Shawty Lo Speaks on Caring for His 11 Kids, ‘Baby Mama’ Problems
Shawty Lo's Oxygen reality show 'All My Babies' Mamas' has certainly provoked the ire of women and men alike for its ratchetness. However, the Atlanta rapper wants to set the record straight. He takes care of his kids and baby mamas, very well.
In an exclusive interview with MTV News, Shawty Lo makes no apologies for having 11 children with 10 different baby mamas. "You can hate all you want to, I didn't ask for it. It just happened. Now that it happened, I'm supposed to turn my back against it?" he asked. "If I wasn't taking care of my kids then you would really dog me out, but I'm taking care of my kids, providing for my family. I don't know what else to say."
The former D4L rapper also revealed that his children were born when he was a street hustler -- he claims he became a millionaire, at 21, due to the trade. "I came to be one of the largest drug dealers to come from Atlanta, Bankhead area and I started havin' kids," he explains. "When the money came, a lot of women came."
"Once you feel like a girl was your girlfriend or whatever, the rubber probably came off," he says candidly. "They wouldn't have an abortion. They used to take the money and run with it, and they'd have a baby by the most popular guy in the street, and that's how I had all them kids."
That hasn't quelled the ongoing protests against his reality series, which is rumored to air on the Oxygen network in the spring. Former Georgia resident, Sabrina Lamb has created an online petition with hopes of preventing the show from ever being shown on television. So far, 33,000 people have signed the petition.
"The ultimate goal of all [33,000] of us is that this debacle never sees the light of day," Lamb tells 11 Alive News. "And that Oxygen Media apologizes to the community and its shareholders."
Despite the protest, the 'They Know' rapper insists he's a good father to his children. "I take care of all my kids. ... Outta all the 10 baby mamas, I just have problems outta one. That's it," he explains. "She has two kids by me, and she feel like I'm supposed to do more for her kids, and she don't wanna work. She just want me to straight take care of them, but it's all love. I'll handle it."
"It's a lot of fathers [that] don't take care of one; I gotta deal with 11. I gotta deal with nine girls and two boys," he further adds.
Shawty Lo had a rough life growing up in the ATL. His mother was a drug addict and his father was out of his life. He was raised primarily by his grandmother until she died when he was 17 years old. Since then, he's been on his own making money the only way he knows how -- hustling in the streets.
"Comin' up, we didn't have Thanksgiving, we didn't have Christmas, but if I had my father there, if I even had my mother there, I probably wouldn't have been that person I was in the streets," Lo says. "I probably wouldn't never have 28 arrests, I probably wouldn't been convicted 24 times. But you know there ain't but only one judge upstairs and I feel like I'm here for a reason."
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