Over the weekend, T.I. spoke at the funeral service for rapper Doe B. The 22-year-old, born Glenn Thomas, was gunned down in the early morning hours on Dec. 28, 2013, in is native Montgomery, Ala. Doe B's label boss spoke about the life and legacy of the fallen star, who T.I. signed to his Grand Hustle Records over a year ago.
In the raw video clip posted on the Montgomery Advertiser's website, T.I. talks about the young MC's poise and maturity, traits that immediately impressed him when the two men first met. Beyond music, Doe B was a little brother, he said.
"A lot of people look at us like a record company," T.I. told the family and friends gathered at True Devine Baptist Church. "A lot of people look at us as an entertainment house, but to be honest with you we're a family. This is a family business."
Doe B and two others lost their lives after suspects opened fire (allegedly directed at the rapper) in a Montgomery nightclub with an already-notorious distinction.
Police have two suspects in custody, but have yet to confirm that the shooting was a result of bad blood between Doe B and the alleged assailants.
One thing is certain, T.I. won't let Doe B's demise be the reason folks recognize his name. A young artist known for his trap-heavy sound and signature eye patch, Doe B generated buzz with his Baby Jesus mixtape with DJ Scream.
There was also the video (above) for Doe B's "Let Me Find Out (Remix)" featuring T.I. and Juicy J. Despite a life cut short, T.I. makes clear at the end of his message that the music will live on forever.
"One thing that I will never do - I'll never let this man's hard work go to waste," he said. "I'll never let his work go to waste. I'll never let his life be lived in vain ... All of my energy will be put forth to make sure his dream lives on."
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