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Hot Dollar: 'I am not dead'

May 19, 2009 |  9:39 am

Before rapper Dolla was identified as the victim in Monday's fatal shooting at the Beverly Center in West L.A., the blogosphere was abuzz with rumors that Hot Dollar, another up-and-coming rap artist with a similar stage name, had been killed.

To set the record straight, Hot Dollar has posted this message on his MySpace page: "I am not dead this from Hot Dollar."

But as the news of the shooting unfolded, confusion reigned on the Web.

"So is it dolla or hot dolla? I'm confused," wrote one Twitterer.

"IS IT TRUE RAPPER DOLLA GOT SHOT AN KILLED OR IS IT HOT DOLLA THE RAPPER PLEASE TELL ME WHICH ONE PLEASE?!?!?!?!," wrote another.

Hot Dollar, born Leon Gray, is from Compton. He was born in Chicago, settled in Hattiesburg, Miss., and then relocated to California. He is sometimes called Hot Dolla.

Dolla, the 21-year-old rapper killed at the mall, is from Atlanta and was in Los Angeles to work on his first solo album. His real name is Roderick Anthony Burton II.

Read more on the shooting and the subsequent arrest of a suspect.

-- Andrew Blankstein

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