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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: Timeless (Single) (Explicit)

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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. 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: Space Age 4 Eva (Chopped & Screwed Version)

1. Intro (Chopped & Screwed Version)

2. Thingz (Chopped & Screwed Version)

3. Freestyle Feat Lil' Mario Of The Swishahouse

4. Pimp S**t

5. Space Age 4 Eva

6. At The Club

7. I Know U

8. Collard Greens

9. Pimp Hard (Chopped & Screwed Version)

10. Buck Bounce (Chopped & Screwed Version)

11. Freestyle Feat Sabwarfare Of The Swishahouse

12. It's All Real

13. Jankie

14. Boom Boom

15. Alwayz

16. Thank God

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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: On Top Of The World (Explicit)

1. Intro

2. Pimp In My Own Rhyme

3. What Can I Do

4. For Real

5. Funk Mission

6. Kick That S**t

7. Friend Or Foe

8. Hand Of The Devil

9. Top Of The World

10. What Do You See

11. In The Line Of Duty

12. All In My Mind

13. Comin' Up

14. Space Age Pimpin'

15. Break 'em Off

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Track List: Bring It Back (Radio Single)

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Ballston dates wild figuration Gorbachev
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Classic..... . o n e of my favorite!!!
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Real Dogs don't pay for cat ........
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the bass lines in these guys s**t is so f**king hard. music is such trash now...
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Where u at need to hear more real s**t we go way back. Lol
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Sooo underrated. Best rap duo. These young cats out here need to listen to them. Get some pointers on how not to be a simp and tricking off their money!
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8 ball inpsychodram a drama... drama in my life... Time waits for no one but you never could told me that
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In Our Lifetime album. Paid Dues. Okay everybody know everybody done sold dope ran with a gang pimps some hoes and and snorted a little Coke but uh I'm space age in and he will forever be 8 ball the fat Mac and MJ****** G
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DAT UNDERGROUND TEXAS SHII...IM FROM LA..RESPECTS ! ! !
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8Ball&MJG been listening to them from the beginning to now Real s**t
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Midwest listen to G-ism radio we can rap slow or fast but n**ga do the speed limit that how do it on the westcoast one luv PC..Young Randell.. Ronnie aka lil dousha
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I love Eightball Mjg !I been jamin these cats for years and years!! I never had the chance to meet them ! But maybe someday!!�� U still listen to all they old albums to the new the music so real ,it never gets old to me !!
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had the opportunity to meet these fellas twice...it feels so damn good to meet your favs and they always down to earth and like 1st day folks..love u guys#xoxo#mu a h # s o u t h e r n s w a g
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BANGIN A** SHII..
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THAT UNDERGROUND BEAT.....BAN G I N ....SOUNDS LIKE SOME WEST COAST C BO...
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Rip pimp c mjg 8 bal keeping it trill whatca know about the mid this west coast been bumping screw since day 1 than came these n**gas ya boyy keeping it 5050 the whole 100 north side P.O polkstreetlo c s t e r s
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8ball mjg stay wreckin! !!!
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Got 2 get high off this 8ball mJG S**T it's a must I will put these n**gaz up on any rap group the Borda baby D.C. Don't Come here !!!!!!
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Space Age pimping ain't regular pimping
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Love this group still baby 8_ball mjg
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Love dis still to this day I would ALWAYS bump the s**t, this is s**t
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Still have cassettes of them
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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. If you ignore this you will have very bad luck. Post this on 15 songs in 144 minutes. Press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen this is so freaky it actually works.
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agree with jakewright8
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jakewright28
This is not 8 ball and MJG. They are in this song, however this is Tela, the album is Piece of Mind from 1996.
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Classic
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Mjg top of the line group ..old skool music..ridin g an slow jammimg��
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A gr8 way to start up your day going old school
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Good music will never die��. I named my son fat mack! As a artist from Cleveland i was inspired by lyrics. Ten hut baby ��
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Real ism in yo ear
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Jammin
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8ball Mjg fo life always and forever in my book till the bust out
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NFL.com Never Forgotten Loyalty. By Elliott Ness from thaDirty South
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Classic!
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This is my ish
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LEGENDS
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I'll still be in this joint and it's 2016 that's it cracks
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One of the best rap groups in its time and still go hard now
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I dont like dead rappers 60
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Space age forever !!!! 8ball & MJG the truth
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A giant alien has landed @themall
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8ball and mjg one of my fav still pump they music
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8ball @ mjg so underated
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I bought this album from turtles.
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Things we use to do we can't do more , places we use to do we can't even go this song bring back so many memories
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I'm from K.C. I f**ks with Memphis 2nd home.
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