Thursday, July 23

Throwback Thursday: The No Limit Soldiers

(This is a picture of a Diamond Studded TANK... let it marinade)

The late 90's and early 2000's were ran by an entity that we rarely see in today's music scene, the Hip Hop Dynasty.
Hip Hop Dynasty - A group of hip hop (and sometimes R&B) performers who are united under a record label or record label imprint. Typically, this label or imprint will be headed by a hip hop artist and aspiring industry CEO.

- WillyTee's Dictionary of Words & Phrases
Some examples of past Hip Hop Dynasties include Roc-A-Fella Records, the Hot Boyz AKA Cash Money Millionaires, Bad Boy Records, No Limit Records, and Murder Inc. Unfortunately, you can only be on top for so long: Most of the aforementioned labels were only in prominence for one to three years and many no longer exist.

Today's Throwback Thursday post will focus on a group of rappers of whom we rarely hear, the No Limit Soldiers.

(I can't get over this pic)

Master P AKA Percy Miller founded No Limit Records in 1994. At the time, he only had his two brothers (Silkk the Shocker & C-Murder) and a few others signed to the roster. When he released his 5th album, Ghetto D (3x platinum), everything started to change. "Make 'Em Say Uhh!" made Master P & No Limit a household names.

By 1998, No Limit had released a host of successful artists (inlcuding Mystikal and Snoop Dogg). They were all making millions on every release, and Silkk tha Shocker's release, Made Man, debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200. Master P began to branch outside of rap and even tried to make it in the NBA.


As for No Limit Records, by 2000, only Master P, C-Murder, Silkk, Magic, and Mia X remained amongst a host of new artists, such as Choppa (from Making the Band). Mystikal had left, and his first post-No Limit album, Let's Get Ready, debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200 in 2000.

On December 17, 2003, the company filed for bankruptcy due to various lawsuits. But if you ever want to reminisce on the No Limit Soldiers, you can always listen to this song, which I dedicate to all the homies that we've lost in the battlefield.

Below is "Goodbye To My Homies" from the 4x Platinum Album, MP Da Last Don.

Lastly, I must thank No Limit for creating one of the few songs that go just as hard now as when it first came out. Whether you're at the club, a basketball game, or a HBCU homecoming, when you hear "Down 4 My Niggas," everyone goes crazy!