Rising Atlanta rapper Marlo was gunned down on Saturday night. RIP. 🙏
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,” 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.
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.
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."
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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