Shawty Lo – Carlos Rico Walker
Shawty Lo (Carlos Rico Walker) was a Hip Hop and record executive. He collaborated with such artists as lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris and Dj Khaled to name a few. A founding member of D4L (who Shawty said stands for Down for Life) alongside Fabo, Mook-B and Stoney, they went on to produce “Betcha Can’t do it like me” and “Laffy Taffy” which went on to get the 2007 world record for most downloaded song in the history of music. Shawty Lo was involved with D4L between 2003 and 2007 before December 4th 2007 when Shawty released his first solo single “Dey Know.” It reached number 31 on the US Hot 100 Billboard, Number 8 on the US Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs and Number 3 on US Hot Rap Songs.
On February 28, Shawty released his first solo album: Units in the City involving his D4L cohorts among others. Units in the City peaked at number 13 on the US Billboard 200, selling 160,000 copies to date. Two singles from the album, “Dunn Dunn” and “Foolish” were both remixed, featuring new verses and artists such as lil Wayne, Rick Ross and Dj Khaled. In late 2008, Shawty started working on a new album titled “Carlos” which was to feature T-Pain, Gucci Mane, lil Kim, Nate Butler and lil Wayne to name a few.
2008 was also the year Shawty became involved in a feud with rapper T.I. It officially started with the song “Dunn Dunn” which appeared to question T.I.’s roots in Bankhead, Atlanta. T.I. shot his reply track in Bowen Homes, Shawty’s neighbourhood. The feud reached its climax in November when entourages from Shawty Lo and T.I. clashed at the Dirty Awards causing them to be shut down. Police got involved and had to use pepper spray and evacuate the crowd. Shawty released a single in this time: “Roll the Dice” which later became the song known for marking the end of the feud between Shawty Lo and T.I. Their feud officially ended on March 7, 2009 when Shawty and T.I. appeared on stage together at Club Crucial in Bankhead. T.I. went on to tell MTV that the feud was exaggerated by the media.
On March 23, Shawty announced that his album “Carlos” would now be renamed to “I am Carlos” and would be released on June 3, 2009. On June 10, 2011, Shawty would go on to sign his label D4L Records to 50 Cent’s G-Unit South as part of a merger. On July 27, 2011, he would then announce his yet unreleased second album’s title to be changed to “Still Got Units”.
On September 21, 2016, Shawty was killed in a car accident in Georgia. It occurred at 2:20am when Shawty’s car went over a guard rail, hit two trees and caught on fire. He was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. Two female passengers were also in the vehicle but suffered non-life threatening injuries. Shawty Lo’s funeral was held only days ago on October 1st in Atlanta, Georgia. Beyoncé and T.I. were among the artists who paid tribute to Shawty.
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