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One of the founding members of Atlanta Snap pioneers D4L, Shawty Lo helped the group achieve national recognition with his business savvy and low key, half whispered delivery. Though a jail sentence prevented Shawty from appearing on D4L’s breakthrough single “Laffy Taffy,” Shawty’s performances on D4L’s debut full-length proved him to be one of the groups most charismatic members. On his solo debut, Units in the City, Shawty Lo kicks simple, catchy rhymes over insistent, bare bones Atlanta production. Though his flow is rudimentary by the exacting standards of East Coast Rap, Shawty is a viscerally affecting and fearless performer whose sing song delivery hearkens back to the style favored by pioneering, vocal oriented old school groups like the Fantastic Four and the Cold Crush Brothers. On tracks like “Feels Good To Be Here” and “That’s Shawty Lo,” Shawty eschews the tongue twisting, punchline based aesthetic of Golden Age rap for a disarmingly direct style that emphasizes simplicity and clarity over technical virtuosity. Units In the City possesses a heartfelt and understated charm that should resonate with fans of unpolished, homegrown hip-hop.

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Shawty Lo-Units In The City

D4L's founding member Shawty Lo, surprisingly is the first member of the group to drop a major label debut. After bringing the group to national success, as well as much criticism that followed, Lo drops his debut. 100,000: The production is nice, bass, piano and some snares, with building strings, it fits Lo. Shawty's light laid back flow, simply flows well with the beat, as far as lyrics, it is weak. You tend to forget the lyrics, but the track is decent. 3/5 Dey Know: Balis Beats handle the triumphant marching band production that is as addicting as its hook. Lo continues his slow mo "I'm da man", "I got money", type of lyrics throughout. The track is a hood banger that has burned up streets, but it is simply an addicting track that builds off production similar to Jin's "Get Your Handz Off Me". 3.5/5 Dunn, Dunn: For those wondering, this track is about how much Lo has done, "Dunn, Dunn, done it all". The track is bass heavy and intended for club success, it is a decent hood anthem. Lyrically its cliched, but the catchy hook and club feel make it popular. 3.5/5 Foolish: Solid production here, but the hook is plain wack. Lo has had some addicting hooks so far, but this has to be plain corny. Track is strong off production, don't even ask about lyrically. 2.5/5 Let's Get It: Wasn't feeling the beat, as Lo finds himself stuck with a dull beat, and can't quite get the track to be a powerful call to "get that money". Instead it seems as a tried attempt at getting club success. 2/5 Feels Good To Be Here: Really enjoyed the production, as Lo takes a seat to just stop and soak in the success, saying "I musta done somethin right, it feels good to be here". Lo uses that light, high like flow that fits the production well. 3/5 Ain't Tellin You: Electronic keys, assisting horns and synth build this banger. It isn't bad, nothing spectacular but its a solid joint that features Phace Baity. 3/5 Cut The Check: This is a skipper, Lil Mark & Braski join Lo on this horrid collab. Production wise, it is weak and the track just doesn't work, especially since the rappers can't hold their own lyrically. 1/5 GA Lotto: A club anthem with horns and synth, it doesn't quite come out as good as it should. The track has club potential, but Lo's performance isn't nearly as good. A wasted attempt here, that shows Lo's flaws. 2/5 That's Shawty Lo: Lo joins the Soulja Boy and kiddie hook group, as he gets a group of kids to sing about Shawty Lo. Right from the booming bass and simple piano line, the track is predictable. Catchy and intended to get others singing along, it is corny. 2.5/5 Easily I Approach: Production is similar to the previous, with a bouncy key line. However on this one, Lo gets back to the dope boy money and brown paper bag tales. Decent. 3/5 Live My Life: The piano is great with a solid sample, as once again, Lo's hazy high flow works here. Its an uplifting type of track that Lo gets by on production. 3.5/5 Got Em 4 The Lo: Gucci Mane & Stuntman (of D4L) join Lo for this snap movement bouncing track. Its really dull and doesn't quite get that bounce and catchiness it should. 2/5 Count On Me: The typical track for the ladies, Miss T plays Lo's lady, as Shawty talks about how he can satisfy his girl. Decent track, but is too predictable. 3/5 We Gon Ride: Lo gets all his fellow GA emcees, Mook B, G-Child, Stuntman, Lil Mark & 40 for a "we gon ride" till the end type of track. It is a decent ender that is no doubt fitting, but nothing great. 3/5 Lo's debut is what you would expect, a dope boy rapper who was more of the business side than rapping. Similar to fellow dope boy Young Jeezy, however, Lo can't match as well lyrically and isn't nearly as appealing. Lo's slo mo flow is here throughout, occasionally going to his hazy and light, high flow. "Dey Know" is definitely the top pick here, as "Dunn, Dunn" is something for the streets and clubs alike, to bang. "Live My Life" features some uplifting keys and sample, as "100,000" & "Feels Good To Be Here" both show a comfortable Lo fitting with the production. However, nothing is all great here, as there is no true banger, other than "Dey Know", "Count On Me" is too predictable, and some productions fall short. Particularly "Let's Get It", "Cut The Check" and "Got Em 4 The Lo", all have boring beats and typical lyrics to assist. No one expects Lo to bring incredible lyrics, but in that department he is a little behind the pack, not as bad as say Soulja Boy, but definitely something he would need to work on. He is a typical cliched rapper from GA, that I don't see having a great future, but you never know. A typical debut that is decent to bump, but if I were you I'd look to others for some club bump. Rating: 5.5/10

Subpar performance: Beats are hott while the rappings not

i understand his music has beats tht are catchy. if you like tht this isnt a very good album. i dont think he has much talent. i probally couldnt do as well but shawty lo have a point in your songs if we are supposed to like them. 3 stars for the beats 1 star for rapping.

Terrible

Shawty Lo is one of the worst rappers i have ever heard. He doesnt even "rap" in most of his songs, he just kind of sings with emphasis on the last word on the line and he sounds awful. The song with the best beat, dey know, only sounds good when ludacris and young jeezy rap to it in the remix.

Biography

Born: Atlanta, GA

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Atlanta-born and bred trap rapper Shawty Lo, aka Carlos Walker, did not reach national prominence with his street-hustling raps, but by ushering in the "snap dance" craze with the Billboard-topping "Laffy Taffy" as part of his four-man crew, D4L, in 2005. He co-founded both the group and, acting as CEO, the D4L Records label two years earlier with the intention of only working behind the scenes and never really contributing many verses to the group. D4L's debut single, "Betcha Can't Do It Like Me,"...
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