No Limit Records 1990-1996: The Independent Years

In the 1990s, when people still primarily consumed music by via aluminum compact discs, rap label No Limit Records rose to national attention in part by flooding shelf space with a seemingly endless number of releases by rappers whose albums were packaged in brightly colored cases, recognizable by their insane, perspective-defying artwork courtesy of Pen & Pixel, and musically … Continue reading No Limit Records 1990-1996: The Independent Years

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Tim Smooth, pioneering and influential New Orleans rapper, has passed away

Pioneering New Orleans rapper Tim Smooth died yesterday (Tuesday 26th 2011) at the young age of 39, after a long battle with cancer. Though not a household name outside of New Orleans and circles of New Orleans Rap fans, he was one of the undisputed pioneers in the city's scene. Like a hip-hop Zelig he … Continue reading Tim Smooth, pioneering and influential New Orleans rapper, has passed away

The freaks come out at night – Bounce Queen Big Freedia visits L.A. and the sissies’ strange path to the spotlight

Tashi Condelee takes the stage whilst Big Freedia does her thang Wednesday night I was mulling my options about what exciting way to spend my evening. Since my brother won't let me come to his house to play Battlefield 2 - Bad Company, I was weighing whether or not to go to the Support Your … Continue reading The freaks come out at night – Bounce Queen Big Freedia visits L.A. and the sissies’ strange path to the spotlight

New Orleans Block Party – Bounce Music goes to SXSW 2010

This looks incredible. South By Southwest is hosting a bounce music showcase. This is your chance to experience some of the biggest talents to come out of the New Orleans Rap scene. Although they made their pledge goals, you can still donate and get various merchandise. Now I may have to go to SXSW for the … Continue reading New Orleans Block Party – Bounce Music goes to SXSW 2010

Cash Money Records – The Independent Years (1991-1998)

By now, anyone that reads this blog and is a fan of the many, great New Orleans labels that sprouted in the fertile hip-hop delta back in the '90s may've wondered why no Cash Money thus far. Well, I've been working on it but the greatest of labels required a lot of work. Hope you … Continue reading Cash Money Records – The Independent Years (1991-1998)

Fucking with the Tombstone! — A history of New Orleans’s Tombstone Records

This blog entry is a look back at one of New Orleans's more obscure hip-hip labels, Tombstone. Tombstone Records was a notable New Orleans Rap label in the 1990s that released a handful of high caliber releases that sold over 100,000 albums around the South in three years before abruptly ceasing operations after a series … Continue reading Fucking with the Tombstone! — A history of New Orleans’s Tombstone Records

Parkway Pumpin – Be Pumpin’ Hits Like its Motown

Although many independent labels appeared in the wake of New Orleans's 1991 bounce explosion, Parkway Pumpin' was one of the first. It was also one of the most influential stables of talent, although the limited finances of KLC (the man behind the boards) resulted in precious few recordings. When Master P relocated No Limit from Richmond, … Continue reading Parkway Pumpin – Be Pumpin’ Hits Like its Motown