Soulja Slim

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Soulja Slim
Soulja Slim.jpg
Soulja Slim in 2002.
Background information
Birth name James Adarryl Tapp, Jr.
Also known as Magnolia Slim, Soulja Slim
Born (1977-09-09)September 9, 1977
Origin New Orleans, Louisiana
Died November 26, 2003(2003-11-26) (aged 26)
Gentilly, New Orleans
Genres Hardcore Hip Hop, Gangsta Rap
Occupation(s) Rapper, Songwriter
Years active 1994–2003
Labels Cut Throat Committy, No Limit, Koch Records
Associated acts Juvenile, Master P, DJ Quik, UTP, Curren$y, B.G., C-Murder, Silkk The Shocker, Snoop Dogg, KLC, Mystikal

James Adarryl Tapp, Jr. (September 9, 1977 – November 26, 2003),[1] better known by his stage name Soulja Slim, was an American rapper. He is known for writing the U.S. No. 1 hit "Slow Motion".[2]

Life and music career[edit]

James Tapp was raised in the Magnolia Projects. He attended Booker T. Washington High School before dropping out of school in his sophomore year. Tapp released his debut album, Soulja fa Lyfe, on Parkway Pumpin' Records in 1994 under the name Magnolia Slim. In 1995, he released the four-song e.p. The Dark Side on Hype Enough Records.

No Limit Records and Slow Motion (1997-2003)[edit]

In the same year, the song "You Got It" appeared on 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 on No Limit Records with his single and music video "From What I Was Told" and a single called "Street Life". The album debuted at number 13 on the Billboard 200 and sell 82,000 in the first week.[3] At that time Soulja Slim was convicted of armed robbery and incarcerated.[1] 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 Committee 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 No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100. It was Soulja Slim and Juvenile's first No. 1 hit, and as the song was released after Soulja Slim's death he became only the sixth artist to have a posthumous No. 1 song.

Shooting and death (November 2003)[edit]

On Thanksgiving Eve, November 26, 2003, an unknown gunman shot him four times; three times in the face, and once in the chest, in the front lawn of his mother's home located in the 4600 Lafaye St. in the Gentilly neighborhood.[4][5] Soulja Slim was buried with his Cut Throat Comitty charm and jewelry and also the leather camo clothes he wore on the cover of Give It 2 'Em Raw. On New Year's Eve, 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 Soulja Slim 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. Along with the other murders, the District Attorney's Office dropped the Soulja Slim murder charge against him and his death became a cold case. In August 2011, Smith himself was found dead with gunshot wounds to the face and chest.[6]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[7]
US
R&B

[8]
US
Ind.

[9]
Soulja Fa Lyfe (as Magnolia Slim)
  • Released: 1994
  • Label: Hype Enough Records
  • Format: CD, cassette
Dark Side[10]
  • Released: 1995
  • Label: Hype Enough Records
  • Format: CD, cassette
Give It 2 'Em Raw 13 4
The Streets Made Me 188 42 9
Years Later
  • Released: December 24, 2002
  • Label: Cut Throat Committy Records
  • Format: CD, cassette
72
Years Later...A Few Months After 44

Mixtapes[edit]

List of mixtapes, with year released
Title Mixtape details
Cutthroat Mixtape Vol. 1
  • Released: 2004
  • Label: Cut Throat Committy Records
  • Format: CD
Cutthroat Mixtape Vol. 2
  • Released: 2004
  • Label: Cut Throat Committy Records
  • Format: CD
Thug Brothers (Mixtape)
  • Released: 2008
  • Label: Cut Throat Committy Records
  • Format: CD

Compilation[edit]

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US US
R&B
US
Rap
"From What I Was Told" 1998 Give It 2 'Em Raw
"Street Life"
(featuring Master P, Silkk The Shocker & O'Dell)
17
"Get Cha Mind Right"
(featuring Krazy (rapper) & X-Conn)
2001 The Streets Made Me
"I'll Pay For It" 2003 Years Later...A Few Months After/Years Later
"Feel Me Now"
"Love Me Or Love Me Not"
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart.

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US US
R&B
US
Rap
"I Got the Hook Up" 1998 16 11 1 I Got the Hook Up (soundtrack)
"Slow Motion" 2004 1 2 1 Juve the Great
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart.


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