Just hours ago, Shawty Lo, Lil Mark and some 10 other friends were in one of the city’s renowned adult entertainment clubs Lo’s group D4L helped make famous.
Lo got up to leave the Blue Flame and hugged Lil Mark – who was surprised that the longtime local hip-hop star was actually getting behind the wheel, and not being chauffeured.
Then before Mark could even really get to sleep, the news came that Lo was killed in an Audi A7 that hit some trees and caught fire.
In their first, emotional interview, Mark, Front Street, Brasski, Fabo and Mook-B of D4L and Lo’s manager Johnnie Cabbell joined The Ryan Cameron Morning Show with Wanda Smith to remember the 40-year-old born Carlos Walker they described as their “backbone.”
“I know y’all hurt man,” began Cameron who is from the same Bankhead area of Atlanta D4L, T.I., Young Jeezy and more local rap notables hail from. The group – whose hits (“Laffy Taffy,””Betcha Can’t Do It Like Me”) were part of the city’s “snap” movement that included the Ying Yang Twins, Lil Jon & The Eastside Boyz and Dem Franchize Boyz – had been discussing reuniting and touring before Wednesday’s tragedy.
“We’ve got so much history, just so much that we did together,” offered Cabbell. “I mean Lo was more than just an artist, he was like my brother.”
A decade ago, just after D4L’s dance-centric, ringtone favorite-type hits ended, the group’s most flamboyant member – Fabo – “was in the streets real bad,” he shared. “Shawty Lo was there for me.”
“That little bitty, little dude,” Mook-B continued. “That little bitty, little small dude right there – smallest in the city – I’m talking about seriously, SERIOUSLY man, he had that much power over a whole bunch of people.”
“Everybody just showed so much respect,” Cabbell summarized. “Everybody respected Lo. Everybody respected him. It just hurts right now.”
“Atlanta’s hurt right now,” added Ryan.
– Sonia Murray, CBS Local