Shawty Lo Reveals Lessons Learned From His 11 Kids, Talks ‘Scarred Childhood,’ New Mixtape
Shawty Lo knows that people are talking, but the recent backlash against his Oxygen reality show, "All My Baby Mamas," hasn't affected his momentum in the slightest.
The G-Unit signee is tickled by all the whispering prompted by his everyday life, although contractually he can't go into detail about the specifics behind the show.
"I can't talk about 'All My Babies' Mamas,'" he tells The BoomBox during the Atlanta video shoot for his single "New Money." "But I can talk about my family."
"Nine girls and two boys!," Lo announces proudly. "And 11 baby mamas," he adds with a boyish grin.
There's a petition currently circulating, which demands the show be shelved indefinitely, but Shawty Lo's taking advantage of the buzz as he preps for the release of his first G-Unit backed mixtape I'm the Man 4: Everything Lo. The lead street single from the project is entitled "Petition."
"It'll only be 14 songs on the mixtape," he shares. "Right now I'm at 120 songs so I don't know what's done ... I never know what's done until I'm through working. We're gonna listen to whatever. If it's 200, we're gonna listen to those 200 songs and my team will pick through those 200 to get 14."
There's also the matter of including other Atlanta rappers in the production of the tape. The camaraderie between A-Town rappers is more than just hype - a last-minute studio visit can lead to last-minute changes on a project.
"I'm real hands on with everybody when they come to the studio in the city or whatever," Lo shares. "A lot of artists will just stop through and we'll do songs like that together. It's hard to do a song by yourself, because you never know who's walking in like, 'Shawty let me get on that! Let's do this!'"
Besides appearances from Ca$h Out and Freebandz' affiliate Young Scooter, Shawty Lo says he has some of the city's best beatsmiths on deck for I'm the Man 4, including Mike WiLL Made It, Zaytoven and DJ Spinz.
"If you listen to my mixtapes, my albums, I always have the best producers," Lo boasts. "Sometimes they're big producers, sometimes they're local producers but it's whoever drops the best beat."
The jury may still be out on the ethical value of his show, "All My Babies' Mamas," but Shawty Lo will continue to do his best to be there for his many children.
"I was scarred as a child," he reveals. "My mama wasn't there, my dad wasn't there. My grandma raised me and she died from cancer when I was 17. Two of my close cousins died, another one locked up for murder but the thing my kids taught me was how to love again."