8Ball, born Premro Smith, is rapper from Memphis, Tennessee, and one half of a duo consisting of himself and fellow Memphis rap star MJG. 8Ball has his own label, 8 Ways Entertainment.
He got started in the rap scene in the early 90s with MJG, whom he met at Ridgeway Junior High in 1984. However, thanks to the industry climate at the time that preferred rappers from the East or West Coast, 8Ball was largely ignored by the mainstream.
Still, perseverance resulted in a strong underground following in the southern United States, and he was a legend there by the end of that decade. Traveling throughout the lower half of the country along with MJG, his music absorbed many of the elements of their destinations, perhaps most noticeably Texas and Tennessee.