Carlos Walker, better known by his stage name Shawty Lo, is an American rapper, founder of D4L Records, and member of hip hop group D4L.
Walker was raised in the Bowen Homes housing project, located in Bankhead, Atlanta. After a decade of hustling and drug dealing, Walker decided to turn his attention to music and began performing as Shawty Lo. In 2003, Shawty Lo founded D4L Records, with other rappers Fabo, Stuntman and Mook B. His associates are each from different Bankhead housing projects; Bankhead Courts, Hollywood Courts and Perry Homes respectively. The group's debut single "Betcha Can't Do It Like Me" became a local hit in 2004.
Lo was convicted of felony forgery, assault, and cocaine possession and served a year in prison until July 27, 2005.
In January 2006, D4L's single "Laffy Taffy" reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
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.
Shawty Lo's second solo album, “I Am Carlos” is due to be released in 2011. 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.