By Nadeska Alexis with reporting by FLX
Hip-Hop's presence in the reality TV sphere has increased exponentially over the past year with the popularity of shows like VH1's "Love & Hip Hop" but the latest reality series to feature a rap artist isn't being received so well. Fans are already boycotting Shawty Lo's Oxygen show "All My Babies' Mamas" which features his 11 children and 10 baby mamas, but the Atlanta rapper tells MTV News that he takes care of his family, so what's the issue?
"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 Lo said, when asked about his huge family. "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."
He explained that a tough upbringing forced him to become a hustler, and by the age of 21 he'd earned more than a million dollars selling drugs. That apparently made him very popular with the ladies.
"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," he said candidly. "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 show hasn't been given an official air date yet but outspoken members of the hip-hop community are worried that it will be a bad look for the culture. Shawty Lo doesn't see it that way though. "I take care of all my kids. ... Outta 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."