|Birth name||Carlos Walker|
|Born||March 31, 1976|
|Genres||Southern hip hop|
|Occupations||Rapper, songwriter, record producer|
|Labels||D4L, G-Unit, Asylum|
|Associated acts||D4L, 50 Cent, Gucci Mane, Lil Wayne, Ludacris, Young Jeezy|
|Website||http://www.thatsshawtylo.com/ (not found by Norton and Belkin)|
Carlos Walker (born March 31, 1976), better known by his stage name Shawty Lo, is an American rapper, founder of D4L Records, and member of hip hop group D4L. His first solo album, Units in the City, was released on February 26, 2008. On June 8, 2011 he signed his label D4L Records to 50 Cent's, G-Unit Records.
2008: Units in the City
On February 26, 2008, Shawty Lo's debut album Units in the City was released. The album peaked at #14 on the Billboard 200 and at #2 on the Top Rap Albums chart, selling over 160,000 copies to date. The debut single from the album, "Dey Know", charted at #3 on the Hot Rap Tracks chart. The other two single releases from the album were "Dunn Dunn" and "Foolish".
The album features famous guest appearances from major label artists. All featured artists, such as Gucci Mane, hail from the Atlanta area. Aside from the album-singles, several other tracks have received heavy underground play, most notably "Got Em 4 The LO" and "Lets Get It". One of the most notable lyrics include Shawty Lo musing "Einee menee, mineee, L-O." "Got Em 4 The LO", featuring Gucci Mane and Stuntman is the only non-single track to have had a music video made for it.
The songs "Dey Know" and "Foolish" have both been officially remixed including many famous guest appearances. These include Ludacris, Young Jeezy, Plies, Lil' Wayne, DJ Khaled, Birdman, Rick Ross and Jim Jones. The Foolish video also included cameo appearances from Pitbull, Jadakiss and Ace Hood.
2010–present: Still Got Units
|This article's factual accuracy may be compromised due to out-of-date information. (May 2013)|
Shawty Lo's second solo album, Bankhead Born & Raised: Carlos is set to be released soon. Artists to be featured include Rick Ross, T-Pain, Lil' Kim, Bun B, Nate Butler, Lyfe Jennings, T.I., Lil Wayne, and Gucci Mane. Shawty Lo confirmed that Atlanta, GA, which features Gucci Mane, Ludacris and The-Dream, will be the first single released from the album. The album is also notable for Roll the Dice, a song which marks the end of the beef between himself and rapper T.I.
On June 10, 2011, it was confirmed by both Shawty Lo and Allhiphop.com that he has signed a large deal with G-Unit Records after it was reported they were in talks. Shawty Lo said, "My new situation with G-Unit was just solidified and I got off the phone with 50 yesterday, I just signed a really large deal,” when talking to allhiphop.com. As well as, “It's like a new beginning and all I needed was someone behind me. 50 Cent is a marketing genius and I got my new thing D4L and G-Unit and we going to be working the south and the rest of the world if need be". It was later clarified by Shawty Lo that he had not signed as an artist but instead he had signed his label D4L Records to G-Unit.
In 2008, Shawty Lo was involved in a highly publicized feud with another Atlanta rapper, T.I. The feud was characterized by Shawty Lo's track "Dunn Dunn", and T.I.'s reply "What Up, What's Haapnin". The song "Dunn Dunn" appears to question T.I.'s roots in Bankhead. The music video for "What Up, What's Haapnin" was shot in Bowen Homes. In an interview, T.I. insisted that his song "No Matter What" was only partially aimed at Shawty Lo. The feud reached its climax at the November 2008 Dirty Awards where the entourages of both artists clashed during the ceremony, forcing it to be shut down. Two incidents forced police to use pepper-spray and evacuate the audience. The feud was publicly ended on March 7, 2009, when Shawty Lo and T.I. appeared on-stage together at Club Crucial in Bankhead, for T.I.'s farewell concert. After this performance, T.I. gave an interview to MTV, in which he stated that the feud with Shawty Lo was exaggerated by the media, and was not a 'beef'. Shawty Lo also made a song "Roll the Dice", a song which samples Coldplay's popular 2008 single "Viva la Vida". "Roll the Dice" marks the end of the feud between Shawty Lo and T.I.
All My Babies' Mamas
His TV series, All My Babies' Mamas was set to air later in 2013 on the Oxygen channel, but has garnered controversy and calls from the NAACP to be cancelled due to its alleged stereotypical nature. On January 15, 2013, Oxygen Media cancelled the show, stating in a press release that "as part of our development process, we have reviewed casting and decided not to move forward with the special." But On February 26, 2013 Shawty Lo announced that there were other television networks that was interested in the reality show.
- Studio albums
- Units in the City (2008)
- Still Got Units (2013)
- BET Hip Hop Awards
- 2008, Rookie of the Year [Won]
- 2008, Track of the Year, "Dey Know" [Won]
- Ozone Awards
- Daily News – : Exclusive: Shawty Lo Signs to G-Unit, Drops Mixtape 'B.H.F.' with DJ Greg Street. Allhiphop.com. Retrieved on 2011-09-11.
- Hobbs, Linda (November 27, 2007). "Shawty Lo: I'm Your Idol". Vibe. Archived from the original on April 15, 2008.
- "Got Em 4 Da LO – Music Video". Raw Report DCD. YouTube. Retrieved 2009-04-23.
- Reid, Shaheem (March 23, 2009). "Shawty Lo Stays In His Atlanta 'Hood To Record Sophomore LP". MTV News. Retrieved November 28, 2009.
- 50 Cent Signs Shawty Lo To G-Unit Label ?, Shawty Low Releases A New Mixtape, In The Intro 50 Mentions Outlaw Phrase. ThisIs50.com. Retrieved on 2011-09-11.
- Reid, Shaheem (May 2, 2008). "T.I. Insists 'No Matter What' Is Only Partly About Shawty Lo, More Introspective Songs To Come On Paper Trail". MTV News. Retrieved April 23, 2009.
- Reid, Shaheem (November 25, 2008). "Shawty Lo Talks About Scuffle With T.I.'s Camp At Atlanta's Dirty Awards". MTV News. Retrieved November 28, 2009.
- "T.I., Shawty Lo Squash Beef, Team Up Onstage In Atlanta". MTV. mtv.com. Retrieved 2009-04-23.
- "T.I. Says Feud With Shawty Lo Wasn't A Beef". MTV. mtv.com. Retrieved 2009-04-23.
- Reid, Shaheem (March 26, 2009). "Shawty Lo Recalls Fast-Paced Youth In His Atlanta 'Hood". MTV News. Retrieved April 23, 2009.
- Oxygen's New Show "All My Babies' Mamas" Makes Everyone Mad and it Hasn't Even Aired
- Oxygen Network Stops Development of ‘All My Babies’ Mamas’ - ABC News (Released January 16, 2013)
- "Shawty Lo Biography". Asylum Records. Retrieved November 27, 2009.