D4L’s Shawty Lo Killed In Atlanta Car Crash
UPDATE: Police in Fulton County have determined that Shawty Lo’s fatal car accident was not a hit-and-run collision as first reported. Instead, authorities have stated their investigation led them to believe the man born Carlos Walker lost control of his vehicle at an exit ramp, leaving the road. The report below has been modified to reflect the update, as reflected in The Atlanta Constitution-Journal.
Early this morning (September 21), veteran rapper Shawty Lo died in an Atlanta, Georgia car crash. The onetime Asylum/Warner Bros. Records star born Carlos Walker was traveling on Interstate 285 when his Audi left the road at an exit ramp. After leaving the surface, Walker’s vehicle collided with a tree, overturned, and caught fire. The collision ejected the 40 year-old driver from the car, who reportedly died on the scene. Reports by CBS News of another driver and vehicle believed to be responsible have since been corrected by authorities.
Shawty Lo’s Rap career took shape at the height of the so-called ringtone and dance movements in the mid-2000s. As a leading artist in the Atlanta, Georgia group D4L (Down 4 Life), Lo would achieve a #1 care of 2005’s “Laffy Taffy.” Belonging to the gold-certified self-titled album, D4L would only have one full-length release. For Lo, he found the greatest commercial success among his band-mates of Fabo, Mook-B, and Stoney. In 2008, Lo released solo debut Units In The City, a Top 15 album led by single “Dey Know.” The song would go on to be covered by The Clipse and their Re-Up Gang group.
That year, Shawty Lo took BET Hip Hop Awards for that song (“Track Of The Year”) as well as the award for “Rookie Of The Year.” Lo’s style and repetitive deliveries would prove to be influential to a host of artists, ranging from Soulja Boy to Future.
With his melodic delivery and hook-writing, Shawty Lo would appear on albums such as Killer Mike’s I Pledge Allegiance To The Grind II, E-40’s Ball Street Journal, and The Game’s Brake Lights mixtape, as well as work by DJ Khaled, Rick Ross, and Trae Tha Truth.
Notably, Lo would find himself at odds with T.I. in the late 2000s concerning the “King Of Bankhead” label within the Bowen Homes. Shawty Lo released “Dunn Dunn” in early 2008, as T.I. took a lot of real estate on his #1, double-platinum Paper Trail to respond to claims he was not really down in his section. “What Up, What’s Haapnin'” was a complete video single directed at Shawty, with elements of another video single, “No Matter What” also speaking on the dispute. Less than one year later, the two men resolved their differences, appearing on stage together for Tip’s 2009 farewell concert. In that time, Killer Mike—a Grand Hustle affiliate, mediated stating on “2 Sides” that he was in support of both artists.
Mike mourned the news this morning:
D’Quincy Dukes & Carlos “Shawty Lo” Walker, both friends from Bowen Holmes & both gone too soon. Love y’all brothers. 😞 Sad day Westside
— Killer Mike (@KillerMike) September 21, 2016
As an artist, Shawty Lo last released his King Of Bankhead mixtape in late 2014. Rick Ross, Young Thug, and Lil Boosie Badazz were among guests on the D4L Records project. He was said to be working on a sophomore solo album, Still Got Units.
This is the second high profile death in Hip-Hop in less than one week. On Friday, Trisco Pearson of 1980s Rap and R&B group Force M.D.’s died after a cancer battle.
Carlos Walker is survived by his 11 children. Ambrosia For Heads extends condolences to the family, friends, and fans of Shawty Lo.