There have been conflicting reports surrounding Oxygen's development of the show, which was set to follow him, his 11 children and their 10 different mothers. The Daily Beast reported that the show will get cut before it ever airs, but others are reporting the exact opposite. "The rumor is simply untrue. The project remains in early development," an Oxygen rep told AllHipHop.com on Tuesday (January 15).
After the pilot for the show hit the Internet in December, critics scrutinized the depiction of Lo's unorthodox family structure. Petitions have since surfaced as well as a threat of a boycott from the Parents Television Council. None of it really has the "Dey Know" rapper concerned.
Last week MTV News caught up with Shawty Lo and while he couldn't speak on the show specifically, L-O did defend his role as a dad. "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?" he said. "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."
Lo explained that all of his children were born before he dropped his debut LP Units in the City in 2008 and says that being a father is more than just providing financial support. Not only does the rapper put food on the table, he makes sure to spend time with his kids as well.
"Even if you ain't got the money, you gotta be a father to your child. You need to be in your child's life, 'cause that means a lot to them," he said. "Comin' up, we didn't have Thanksgiving, we didn't have Christmas, but if I had my father there, if I even had my mother there, I probably wouldn't have been that person I was in the streets."
Should Oxygen go ahead with their plans to develop Shawty Lo's show, or should it be canceled?