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History of Southern Rap: Louisiana

History of Southern Rappers:

Rappers from Louisiana

(Louisiana Rappers, New Orleans Bounce Music, Baton Rouge, more)

While break dancing, graffiti and most importantly the music genre hip hop was all created on the east coast, New York City specifically, southern rap has held the reign of being the most influential since the beginning of the 2000s.

When hip hop first began the focus was on the East Coast and later the West Coast, but a few individuals slowly helped bring the attention to the south as southern rap is dominating popular culture.

From Luke Skywalker to J Prince to Master P, each individual in their respected state has had much contribution to hip hop, but what many do not know is the south has been producing hits since the 1980s.

While southern rappers have hailed from cities and states from all over the south, the Last Mr. Bigg of Alabama or David Banner of Mississippi, the most important states that have help with the growth southern rappers are Florida, Texas, Tennessee, Louisiana and Georgia.

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History of Rap, Rappers from Louisiana

From 1997 to 2000, New Orleans with No Limit and Cash Money were in control of the rap game after years of putting out music and only getting local and regional recognition.

Before the rise of No Limit and Cash Money’s popularity, the state of Louisiana had already been known for having talented southern rappers that can be proven by listening to former Cash Money Records artist UNLV, who consisted of Lil Ya, Tec 9 and the late Yella Boy as the group had hits like “6th and Barrone” and “Drag ‘Em In Tha River”.


UNLV, “6th & Barrone”

Other legends of the New Orleans include Daddy Yo, Sporty T, Most Wanted Posse, Tim Smooth, Ruthless Juveniles, Dog House Posse, Lil Slim, Partners N Crime, Lokee, 6 Shot, Fila Phil, Dolamite Hustlas, 39 Posse, Ricky B, Joe Blakk, Prime Time, and more as all are must listens to see how unfair it was for the amount of talent to come out the city of New Orleans.

New Orleans rap has always been historically known for female artist to hold their own in a male dominated industry, whether it was New Orleans Bounce music or just real street rap, with artist like Magnolia Shorty, the Ghetto Twinz, Ms. Tee, Lady Red, Cheeky Black, and No Limit’s own Mia X.


Ghetto Twinz, “Got It On My Mind”

Like the original music scene of South Florida being Miami Bass, New Orleans bounce music has always been part and important to the local rap scene as people like Pimp Daddy, DJ Jubilee, or DJ Jimi.

Long before the rise of No Limit and the Hot Boys, numerous of 1990s New Orleans rappers painted a picture of the New Orleans streets and the New Orleans culture within their music as New Orleans probably had one of the greatest local and underground rap scenes of all-time.


C-Murder feat. Soulja Slim, “Ghetto Ties”

The rise of No Limit began in Richmond, California but as Master P returned home the start of the beginning of No Limit ruling the music industry as the hit single “Make Em Say Ugh” and the multiple platinum album “Ghetto D” shed the needed light to No Limit.

Before the late 1997 release of the Ghetto D, No Limit had produced projects like I’m Bout It, the movie and soundtrack, Mr. Ice Cream Man, compilations of West Coast Bad Boyz and Down South Hustlers, and multiple underground albums by Master P, Mia X, Silkk The Shocker, TRU and others.


Mac feat. Fiend & Silkk The Shocker, “Be All You Can Be”

By the end of 1998, No Limit had released an album almost every week and had absolutely no competition at time with help of the unstoppable talent of Soulja Slim, Mac, C-Murder, Fiend, Mr. Magic, Ghetto Commission, Mia X, Kane & Abel and many more as Snoop Dogg was even once part of No Limit.

While 1999 started off on the same page as 1998, No Limit was beginning to lose their momentum, especially with the rise of Cash Money’s Juvenile and the Hot Boys who were not new to the New Orleans music scene.


B.G., “Clean Up Man”

Before Juvenile’s hit “Ha” record, Cash Money had already establish themselves due to the production by Mannie Fresh, with the help of skilled artist like UNLV, Lil’ Slim, Magnolia Shorty, Pimp Daddy, Ms. Tee and most important B.G. with his It’s All On U volumes, even though he has been releasing music since the mid-1990s under Cash Money.

Like No Limit, Cash Money’s reign did not last long with inner conflict leading to many members leaving the record label, making their popularity, which expanded from late 1998 to 2000, to slowly fade away and not make a come back until 2003’s Juve The Great and 2004’s Tha Carter.

The production of music from New Orleans has always been considered as some of the best of all-time with Mannie Fresh, KLC and Beats by the Pound, and even N.O. Joe, who produced a number of UGK hits.


Boosie, “My Life”

Just miles away from New Orleans is the city of Baton Rouge, which has its own history within its local music scene with C-Loc, Young Bleed, Boosie, Max Minelli and the later rise of Trill Entertainment which consisted Boosie and Webbie.

Today, Baton Rouge is the king of Louisiana’s rap scene with the help of Trill Entertainment, Kevin Gates, NBA Young Boy, and many others who have made Louisiana’s capital city into the capital of this generations southern rap.

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