Carlos Rico Walker (March 22, 1976 – September 21, 2016), known professionally as Shawty Lo, was an American recording artist from Atlanta, Georgia.
He was best known for his solo debut single "Dey Know", which was included on his solo debut album Units in the City, released in February 2008.
In June 2011, Walker announced he had signed his D4L imprint to fellow American rapper 50 Cent's subsidiary label G-Unit South Records, in a joint venture deal.
Shawty Lo also released a music video for the album cut, "Got Em 4 da LO".
The songs "Dey Know" and "Foolish", were both officially remixed, featuring new verses from several high-profile artists.
As was another Atlanta-based hip hop group Dem Franchize Boyz, D4L was part of the snap music trend in 2006, which continued when Mississippi-based rapper Soulja Boy Tell 'Em, came out with the number one hit single "Crank That (Soulja Boy)", in 2007.
The single charted in the Top 40 of the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.
In late 2008 Shawty Lo started working on a new album entitled Carlos; artists that were to be featured on the album included Rick Ross, T-Pain, Lil' Kim, Bun B, Nate Butler, Lyfe Jennings, Mýa, T. On December 8, 2008 Shawty Lo released a song from the album entitled "Supplier"; it featured vocals from Trey Songz and Lil Wayne.
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, as well as, It's like a new beginning and all I needed was someone behind me. insisted that his song "No Matter What" was only partially aimed at Shawty Lo.
In 2008, Shawty Lo was involved in a highly publicized feud with another Atlanta rapper, T. The feud was characterized by Shawty Lo's track "Dunn Dunn", and T. His TV series, All My Babies' Mamas was set to air later in 2013 on the Oxygen channel.