Atlanta rapper Carlos Walker aka Shawty Lo was killed in a car accident early this morning. Shawty’s car was hit by another vehicle on I-285 at Cascade Rd, hit two trees and then caught on fire. During the accident, Lo was ejected from the car. Two other people in the car were injured and sent to the hospital.
Shawty Lo was the founder of D4L along with Fabo, Stoney and Mook-B. The group released the #1 hit single “Laffy Taffy” and “Betcha Can’t Do It Like Me” which eventually earned them a gold album. “Laffy Taffy” became the poster child for Atlanta’s “Snap Music” scene which helped launch the careers of Soulja Boy, Yung Joc and Dem Franchize Boys.
Lo went on to launch the independent record label D4L (“Down for Life”) and released the solo hit song “Dey Know” which earned him “Track of the Year” and “Rookie of the Year” trophies at the 2008 BET Hip-Hop Awards. His singles “Dunn Dunn”, “Foolish” and “Supplier” also cracked the charts. His debut album “Units In The City” debuted at #2 on the Rap Album Chart.
Shawty Lo was 40 years old. He leaves behind 11 children.