By Rahman Dukes
Louisiana rapper Renetta “Magnolia Shorty” Lowe will be laid to rest today just one week after the female MC was gunned down in her New Orleans stomping grounds. The 28-year-old former Cash Money artist was found shot multiple times along with 25-year-old Jerome “Man Man” Hampton when their vehicle crashed near a New Orleans East housing complex.
News of the slaying immediately hit home as a host of N’awlins rap stars spoke out about the senseless killing. “R.I.P. to my big sister Magnolia Shorty,” Lil Wayne tweeted. “This is a krazy world.” Mack Maine and Birdman both echoed Wayne’s sentiments via Twitter. “R.I.P. Magnolia Shorty,” the Young Money president wrote in. “R.I.P. to my daughter Magnolia Shorty,” Birdman followed.
Close friend Juvenile shared one of the fondest memories about the MC who would stop at nothing to get the job done. “I think about how small she was, with a big voice,” the rapper told
Nola.com. “And how brave she was, as a woman, going to some of the areas she went to and getting on the mike and making her songs.”
Magnolia Slim had been widely referred to as the “Queen of Bounce” for her style of rap. In the earlier stages of her career, Magnolia made a name for herself in the New Orleans rap scene through her affiliation with Master P’s No Limit empire, then later inking a deal with Cash Money Records as the second and last female MC signed to the label. The young MC came up in the home that Bryan and Slim Williams built alongside budding artist Lil Wayne and Juvenile and has been credited with introducing future label acts such as Turk to the Cash Money founders.
To many followers and fans, the news of Magnolia Shorty’s death is eerily reminiscent of another dominant New Orleans voice, Soulja Slim. Slim served as a mentor to Magnolia, who said it was he who gave her the unforgettable stage name.
Funeral services for Magnolia Shorty will take place at 11 a.m. at the Fifth African Baptist Church at 3419 S. Robertson Street in New Orleans. Afterward, family and friends will remember Lowe with a New Orleans-style tribute at a separate location. Stay tuned for further details regarding the service.