Had to rep for the Bankhead legend ShawtyLo… pic.twitter.com/wALc8oWp0C
— Coach T-Will (@T_WILL4REAL) September 22, 2016
The rap world lost a Southern legend in the wee hours of Wednesday morning when Shawty Lo died in a fiery car crash on an Atlanta highway. The hip-hop world used social media to shower the Atlanta native and the 11 children he leaves behind with condolences, and the outpouring hasn’t stopped yet.
Between the various tributes and homages to him — along with a special shoutout from his former sparring partner T.I. — it becomes more clear than ever that the D4L frontman’s legacy extends beyond just southern rap, as his track “Dey Know” and catchphrase “Big ups… to all my haters” has become a credo for all sorts of folks everywhere.
That phrase — and the emphatic delivery of it — was how Auburn University linebackers coach Travis Williams and multiple players decided to pay tribute to “Bankhead legend ShawtyLo” the day he passed. So somebody threw the track on in the Tigers’ meeting room and Williams grabbed his phone and recorded the magic of “Dey Know” taking over the room.
When the time came the players stood in unison, and screamed at the heavens “Big ups… to all my haters!” just like everybody else does when “Dey Know” comes on. The fact that all the players were, at best, in middle school when the track dropped back in 2007 makes the tribute all the more amazing. Watch it above.