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Hip Hop By The States Part 1: Louisiana

Cajun Food, Partying, and Bourbon Street are all things that come to mind when we think about Louisiana. Music is also a huge part of the culture in Louisiana. The music that comes from Louisiana is so different from anything offered in any other state in America. With such a big cultural influence there’s no surprise that this is reflected in the music. Louisiana is the birthplace of Jazz, the home of Bounce Music, and record labels such as No Limit and Cash Money. All in all Louisiana is home of some of the most talented musicians in the world, and deserves to be appreciated for its original sound and culture.

Starting in the early 90s, Louisiana became popular for its high energy bounce music and the local rap talent. Soon rap labels No Limit and Cash Money emerged and took the Louisiana hip hop scene to a nationwide level. Artists such as Master P, Soulja Slim, Mystikal, The Hot Boyz, Big Tymers, Mannie Fresh, C Murder, Silk The Shocker, and more began to be noticed on a level that would boost them to platinum selling success. Both labels enjoyed a significant amount of mainstream success and great album sales. They left their mark on 90s and early 2000s hip hop, not only in the south but everywhere. Their run will never be forgotten, and if you’re like me you remember just how big of a deal they were.

Today, Louisiana artists such as Lil Wayne, Boosie, Curren$y and Frank Ocean are enjoying their success on a mainstream level. Louisiana is such a diverse state and all of these artists are successful in their own ways. Lil Wayne was able to carry on his success from the days with the Hot Boyz and became one of the most popular rap artists of all time during his run from 2006-2009. His album, The Carter 3, sold an outstanding 1.5 million copies in the first week in 2008. Since then he has been able to sign big name talents such as Drake and Nicki Minaj to his Young Money imprint. It’s safe to say that Lil Wayne has enjoyed more success than any other Louisiana hip hop artist to date. Boosie solidified his spot as a street legend. He took his life from the rough streets of Baton Rouge and expressed it in his music which connected with all of his fans. Boosie has accumulated an enormous amount of support throughout the south, and other parts of the country. With many comparisons to 2Pac, Boosie is loved and adored by his southern fans, and they all rejoiced when he was released from prison earlier this year. Curren$y truly has worked hard to get to where he is today. He was signed to both No Limit and Cash Money in the early stages of his career. Once he branched off from those labels he began his run as an independent artist, releasing numerous mixtapes, and eventually released several albums. He now has a huge online following, and is one of the most popular rappers on the internet. Curren$y has used his popularity to give exposure to other Louisiana talent such as Young Roddy, Trademark The Skydiver, Nesby Phips, Le$ and more. Jet life, right? Many people forget that Frank Ocean is also from Louisiana, and he has enjoyed large amounts of success, writing songs for artists such as Beyonce and collabing with hip hop heavyweights Jay-Z and Kanye West. Frank continues to build his career as a part of Odd Future and achievements such as his grammy winning album, Channel Orange.

Now we have a new wave of Louisiana artists that are on the come up and have already started making a name for themselves. Jay Electronica may not be too young, but his debut album is highly anticipated, and drastically overdue. Ever since the release of “Exhibit C” in 2009, Jay E has built an enormous amount of buzz and attracted the attention of Diddy and even Jay-Z, who signed him to his Roc Nation label in 2010. His high amount of technical rap skill and lyricism has made him a popular rapper among hip hop heads as we “patiently” wait on his debut. August Alsina had a breakthrough year in 2013 with the release of his single “I Luv This Sh**” and got a huge amount of radio play nationwide. He was signed to Def Jam in 2012, and has been pushing forward ever since. His natural voice separates him from other R&B singers and his debut album “Testimony” dropped earlier this year and debuted at #2 on the billboard charts. Kevin Gates has been on a steady grind for a few years, from his popular song “Satelite” to now, Gates has established a name for himself. His mixtape “The Luca Brasi Story” was highly regarded as one of the best mixtapes from last year and led to him signing to Atlantic Records in 2013. Teedra Moses is a neo-soul songstress and spent some time on Rick Ross’s Maybach Music Group label. She has since continued to work on music and progress forward in her career. Female rapper 3D Na’Tee started building a buzz for herself last year with different radio appearances and music videos. She is a highly skilled rapper and is ready to take the industry by storm, She signed to Universal Records in April of this year. Universal Records is also the label that teamed with Cash Money back in the 90s.

As we look back at where Louisiana music was and how it has progressed now, we see that time is filled with change and transition. The Louisiana artists of today all have different sounds, and are affecting the music industry in their own way. Homage is always paid to No Limit and Cash Money for paving the way for these artists to shine today. The legends will never be forgotten as Louisiana continues to make its impact on hip hop today and in the future.

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  • Killuminati

    Not feelin Louisiana at all…. South rap is trash!!!! No lyrical peeps comin outta there

    • ccwaterbound32

      good keep your coward ass from down here…only the strong survive…

      • Killuminati

        lol….maybe if u peeps down there put more thought into ur lyrics it would make more sense….but then again u southerners have slower minds so shits gott be dumbed down so you can comprehend it lmbo

      • John Holladay

        GTFOH I love “NY” rap as much as anyone when its good. But most northern niggas think because they rapping about some 5% god body bs, or using big words that don’t even go together that they deep and got bars. Don’t nobody want to hear that BS and the proof is Niggas from there ain’t even supporting their own. Proof that shit is hot garbage!! Don’t get me wrong its a lot of trash down south as well but you fronting like TI, Scarface, BuN B, Outkast, Goodie MoBB, and countless others haven’t put a tremendous amount of food for thought out in their lyrics!!

      • Killuminati

        ok yea i can agree with u on TI , scarface , bun b and outkast….and im not just for NY rap…i fuk with Em, jon connor and kendrick….even isaiah rashad and hes from the south…i just cant stand 95% of south rappers…they all sound the same and its to repetitive

      • ccwaterbound32

        name a rapper and i got a rapper for your rapper…you got nas? i got MAC and then mac and nas did a song together GOOGLE IT…you got jay z? i got Jay E! you got lil kim? i got 3d natee! you got akinyele? i got Bustdown! you got jadakiss? i got Tim Smooth! you can dislike the boot all you want but guess what? ALL OF OUR ARTIST LIVE WHAT THEY SPIT…nothing fake nothing made up if they say they did it they did it!!!street cred a million!!! everywhere we go HIGHEST LEVEL OF RESPECT…our style our accents our flamboyance our charisma, our enthusiasm is all the way original…new york gets props for starting this hip hop shit…but guess what? THE BOOT SHOWED YOU NIGGAS HOW TO GET THIS MONEY!!!! the boot made you respect our mind when we stepped in the building…give me a rapper from the boot who turned tail and ill keep quiet… i mean just face it you wanna hate us but you really can’t because we influenced so much shit….so you don’t know how to give props where props is due!!! and since badazz came out the spotlight is on us and cali!!! so step ya’ll game up…make some good records and you’ll be alright…

      • Killuminati

        lmao …. bro NY made rap what it is…the “boot” just dumbed it down….and “the boot” aint show nobody how to do shit lol….jay z was gettin money b4 “the boot” was…. 50 cent got more money than any rapper out “the boot” … diddy got more money than any mogul out “the boot” same wit jay z bro…ill tell ya thats why i “boot” yall to the curb gtfoh

      • ccwaterbound32

        master p ring a bell?

      • Killuminati

        yea thats why i said name one mogul/rapper who has MORE than any of those i mentioned…which u could not

      • ccwaterbound32

        my point was p PIONEEERED the independent game…he came out of NOWHERE….thats my point….

      • SlickDaddy25

        Can you say 6Shot and The Medicine Men

      • Killuminati

        and then again the ones u did name were not even from louisiana so for me i feel like diff areas of the south have diff sounds and louisiana is garbage lol

      • GP

        look for lyrics check out foxx street gossip album, that song I got full of lyrics and punchlines.

      • Killuminati

        I will for sure.

      • GP

        u think kill whitey would make in the nolia, or upt on 6th and B. lol. im with you brah. he is a coward

  • ccwaterbound32

    what about Pimp Daddy? UNLV? BG? MAC? Skull Duggery? CC Waterbound from morgan city? E Vicious? X Mob? Mia X? Foxx? Lil Randy? Hurricane Chris? Tim Smooth? Bustdown? Ruthless Juveniles? i can go on and on and on…thing is WE GOT TALENT DOWN HERE!!! original talent…we not like ATL, Houston, New York, L.A, Chicago, or anybody else…if anything ALOT of people from the boot would migrate and go to other places and take their skill with them and bring up new sounds to influence certain region…I remember in the early 90’s alot of east coast artist used jazz samples…not saying those jazz artists were from louisiana but the artform they used certainly was… so what does that tell you? as for the singy song style (in my opinion juvenile invented) you got people like rich homie quan,future, and countless others utilizing now…even certain slang words or variations of certain words were pioneered here in the boot… whenever outsiders say “we outchea” that’s our shit… or ratchet, or the word round, and anything else i overlooked…we get counted out on SOOOOOO much shit…and people even steal our music and act like it’s their own….look at atlanta when they started out..they was stealing bounce music and claiming it as their own.. look at the wack white rapper(if you wanna call what he does as rap) diplo his music IS BOUNCE…all and all we got TONS of talent just gotta do your research and i promise you you’ll be satisfied…

    • GP

      pimp daddy and unlv were da shit esp boom get chopped, rip bad ass yellow boy. e vicious was hard on down for my stacks on the bg’z tru story. cant forget magnolia shorty rip. mia x and ms tee. ooooo he said lil randy that boy was dope rip to him too

  • Eli Pinilla

    The game changed when master p sold millions with no mic skills.

    • tha OG

      Real talk

  • Morio DeMello

    @kill.whitey Jay Electronica is from Louisiana & he’s killing a lot of emcees up north.

    • Killuminati

      You have this knowledge yet u have not provided me your YouTube or soundcloud account??? I would like to hear a lyricist from La …… Like I said i would like to hear what you have. Like I said I give probs where props are due…..my email is killll.whitey@ gmail in case you didn’t have YouTube or soundcloud etc

  • Morio DeMello

    The south is full of lyricist I’m one myself and I’m from Shreveport, LA, another uncharted region with some great lyrical talent. If the south was so whack then why is artist from other regions copying our style. 50 Cent didn’t get hot until he start slurring his words. Plus in G-Unit Young Buck goes harder than every other member. Artist like Big Krit, Jay Electronica, Outkast, Goodie Mob, Scarface, Bun B, Eightball & MJG, South Circle, Mystikal, Ludacris, T.I., Kevin Gates, Mr. Pookie & Mr. Lucci, Chamillionaire, Z RO, Trae, K Rino, Dirty Boyz, Currency, Lil Wayne, etc.. The point is it doesn’t matter where you’re from because we all have the mental ability to create if we focus our minds on doing so. I don’t discriminate I listen to artist from the East Coast, West Coast, Down South, Midwest, & up North as long as they display lyrical content in their music. I even listen to International artist. The industry is allowing these clowns to put out this garbage music, and it just aint artist coming out the south either. You got some clowns on the radio from New York jumping on the bubble gum music bandwagon also. The beautiful thing about Hip Hop is it’s universal.

    • Killuminati

      whats your rap name ? you on youtube? if u from LA and a lyricist i wanna here this … i give props where props are due

      • Morio DeMello

        soundcloud Morio DeMello, youtube Morio DeMello

    • Killuminati

      u obviously are not a lyricist….look at you acting like you something you are not…hiding behind that “knowledge” you took time to google….yo must not think your lyricism is that great if you are not quick to provide it….just like everyone else from “the boot” a fukin bum

    • hoeyuno

      I peeped your shyt homie..just clicked on the first joint GRIND .you got skills man..keep doing your thing! !Ill peep more when I got some time. Peace from Vancouver, BC

      • Morio DeMello

        Thanks Homie!!

  • Morio DeMello

    @kill.whitey If southerners had slow minds then explain why the south produced people with great educated minds like Martin Luther King Jr. from Atlanta, GA,Booker T. Washington (who established the first Historically Black College University Tuskegee which is in the southern state of Alabama), Johnny Cochran (The greatest black lawyer every who was born in my hometown Shreveport, LA) Robert Poole aka Elijah Muhammad (who was originally from Georgia) Muhammad Ali ( Who was from Louisville, Kentucky) Former Ambassador/Mayor/Civil Rights Activist Andrew Young who’s from Atlanta, GA, Huey P. Newton was born in Louisiana (bet you didn’t know that.), and so was Tookie Williams (He’s also from Shreveport, LA). The point is you can’t judge a person by where he’s from, because majority of the most talented people came from the south. The same producers from New York sample music from on a daily basis from Southern artist. Perfect example James Brown (Augusta, GA), Ray Charles (Florida), Otis Redding (Marietta, GA) Louis Armstrong (New Orleans, LA) ,Al Green, Arkansas, Muddy Waters (Mississippi) Johnnie Taylor (Arkansas), Bobby Blue Bland (Tennessee), Lil Walter (Louisiana), Winton Marcellus ( Louisiana), Arron Neville (Louisiana), Tina Turner (Tennessee), Barry White (Texas), Sam Cooke (Mississippi), OH YEAH ONE MORE LAST THING ONE OF NY”S GREATEST DJ”S DJ PREMIER IS FROM HOUSTON, TX. Where would hip hop be without southern influence!!! NOWHERE!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Killuminati

      Ok you win …

    • tha OG

      Damn you KO him!!!lol you know yo shit

    • Hendrix2020

      Ive been debating with dem NY dumb dumbs about the same stuff for years bruh. Let me add a few more from my state of Alabama….Nat King Cole(Montgomery,Al) Wilson Picket(Pratville Al) Martha Reeves(Eufala, AL) W.C. Handy “The father of Blues” (Florence AL) 4 members of the Temptations are from AL…so yeah the south is rich with musicians and other notable people.

  • Whodi

    How your gonna do a story on Louisiana hiphop and not include BG, BG might have the star power like wayne but they have a lot of classic shit under his belt and he one of the most respected artist from New Orleans, as far as Louisiana hiphop goes it don’t get bigger or better then lil wayne, juvenile, master p, BG and mystical them niggas are the faces of hiphop in Louisiana.

    • Killuminati

      cuz bg a drug addict lmao…u would look up to a drug addict u fukin bum

      • GP

        hold up brah. bg a legend. drugg addict or not. respect bg. most rappers are drug addicts, at least bg real with his. not to mention soulja slim<– and you cant throw dirt on his name cause what he rapped what he lived

      • Killuminati

        Never listened to either a them,,, but I’m pretty sure bg ain’t rap about shooting boogie in his arm

      • GP

        bg actually did rap about it. listen to unlv pocket full of furl, bg I be thinking on its all on you vol 1.

      • Whodi

        Don’t waste your time with this fool, if you listen to chopper city you know gizzle was on that dope, nigga said it him not just on that album most of his shit, BG rap about his life and what around him

  • tyraydiggin

    Juvy legend mystical ass well front runners in the no

  • chicangeorge .

    No Dee-1 or kid kid ?

    • OnlyFaDaReal

      Right and tha homie lil snoop was on his way to becoming a mainstream name. Louisiana is full of talent!!

      • chicangeorge .

        I feel ya, way too much talent

  • Guest

    I feel ya

  • Psyclonus

    No VL Mike or UNLV ??? WTF

  • Keezy Carter

    No mention of Big Boy, Take Fo, UNLV…etc… And U call that an article on NOLA? Doesnt seem like u know what u talking about

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  • hoeyuno

    Louisiana has its own breed of rappers…..Louisiana is full of culture and they did hip hop in only a way peoples from LA could do it….New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport……Never change!!!!!!