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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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. 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.
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D4L was an American rap group composed of Fabo, Mook-B, Stoney and Shawty Lo. The group's debut album Down for Life was released jointly by Dee Money and Asylum Records in November 2005. They are best known for their hit single "Laffy Taffy", which peaked at number-one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in January 2006. Following their immediate success, the group went on tour. While being promoted through Outreach Entertainment, they performed alongside several of the Midwest's then up-and-coming artists, most notably the Joplin, Missouri-based hip hop duo Midwest Connect composed of Southeast Kansas artist Brent Ward (Koo-Laid) and St. Louis rapper/artist Neno Blakc. Several other accredited and up-and-coming artists also performed alongside the group at the Oakley-Lindsay Civic Center in Quinzy, IL. As other performances soon followed the group's popularity continued to soar.
"Laffy Taffy" achieved continued success on the charts, largely due to its significant online sales. It was produced by Cory Way p/k/a Born Immaculate, Broderick Thompson Smith and Richard Sims p/k/a K-Rab. The song samples and interpolates elements of "Candy Girl" by New Edition. There are several remixes of the song, most notably the official remix featuring rapper Busta Rhymes. Another version featured the Chicago rapper Twista. However, as the group celebrated their success with the single "Laffy Taffy" (a Multi-Platinum hit), criticism quickly arose during "The Champ" from 2006's FishScale. Ghostface Killah asks "Y'all stuck on Laffy Taffy/Wonderin' how'd y'all niggas get past me?" Ghostface had mocked the "snap dance" during his 2005 tour. There has also been controversy on who wrote the lyrics to "Laffy Taffy". Rapper Liam "Smack Eyes" Thomas claims that the group stole the lyrics from his rhyme book. After D4L's debut album, Shawty Lo embarked on a solo career. He released his solo debut Units in the City in 2008. Most recently, in 2011, D4L signed a joint venture with 50 Cent's G...