Montgomery, Alabama rapper Doe B (née Glenn Thomas) was shot dead along with Kimberle Johnson at the Centennial Bar and Grill in Montgomery sometime around 1 a.m. Saturday morning. Six others were injured along with the rapper and the 21-year-old Johnson, a student at nearby Troy University majoring in Social Work who was apparently celebrating her birthday. The two deaths mark the 47th and 48th homicides in Montgomery this year.
This was not the first time the local business was the scene of a fatal shooting. Dating back to 2006, this marks the seventh incident of a shooting at the Centennial Bar and Grill (local rapper Nasty Shawty was shot to death in March 2007), including a December 2012 shooting in which six people were shot, and the owner was forced to change the name of the restaurant to keep its liquor license (previously the Rose Supper Club). After news of the most recent shooting, Montgomery mayor Todd Strange and the City Council have shut down the bar and grill indefinitely.
This was also not the first time Doe B was a victim of gun violence. He was shot in the eye while riding in a car in 2009, which he claimed in interviews caused him to start taking rap more seriously. That previous incident left him to wear an eyepatch, a trademark for the up-and-coming rapper.
Doe B first rose to prominence with his mixtape Definition of a Trapper 2, released in 2012. The tape contained the song “Let Me Find Out,” which has since been remixed with added verses from T.I. and Juicy J. He had signed with music label Interscope and was featured on the Get Dough or Die mixtape this year, a showcase of T.I.’s Grand Hustle Gang. His most recent project was July’s Baby Jesus mixtape which had slowly been gaining traction all year. It included features from B.o.B., Young Dro, Rich Homie Quan and T.I.. Despite his success, Doe B was still a very young talent, nurturing his laid-back guttural flow and special ear for trunk rattlers.
The tragedy comes along with news of Waka Flocka Flame and Wooh da Kidd’s younger brother being victim of a gunshot wound in an apparent suicide. Details of the death of Brick Squad affiliate Kayo Redd are scarce at this time, who recently released his third solo mixtape in August. Redd’s death comes on the heels of the two year anniversary of the murder of Brick Squad rapper Slim Dunkin, whose alleged killer was aquitted of murder but is currently serving 25 years for aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a felon. This was the second child Kayo Redd’s mother, hip hop manager Debra Antney, has seen die, whose youngest son Caodes died in a car accident in 2000. “I just lost another son,” Antney said on Twitter.
Both incidents cap a particularly deadly year for guns and rap music. In January, Atlanta rapper Yung Teddy was shot dead at 23 after receiving death threats. Oakland rapper Kenny Clutch was shot and killed at 27 on the Las Vegas strip in February, just two blocks from where 2Pac was murdered. In April, Future associate OG Double D was killed in a highway shooting and 22-year-old San Francisco rapper K.O. da Bandit was shot and killed near a BART station. Chicago rapper Lil’ Jeff, a 21-year-old member of the Fly Boy Gang, was murdered with a gun on the morning of Mother’s Day in May. Meek Mill’s protige, Philadelphia rapper Lil Snupe died at 18 years old from two gun shots to the torso in June. Chicago rapper L’A Capone was shot and killed at 17 years old outside of a recording studio in September. In October, another Chicago rapper, 38-year-old Trife, was killed in a shooting local police don’t believe he was the target of. The same month marked the death of Ms. Atlanta, who was shot dead at 34 while trying to break up a fight. Long Island rapper Isiah Wolfe was gunned down at 21 years old the night before Thanksgiving, while on his way home from work at UPS. In December, Houston rapper Mike Flow was fatally shot during a home invasion attack. December has also been the month that’s seen two women shot in Vallejo, one dead, outside of a Lil Scrappy concert, four people shot after a Meek Mill show in Delaware, and a man shot to death at a Rich Homie Quan show just last week. There were more.
Thomas is reportedly survived by two small children and one unborn child. A Montgomery man turned himself in late Sunday night and has been charged with two counts of capital murder in the deaths of Thomas and Johnson.