Lawyer Greshun De Bouse creates holiday on slain rapper’s birthday
This next Saturday would have been the 29th birthday of Montgomery rap star Doe B and his family, friends and fans want to give him some gifts.
One is a day in his honor, something that will be officially known as National Doe B Day.
The other, find a street south of Montgomery and rename it to Doe B’s real name, Glenn Thomas.
Similar wishes have been passed since Doe B bled to death in 2013 after being shot in the leg at Centennial Hill Bar and Grill in Montgomery.
This time, those wishes have a little more meaning and muscle behind them.
Greshun De Bouse is an equality advocate who, among her many titles, is the founder of Disabled Veterans Day. She is known nationally for founding a Worthy New Holiday, for which she inspires massive support from celebrities and dignitaries.
On Saturday, De Bouse met Doe B’s mother, Shirley Thomas, and Montgomery’s music expert, Yogie Gidley, who is actively pushing for more Doe B music to be released. Gidley and Thomas enlisted De Bouse’s help with the project.
De Bouse created the official hashtag for National Doe B Day – # doebday613 and created the holiday website and social media pages. DeBouse is spearheading the creation of a foundation in honor of Doe B, which she says “should have happened a long time ago, for which Ms Shirley has been waiting for seven years.”
âI think it’s dignified because when I look at Mrs. Shirley I see a mother, a mother who could be my mother,â De Bouse said. “She has fought for the past seven years to get her due and feels a certain sense of comfort in enjoying the benefits of her own son’s music.”
Obtaining honors on Doe B’s behalf, especially a National Doe B Day, is important to peers in the business.
Doe B is the seed of bands like Dirty Boyz, Small Tyme Ballaz, Deuce Komradz, Dirty Boyz’s Daniel âBig Pimpâ Thomas said in a previous interview. Doe B united the north, south and west rap factions, he said.
âThe love for Doe B was huge,â he said. âHe gave the city hope.
After Doe B’s death, friend and mentor TI tweeted “You will never be forgotten and you will not die in vain.” Champion We Love U. Always. “
Kyng T, a Christian rap artist from Montgomery, said Doe B was “an inspiration to all artists in Montgomery.”
âStreet Life,â a new song by YunRo, starring Chri $ Lowe, includes their love for Doe B and talks about her loss.
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As for naming a street in his honor, Thomas said that Doe B’s music and videos are often focused on the south side of Montgomery, where he grew up. This is an area that she believes would be appropriate to put her son’s name on.
âIf it can happen for other legends, it can definitely happen for this one,â De Bouse said.
âI’m excited to just talk about it,â Thomas said.
No Doe B album yet
Doe B, who made it on TV with BET, MTV and 106 & Park, never had an album. Instead, he released a series of mix tapes – “Definition of a Trapper”, “DOAT 2”, “Trap Life”, “GDOD” (Get Dough Or Die) and “Baby Jesus” (named after an alias of rapper Ol ‘Dirty bastard).
Four other mixtapes were released posthumously – “DOAT 3”, “Doe B Presents CBM: Choppaz, Brickz & Money”, “GDOD II” and “The Best Of Doe B So Far”.
Thomas and Gidley are two people who are definitely behind giving Doe B a real album.
âIt’s been a slow process to get things done, especially his music,â said Thomas, who was here on Saturday to participate in a YunRo ââmusic video. Filming took place at Doe B’s grave in Greenwood Cemetery.
âIt’s been seven years and nothing has changed,â Thomas said. “It’s time for a change.”
Collectively, Doe B’s songs have garnered millions of views and streams online. But a collection of about 250 of them is kept in his domain.
“It’s time to bring it out,” said Gidley, a music liaison who has shone the spotlight on artists from Montgomery and beyond.
Gidley said his goal was to officially record Doe B’s music with agencies such as BMI, ASCAP and SESAC so his family would receive royalties.
âI offer to do it for free,â Gidley said. âI just want this to be over. It’s not fair to (Thomas) grandchildren.
In January, Doe B producer Bao Pham and manager Frank White smoothed out their differences, and it appeared that things were on track for the new album this month. This does not happen. The stumbling block for Gidley’s registry efforts is getting all the producers and engineers on board. She said there was still a problem.
âThe fans are talking, and we’ve seen the numbers,â De Bouse said. “They like Doe B. They want to hear Doe B.”
âPeople just want to know what’s going on,â Thomas said. “What’s the delay with the music?” ”
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