The Hip-Hop community was shook up in a major way this morning when the news of rapper Shawty Lo‘s death began to make waves all over the internet. The Southern super-star was killed in a car crash at around 2am this morning. He was leaving Blue Flame Lounge after spending the night out with some friends.
Reports state that the 2016 Audi that the rapper was driving went over a guardrail, hit several trees, flipped over, and finally caught fire at the Cascade Road exit. Shawty Lo is said to have been ejected from the vehicle. He passed away at the scene. There were two unidentified females riding with him at the time of the accident. They were taken to the hospital and treated for non life-threatening injuries. No other cars were involved in the tragic accident despite original reports that the incident was a hit-and-run. The ATL talent was only 40 years old. There have been no details released as of yet as to what exactly caused the crash.
Shawty Lo rose to fame back in 2003 as one of the founders of the group D4L and initiators of the Snap music sub-genre. Their singles “Laffy Taffy” and “Betcha Can’t Do It Like Me” put the fellas on the charts and the rest is pretty much history. In 2007, Shawty Lo began his ventures as a solo artist. He achieved a chart topper of his own with his single “Dey Know.” Additionally, he and fellow rapper T.I. had one of the most well known beefs in Rap history. He tried to break into the reality television game as well back in 2013. He had a show set to run on Oxygen revolving around his 11 children and their 10 different mothers dubbed “All My Babies’ Mamas.” However, the show never actually made it to the small screen. Celebrities and music fans alike were impacted by the rapper’s untimely death. There have been music themed memorials circulating around the A and social media outlets have been full of nothing but an outpouring of love for the fallen artist. His accolades in the Rap game and selfless contributions to his Bankhead neighborhood & loved ones will keep his spirit alive and well for many years to come. The Illixer staff would like to extend our deepest sympathies to his family & friends. May he rest in paradise. -MinM