In Bankhead, a small community in west Atlanta hundreds gathered late Wednesday to pay their respects to Carlos “Shawty Lo” Walker. The Atlanta based rapper known for his hater-blocking anthem “Dey Know” was killed in a single car accident in the early morning hours of September 21. According to Fulton County police, Lo was driving a 2016 Audi when he lost control, striking a tree. The car burst into flames.
MERRY JANE remembers the King of Bankhead.
The Fatal Crash
Initial reports described the accident as a hit-and-run. Officials later told reporters the 40-year-old entertainer was the only person involved. “It has been confirmed now that it was a single car accident,” said Fulton police spokeswoman Cpl. Maureen Smith.
Blue Flame Lounge
Just hours before the crash, Lo posted a series of videos on Instagram turning up at an Atlanta Strip Club. With the DJ bumping his tunes, Lo is seen vibing out, sipping drinks, and flashing his jewlery as exotic dancers work the pole to his tunes.
Baby Mama Drama
In 2013, Shawty Lo made headlines after Oxygen annouced a new series dubbed All My Babies' Mamas starring Walker with his 11 children and their 10 mothers. Dubbed "ghetto polygamy" the show was cancelled before it aired due to "hostile public reception" the network claimed. In this interview with HLN Lo speaks out about the show's cancellation.
"Dey Know" was the first single from Shawty Lo's debut solo album in 2007, Units in the City. The track, which samples Mandrill's "Children of the Sun" spent more than a year on the Billboard charts and was an international hit.
Touching Tribute From TI
Though they'd previously clashed repping the same hood, the King of the South had this to say to XXL in remembrance of the King of Bankhead:
"I knew about Carlos back in high school. We was, how can I say, we had some things in common and we had some mutual acquaintances and we did some of the same things around the same time in the same area. He was much, much, further ahead in his establishing of himself in that particular arena than I was. But I knew him before he knew me, definitely.
Damn!!! I just woke up to some Bullshit News...RIP to a true Westside Atlanta Legend!!!!! You truly represented Bankhead to the fullest!!! My Heart goes out to his family,and his children as well. 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. It was a real relief to have someone else helping to lift Bankhead up & hold it there. Can't say enough about how much you meant to the city. Glad we matured beyond our trivial personal differences in time enough to have a laugh about it as neighbors. For those of us who were around & "in the mix" in the mid-late 90's,we know the "Legend of Lo" started waaaay before Music. We salute U G!!!! Rest easy,You'll truly be missed. #RIPShawtyLo #TrueAtlantaLegend
Prior to embarking on his solo career, Walker was known as a founding member of the group D4L, whose hits including the iconic “Laffy Taffy”.
Famous Last Words
One of Shawty Lo’s last interviews was posted just hours after his death, a teaser to a web series the rapper was working on with YouTuber Jordan Tower called Road Tripping. In the series of clips, Lo shares personal stories of some of his favorite rappers in the game including 2Chainz and Tyga. He had this to say on fellow ATLien Gucci Mane: "We never bumped heads when it came to women because he likes his women thick and I like my women slim and petite," Lo joked.
"Put Some Respek On It"
In the wake of his death, Shawty’s team dropped his new video “Put Some Respek On It” — a play on words from Birdman’s infamous quote.