Shawty Lo, a promising rapper who won MySpace Music Rookie of the Year Award at the 2008 BET Hip-Hop Awards has died after his car crashed on the freeway near southwest Atlanta, reports say.
Image: Shawty Lo
The rapper who founded music group D4L was driving an Audi car at the time of the accident.
Fulton County police Cpl. Maureen Smith said the car struck a couple of trees and burst into flames before dawn Wednesday on Interstate 285 near the exit to Cascade Road.
No other vehicles were involved in the accident.
Smith said the driver was thrown from the car and killed. He was later identified by the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office as 40-year-old Carlos Walker, who was known by the stage name Shawty Lo.
Smith said two female passengers in the car were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta with injuries that did not appear life-threatening.
Shawty Lo’s song “Laffy Taffy” made it among Billboard’s Top 100 in 2005.
Image: Shawty Lo
Johnnie Cabbell, the deceased rapper’s manager, tweeted to confirm his death. He posted on Shawty Lo’s Twitter page: “My brother has passed; he is no longer here but his spirit, his kind heart and his music will live on.”
Cabbell added on the Twitter post: “Long live Shawty Lo King of Bankhead.”
The rapper’s manager continued with his tribute on Instagram: “I am so so so devastated that words cannot describe how I feel right now. Shawty Lo was not just my artist, he was my brother, he was my friend. I have been Lo MGR for over 10yrs. He was loyal, and he had my back when no one else did.
“I could count on him when I had no one else to turn to. We been thru so much together. If you knew Lo, then you know he was genuine. He was Real.”