The world of HipHop as well as the city of Atlanta is left in shock at the tragic loss of yet another beloved artist. Carlos Walker, best known as Shawty Lo, has passed on after suffering a fatal car crash. According to Fulton County PD, the crash happened on September 21st, at 2:20 AM when the car Shawty Lo was driving crashed over a guardrail, hitting several trees. While the rapper unfortunately died on the scene, two female passengers were taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
After Shawty Lo’s manager broke the tragic news on the rapper’s Twitter account, many artists, from Future to DJ Drama, expressed their shock and sorrow at the death of a fellow artist. Fellow artist T.I., who was a former Rival turned friend and neighbor to Shawty Lo, left an Instagram post honoring the late rapper. “Even through our toughest times, I must admit I was impressed & kinda proud of how well you rep’d our hood and how much you cared for it.” said the rapper in a heartfelt message. Friends, family and fans all gathered in Bankhead for a candle light vigil honoring the memory of Shawty Lo and what he meant to the city. “They really looked up to him, especially if you could be one of the few that make it out” said friend Dontavius Dowell.” Friend and D4L co-founder Marcus Smith said that Walker was the type of man who always cared for his city, saying “On Thanksgiving, Christmas, people needed a lot of things and he came out of his own pocket and gave”.
Shawty Lo first came into the rap scene with his group, D4L, gaining mainstream success with hit singles “Laffy Taffy” and “Betcha Can’t Do It Like Me”. In his solo career, he found success with his first and only mainstream studio album, Units In The City, which sparked the hits “Dey Know” and “Dunn Dunn” as well as winning multiple awards. While not appearing very often in the mainstream rap scene, Shawty Lo remained a driving force in the mixtape circuit and Atlanta rap scene. The rapper is someone who will be greatly missed by fellow artists and fans from the Atlanta area. Rest in peace to the Bankhead legend, Shawty Lo.