth to make sure his dream lives on,” he promised in the speech captured on video and posted to the Montgomery Advertiser’s website.
The rising rapper was shot on December 28 at a local Montgomery nightclub and pronounced dead at an area hospital. A second victim, Kimberle Johnson, was pronounced dead at the scene, and a third, Tim Hamilton, died on Friday night.
Hamilton had been in critical condition and receiving treatment at a Montgomery hospital since the shooting. Five others were injured in the incident. Police are still investigating and have charged two suspects with capital murder. It is believed that the shooting was the result of an ongoing dispute between Doe B and the suspects, Jason McWilliams and Darius Thomas.
The hip-hop world continued to mourn. Last week DJ MLK released “Flying with Angels,” a track that T.I. and Doe B recorded before his death. On the song, Doe eerily sings about his rising fame and the consequences his own death might bring. On Sunday, Atlanta rapper Young Scooter released “Letter 2 the Streets (RIP),” a track dedicated to his fallen friend.
“Rest in peace to Doe B, that sh–’s sad to see,” Scooter raps over solemn piano chords. “He was born a country boy, n—a, just like me/ Tip blessed him with a chance but he ain’t survive these streets.”