Lil’ O

Lil’ O

Lil’ O

Biography

Lil’ O (born Ore Magnus Lawson; November 22, 1977) is a southern rapper, born in Lagos, Nigeria and raised in Southwest Houston, Texas. He is an original member of DJ Screw‘s Screwed Up Click. He was also known as O or Da Fat Rat Wit Da Cheeze.

His father was a doctor and Lil’ O and his four brothers and one sister had a middle class upbringing. His mother died from ovarian cancer when Lil’ O was 13 and suddenly his father’s strict Nigerian upbringing began to chase him to rebellion.

Soon after his mother’s death, Lil’ O began hanging in the streets with friends who were in the drug game, and he became addicted to the fast money that drug dealing brought in. “I got street fame, women, and a lot of money quickly and easily,” he says. Eventually he got collared. After his arrest, his father kicked him out of the house and Lil’ O fell deeper into the lure of the drug game. While out on bond, he continued to sell drugs and was caught again. This time he attempted to swallow the evidence before the police could arrest him. He swallowed an ounce-and-a-half of crack cocaine and his lungs collapsed. He was put on life support and his father was told to prepare for his death. “It’s really a miracle that I woke up at all,” says Lil’ O. “I was breathing through tubes on my deathbed and I looked down and saw that my ankles were cuffed to the bed. I realized, if I recovered I was going to jail, and if I didn’t I was going to die.”

He went to Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, where he studied business. Away from the drugs and the street life of Southwest Houston, Lil’ O also began to dabble in one of his first loves – hip hop. “Man, when I was growing up, LL Cool J came out with ‘Radio’ and that was it, I was hooked. I never thought about rapping as a career because I was making so much selling drugs, plus the money came faster than it does in the rap game,” says O. While at Xavier, in 1997, he recorded “Can’t Stop” – featuring vocal contributions from the ladies that would go on to earn renown as Destiny’s Child. The track soon became Lil’ O’s debut single and went on to score an instant local hit. Regardless, Lil’ O eventually found himself out of school and back in Texas, again exposed to the same lifestyle he’d tried to leave behind. In 1999, he then signed with the Houston-based indie label Game Face Entertainment, but also began selling drugs again. His debut album, “Blood Money”, sold 20,000 copies but he was unable to promote it due to spending time in jail.

After being released from prison, Lil’ O left the drug game behind for good and focused on his music completely. He also enrolled at the University of Houston–Downtown (“UHD”) and majored in business. “Some days I wouldn’t feel like going to class, and then I would look across the street at the county jail and remember how I felt when I was in there. That would be all the motivation I would need to get myself to class,” says Lil’ O with a hearty laugh.

In 2001, his album “Da Fat Rat With The Cheeze” sold over 75,000. He collaborated with Big Hawk on the hit single “Back Back”. “Back Back” led him back to a nationwide deal with Atlantic Records, which he later left in 2003.

Discography

Lil' O - Blood Money

Lil’ O – Blood Money

Game Face Entertainment 1999
Lil' O - Da Fat Rat Wit Da Cheeze

Lil’ O – Da Fat Rat Wit Da Cheeze

Game Face Entertainment, Atlantic 2001
Lil' O - Food On Tha Table

Lil’ O – Food On Tha Table

Game Face Entertainment 2003
Lil' O - Blood Money: The Retold Story (Deluxe Edition)

Lil’ O – Blood Money: The Retold Story (Deluxe Edition)

Bar None Entertainment 2006
Lil' O - My Struggle My Hustle (The Lost Tapes)

Lil’ O – My Struggle My Hustle (The Lost Tapes)

Bar None Entertainment 2006
Lil' O - Soufside Legend Life Story (Greatest Hits Vol. 1)

Lil’ O – Greatest Hits

Bar None Entertainment 2007
Lil' O - Grind Hard, Pray Harder

Lil’ O – Grind Hard, Pray Harder

Bar None Entertainment 2011

Guest Appearances

Southside Playaz - You Gottus Fuxxed Up
  • Riding High

Southside Playaz - You Gottus Fuxxed Up

LafTex Records 1998
Yungstar - Throwed Yung Playa
  • June 27

Yungstar - Throwed Yung Playa

Straight Profit Records 1999
Big Pokey - Hardest Pit In The Litter
  • Shady Game

Big Pokey - Hardest Pit In The Litter

Chevis Entertainment 1999
Big Moe - City Of Syrup
  • Get Back

Big Moe – City Of Syrup

Wreckshop Records 2000
E.S.G. - City Under Siege
  • Money & Power

E.S.G. – City Under Siege

Wreckshop Records 2000
H.A.W.K. - Under H.A.W.K.'s Wings
  • That’s Me

H.A.W.K. – Under H.A.W.K.’s Wings

Dead End Records 2000
Southside Playaz - Street Game
  • Rules

Southside Playaz – Street Game

LafTex Records 2000
Staydown - N-Da-Game
  • The Game

Staydown – N-Da-Game

Staydown Entertainment 2000
Papa Reu - Xcuse Me!
  • Shine

Papa Reu – Xcuse Me!

Reuster House Records 2000
E.S.G. & Slim Thug - Boss Hogg Outlaws
  • Street Millionaire

E.S.G. & Slim Thug – Boss Hogg Outlaws

S-E-S Entertainment 2001
Woss Ness - The Only Way To Beat Us To Cheat Us
  • Ballers, Hustlers, G’s And Macks

Woss Ness – The Only Way To Beat Us To Cheat Us

Woss Ness Entertainment 2001
Archie Lee - 8100%
  • Money Don’t Make Us

Archie Lee – 8100%

Reliant Entertainment 2001
Godfather - Before It's Too Late
  • Money Outside

Godfather – Before It’s Too Late

Chevis Entertainment 2001
Southside Pentagon - Money Over Everything
  • Easy World

Southside Pentagon – Money Over Everything

Money Over Everything 2001
Z-Ro - Screwed Up Click Representa
  • Real

Z-Ro – Screwed Up Click Representa

Presidential Records 2002
Rebel - Hit'n Every Stang
  • Casualty Of War

Rebel – Hit’n Every Stang

South World Records 2002
HAWK - HAWK
  • They Scared

H.A.W.K. – HAWK

Ghetto Dreams Entertainment 2002
DJ Screw - All Work No Play Vol. 2
  • Makin Money

DJ Screw – All Work No Play Vol. 2

Reliant Entertainment 2002
Trae & Dougie D Of Guerilla Maab - Year Of The Underdawgs
  • Ain’t No Nigga Like Me

Trae & Dougie D Of Guerilla Maab – Year Of The Underdawgs

Resurrection Music Group 2003
Mike-D. - His Greatest Flows
  • Riding High

Mike-D. Aka Bosshog Corleone Presents His Greatest Flows: My Gift To The World

Corleone Family Entertainment 2003
Woss Ness - Texas Dream Team
  • G’s & Macks

Woss Ness – Texas Dream Team

Woss Ness Entertainment 2003
Ice Water Slaughter - T.H.U.G.S.
  • The Hustle

Ice Water Slaughter – T.H.U.G.S.

Dead Game Records 2003
Kottonmouth Jesse - Authentic
  • Sign & Sealed

Kottonmouth Jesse – Authentic

Fortune Funk Entertainment 2004
The Screwed Up Click - Making History
  • Back Up

The Screwed Up Click – Making History

EQ Entertainment LLC 2005
Mr. 3-2 - Over The Law
  • New Day

Mr. 3-2 – Over The Law

Street Game Records 2005
Z-Ro - And The SUC
  • Back Back

Z-Ro And The SUC

Tru Blue Entertainment 2006
50/50 Twin - Ounce 4 Ounce Vol. 1
  • The Takeover

50/50 Twin – Ounce 4 Ounce Vol. 1

Roc 4 Roc Records 2006
Mr. Pookie & Mr. Lucci - Southern Flows Vol. 3
  • I Do

Mr. Pookie & Mr. Lucci – Southern Flows Vol. 3

Street Pharmacy 2006
HAWK - Endangered Species
  • I Like That Girl

HAWK – Endangered Species

Ghetto Dreams Entertainment 2007
Big Moe - The Best Of...
  • Get Back

Big Moe – The Best Of…

Wreckshop Records 2007
Big Jokka - Sleepin' Light & Grindin' Heavy
  • Shake Sumthin

Big Jokka – Sleepin’ Light & Grindin’ Heavy

Not On Label 2007
Fat Bastard - Hungry In The Game
  • Can’t Do It Like Me

Fat Bastard – Hungry In The Game

Southern Playa’s United 2007
Ronald Vaughns - Entertainment Business
  • I Came To Party

Ronald Vaughns – Entertainment Business

Briargate Records 2007
Big Moe - Unfinished Business
  • Won’t Fold

Big Moe – Unfinished Business

Wreckshop Records, Koch Records 2008
DJ Screw - 11 • 16 • 00 Volume 3
  • Take It From A Pro

DJ Screw – 11 • 16 • 00 Volume 3

Screwed Up Click Entertainment 2008
Big Pokey - Evacuation Notice
  • One Night Stand

Big Pokey – Evacuation Notice

Doc Music Group LLC., Koch Records 2008
Big Unk - Tolerated But HatedBig Unk - Tolerated But Hated
  • This Time

Big Unk – Tolerated But Hated

Unk Records 2008
Doc T. - N.V.I.S. (Nevertheless Vision Is Superior)
  • Sippin N Flippin

Doc T. – N.V.I.S. (Nevertheless Vision Is Superior)

Insight Records 2008
Mr. 3-2 - Fatt Domino
  • Day 1

Mr. 3-2 – Fatt Domino

Down South Records 2008
Slim Thug - Boss Of All Bosses
  • Welcome 2 Houston

Slim Thug – Boss Of All Bosses

Koch Records 2009
Young Problemz - Da Problem (How's My Rapping)
  • Ya’ll Got Dimez

Young Problemz – Da Problem (How’s My Rapping?)

Unauthorized Entertainment 2009
Rally Boys - Rally World Vol. 2
  • Pimp, Playa, Hustla, Balla

Rally Boys - Rally World Vol. 2

Music Access, Inc., Fortune Funk Ent. 2009
Z-Ro - Cocaine
  • Can’t Leave Drank Alone

Z-Ro – Cocaine

Rap-A-Lot 4 Life 2009
Lil Keke - The Don Ke Chronicles
  • Stop Then Look

Lil Keke – The Don Ke Chronicles

Hustletown 2010
Macc Grace - Guess Who's Bacc!!!
  • New Day

Macc Grace – Guess Who’s Bacc!!!

EZ-Money Entertainment 2010
Point Blank - Pick Ya Poison
  • Bet U Can’t Do It

Point Blank – Pick Ya Poison

Wreckless Entertainment 2010
Papa Reu - Da Original
  • Jammin Screw

Papa Reu – Da Original

Screwed Up Click, Reu Muzik Inc. 2010
Bun B - Trill OG: The Epilogue
  • The Legendary DJ Screw

Bun B – Trill OG: The Epilogue

Rap-A-Lot Records 2013
Grit Boys - Grit 2
  • One Puff

Grit Boys – Grit 2

G-Boy Entertainment 2013

Compilations

Shunny Pooh Presents 3rd Coast Finest
  • The Game

Shunny Pooh Presents 3rd Coast Finest

Down South Records 2000
D.A.P. Presents Certified Mackin
  • You Can’t See Us

D.A.P. Presents Certified Mackin

Hitman Records 2000
Platinum Thugs: Straight Ghetto
  • Stick And Move

Platinum Thugs: Straight Ghetto

Zereh Entertainment 2001
H-Town Under World Vol. 1
  • G’s & Macs

H-Town Under World Vol. 1

Hit ‘Em Up Records 2002
Screw Tape: A Tribute To The Legend
  • Money Don’t Make Me

Screw Tape: A Tribute To The Legend

Ghetto Brothers Records 2002
Soldiers United 4 Cash: The Soundtrack
  • Money Don’t Make Us

D.J. Screw & The Screwed Up Click – Soldiers United 4 Cash: The Soundtrack

TJ Music, Reliant Entertainment 2002
Key Players: The Movement / The Overtake
  • One, Two, Three

Key Players: The Movement / The Overtake

Key Players Entertainment 2003
Wreckshop Records - Hitlist Vol.3
  • Get Back

Wreckshop Records Hitlist Vol.3

Wreckshop Records 2004
S.L.A.B. - Slow Loud And Bangin' Vol. 4
  • Niggas In The Game

S.L.A.B. – Slow Loud And Bangin’ Vol. 4

Guerilla Maab Entertainment 2004
Plastic Crack
  • Put It In His Face Then

Plastic Crack Vol. 1

Elementary Sound 2005
Southern Playas United: Stanken Up The Highway
  • My Mind On My Cheddar

Southern Playas United: Stanken Up The Highway

Woodfiggaz Entertainment 2005
Lil Keke Da Don Presents Undaground All-Stars: Da Texas Line Up
  • Undaground All-Stars

Lil Keke Da Don Presents Undaground All-Stars: Da Texas Line Up

Commission Music Group 2005
Heavyweighters - Tilting The Scales
  • Get Back

Heavyweighters: Tilting The Scales

Wreckshop Records 2006
3rd Degree Entertainment - Since Day One
  • Still Body Rockin’

Since Day One

3rd Degree Entertainment 2006
Seven Eight Compilation
  • 3rd Coast Texas

Seven Eight Compilation

7even 8ight Entertainment 2007
The Original Screwed Up Click - Straight Wreckin Vol. 1
  • If It Ain’t Broke

The Original Screwed Up Click – Straight Wreckin Vol. 1

Express 1 Stop 2007
$ex Money Drug$ - Rap-A-Lot 25th Anniversary
  • I Can’t Leave Drank Alone

$ex Money Drug$

Rap-A-Lot Records 2010
Point Blank The Bull Presents Ganxstaz Only 2
  • H-Town Anthem

Point Blank The Bull Presents Ganxstaz Only 2

Wreckless Entertainment 2012