By Seth Glass
In one of his last moments before his tragic death earlier today, Shawty Lo took to Instagram and gave props to his Atlanta neighborhood—Bankhead.
Shawty Lo has been putting on for Bankhead since he emerged on the music scene over a decade ago. These days, people who’ve never even been to Atlanta can probably tell you a thing or two about Bankhead, and Shawty Lo was instrumental in helping his neighborhood gain worldwide recognition.
Here are a few of the most significant moments only possible because of this very special place on the west side of Atlanta.
Diamond’s “Bankhead Bounce” helped put Bankhead on the map in 1995. Michael Jackson even did the dance at the VMAs the same year.
T.I. is one of the most successful musicians of all-time. He comes from Bankhead.
Of course, T.I. paid his respects to the fellow Bankhead legend.
Damn!!! I just woke up to some Bullshit News…RIP to a true Westside Atlanta Legend!!!!! You truly represented Bankhead to the fullest!!! My Heart goes out to his family,and his children as well. Even through our toughest times I must admit I was impressed,& kinda proud of how well you rep'd our hood,and how much you cared for it. It was a real relief to have someone else helping to lift Bankhead up & hold it there. Can't say enough about how much you meant to the city. Glad we matured beyond our trivial personal differences in time enough to have a laugh about it as neighbors. For those of us who were around & "in the mix" in the mid-late 90's,we know the "Legend of Lo" started waaaay before Music. We salute U G!!!! Rest easy,You'll truly be missed. #RIPShawtyLo #TrueAtlantaLegend
Andre 3000 claims a few Atlanta neighborhoods, but Bankhead is one of them.
And it’s thanks to Bankhead that the world was exposed to snap music, D4L, and Young Dro. We salute Shawty Lo for never letting us forget how much this one little neighborhood matters to music as a whole and hip-hop culture specifically.