Soulja Slim in 2002.
|Birth name||James Adarryl Tapp Jr.|
|Also known as||
|Born||September 9, 1977|
|Origin||New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Died||November 26, 2003
Gentilly, New Orleans, Louisiana
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 is known for writing the U.S. number one hit "Slow Motion".
James A'Darryl Tapp Jr. was born 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.
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.
Tapp died on November 26, 2003, after an assailant shot him four times, three in the chest and once in the face, 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 costume 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 15, 2011.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|Soulja Fa Lyfe (as Magnolia Slim)||—||—||—|
|Give It 2 'Em Raw||13||4||—|
|The Streets Made Me||188||42||9|
|Years Later...A Few Months After||—||44||—|
|Cutthroat Mixtape Vol. 1||
|Cutthroat Mixtape Vol. 2||
|Thug Brothers (Mixtape)||
- 1999: Hype Enough Records: Limited Edition
- 2005: Greatest Hitz
As lead artist
|Title||Year||Peak chart position on
|"From What I Was Told"||1998||—||Give It 2 'Em Raw|
(featuring Master P, Silkk The Shocker & O'Dell)
|"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
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|"Slow Motion"||2004||1||2||1||Juve the Great|
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart.|
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