In an interview with MTV, the self-proclaimed entertainer says that he was a rich dope-boy in the streets of Atlanta, and the women chased the money:
“[My] mother was on drugs as a child; my father was elsewhere; my grandmother raised me and she died from cancer when I was seventeen … I came to be probably one of the largest drug dealers to come from the Atlanta-Bankhead area, and uh, I started having kids. When the money came, a lot of women came. I wasn’t trying to have babies, but I was talking to these women and, you know, once you feel like a girl was your girlfriend, or whatever, you know, the rubber probably came off.”
He goes on to say that the women refused to terminate the pregnancies:
They wouldn’t have an abortion; they would take the money and run with it. Just so they can have a baby by the most poppin-est guy in the streets. So that’s how I had all them kids.
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The southern rapper says that people can “hate” all they want, but at least he’s taking care of his children, not like some fathers:
A lot of [fathers] don’t take care of one. I take care of 11 … 9 girls and 2 boys. Y’all take that responsibility. You can hate all you want to, I didn’t ask for it, it just happened. And now that it happened, I’m supposed to turn my back against it? If I wasn’t taking care of my kids, then y’all a really dog me out, but I taking care of my kids, providing for my family. I don’t know what else to say.
Shawty Lo said that if he could give advice to young fathers, he would say be a part of their children’s lives. Even if they don’t have the money, it’s the time spent that’s important. The rapper says that if his mother or father had been there, he would probably not have gotten into so much trouble as an adolescent.
See the complete segment below:
As previously reported by NewsOne, the new Oxygen series, “All My Babies’ Mamas” featuring self-proclaimed Atlanta rapper Shawty Lo, has garnered an avalanche of criticism, with many people believing that it perpetuates negative stereotypes about the African-American community. A petition to boycott the show on Change.org, started by Sabrina Lamb, now has almost 36,000 signatures.
In a recently released statement, Oxygen says that race has nothing to do with their interest in the show:
“[The show] is not meant to be a stereotypical representation of everyday life for any one demographic or cross section of society. It is a look at one unique family and their complicated, intertwined life. Oxygen Media’s diverse team of creative executives will continue developing the show with this point of view.”