Show & Prove:
Shawty Lo

Reppin’: Atlanta, GA

When D4L introduced what critics called snap music two years ago, some hip-hop heads called them corny because of their lack of hard-hitting beats and rhymes. Though their legacy will always lie in the bubblegum hit “Laffy Taffy,” a closer listen to the group’s 2005 disc, Down for Life, makes it clear the foursome know just as much about trappin’ as they do about snappin’.

“I got arrested right after we recorded ‘Betcha Can’t Do It Like Me,’” says Shawty Lo, the group’s founding member, who spent a year behind bars on drug charges just as D4L’s indie debut started to gain momentum in 2004. “They made ‘Laffy Taffy’ when I was in jail. That was never supposed to be our image.”

When Shawty Lo’s solo song “I’m Da Man” became a club hit in 2006, he capitalized on the d-boy anthem by hooking up with underground trendsetter DJ Scream to release his I’m Da Man mixtape. Lo and Scream dropped a Part Two this past summer and claim to have sold 60,000 copies between both installments. “It’s hard to believe, because I never thought I’d be in these shoes,” says the 27-year-old rapper, who entered the game as a studio owner and producer. “People come up telling me I’m one of the top three rappers in Atlanta. Niggas downtown telling me that I saved Atlanta.”

Born Carlos Walker and raised in Bankhead’s crime-ridden Bowen Homes housing community, Lo’s whispery “slow flow” is a sharp contrast to the Bankhead Bounce, snap music and “rock star” fads that have brought notoriety to his impoverished neighborhood. This is evident on his street-skewered Asylum release, Units in the City. Powered by the horn-sputtering single “Dey Know,” the album is a far cry from ringtone rap. It’s laced by in-house producers Born Immaculate and Bliss and DJ Montay and has features from Gucci Mane and D4L.

“Snap music was hot,” says Lo. “You gotta get money, so we got money. But everybody knows Shawty Lo is the man in Bankhead. I be here every day.” That’s nothing to laff at.—MAURICE G. GARLAND

  • 1,2,1,2…ANDITDON’TSTOP81

    YA’ SONG, YA STYLE AND AND SWAG IS ALL GARBAGE! THAT BEAT HOT THO’!!

    • SJ246

      Spoken like a true hater.
      “Big ups, to all my haterz!”

  • Facescar

    Shawty L.O. a real trapper, one of the fews. Look out for “Units In The City” comin’ out early 2008.

  • Hollywood

    Shawty-LO, been getting PAPER! They Know! L-O

  • WTF

    I thought Fabo was the only member from d4L doing the solo joints. Well, good luck. I never heard him by himself. SO we’ll see.

  • V

    Shawty Lo is one of hte realist rappers alive now. He a Southern artist so go check some of his stuff out, can’t wait for the video, DEY KNOW

  • public enemy no.2

    was this nigga gettin some pussy later tonight that he could not conduct a real interview. this was like 2 paragraphs. fire maurice g. garland

    • http://www.downelink.com charm in atl

      Well I hope he wasn’t gettin’ some pussy while the interview was supposed to be held… I heard about him being in the hospital RIGHT NOW in my city ATL for Aids full blown no joke…… Could be just a rumor though…..If you know someone that wants to go find out… Let me know!!! Just curious

  • chuck

    shut the fuck up. hatin ass niggas get on my last fuckin nerves

    • the pastor

      that nigga do got aids i stay in augusta and been knew that shit

  • I’M SO ST.LOUIS

    Man dat nigga shawty lo be kill’n it..As far as beats and lyrics..He one of dem niggaz you can tell really lives what he rap about..And he got all bangers on tha mixtapes..Dey know..I’m da man..Trap Stay boomin just to name a few..and he got that real trap money..dont know bout ya’ll but I love listen’n ta real niggaz who dont fabricate shit in they rymes..like he say “28 arrest got 4 convictions..fucc niggaz stop hate’n on tha south..I’m so so ST.LOUIS!!!!..ONE HUNNET

  • lil tony

    shawty lo is real folks oh lo big tony said big up!!!!!!!!!!! the south 4 life please believe it.

  • http://www.myspace.com/youngdeuce513 Young Deuce aka Princinnati

    I like the song but he says he’s one of the hottest three rappers in Atlanta? hmmm. Ludacriss, T.I., Young Jeezy, Big Boi, Andre 3000, hell Jody Breeze???? People think he’s better than all of them? I like the songs I heard from him but I dont think he’s one of the three hottest in the A Town.

    • Shawty T

      down here in atlanta people not thinkin’ bout big name rappers like outkast and tip and jeezy till them niggaz start droppin albums and shit. we listen to our underground music alot and who ever got the dopest song for the moment then them niggaz be runnin’ atlanta. he not lyricall so i don’t know why niggaz said he was but he do run atlanta music scene right now cuz what he say is real. he a real nigga shawty

    • 3rd Zone

      Jody Breeze get the fuck outta of here with that shit that nigga garbage they dont fuck with with him where im from Shawty Lo is the south get it straight Shout out to The Bowens BMF stand up!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Top 500

    I don’t think Shawty Lo is in the top 500 hottest rappers in Atlanta. Come on man. He isn’t even better than Fabo. How is he going to be considered top 3 in this region.

    GA stand up!

  • Cbig

    Nigga ain’t no 27-year-old rapper. He is more like a 30-something-year-old rapper. Why these niggers stay lying about their age? Peep his Georgia Department of Corrections inmate info at

    http://www.dcor.state.ga.us/GDC/OffenderQuery/jsp/OffQryForm.jsp

    WALKER, CARLOS
    GDC ID: 0001175550

    PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION
    YOB: 1976
    RACE: BLACK
    GENDER: MALE
    HEIGHT: 5’06”
    WEIGHT: 164
    EYE COLOR: BROWN
    HAIR COLOR: BLACK

  • cbig

    That nigga ain’t 27. He was born in 1976 according to his Georgia Department of Corrections Inmate page on their site. These niggers need to stop lying about their age.

  • Bankhead

    If u really from da hood, u gon’ feel L-O

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  • dope_boi

    he stay in my hood an he got aids

    • Money Mark Mississippi

      Dat nigga is doing his thang so all u niggaz dats hatin kill yo self

  • KST298

    Stop fuckin’ hatin, like my boy say,
    “Big ups to all my haters”!

  • poser exposer

    Shawty Lo is one of dem down low niggas. hear is was tossing salads while locked up. and stop frontin like you some young nigga. nigga u old, your raps are weak. so save your loot because you not going to get far in da rap game.

  • atown4life

    shawty lo is okay.
    sum1 need to become big and start reppin riverdale and lawrenceville.
    DOES SHAWTY LO REALLY HAVE AIDS

  • http://www.xxlmag.com bankhead_goon

    i show ain’t hatin on the nigga. he is a real nigga. he did get to the money when he was full time grindin.but people been saying lo had aids. i could be a rumore. who gives a fuck. but this is no new rumore. this rumore was alive like 10 years

  • Atlantas Next Top Model

    FOR ALL YALL THAT HAD SOME NEGATIVE TO SAY SUCK A DICK AND DIE why yall GROWN ASS PEOPLE WORRIED BOUT MY BIG HOMIE Shawty Lo…..THAT BE FUCKED UP WHEN A NIGGA RAP ON YALL LEVEL AND A FEW FUCKIN HATERS CAN’T RELATE…WHO GIVES A FUCK WHAT HE GOT SOMEBODY YALL KNOW MIGHT GOT THE SAME SHIT FUCKIN PUSSY’S…SO YES YES I FUCKS WIT SHAWTY LO HARD WHILE YALL HATIN WE STILL GETTIN MONEY.****CLEVELAND Ave,BOWEN HOLMES,and BANKHEAD BITCH*******

  • Atlanta Joy

    Ok my black people even if this man has AIDS he has to live with it .IF not youll never know until you fuck him or go to Grady and pull this nigga medical record your not going to do either so leave that man alone and why we talkin about the shit so much I need everybody to think that every bitch out here and man has Aids so you can use protection everytime. I lost my grandmother to AIDS december 6,2007. Its serious niggas you dont want that As I DIE SLowly (AIDS ) You are going to still sang this niggas songs and ask for a picture when you see this nigga. So what .Females if you believe this dont fuck the nigga .Guys try your best not to fuck a bitch he fuck damn . better yet nobody needs to stop having sex shit .all in this nigga life story and personal issues. anyway since i got that out you guys have a nice day love you guys.

    Atlantajoy.

  • http://www.myspace.com/bornforhollywood cynic

    man i dont give a mothafuck wit none of yall niggas say, im hood and i still dont fuckin like dis nigga.

    XXL, YALL GOT ONE MORE TIME TO PUT SHAWTY LO IN YA MAG CUZ AFTER THAT IMMA SEND YALL A PIC OF ME SHITTIN ON IT!!!! IS YALL CRAZY???

    OK, HE MAY BE REAL IM NOT DOUBTING THAT, BUT WHY IS HE BREAKING HIS BACK TO GET PEOPLE TO BELIEVE HIM?? “PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEE BELIEVE ME!!!” FUCKING CLOWN. AND THEN HE WANNA GO AT T.I.?? BECAUSE HE SAY HE AINT A REAL BANKHEAD NIGGA??? MAN WHO GIVES A FUCK!!!! I DONT EVEN FUCK WIT TI THAT HARD AND I WILL POP IN HIS CD OVER SHAWTY LO’S UGLY ASS ANYDAY. THEN HE PROCEEDS TO SAY “I AINT SAYING NOTHING UNTIL SOMEBODY SAY MY NAME.” U HO ASS NIGGA!!!!! HE AINT HAVE TO SAY UR NAME FOR U TO KNO HE WAS GETTIN IN UR ASS, CUZ DA WHOLE HOOD KNOW!!! I AM SO SICK OF THESE BITCH ASS RAPPERS. AT LEAST SOULJA BOY REAL WIT HIS SHIT. ID RATHER LISTEN TO HIM TOO.

    PS- DAT BEAT IS HOT DOE…LOL…