Labeling himself as a "country, ghetto poet," Bohagon (born Cedric Leonard) was singled out by the king of crunk, Lil Jon, as a promising Southern rap artist in the late '90s. While Lil Jon was an A&R for Atlanta's So So Def Records, he tapped into Bohagon to do a track each for two bass compilations: "Uh Uhh" for So So Def Bass All-Stars, Vol. 2 in 1997 and the regional anthem "Drop Dem Boes" for the third volume in 1998.
Deciding to move forward with his career, he moved from his small hometown of Talbotton, GA, to Atlanta around the same time these compilations were released, and Lil Jon eventually signed Bohagon to his BME Recordings imprint. By the mid-2000s, Bohagon had built up his own record label, Georgia Durt, where he serves as co-CEO with partner Playboy Tre. The label's first release was the Georgia Durt compilation in August 2005. By that time, Bohagon had joined Eminem's Anger Management 3 tour, visiting over 50 cities around the world. Moreover, he was also in the midst of gathering his solo effort together, marked by the hit 2006 single "Wuz Up," produced by Lil Jon. Sundays at the Bootlegger, his purported solo debut, was first slated for a summer 2006 release but was delayed indefinitely.