Soulja Slim (September 9, 1977–November 26, 2003) was a rapper who achieved modest success on Master P’s No Limit record label. James Tapp, Jr. was born in the Magnolia Projects of New Orleans, Louisiana.
Tapp released his debut album, The Dark Side, on Hype Enough Records in 1995 under the name Magnolia Slim, a reference to his neighborhood. In 1998, Tapp, now calling himself Soulja Slim, released Give It 2 ‘Em Raw on No Limit Records with his single and video “From What I Was Told.” Following a prison stint for armed robbery, Slim suffered addictions to heroin and cocaine.
On November 26, 2003, Slim was on his way to a show, and returned to his house to get a VHS copy of “Love Me Or Love Me Not” to show to a friend. He was shot dead – three times in the face and two times in the chest – in front of his home in New Orleans’ 8th Ward, and was buried in the leather, camo outfit he wore for the cover of his 1998 release Give It 2 ‘Em Raw. There was rumored to have been a $10,000 dollar hit placed on him from a rival record label.