Young Thug, Meek Mill, Lil Yachty and Others Mourn Passing of Marlo

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ATLANTA, GEORGIA - SEPTEMBER 12: Lil Marlo performs onstage during day 1 of REVOLT Summit x AT&T Summit on September 12, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Revolt)

Rising Atlanta rapper Marlo was gunned down on Saturday night. RIP. ๐Ÿ™

The Atlanta hip-hop community suffered a major loss over the weekend when news broke that Marlo or Lil Marlo, real name Rudolph Johnson, was the single victim of a deadly shooting on I-285 close to downtown. He was 30 years old.

Signed to Quality Control since 2017, Marlo looked to music in his mid-20s as a way out of the tough neighborhoods that surrounded him during much of his life. He was a close friend and collaborator to Lil Baby, and the pair even dropped a mixtape together, 2 The Hard Way.

While police work to "determine the circumstances surrounding the shooting,โ€ according to a statement, notable names in the Atlanta music scene and beyond like Young Thug, Lil Yachty, Meek Mill and more paid tribute to Marlo on social media.

Young Thug

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Something gotta happen bout this one

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Officially collaborating with Marlo twice on "Set Up Shop" and "Stay Down," Thugger shared a picture of him and his buddy talking shop. "Something gotta happen bout this one," he claimed in the caption.

Lil Yachty

Yachty, one of Marlo's labelmates, revealed they were in a session together early Saturday morning: "We just did a song [at] 4 this morning smh rip brother."

Meek Mill

Showing love from north of Atlanta in Philadelphia, Meek posted a photo of Marlo along with a couple of bars from his own song, "Stay Woke," about the tragedies of black-on-black violence. "We scream black lives matter but we still toting matics watching our own brothers tryna get at us," he wrote.


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