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Remembering Lil Marlo – Interesting Facts about the Rapper Recently Shot Dead

Comfort Omovre
Jul 19, 2020
07:30 A.M.

Up-and-coming Atlanta rapper Lil Marlo was shot dead in his car, on July 10 at the age of thirty, after living a life filled with potential and good friends.


Lil Marlo, father to two children, was one of the many artists signed to the Quality Control label, which houses names such as Migos, Lil Yachty, Lil Baby, Quavo, Offset and City Girls.

Atlanta rapper Lil Marlo attending a Traffik Thursday at Traffik Nightclub in Atlanta, Georgia | Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage/GettyImages

Atlanta rapper Lil Marlo attending a Traffik Thursday at Traffik Nightclub in Atlanta, Georgia | Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage/GettyImages


On July 10, rapper Lil Marlo was found dead, by the police, in his vehicle, in downtown Atlanta. In an interview with Hollywood Life, the Atlanta PD revealed:

"On 7-11-20, at around 11:30pm, officers responded to a single vehicle accident on I-285 near the Benjamin E. Mays Drive overpass."

On further investigation of the scene, Lil Marlo, whose government name was Rudolph Johnson, was discovered to have been shot dead, and his vehicle halted on the left area of the southbound roads. He was only 30.


Marlo was born and raised in Bowen Homes, a now-demolished public housing project in Atlanta. Later in life, the late rapper started his music career to find a way out of the unhappy reality of his neighborhood, according to the New York Times.

The rapper's career was gradually progressing and he had started to gather a fan base in Atlanta.


In 2017, he began to gain considerable recognition and was eventually signed to Quality Control Music, a record label that signed many fast-rising heavyweights in the music industry, like Lil Yachty and hip hop group Migos.

After the label signed him, Lil Marlo, who also went by the moniker, Lil Rudy, released five mixtapes including his first with his close friend and fellow rapper, Lil Baby, "2 The Hard Way." The rapper's career was gradually progressing, and he started to gather a fan base in Atlanta.


Lil Marlo's long time friend and collaborator, Lil Yachty, first broke the sad news on his Instagram with a picture of himself with his deceased friend. He wrote:

"We just did a song a 4 [sic] this morning smh rip brother @lilmarlo_1 ?"

Sadly, his tragic death came before he could finally reach his peak in the industry. TMZ reported that the police believed that the rapper was intentionally targeted by his shooters.


Pierre Thomas, a co-founder of the deceased rapper's former record label, also posted a heartfelt tribute to his young mentee, writing that the 30-year-old had a lot of potentials he never got to show the world.

The promising artist left behind his mother, Santresa Maxey, a cousin named Denise Hill-Love, a son and a daughter, all of whom he loved dearly. The rapper would be missed by the many who knew him and his music.

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