Moving past his problems with T.I., Shawty Lo has announced plans to release his upcoming album Carlos this spring securing guest appearances by Lil’ Wayne, T-Pain, Lil’ Kim and more.
Shawty’s sophomore effort will offer fans a predominatly Southern-based selection of guest spots.
Dropping on May 5th, the album will feature appearances from Lil’ Wayne, Rick Ross, Bun B, Gucci Mane, T-Pain, Lil Kim, Trey Songz and members from his D4L group. Production will come from G-Fresh, Mike Will, KE on the Track, Meal Ticket and Pauli Paul. (Press Release)
He plans on using this album as an opportunity to become the voice of his people.
“The whole concept of this album is really an interpretation of how I and a majority of the people around me feel or have felt and the lives we’ve lived,” he said in a statement. “I know I’ve said it before but I came from nothing and have made it to the other side, but I can’t turn my back on my hood because that place and my community have made me who I am. I’ve never proclaimed to be no more than what I am, so if people love or hate me, at least they love or hate me for being exactly who I am and not some manufactured image.” (Hip Hop Press)
Shawty is known for beefing with fellow Bankhead star T.I. which led to a violent scuffle between his D4L camp and Tip’s PSC/Grand Hustle crews at last fall’s Dirty Awards.
The annual ceremony erupted November 24 after both rapper’s entourages began to allegedly taunt one another while on stage performing their sets. “He didn’t come with the intention of starting any things or feeding any negativity, he had even told his crew, ‘Look, I need y’all to respect my set’,” Shawty’s manager Johnnie Cabbell told SOHH. “We ain’t come to the show to support any beef or support anything that’s going on ’cause there really ain’t no beef.” (SOHH)
Carlos will follow-up last year’s Units in the City.
After a pair of solo mixtapes with Atlanta’s DJ Scream, Shawty Lo obtained his own record deal with Asylum in summer 2007 and delivered his debut album, Units in the City, the following year. The LP was preceded by the hip-hop/R&B chart-climbing single “Dey Know.”