MJG

MJG

MJG

Biography

MJG, half of the pioneering Southern rap duo 8Ball & MJG, rarely branched out for solo albums (e.g., No More Glory, 1997), yet his work with 8Ball proved influential, earning him a reputation as a living legend. Born Marlon Jermaine Goodwin, MJG grew up in the Orange Mound area of Memphis, TN, where he met 8Ball at Ridgeway Junior High School in 1984. The two shared a passion for hip-hop, which hadn’t yet made a strong impact in the South, and formed their own rap duo, 8Ball & MJG.

They made their recording debut in 1991 with a three-track single, Listen To The Lyrics, released on cassette and 12″ vinyl by On The Strength Records, an independent label. (These early recordings for On the Strength would later be reissued in 1997 as Lyrics Of A Pimp and also in 2000 as Memphis Under World.) 8Ball & MJG subsequently signed a deal with Suave Records (aka Suave House), a Houston, TX-based label run by Tony Draper.

8Ball & MJG‘s debut full-length, Comin’ Out Hard (1993), produced partly by MJG, was the inaugural release by Suave, which would grow to become one of the premier Southern rap labels of the decade. Now considered a milestone, Comin’ Out Hard was among the first Southern rap albums to get widespread recognition, opening the door for other pioneers such as Three 6 Mafia, Master P, and Cash Money Records.

Discography

MJG - No More Glory

MJG – No More Glory

Suave House, Universal 1997
MJG - Pimp Tight

MJG – Pimp Tight

Real Talk Entertainment 2008
MJG - This Might Be The Day

MJG – This Might Be The Day

404 Music, MJG Muzik 2008
MJG - All I Do

MJG – All I Do

Space Age Entertainment 2009
MJG - Too Pimpin

MJG – Too Pimpin

Space Age Entertainment, Born Star Entertainment 2013
MJG - Too Pimpin' 2.0

MJG – Too Pimpin’ 2.0

MJG Muzik 2014

Guest Appearances

South Circle - Anotha Day Anotha Balla
  • No Escape

South Circle – Anotha Day Anotha Balla

Relativity, Suave Records 1995
Ma$e - Harlem World
  • The Player Way

Ma$e – Harlem World

Bad Boy Entertainment 1997
MC Ren - Ruthless For Life
  • Who In The F***

MC Ren – Ruthless For Life

Ruthless Records, Epic 1998
Eightball - Lost
  • Incarcerated Minds

Eightball – Lost

Suave House 1998
112 - Room 112
  • Whatcha Gonna Do

112 – Room 112

Bad Boy Entertainment 1998
Krayzie Bone - Thug Mentality 1999
  • Pimpz, Thugz, Hustlaz & Gangstaz

Krayzie Bone – Thug Mentality 1999

Ruthless Records, Mo Thugs Records, Relativity 1999
A+ - Hempstead High
  • Watcha Weigh Me

A+ – Hempstead High

Universal Records 1999
Foxy Brown - Chyna Doll
  • Ride (Down South)

Foxy Brown – Chyna Doll

Def Jam Recordings 1999
Too Short - Can't Stay Away
  • Don’t Stop Rappin’

Too Short – Can’t Stay Away

Jive 1999
Spice 1 - The Last Dance
  • Chocolate Philly

Spice 1 – The Last Dance

Thug World, Mobb Status Entertainment 2000
DJ Zirk & 2 Thick - Lock Em' In Da Trunk - Da Album
  • Busted And Disgusted

DJ Zirk & 2 Thick – Lock Em’ In Da Trunk: Da Album

Big Cheeze Records 2000
Bun B & Mddl Fngz - Live! From Da Manjah
  • Ready To Get High

Bun B & Mddl Fngz – Live! From Da Manjah

Perfecto 2000
Lil' Keke - Platinum In Da Ghetto
  • Cowgirl

Lil’ Keke – Platinum In Da Ghetto

In The Paint, Koch Records 2001
8Ball - Almost Famous
  • Do You Really

8Ball – Almost Famous

JCOR Entertainment 2001
Spice 1 - Hits 3
  • Chocolate Philly

Spice 1 – Hits 3

Mobb Status Entertainment 2002
Al Kapone - Goin' All Out
  • Pimpin’ In Me

Al Kapone – Goin’ All Out

Family Biz, Sick Wid’ It Records 2002
Street Military - Steel Gangstaz
  • Gangstaz Ball

Street Military – Steel Gangstaz

Beatbox Records 2002
Tela - Double Dose
  • 25 Hoes

Tela – Double Dose

Rap-A-Lot Records 2002
Lil' Jon & The East Side Boyz - Kings Of Crunk
  • Diamonds

Lil’ Jon & The East Side Boyz – Kings Of Crunk

TVT Records 2002
Chris Ward - Underworld Mobster
  • Real G’s

Chris Ward – Underworld Mobster

MS Entertainment 2002
8Ball - Lay It Down
  • Lay It Down Pt. 2

8Ball – Lay It Down

Draper Inc 2002
DJ Squeeky - Tha Legacy
  • Victim Of A Pimp Shit

DJ Squeeky – Tha Legacy

Big Cheeze Entertainment 2002
Chris Ward & Big Pokey - Mob 4 Life
  • Bang On

Chris Ward & Big Pokey – Mob 4 Life

Mobb Style Entertainment 2003
Mr. Mike - Piping Hot
  • Ride Wit Us

Mr. Mike – Piping Hot

Yes Yes Y’all Entertainment 2003
Criminal Manne - Neighborhood Dope Manne
  • Too Much

Criminal Manne – Neighborhood Dope Manne

Rap-A-Lot Records 2003
DJ Squeeky - Dogging Da Game
  • Repin’ Memphis

DJ Squeeky – Dogging Da Game

Mo Cheda Records 2003
Lil' Flip - I Need Mine $$
  • Can’t U Tell

Lil’ Flip – I Need Mine $$

Sony Urban Music, Columbia, Clover G Records 2004
David Banner - Certified
  • Gangster Walk

David Banner – Certified

Universal Records 2005
Scarface - My Homies, Part 2
  • Too Much

Scarface – My Homies Part 2

Rap-A-Lot 4 Life 2006
8Ball - Light Up The Bomb
  • M Gang

8Ball – Light Up The Bomb

8 Ways Entertainment 2006
T-Pain - Rappa Ternt Sanga
  • I’m N Luv (Wit A Stripper) 2

T-Pain – Rappa Ternt Sanga

Jive 2006
Montana Trax - The Boy Something Great
  • Ahhight Na

Montana Trax – The Boy Something Great

8 Ways Entertainment, Hy Lyfe Inc. 2006
Da Volunteers - What's Yo Favorite Color
  • Who Got Dat Work

Da Volunteers – What’s Yo Favorite Color?

TEERS Entertainment 2006
Spice 1 - Life After Jive - 2000 To 2005
  • Chocolate Philly

Spice 1 – Life After Jive: 2000 To 2005

Real Talk Entertainment 2006
Lil' Flip - I Need Mine $$
  • Can’t U Tell

Lil’ Flip – I Need Mine $$

Asylum Records, Clover G Records, Warner Bros. 2007
Mac E - Da Come Back
  • Aight Now

Mac E – Da Come Back

Nu Talent Records 2007
Three 6 Mafia - Last 2 Walk
  • First 48

Three 6 Mafia – Last 2 Walk

Hypnotize Minds 2008
8Ball & E.D.I. Of The Outlawz - Doin It Big
  • Puttin In Work

8Ball & E.D.I. Of The Outlawz – Doin It Big

Real Talk Entertainment 2008
Boo - 48 Minutes
  • Have You Seen Her

Boo – 48 Minutes

IMG, 404 Music Group 2009
Michael Colyar - Greatest Hits And The Great Unknowns
  • It’s Been So Long

Michael Colyar – Greatest Hits And The Great Unknowns

The Rayloc Group 2010
Montana Trax - A Hustler's Story
  • A Hustler’s Story

Montana Trax – A Hustler’s Story

Goodsoundmusic 2010
Montana Trax - The Boy Something Great Pt. 2
  • A Party

Montana Trax – The Boy Something Great Pt. 2

Goodsoundmusic 2010
TMacK - So Long
  • Going Home

TMacK – So Long

TMacK Productions 2010
8Ball - Life's Quest
  • We Buy Gold

8Ball – Life’s Quest

E1 Music 2012
Kingpin Skinny Pimp - Straight From Tha Projects
  • Laced Up

Kingpin Skinny Pimp – Straight From Tha Projects

Music Business Entertainment 2012
Mac E - Half Time
  • Sellin Out

Mac E – Half Time

Hy Lyfe Inc. 2013
Lil Wyte & Frayser Boy - B.A.R. (Bay Area Representatives)
  • Come On Let’s Go

Lil Wyte & Frayser Boy – B.A.R. (Bay Area Representatives)

Hypnotize Minds, Wyte Music 2014

Compilations

Def Jam's How To Be A Player Soundtrack
  • In The Wind

Def Jam’s How To Be A Player Soundtrack

Def Jam Recordings 1997
U-N-I VS. All - The Universal Emcees
  • In The Middle Of The Night (Remix)

U-N-I VS. All – The Universal Emcees

Universal 1998
Mobbstatus: Da Collections
  • Chocolate Philly

Mobbstatus: Da Collections

Mobb Status Entertainment 2001
8Ball Presents The Slab
  • Down And Dirty

8Ball Presents The Slab

JCOR Entertainment, 8 Ways Entertainment 2001
P. Diddy & The Bad Boy Family - The Saga Continues...
  • Roll With Me

P. Diddy & The Bad Boy Family – The Saga Continues…

Bad Boy Records 2001
Untamed Gorillas Vol. 1
  • C.P.

Untamed Gorillas Vol. 1

Pullin’ It Entertainment 2002
DJ Kay Slay - The Streetsweeper Vol. 1
  • Put That Thing Down

DJ Kay Slay – The Streetsweeper Vol. 1

Columbia 2003
Spice 1 Presents Thug Disease
  • Chocolate Philly

Spice 1 Presents Thug Disease

Lovin’ Paper Music Group 2003
8Ball Memphis All-Stars - Cars, Clubs, & Strip Clubs
  • Gangsta Luv

8Ball Memphis All-Stars – Cars, Clubs, & Strip Clubs

8 Ways Entertainment 2009