Atlanta rapper Shawty Lo (real name Carlos Walker), best known for his time in the group D4L and his hit single “Dey Know” is dead at age 40. The rapper’s brother and manager confirmed his death early this morning (Sept. 21) in what many reported to be a hit-and-run accident.
According to Fulton Police, the accident was a single vehicle accident on highway 285 outside of Atlanta. The accident occurred when a white Audi went over a guardrail, hit two trees and burst into flames. Reports state the Shawty Lo was the driver and lost control of the vehicle. The two other people in the car were injured and taken to a local hospital.
My brother has passed he is no longer here but his spirit, his kind heart , and his music will live on Long live Shawty Lo King of Bankhead
— SHAWTY LO (@THATSSHAWTYLO) September 21, 2016
In 2003, Shawty Lo formed the hip hop group D4L, with Atlanta rappers Fabo, Mook-B, and Stoney. After the success of their debut single “Laffy Taffy,” and their debut album Down For Life, Lo launched D4L Records. In 2007 “Laffy Taffy” made Guinness Book of World Records history by becoming the most downloaded song in music history. By the end of 2007, Lo was solo and released his debut single “Dey Know.” His debut album Units in the City peaked at #2 on the Rap Charts.
In 2013, Shawty Lo caused controversy after Oxygen announced their plans to premiere a reality show starring Shawty Lo called “All My Babies’ Mamas.” The show about Lo and his blended family of 11 children, their 10 mothers, and his girlfriend, was canceled before it even aired due to online petitions.
R.I.P. to the King of Bankhead and prayers up to his family.