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Best Hip-Hop Songs of All Time From New Orleans Rappers

by Shane Thomas

 

Lil Wayne has appeared on some of the greatest hip-hop songs of all time from his solo hits to joints with the Hot Boys.

 

Top 10 Songs of All Time By New Orleans Based Rappers


Southern cities definitely have their own unique sound.


Houston has screw music.


Atlanta has trap and crunk music.


Miami has bass and bootie music.


And the “Crescent City” has bounce music.


But do not get it twisted.


Although many equate New Orleans music with bounce music and dancing on Bourbon Street, the “Big Easy” has some certified lyricist.


New Orleans produced some of the best spitters of the late 1990s like Lil Wayne, Mia X, Fiend and Mac.


And even in the 21st century, the city still produces legends like Jay Electronica.


Last week, RegalMag.com showed love to Texas rappers.


This week, RegalMag.com hit I-10 headed east to get some gumbo, beignets and classic sounds from the swamp.


Coronavirus might have canceled the Essence Festival and the Bayou Classic in New Orleans.


But it cannot stop the good times from rollin’ when it comes to New Orleans hip-hop.


Check out RegalMag.com’s top 10 hip-hop songs from New Orleans rappers.



“Back That A** Up” by Juvenile featuring Lil Wayne—During the late 1990s, Cash Money Records produced anthem after anthem. In 1998, Juvenile became the first Hot Boy to release a national solo project. He had a hit with “Ha.” However, he created a classic with “Back That A** Up,” a prerequisite for any Louisiana party 20 years ago.



“Bling Bling” by B.G. featuring Hot Boys and Big Tymers—Juvenile might have been the first Hot Boy to release a national hip-hop anthem. However, he was not the only one. In 1999, B.G., with a little help from Lil Wayne, Juvenile, Turk and Big Tymers made “bling bling” such a catchphrase that Webster’s put the phrase in the dictionary. The song flaunted the material wealth achieved by the rap crew from Cash Money Records.



“Get Your Roll On” by Big Tymers—Nobody did flossin’ quite like Cash Money Records CEO Birdman aka Baby aka Stunna #1 aka Brian Williams. From the cars to the jewelry, everyone affiliated with Cash Money Records turned shining into a certified art form. Although Birdman and Mannie Fresh’s lyrics would not classify as fire bars, Birdman told fans as far back as 1997 that he was not a rapper. He said he was a game spitter. And even in 2020, Cash Money Records is still a major player in the hip-hop game.



“Shake Ya A** by Mystikal—Cash Money Records did not produce the only New Orleans anthems. Sure, Mystikal got an assist from Virginia Beach, Va. producers The Neptunes and a hook from The Neptunes’ Pharrell Williams on “Shake Ya A$$.” But this No Limit Records alum made the song another prerequisite for Louisiana parties around 2000. In 2000, Mystikal had parted ways with Master P’s No Limit Records. But he had not forgotten how to get a party started as an exclusive Jive Records artist.



“I Need a Hot Girl” by Hot Boys featuring Big Tymers—If Cash Money Records can produce an anthem with just two of its emcees on the mic like on Juvenile’s “Back That A** Up,” what should hip-hop heads have expected with the entire crew on a record? “I Need a Girl” exemplified a hip-hop classic from the late 1990s and early 2000s. Although many considered songs like “I Need a Hot Girl” and “Area Codes” by Atlanta rapper Ludacris misogynistic, the misogyny did not stop ladies from rushing to the dance floor when the dee jay dropped the record at a club.



“Nasty B” by Bust Down—When an artist signed with Luke Records back in the day, lewd content became expected. After all, Uncle Luke brought the world 2 Live Crew. Although Bust Down showed his intelligence by recording a clean and radio friendly song like “Pop That Thang,” it was the X-rated “Nasty B” that mesmerized young hip-hop heads in 1991.  During the early 1990s, children could not wait until their parents left the house so they could pump up the volume on this ridiculously nasty track.



“Where They At” by D.J. Jimi—We gonna start this thing all right, we got New Orleans in the house tonight. It’s Jimi, the magnificent. “Where They At” has to be one of the most popular bounce songs of all time. When it dropped in 1992, it made noise throughout the South. Furthermore, D.J. Jimi’s 1992 album “It’s Jimi” introduced the world to Juvenile on the song, “Bounce (For Juvenile).”



“A Milli” by Lil Wayne—Rapper/actor 50 Cent once dissed Lil Wayne in the early 2000s because, according to 50, Lil Wayne struggled to produce hit solo records. Sure, Wayne had hits as a featured artist. But to some critics, Wayne needed to create his own classics. He produced countless classics on his best record of all time, “Tha Carter III.” While “Tha Carter III” had hits like “Mrs. Officer,” “Got Money” and “Lollipop,” the song “A Milli” is the standout.



“Drag ‘Em N a River” by U.N.L.V.—Not too many diss records have a danceable beat. 2Pac’s “Hit Em Up” featuring the Outlaws might qualify. However, “Hit Em Up” did not have the impact in the club as “Drag ‘Em N a River,” which took aim at Mystikal and his history of cheerleading in high school. While Cash Money Records hit pay dirt with the Hot Boys and Big Tymers in the late 1990s, U.N.L.V. belonged to the first generation of Cash Money Records stars.



 

“It Ain’t My Fault” by Silkk the Shocker featuring Mystikal—Before Cash Money Records began releasing hip-hop anthems at warp speed, their New Orleans counterparts at No Limit Records released their share of hip-hop classics like “Make ‘Em Say Ugh,” the No Limit soldier anthems and the classic, “It Ain’t My Fault.” Many hip-hop experts did not expect much from the sophomore album from Master P’s baby brother. However, Silkk the Shocker proved the naysayers wrong with the 1998 hit album “Charge it 2 Da Game” and the second breakout single, “It Ain’t My Fault.”


This article was published on Friday 06 November, 2020.
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