Soulja Slim

Soulja Slim

Soulja Slim

Biography

James Adarryl Tapp, Jr. (September 9, 1977 – November 26, 2003),[1] better known by his stage name Soulja Slim, was an American rapper. He is known for writing the U.S. No. 1 hit “Slow Motion”.

James Tapp was raised in the Magnolia Projects. He attended Booker T. Washington High School before dropping out of school in his sophomore year. Tapp released his debut album, Soulja fa Lyfe, on Parkway Pumpin’ Records in 1994 under the name Magnolia Slim. In 1995, he released the four-song e.p. The Dark Side on Hype Enough Records.

In the same year, the song “You Got It” appeared on 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 on No Limit Records with his single and music video “From What I Was Told” and a single called “Street Life”. 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 Committee 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 No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100. It was Soulja Slim and Juvenile‘s first No. 1 hit, and as the song was released after Soulja Slim’s death he became only the sixth artist to have a posthumous No. 1 song.

On Thanksgiving Eve, November 26, 2003, an unknown gunman shot him four times; three times in the face, and once in the chest, in the front lawn of his mother’s home located in the 4600 Lafaye St. in the Gentilly neighborhood. Soulja Slim was buried with his Cut Throat Comitty charm and jewelry and also the leather camo clothes he wore on the cover of Give It 2 ‘Em Raw. On New Year’s Eve, 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 Soulja Slim 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. Along with the other murders, the District Attorney’s Office dropped the Soulja Slim murder charge against him and his death became a cold case. In August 2011, Smith himself was found dead with gunshot wounds to the face and chest.

Discography

Magnolia Slim - Dark Side

Magnolia Slim – Dark Side

Hype Enough Records 1995
Soulja Slim - Give It 2 'Em Raw

Soulja Slim – Give It 2 ‘Em Raw

No Limit Records, Priority Records 1998
Soulja Slim - The Streets Made Me

Soulja Slim – The Streets Made Me

No Limit Records 2001
Soulja Slim - Years Later

Soulja Slim – Years Later

Cut Throat Committy 2002
Soulja Slim - Years Later... A Few Months After

Soulja Slim – Years Later… A Few Months After 

Koch Records 2003

Guest Appearances

U.N.L.V. - Mac Melph Calio
  • Come Up (as Magnolia Slim)

U.N.L.V. – Mac Melph Calio

Cash Money Records 1995
Lokee - Voodoo Gangsta Funk
  • Weed Fiend (as Magnolia Slim)

Lokee – Voodoo Gangsta Funk

Tombstone Records 1996
Mac - Shell Shocked
  • Can I Ball

Mac – Shell Shocked

No Limit Records, Priority Records 1998
Snoop Dogg - Da Game Is To Be Sold, Not To Be Told
  • 20 Dollars To My Name

Snoop Dogg – Da Game Is To Be Sold, Not To Be Told

Priority Records, No Limit Records 1998
C-Murder - Life Or Death
  • On The Run

C-Murder – Life Or Death

No Limit Records 1998
Master P - MP Da Last Don
  • Mama Raised Me

Master P – MP Da Last Don

No Limit Records, Priority Records 1998
Magic - Skys The Limit
  • Money Don’t Make Me

Magic – Skys The Limit

No Limit Records, Priority Records 1998
Fiend - There's One In Every Family
  • What Cha Mean

Fiend – There’s One In Every Family

No Limit Records, Priority Records 1998
Kane & Abel - Am I My Brothers Keeper
  • Watch Me

Kane & Abel – Am I My Brothers Keeper

No Limit Records 1998
C-Murder - Bossalinie
  • Closin’ Shop Down

C-Murder – Bossalinie

No Limit Records, Priority Records 1999
C-Murder - C-P-3
  • I’m Not Just

C-Murder – C-P-3.com

No Limit Records, TRU Records 2001
Krazy - Breather Life
  • In The Club

Krazy – Breather Life

Soulja Army Records 2001
Mr. Marcelo - Streetz Got Luv 4 Me
  • Magnolia Breakin’ Em Off

Mr. Marcelo – Streetz Got Luv 4 Me

Tuff Guys Entertainment 2001
Rebirth Brass Band - Hot Venom
  • You Don’t Want To Go To War

Rebirth Brass Band – Hot Venom

Mardi Gras Records 2001
C-Murder - Tru Dawgs
  • Water Whipped

C-Murder – Tru Dawgs

C3 Entertainment, CNR Records 2002
Juvenile - Juve The Great
  • Slow Motion

Juvenile – Juve The Great

Cash Money Records, Universal Records 2003
B.G. - Livin' Legend
  • U Not My Dog

B.G. – Livin’ Legend

Koch Records 2003
South Coast Coalition - Trunk Music
  • Down Here (Radio Remix)

South Coast Coalition – Trunk Music

Dirty South Productions 2004
Juvenile - The Greatest Hits
  • Slow Motion

Juvenile – The Greatest Hits

Cash Money Records, Universal Records 2004
Sess 4-5 - Nuthin But Fire
  • Gangsta Shit

Sess 4-5 – Nuthin But Fire

Nuthin But Fire Records 2004
B.G. - Life After Cash Money
  • Like That

B.G. – Life After Cash Money

Koch Records 2004
Mr. Marcelo - Still Brick Livin'
  • Magnolia Breakin’ ‘Em Off (Remix)

Mr. Marcelo – Still Brick Livin’

Brick Livin Entertainment 2004
S.C.C. & Lil' Boosie - Both Sides Of The Track
  • Down Here

S.C.C. & Lil’ Boosie – Both Sides Of The Track

Dirty South Productions
2005
C-Murder - The Truest S#!@ I Ever Said
  • Holla At Me

C-Murder – The Truest S#!@ I Ever Said

Koch Records, TRU Records 2005
Twelve A Klok - Cold Case
  • I’m Tellin

Twelve A Klok – Cold Case

Cut Throat Muzik Group, T Nasty Records 2005
C-Murder - The Best Of...
  • Ghetto Ties

C-Murder – The Best Of

Priority Records 2005
C-Murder - The Tru Story... Continued
  • Holla At Me

C-Murder – The Tru Story… Continued

Koch Records 2006
Fiend - The Best Of Mr. Whomp Whomp
  • What Cha Mean

Fiend – The Best Of Mr. Whomp Whomp

Priority Records 2007
B.G. - Too Hood 2 Be Hollywood
  • Nigga Owe Me Some Money

B.G. – Too Hood 2 Be Hollywood

E1 Entertainment, Chopper City Records 2009
Drama - Gangsta Grillz: The Album Vol. 2
  • Gotta Get It

Drama – Gangsta Grillz: The Album Vol. 2

Atlantic 2009

Compilations

Down South Hustlers - Bouncin' And Swingin'
  • You Got It (as Magnolia Slim)

Down South Hustlers: Bouncin’ And Swingin’

No Limit Records, Priority Records 1995
I Got The Hook-Up! OST
  • From What I Was Told

I Got The Hook-Up! Soundtrack

No Limit Records, Priority Records 1998
Hype Enough Records - Limited Edition
  • Souljafalyfe

Hype Enough Records – Limited Edition

Hype Enough Records 1999
Somethin' For The Whodi's
  • Head Buster

Somethin’ For The Whodi’s

Priority Records 2001
DJ Ro Presents The Dirty South Boyz: From The Swamps
  • Make It Happen

DJ Ro Presents The Dirty South Boyz: From The Swamps

Don’t Even Trip Entertainment 2001
Juvenile Presents UTP Playas: The Compilation
  • You Want It (We Got It)

Juvenile Presents UTP Playas: The Compilation

Orpheus Records, Uptown Projects Records 2002
Raw & Uncut Vol. 1
  • Ball N’ Chill

Raw & Uncut Vol. 1

Keyz Entertainment 2002
Juvenile Presents Street Stories: UTP Playas & Skip
  • You Want It (We Got It)

Juvenile Presents Street Stories: UTP Playas & Skip

UTP Records, Orpheus Music 2003
Dirty States Of America
  • Rollin’

Dirty States Of America

Image Entertainment, MIC Media 2004
South Coast Coalition Presents Third World Part 2
  • Down Here

South Coast Coalition Presents Third World Part 2

Dirty South Productions 2004
Kane & Abel Presents Kings Of Da South Vol. 2
  • Down Here

Kane & Abel Presents Kings Of Da South Volume 2

Most Wanted Empire, Entertainment Solutions 2006
No Limit Greatest Hits
  • NL Party

No Limit Records Greatest Hits

Priority Records 2006
Snoop Dogg Presents My #1 Priority
  • Walk Like A

Snoop Dogg Presents My #1 Priority

Priority Records 2010