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8 Ball & MJG

One of the pioneers of Southern rap, 8Ball and MJG, emerged from Memphis, Tennessee in the early '90s and, aligned with the Houston, Texas-based independent label Suave Records, quickly garnering a tremendous regional following while proving highly influential to a generation of aspiring, independent-minded rap artists and entrepreneurs. The pioneering duo enjoyed increasing recognition as the years passed, releasing a couple albums, namely Comin' Out Hard (1994) and In Our Lifetime, Vol. 1 (1999), which would become Southern rap milestones, along with classic singles like "Space Age Pimpin'." 8Ball and MJG eventually left Suave for a major label, JCOR/Interscope, in 2000, and then were signed by Diddy to Bad Boy Records, resulting in their most commercially successful album to date, Living Legends (2004). In addition, 8Ball and MJG recorded individually, the former by far the more prolific of the two. Despite never crossing over into the mainstream -- none of their singles ever broke into the Billboard Hot 100; for example, not even once they signed to Bad Boy -- and despite occasionally infrequent output, 8Ball and MJG persevered over the decades. There were no acrimonious incidents, no run-ins with the law, no "retirements," no hangups whatsoever -- if anything, 8Ball and MJG were respectably reliable over the course of their career, always comin' out hard and always representing the South.

Eightball (born Premro Smith) and MJG (Marlon Jermaine Goodwin) grew up in the rough Orange Mound area of Memphis and met at Ridgeway Junior High in 1984. They shared a passion for hip-hop, which hadn't yet made a strong impact in the South, and formed their own rap duo, 8Ball and 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 and MJG subsequently signed a deal with Suave Records (aka Suave House), a Houston, Texas-based label run by Tony Draper. The duo'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.

The pair recorded a few additional albums for Tony Draper throughout the remainder of the decade -- On the Outside Looking In (1994), On Top of the World (1995), In Our Lifetime, Vol. 1 (1999) -- and did much to foster the growth of Suave, regularly being featured as guests on the label's other releases. Plus, 8Ball and MJG each branched out for solo projects, Lost (1998) and No More Glory (1997), respectively, both released by Suave. In 2000, 8Ball and MJG left Suave and switched to JCOR Entertainment, a short-lived rap label founded by Jay Faires, for the release of Space Age 4 Eva. The album, which notably featured production by Swizz Beatz and DJ Quik, was a departure for the duo, who heretofore had worked more or less exclusively with regional producers. The album spawned a pair of minor hits, "Pimp Hard" and "Buck Bounce," the duo's first to get national, opposed to regional, airplay. In 2001, JCOR released a pair of 8Ball albums -- The Slab, a various-artists compilation, and Almost Famous, a proper solo album -- but the label then ran into trouble and went out of business, leaving Eightball & MJG without a recording contract. Meanwhile, Tony Draper released Lay It Down (2001), a compilation of Suave-era leftovers featuring Eightball.

After a couple years in limbo, Bad Boy Records, helmed by Diddy, picked up 8Ball and MJG and released Living Legends (2004), the duo's most star-studded album to date. "You Don't Want Drama," the lead single, became 8Ball and MJG's biggest hit ever, reaching number 30 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart, while Living Legends itself likewise became the duo's best-selling album, debuting at number three on the Top 200 album chart and topping 500,000 in sales. The duo's second Bad Boy album, Ridin High (2007), was less successful, though, despite debuting well at number eight and spawning a strong lead single, "Relax and Take Notes." In addition to these Bad Boy albums, 8Ball revived 8 Ways Entertainment -- a vanity label of his which had lain dormant since its 2001 debut on The Slab, an aforementioned various-artists compilation showcasing the talent assembled around the label -- and secured a distribution deal with Navarre. A series of 8Ball-associated releases resulted, beginning with a 2006 re-release of The Slab, and subsequently including Montana Trax: The Boy Somethin' Great (2006), Light Up the Bomb (2006), and The Vet & the Rookie. In 2010 they left Diddy's label for T.I.'s imprint Grand Hustle and released the album Ten Toes Down. ~ Jason Birchmeier
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Selected Discography

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Track List: We Are The South: Greatest Hits (Explicit)

1. Introduction N The Game

2. Pimp In My Own Rhyme

3. Don't Flex

4. Paid Dues

5. Friend Or Foe

6. Space Age Pimpin'

7. Sho'nuff

8. Just Like Candy

9. In The Middle Of The Night

10. What Can I Do

11. Throw Your Hands Up

12. Starships And Rockets

13. The Artists Pay The Price

14. Have U Been On

15. That Girl

16. Lay It Down

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Track List: Living Legends (Explicit)

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Track List: Space Age 4 Eva (Explicit)

1. Intro

2. I Know V

3. Thingz

4. Collard Greens

5. Pimp S**t

6. Buck Bounce

7. Space Age 4 Eva

8. Pimp Hard

9. Boom Boom

10. Alwayz

11. At Tha Club

12. Jankle

13. It's All Real

14. Thank God

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Track List: In Our Lifetime (Explicit)

1. Intro

2. We Started This

3. Paid Dues

4. Do It How It Go

5. Don't Flex

6. Belly

7. Daylight

8. We Don't Give A F**

9. Get It Crunk

10. Armed Robbery

11. Love Hurts

12. Nobody But Me

13. Throw Your Hands Up

14. Speed

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Track List: Bring It Back (Radio Single)

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Them mfs rocked the Trip D"" in 94
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You n**gas in the mound showed me a good time bacc in the late 90 s
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Still hot
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Ball n mjg still s**t
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Tha n**ga always saying soems random shitss
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dem bro-tha's motivate 2HARD!!!IT'S BEEN DAM NEAR 20 SUM YEAR'S OF SPACE AGE PIMIP'N MANE!!!!!!!!
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Tha lies u tell
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Lil beuhh tha s**t ain't goens happens round hers
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life.Now that you have started don't stop. If you ignore this you will have bad luck. Post this on 15 other songs in 143 minutes. When done press space bar and your crushes name will appear. It's creepy but actually works.
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Rollin with my fam from the sauve house BIGG BALL N PIMP G!!!!!!
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8ball &MJG always rap some real s**t fr
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Me and my bro listened to them everyday back in the gap! True Legends
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Real sh i t here
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Man just to be on this message about these two this is the group that took it there
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Don't read this you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life tomorrow will be the best day of your life now that you have been reading this don't stop of you ignore you will have bad luck post this on 15 other songs in 143 minutes when you are done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on your screen
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real classic Rap
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Legendary 8 ball mjg
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Just seen them perform in atl this past Sunday ......������
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My old hoes to you n**gaz is new
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Coming out hard is all I need to say
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Niceee
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Eightball and mjg real pimps that if you listen to them you can learn some game
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Got to say a white girl introduced me to the hardest nizzas in 1990 and been on them boys ever since
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R.I.p to my husband Augustus this our song, love you baby and miss u
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Real Rap!!!
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Real rap
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Been listening to these cats hold it down since the early 90s. They still doing it. My favorite artists of all time.
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Love this old school it's way better then this new rap nowa days!!!
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Down south legends
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My jam... That's how we do it in the south
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Memphis ten 4 ever
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BIG FAN FASHO!!!!!! REAL PIMPS ...
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Greatest rap group ever!!! I stand on that!!!
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REAL PIMPS PIMP A** LYRICS PIMP A** BEATS 1995 SA TOWN FROM A REAL A** OG .KEEP PIMPING STAY HARD 4 LIFE
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Nice joint from tru pioneers
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We sell weed strains like white widow,
Og kush,sour diesel,grand d a d d y purps,
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Help in pain relief and cancer.
Also got Actavis Cough Syrup and pills .
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Classic
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Real rap.
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Real southern Rap
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1OF DA DOPE'EST TRACKS MADE JACK!!!!!!
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DON DON THA WON
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REAL RAP FROM PIONEERS
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Gets no better then MEMPHIS. BILLS TO BE MADE ON BEAL .
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Slab music
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Lightyear groove!!!
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Genuine
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Im going to take Larrys milk stupid associate . We dont buy so no sale dumbass
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Can't name a duo better than Ball & G
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