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In wake of famed ATL Rapper Shawty Lo’s passing (RIP), as sad as death is, I couldn’t help but wonder about his 11 children by 9 mothers that he leaves behind. Now the reason I bring up the kids and their mothers is this.. how much is too much?

When I was single and playing the field, finding men in my age bracket who didn’t have kids was hard. At least for me, I should say. I love kids and kids never was a deal breaker for me depending on how much children he had. When I was a little tenderoni, men with children was NOT for me. I avoided them like the plague. Until I met a man who had three and that mindset went out the door. Though it was only two mothers I had to deal with, I can’t help but wonder if I could deal with 9. We all know how some women can be, whether she hates her child/ren father, she still wants him or she just wants to make his life and the woman or women after her lives a living hell.

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Prior to my current relationship I would have ran for the hills if I met a man that had more than my standard amount of children a man should have in order for me to deal with him. I come from a large family and my grandfather had 17 kids with 8 women and I would say oh well he’s African that is the norm. But I wouldn’t date a man who is African, American or from Mars with that much baggage. But guess what? I have to eat those words. I fell for someone who is similar to my grandfather. I love this man and he loves me. He doesn’t have quite as many children as my grandad had but the amount surpassed my standard amount a man should have. I’ve had no drama (knocks on wood) with any of the other mothers. I can’t fault him for his past, and I know that many women wouldn’t do what I have.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 27: T.I. (C) and guests arrive at the 2010 BET Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on June 27, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 27: T.I. (C) and guests arrive at the 2010 BET Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on June 27, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

These women had to have seen something in Shawty Lo to have bypassed the baggage. I do hope that they have a good relationship “FOR THE KIDS”

So my question is, how many children (and mothers) is too many? RIP SHAWTY LO! And for the record, on IG, everyone said, he did it for his KIDS! He loved them ALL and he will be missed greatly, leaving a legacy behind for them. RIP.

Empress Steph
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Empress Steph is 38 who was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She loves curling up with a good book, listening to music, writing, taking selfies and doing makeup when she isn't being a doting mother to her baby boy Keith.

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