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Atlanta rapper Carlos Walker, better known as Shawty Lo, passed away in late September in a single car accident. Last night, a service was held to commemorate his life. Before being laid to rest, his hearse swung by Atlanta’s Blue Flame Lounge to let the late rapper be near his favorite strip club one last time.
From The Wrap:
“Following a public service at the Jackson Memorial Baptist Church that drew in hundreds of mourning fans, the late rapper Shawty Lo was brought to his favorite Atlanta hot spot one last time — the Blue Flame Lounge strip club.
Shawty Lo, who was born as Carlos Walker, frequented Blue Flame and, in fact, it was the last place the 40-year-old was seen before his fatal car accident on Sept. 21.
The hearse carrying his body pulled up to the club, which was lit inside with candles in his honor. TMZ captured the touching moment of silence, before a few words of remembrance were spoken and his popular single “Dey Know” was played.
Most people just want a small private service after their passing, but Shawty Lo wasn’t most people. In addition to the popular “Dey Know” and other hot tracks, he also founded D4L records and was involved in a 2008 feud with fellow Atlanta artist T.I. When a man lives that kind of life, the only way to be memorialized is at their favorite den of debauchery. Why get a bouquet and some soft words when you can have a strip club hold a candlelight vigil in your memory? Going out big is the only way a real man does it, and Shawty Lo did it with gusto.
I think contributor and hip-hop aficionado Shitto put it best.
You were the man, Shawty Lo. If people didn’t know that before, they do now. Rest in peace. I just hope heaven is a lot like Bankhead..
[via The Wrap]
Image via Twitter/ @THATSSHAWTYLO