Soulja Slim

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James Adarryl Tapp Jr. (September 9, 1977 - November 26, 2003), better known by his stage name Soulja Slim, was an American rapper and songwriter. He was known for writing the U.S. number one hit "Slow Motion".

Early life

James A'Darryl Tapp Jr. was born in New Orleans on September 9, 1977, to James and Linda Tapp. He was raised in the Magnolia Projects and attended Cohen Senior High School before dropping out of school in the 11th grade. He began selling drugs, as well as forming an addiction to heroin and cocaine. By 1993, he was rapping as "Magnolia Slim" in venues and block parties in the projects. His first recordings, however, would be on Parkway Pumpin', an independent label run by legendary producer KLC and also featuring 39 Posse, Fiend, Lil Mac, Mystikal Mike (later Mystikal), Mr. Serv-On and Da Hound. Soulja Slim's solo debut was Soulja Fa Lyfe was released in 1994 by Parkway Pumpin' and Hype Enough Records. The album did well, selling 90,000 units independently. In 1995, he released the four-song EP The Dark Side by Hype Enough Records.

Career

No Limit Records and Slow Motion (1997-2003)

In the same year, the song "You Got It" appeared on a No Limit Records double-CD compilation Down South Hustlers: Bouncin' and Swingin' . In 1998, Tapp, now calling himself Soulja Slim, released Give It 2 'Em Raw by No Limit Records with his single and his music video "From What I Was Told" and a single called "Street Life". The album debuted at number 13 on the Billboard 200 and sold 82,000 in the first week. At that time, Soulja Slim was convicted of armed robbery and incarcerated. He reappeared three years later with Streets Made Me, which was again released on the No Limit label. From there, he started his own label, Cut Throat Comitty Records and released Years Later in late 2002. In 2003, he released Years Later...A Few Months After, his last album before his death. The album featured the hit "I'll Pay for It". In 2003, he also collaborated with fellow New Orleans rapper Juvenile to make the song "Slow Motion". The song was released on Juvenile's album Juve the Great and reached the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100. It was Soulja Slim and Juvenile's first number one hit, and as the song was released after Soulja Slim's death he became only the sixth artist to have a posthumous number one song.

Death

Tapp died on November 26, 2003, after an assailant shot him four times, three in the face and once in the chest, on the front lawn of the home of his mother and stepfather, Phillip "Tuba Phil" Frazier of Rebirth Brass Band, in the Gentilly neighborhood. Tapp was buried with his Cut Throat Comitty charm and jewelry, and the outfit he wore on the cover of Give It 2 'Em Raw.

On December 31, 2003, police arrested 22-year-old Garelle Smith in connection with Tapp's murder. Police discovered a stolen police pistol in Smith's possession with a scratched-off serial number. A ballistics test matched bullets from that gun to the ones that killed Tapp, but no witnesses would testify against him. By 2008, Smith had been arrested for three more murders and in each case, charges were dropped and he was released due to lack of witnesses and the New Orleans 60-day law, and Smith's murders, including that of Tapp, became cold cases. Smith himself was found shot to death on August 13, 2011.

See also

  • List of unsolved murders

Discography

Studio albums

Mixtapes

Compilation

  • 1999: Hype Enough Records: Limited Edition
  • 2005: Greatest Hitz

Singles

As lead artist

As featured artist

References

External links

  • Soulja Slim at Find a Grave
Source : Wikipedia

Top Tracks

From What I Was Told 1

From What I Was Told

What's Up, What's Happening 2

What's Up, What's Happening

Wright Me 3

Wright Me

Wootay 4

Wootay

Law Breakaz 5

Law Breakaz

Only Real Niggas 6

Only Real Niggas

At The Same Time 7

At The Same Time

I'll Pay For It 8

I'll Pay For It

Me And My Cousin 9

Me And My Cousin

20 Dollars to My Name 10

20 Dollars to My Name

Top Albums

Give It 2 'Em Raw
Give It 2 'Em Raw
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Years Later A Few Months Later
Years Later A Few Months Later
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The Streets Made Me
The Streets Made Me
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