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Carlos Rico Walker (March 22, 1976 – September 21, 2016), better known as Shawty Lo, was an American rapper from Atlanta, Georgia.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JUNE 23: Singer Shawty Lo performs at ASCAP’s 21st Annual Rhythm and Soul Music Awards on June 23, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)

He initially came to prominence as a founding member of the Southern hip hop group D4L, and in 2000 founded D4L Records. The group reached national status in 2005 when their single “Laffy Taffy” topped the Billboard Hot 100 and went on to be certified platinum twice by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

In 2007, Walker began pursuing a solo career with his debut single “Dey Know”, which was included on his solo debut album Units in the City, released in February 2008.

On September 21, 2016, Walker died in a car crash. On September 21, 2016, Walker was killed in a single-vehicle accident in Fulton County, Georgia. The crash happened around 2:20 a.m. when Walker’s Audi A7 went over a guardrail, hit two trees, and caught on fire; he was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. Two female passengers in the vehicle experienced non-life-threatening injuries.

His second studio album, R.I.C.O., was released posthumously in March 2017.

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