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Lil Marlo (2020), Atlanta rapper

by Linnea Crowther

Lil Marlo, born Rudolph Johnson, was an Atlanta rapper who recorded for the Quality Control label.

Rising star of hip-hop

Lil Marlo began recording in 2017 alongside his friend, Lil Baby. Marlo released his debut, “2 the Hard Way,” in 2017 on Quality Control Music. He collaborated with artists including Gucci Mane, Lil Yachty, and Yella Beezy. In 2018, Marlo received praise from rap legend Sean Combs. His other releases included “9th Ward God” and “The Real1.”

Lil Marlo on his stage name

“My name comes from an older person where I’m from, and the streets just gave me his name. He passed and ever since he’s been gone, I had the name. It’s like he’s living through me type.” —from an interview with Rolling Out

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What people said about him

Full obituary: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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