The hip-hop community is mourning the loss of one of its own. Shawty Lo, known for co-founding Atlanta-based rap group D4L, perished at the age of 40 in a fiery, single-car crash in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
A spokesperson for the Fulton County Police Department said authorities received a call around 2:20 AM alerting them of the accident. The “Laffy Taffy” rapper, real name Carlos Walker, was ejected from the driver’s seat of his 2016 Audi when he lost control of the vehicle, which overturned, hit two trees and caught fire. Shawty Lo was pronounced dead on the scene.
Two female passengers were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The exact cause of the accident is still unknown.
Explicit videos shared on the rapper’s Instagram page indicate he spent time prior to the crash at an Atlanta area strip club called Blue Flame Lounge.
News of Shawty Lo’s tragic passing began circulating when a tweet posted to his account read, “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.”
In 2013, Shawty Lo was set to star in an Oxygen reality series chronicling the 11 children he had with 10 different women. All My Babies’ Mamas, as it was to be called, ended up on the cutting room floor after a Change.org petition slamming the show’s “stereotypical” premise received more than 37,000 signatures.
He was perhaps best known for his debut single “Dey Know”, which was included on his solo debut album Units in the City, released in February 2008. In June 2011, Walker announced he had signed his D4L imprint to fellow American rapper 50 Cent’s subsidiary label G-Unit South Records, in a joint venture deal.