Interview with Carlos Jones (Lo' Down), May 15, 2016

Collection: Athens Music Project Oral History Collection

Dublin Core


Carlos Jones, who performs under the name Lo' Down, talks about his early performances in Athens, releasing his first album Between the Hedges with friend Ken Richardson (Duddy Ken), and leaving college to pursue his music career in Atlanta. Jones recalls how he and Richardson became a group, and how their connection to Bubba Sparxxx, a rapper at the University of Georgia, put them in touch with other industry players. Jones traces the growth of his music career and the influence of their group in the nascent hip hop scene in Athens during the early 2000's. He discusses his relationship to Athens, how the town reinforces a racialized mentality, and the limitations of Athens as a place for the growth of a hip hop industry. Jones concludes the interview by talking about his musical influences and stepping away from performing music.






Oral History Item Type Metadata


Athens, Georgia


46 minutes


Carlos Jones and Jasmine Mokah Johnson, “Interview with Carlos Jones (Lo' Down), May 15, 2016,” UGA Special Collections Libraries Oral Histories, accessed September 28, 2020,