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Shawty Lo has a lot of people talking about him these days. Last month a preview of his new reality show All My Babies' Mamas hit the net and sparked a lot of debate.
A lot of people love that the show represents an African American man who takes care of his responsibilities as a father. However, there are some detractors that worry the show plays on racial stereotypes.
Despite the criticism, the Oxygen network stands behind the show.
“Oxygen’s one-hour special in development 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 told Radar Online. “Oxygen Media’s diverse team of creative executives will continue developing the show with this point of view.”
Shawty, real name Carlos Walker, isn't worried about the critics either. The 36-year old D4l/G-Unit artist told MTV he provides well for all of his children and their mothers.
"You can hate all you want to, I didn't ask for it. It just happened. Now that it happened, I'm supposed to turn my back against it?" Shawty told MTV News. "If I wasn't taking care of my kids then you would really dog me out, but I'm taking care of my kids, providing for my family. I don't know what else to say."
Shawty explained that he had a really rough upbringing. His own father was never in his life, his mother was on drugs, so his grandmother had to raise him. His grandmother died from cancer when he was 17-years old forcing him out on his own. He began to deal drugs as a way to survive. He estimates that he was a millionaire by the time he turned 21. The more money he made hustling, the more women he attracted.
"I came to be one of the largest drug dealers to come from Atlanta, Bankhead area and I started havin' kids. When the money came, a lot of women came," he said. "Once you feel like a girl was your girlfriend or whatever, the rubber probably came off. "They wouldn't have an abortion. They used to take the money and run with it, and they'd have a baby by the most popular guy in the street, and that's how I had all them kids."
The "Dey Know" rapper is now determined to be a positive role model. He leads by example, starting with taking care of his family.
"I take care of all my kids. Out of all the 10 baby mamas, I just have problems outta one. That's it," he said. "She has two kids by me, and she feel like I'm supposed to do more for her kids, and she don't wanna work. She just want me to straight take care of them, but it's all love. I handle it. It's a lot of fathers don't take care of one; I gotta deal with 11. I gotta deal with nine girls and two boys."
All My Babies' Mamas is set to air this spring on the Oxygen network