D4L is a four man rap group from Atlanta, Georgia. The group coalesced in 2003, when founding member Shawty Lo decided to leave behind his past as a street hustler and pursue his musical ambitions. Finding three other like-minded and talented individuals from across Atlanta in the form of Fabo, Mook-B, and Stuntman, Shawty fronted the money for the crew to begin recording in the studio. The group's infectious swagger and undeniable chemistry soon brought them to the forefront of Atlanta's snap rap - a club oriented brand of Southern Rap, similar to crunk - scene, alongside other emerging artists like Dem Franchize Boyz and K-Rab. The name D4L stands for Down 4 Life - a testament to the clique's devotion to music.Though D4L had formed less than two years earlier, the group still managed to snag a lucrative record deal in early 2005, signing with Mike Jones' Swishahouse-distributed label Ice Age Records. After long months in the studio with the legendary DJ Pooh (Tupac, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube) the group released their highly-anticipated first album Down for Life in November that year. The album - which went on to become certified gold by the RIAA - spawned a number of successful club hits, including "Betcha Can't Do It Like Me" and "Laffy Taffy". Thrilled by the success of their first album - which sold well over 500,000 copies - the crew is set to drop another album in the future, reportedly to be titled Still Down 4 Life. For the moment, though, the project is on the back burner as the individual members of D4L pursue solo careers. Shawty Lo recently released his solo debut Units In The City in early 2008, and Fabo and Stuntman plan to follow with theirs soon after.
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Rapper Shawty Lo self-funded the group in its early days. He explained that the group's name stands for "Down for Life". D4L signed to the independent Dee Money Entertainment, which released the group's debut in conjunction with Asylum Records.The group debuted with "Betcha Can't Do It Like Me", which Billboard claimed to have popularized snap music. In January 2006, D4L's single "Laffy Taffy" reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. According to columnist L. Brent Bozell III, the song contained references to oral sex; Bozell considered the song "infected with a serious case of stupid".
As was another Atlanta rap group Dem Franchize Boyz, D4L was part of the snap music trend in 2006 and later then rapper Soulja Boy Tell 'Em came out with the #1 hit song Crank That in 2007.After D4L's debut album, Shawty Lo embarked on a solo career. He released his solo debut Units in the City in 2008, with the single "Dey Know".
D4L was an American rap group. They were composed of Fabo, Mook-B, Stoney and Shawty Lo. They are best known for their hit song "Laffy Taffy," which reached number-one in the U.S. in 2006.