Marlo, an artist signed to Southern powerhouse Quality Control, was fatally shot in his hometown of Atlanta Saturday night (July 11th). News of his unexpected passing shocked scores of people in ATL and across the world.
According to reports, Marlo was found dead inside of his vehicle on I-285 around 11:30 p.m. Saturday. Police revealed he was traveling on the interstate when someone opened fire on his car, fatally wounding him. He is believed to be the intended target of the shooting. To date, no details have been disclosed about any potential suspects; the investigation is ongoing.
A father of two, Marlo was only 30 years old. Several months before his transition, ironically, Marlo opened up about being immune to death, losing his daughter, and his faith in God.
Marlo had established a solid fanbase, and he’d actually dropped an album earlier this year, 1st & 3rd. Though he was someone who had collaborated with the likes of Future, Young Thug, Gucci Mane, Young Dolph and Gunna, and even released a joint album with Lil Baby (one of rap’s biggest stars right now), he didn’t seem to be fully committed to life as a rapper. In an interview with Hood Affairs, he candidly spoke about being addicted to the streets and struggling to pursue a different path.
Ralo, Marlo’s younger cousin, is someone else who has battled with balancing street endeavors with music. Ralo was recently granted a $250,000 bond after spending more than two years in the feds for possession of nearly a million dollars worth of marijuana.
On Sunday (July 12th), Ralo wrote an open letter to his fallen cousin on Instagram. Heartfelt and honest, Ralo used the post to share one of his favorite memories with Marlo as well as address how their love for the streets led them both to undesired situations. View Ralo’s post below.
“I WASN’T GOING TO POST ANY MORE PICTURES UNTIL I SUBMITTED THE REST OF MY DOCUMENTS FOR MY BOND THIS WEEK, BUT I JUST COULDN’T GO WITHOUT SHOWING LOVE FOR MY BIGG CUZ. I REMEMBER OUR ENTIRE LIFE TOGETHER, BUT THE HIGH LIGHT MOMENT TO ME WAS US SITTING IN ETHERIDGE ON MISSY SOFA PLANNING ON HOW ONE DAY U AN I WOULD TAKE OVER THE STREETS. EVEN DOE IT AINT GO AS PLANNED, WE BECAME BIGG BRO. WE USE TO CALL OURSELVES DOUBLE R (MEANING RALO AN RUDY). WE HAD SMALL DREAMS OF BUYING MISSY AN TAMMY INFINITY TRUCKS. I WENT TO GEORGE SHOP AN BROUGHT MISSY ONE IN 2014 AN GAVE TAMMY MY HONDA. MONTHS LATER YOU GRINDED BROUGHT TAMMY HER OWN ALHAMDULILAH. WHEN WE SIGNED UP FOR THIS SHIT WE ACCEPTED RISKING OUR LIVES TO BECOME GREAT AMERICAN GANGSTERS, BUT TO ACTUALLY FEEL THE SACRIFICE HIT DIFFERENT CUZ. AINT NOTHING WORSE THAN LEAVING THEM KIDS WITHOUT AH FATHER OR OUR BITCH LIVING LIFE WITHOUT US CUZ. WE SIGNED THE DUMMEST FUCKIN CONTRACT IN THE WORLD WHEN WE SIGNED UP FOR THESE STREETS. THESE NIGGAS AN BITCHES AINT LOYAL TO US. THESE RAP NIGGAS PUSSY, THEY NEED HELP. WE AINT HAVE NO MF HELP, THEY SAID WE COULDN’T RAP. WE AINT NEVER CATCH AH BILLBOARD HIT. WE OUTCHA THUGGIN FR CUZ NO RAP CAP. QC P TOLD US BOTH TO CHOOSE BETWEEN THE STREETS AN THE INDUSTRY. WE PICKED THE STREETS AN LOOK AT OUR RESULTS (PRISON AN DEATH) I HATE TO SAY IT, BUT I WISH U WOULDVE CAME TO JAIL TO SEE THE SHIT THAT I NOW SEE, CUZ NOW YOU AINT EVEN GOT ANOTHER CHANCE TO WASH YO HANDS WITH THAT HOE AS STREET CODE WE LIVE BY. IMA STAY SOLID AN CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR VICTORY ALHAMDULILAH I BEEN WINNING, BUT AFTER THIS UM DONE WITH THE DEVIL. IT AINT NO MORE US AGAINST US SHIT. ITS MANKIND VS THE DEVIL AN ITS GONE FOREVER BE UP. #LLMARLO #FREERALO
RIP Marlo Free Ralo