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  /  07.12.2020


“1st and 3rd” rapper Lil Marlo was shot and killed on Saturday (July 11) evening, Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed to NBC News. He was 30, though initial reports have stated his age as 27.

The Quality Control artist, born Rudolph Johnson, was gunned down while driving his car southbound on Interstate 285 in downtown Atlanta around 11:30 pm EST, according to a statement provided to Complex by the Atlanta Police Department.

He was pronounced dead on the scene. Investigators believe Marlo was intentionally shot. They are asking the public for help and are offering a $2,000 reward for the arrest and indictment of the suspect.

“At this time the investigation continues,” the Atlanta Police Department statement reads. “Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers. Information can be submitted anonymously to the Crime Stoppers Atlanta tip line at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or online at”

Footage of Marlo’s vehicle, riddled with gunshots, surfaced on social media Sunday (July 12) morning.

Fellow QC labelmates, Lil Yachty and JT of the City Girls, were among the first to confirm his death.


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We just did a song a 4 this morning smh rip brother @lilmarlo_1 😔

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“We just did a song a 4 this morning smh rip brother @lilmarlo_1 ” Yachty captioned on Instagram.

“Rest In Peace Marlo……damn,” JT tweeted.

Marlo signed to QC in 2017 and is known for his close collaborations with Lil Baby as well as popular cuts such as “Freestyle” and “2 the Hard Way.” The burgeoning talent also was featured on both of Quality Control’s compilation albums Quality Control: Control The Streets, Volume 1 and 2.

Marlo’s latest project, 1st & 3rd, was released in February with guest appearances from Future, Lil Baby, Gunna and Blac Youngsta, among others. It was his fourth mixtape released under the label.

Lil Marlo is survived by a daughter and a son.



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