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Discography Check: No Limit Records

By @TrueGodImmortal







When No Limit was founded back in 1990/1991 by Percy Miller, no one could have imagined what it would turn to. The entrepreneurial spirit of Percy "Master P" Miller helped launch the brand, distributing his records throughout the Bay Area in California, where he resided with his mother. Gifted with a natural intuition to hustle and a incomparable work ethic, P set out to grow his company, armed with a group of artists from that same Bay Area and from New Orleans.

Though P was entrenched into the Bay Area at the time and utilized the area to grow his name, his heart was always at home in New Orleans, where he was born and raised. Couple that with the unfortunate death of his brother and P was focused. What followed was a long string of releases that would captivate the Bay Area, then New Orleans, then the whole world. Today, we talk the discography of No Limit Records from 1991-2003, as 2003 is considered the final year of true relevance. That's not a diss either, it's just the company itself went through restructuring and changes that 2003 would be the last time it was really recognized as such.. Let's get into it, shall we (a few hard to find releases will be left off for obvious reasons and we won't include the soundtracks and some of the compilations)?

*Master P- Get Away Clean (1991)



-The often forgotten album from P, this was not my favorite project and while it had a ton of Bay Area sound to it, P still had the New Orleans drawl in his voice when delivering lyrics, with my favorite songs on here being "Saxophone" and "I'm In the House". The formula wasn't perfected yet here, but the album was still solid enough to make this listenable. P would end up improving his sound however as things moved along.

*Master P- Mama's Bad Boy (1992)



-This album might be a lowkey classic in the streets. P had the slow flow that the West Coast was infamous for, along with more of a Bay Area drawl this time around, especially on "Shoot Em Up". Another favorite song of mine here would have to be the smooth yet sinister "Bloody Murder", as P flawlessly rolls through the knocking production. This was an improvement definitely over his first project Get Away Clean, and P changing his sound just a little bit might have been the reason for it. The slow flow, the West Coast influence being more prevalent, and the content here was all improved over.

*TRU- Understanding The Criminal Mind (1992)



-This is a much different group than the trio we came to know and love as TRU. P was of course in tow, along with Silkk and C Murder, but there were many other members like Big Ed, Cali-G, King George, and more. The production was handled by E-A Ski on this one along with K Lou and CMT. This album had some dope music, like "Let's Do It", "Fuck The System", and the title track. This was true street anthems and No Limit had found their niche. This was the true beginning of their prime.

*TRU- Who's Da Killer (1993)



-I decided to skip the E-A Ski album, but I couldn't ignore this one. This album from the collective was better than their first as the title track, "Life of A Gangsta", and "Neighborhood Dopeman" are a great beginning of this album and the dope street anthems continue throughout. The Bay Area sound fit perfectly with P and his cohorts.

*Master P- The Ghettos Tryin Kill Me (1994)



-This is a top 3 Master P album and I'll debate you all day if you disagree. Okay, I won't debate you all day. I have a life, but this is a great album from P. A street classic and P sounds his most comfortable over the production and one of my all time favorite songs from No Limit "Anything Goes" is a highlight, as is the dope "Just An Everyday Thang" with C-Murder featured and the Silkk (before he was The Shocker) featured title track. When looking at the best albums from No Limit, this should be on the list. It deserves it.

*West Coast Bad Boyz Vol. 1: Anotha Level of the Game (1994)



-A compilation that only seemed to boast up the profile of No Limit, the Bay Area artists truly helped push this to the next level and No Limit benefited tremendously. Some of the solid songs here are "Tryin Make A Dollar Out Of 15 Cents, "Headin 4 The Jack", and "Would You Take A Bullet For Your Homie", showcasing that No Limit had a knack for hilarious song titles, If nothing else, but the music was perfect to coast to.

*Lil Ric- Deep In the Game (1994)


-I'm not the biggest fan of Lil Ric, but this album wasn't the worst. It wasn't the best either, but once you've heard one No Limit album, you've sort of heard it all and with the Bay Area G Funk sound, it was like a continuation of previous projects, but the title track and "Tha Life I Lead" are my favorite songs from this project. Not a must listen for those unfamiliar with this era of No Limit, but has a few dope tracks.

*Master P- 99 Ways To Die (1995)


-P kept the albums cranking during this period of time and his business savvy was growing. Long before his business truly blew up, P told tales of street life that were instantly relatable for most and he does it well yet again on this album. Standout songs from this album would be "Bullets Gots No Name", "Hoe Games", and "Rollin Thru My Hood".

*TRU- True (1995)


-The collective returned yet again for another album, and this one showed considerable growth, while still maintaining their usual brand of gangsta music and the sound was more New Orleans than before thanks to Beats By The Pound. Songs like "Last Dance", "Mobbin Through My Hood", and "Living That Life" are certainly standout tracks here.

*Mia X- Good Girl Gone Bad (1995)


-The first lady of No Limit released her debut for the squad in 1995, as she flexed her prowess on tracks like the hilarious "Ghetto Sarah Lee", the relatable "Mission 2 Get Paid", and the banger "Here Comes The Drama" as well. Mia showcased a lot of promise on this album and set the tone for the next era of the Tank.

*Master P- Ice Cream Man (1996)


-The album that truly broke the walls down in some ways. The first No Limit platinum album was something special and can be considered a classic. The title track is one of my favorite songs from No Limit ever, and there are more dope songs like "How G's Ride" and "Playa From Around The Way". P was getting more comfortable in his role as a rapper and the entire No Limit was hitting their stride. This was the start of it.

*Silkk- The Shocker (1996)


-The debut album from one of the greatest offbeat rappers of all time was met with controversy at first. The original cover saw Silkk holding a gun, which led to the cover being altered to have the parental advisory sticker over where the gun was. The album itself was nothing special, though songs like "No Limit Party", the title track, and "Ghetto Tears" were all solid. This gave us a glimpse of what Silkk was capable of.

*Skull Dugrey- Hoodlum Fo' Life (1996)


-One of the lesser successful albums from No Limit, this had a few bangers on it. While the album overall fell short of standards, I still enjoyed tracks like "Nigga Nigga Nigga" and "My Hood". What helped here is the No Limit guest appearances frequently.

*Kane and Abel- 7 Sins (1996)


-These two brothers had a good run on No Limit, and this album was the start of it. While I'm not a big fan of this duo, this particular album saw moderate success, showcasing some dope songs like the single "Gangstafied" and my personal favorite, the Mac assisted "God and Gunz". A solid effort, though I'm not a big fan.

*TRU- Tru 2 Da Game (1997)


-If Mr. Ice Cream Man was the breakthrough album, then this was furthering that. I love this album. TRU had now become just a trio of Silkk, C-Murder, and Master P and it worked very well. With a successful hit in "I Always Feel Like...", classic "There Dey Go", the posse track "No Limit Soldiers", and "FEDz", this is one of the best releases from the entire label.

*Mia X- Unlady Like (1997)


-Another Mia X album, but this one was more successful than her previous and was certified gold. Tracks like "You Don't Wanna Go 2 War", and the Foxy Brown assisted hit "The Party Don't Stop" helped round out a solid album. She even enlisted Salt N Pepa on "I'll Take Ya Man 97", which was a shock to hear.

*Mr. Serv-On- Life Insurance (1997)


-Backed by a hilarious cover, this album was successful and continued the No Limit winning streak. This album is one of the more slept on releases from the label, and I enjoyed songs like "Let's Get It Started", "My Best Friend", and "It's Real". While Mr. Serv-On's style is an acquired taste, I think most enjoyed this album.

*Master P- Ghetto D (1997)


-Another Master P hood classic. He managed to have a nice streak of consistent albums that he won with. This is one of his most memorable albums and rightfully so, though it wasn't without controversy. The original cover featured a drug addict using a glass pipe on the curb, but that was instantly pulled. P replaced it with the cover we now recognize, but this album was hugely successful. Debuting at no. 1 and going triple platinum off the strength of the classic "I Miss My Homies", "Bourbons and Lacs", and of course the catchy "Make Em Say Uhh", P crafted the most successful No Limit album up until this point, and kicked off the domination of the Tank.

*Mystikal- Unpredictable (1997)


-One of the most underrated rappers is Mystikal. He's always seemed to be one of the better Southern artists and on his first album with No Limit, he certainly showcased why. This is considered a classic by many, and the album features dope songs such as the title track, "Ain't No Limit", "Here We Go", and "Ghetto Child". The album was very successful and was certified platinum and almost hit no. 1 on the Billboard 200.

*Young Bleed- My Balls And My Word (1998)


-While many don't recognize Bleed as one of the biggest rappers in No Limit, he still had a good amount of success with this album, being certified gold and earning another plaque for the Tank. Songs like "How Ya Do Dat", "Mo Money", and "Bring The Noise" round out a mostly solid album.

*Silkk The Shocker- Charge It 2 Da Game (1998)


-Continuing the success of the Tank, Silkk came in with a project that would sell 300,000 copies in the first week and eventually selling nearly 2 million copies. The two successful singles "Just Be Straight With Me" which featured Destiny's Child, and of course the well known "It Ain't My Fault" carried the album to great sales and heights.

*C-Murder- Life Or Death (1998)


-This album from the currently jailed rapper is a solid effort and I've always liked his style of rap and brand of lyricism. Here, he brings it with tracks like "AKickdoe", "Don't Play No Games", and a slew of other solid joints. The album went platinum, yet another plaque for the label. They could do no wrong.

*Fiend- There's One In Every Family (1998)


-A slept on album from a slept on MC, Fiend gave us something really solid with this. His voice was different and his style was different and this album personified all of that. The standout tracks here are "Going Out With A Blast", "I Swore", and "Do You Know" for yet another successful No Limit album that went gold.

*Soulja Slim- Give It 2 Em Raw (1998)


-Slim is a street legend and had such a recognizable style that his music was undeniably dope. This album is his most successful and finally got certified gold shortly after his passing. Standout tracks on this one are "Street Life", "Only Real Niggas", and "Wright Me", but this is a possible southern classic.

Master P- MP Da Last Don (1998)


-P was on fire. Everyone was going gold or platinum. The label was making a ton of money and creating music in their own studios and with their own producers and appearances only from the stars of the label. With that, P created a huge event album with a movie of the same name to accompany it. To be fair, P was positioned as the head of the label and the biggest star, something we hated Birdman for trying years later, and while I didn't like the method P took either, his formula worked, though this double album had a bit too much filler. This album has sold about 5 million copies and is one of the biggest releases in all of hip hop in 1998, with tracks like the Bone Thugs assisted "Till We Dead And Gone", "Hot Boys and Girls", "Goodbye to My Homies", and a slew of other fire tracks. This album wasn't the greatest, and as a double album it was a bit cluttered (who wants to hear Master P rap for a full 29 tracks????), but it's a landmark No Limit release.

*Kane and Abel- Am I My Brother's Keeper (1998)


-I've said I'm not a big fan of this duo and I didn't love this album, but it had its moments like all No Limit releases. Tracks like "This Is For The Smokers", "Time After Time", and "Throw Them Thangs" are all solid and the album proved to be successful, almost certified platinum. Another win in the No Limit category.

*Mac- Shell Shocked (1998)


-The best rapper in the entire No Limit not named Mystikal. Mac was slept on totally and this album is almost a classic in my eyes. Mac had a hit with the Mia X assisted "Boss Chick", made an anthem with "Tank Dogs" and "We Don't Love Em" and kept his flow up to par all album. This is a great release and though it didn't do as well as it should have (barely cracking gold), it's still a successful album and one of the best releases.

*Snoop Dogg- Da Game Is To Be Sold, Not To Be Told (1998)


-The album that brought Snoop to No Limit is in many ways the true fall of Snoop for me. He sounded out of touch and slightly out of place on this album, though it has some dope songs like "Slow Down", "Show Me Love", and "Tru Tank Dogs". The album sold very well, being one of Snoop's highest selling albums, nearly hitting the 4 million mark. It is certainly a success in the sales department, just not on the creative side. Snoop conformed to the No Limit style for the most part and that didn't fit him as much.

*Magic- Sky's The Limit (1998)


-There's never been quite a label with success in one year like No Limit. This year of 1998 saw all these releases and almost every single release was a win. There's not a single hip hop label that had this much success and this many releases. Magic continues the success with a gold album that featured "Ghetto Godzilla", "Ball Til We Fall", and a few other bangers. The album is middle of the road, but it was successful, which is what mattered the most to No Limit.

*Mia X- Mama Drama (1998)


-There weren't many female rappers in the 90s like Mia X. She was truly one of the best in the game at the time and was very consistent and seemingly wrote all her own lyrics. Songs like the title track, the Charlie Wilson assisted "What'cha Wanna Do", and "Don't Start No Shit" kept the album bumping out speakers. Another middle of the road No Limit release, but it was another successful one.

*Mystikal- Ghetto Fabulous (1998)


-The final Mystikal No Limit album is a bit of a mixed bag for me though it was another win in the album category for the label success wise. Mystikal went double platinum here, and songs like "Round Out The Tank", "That's That Nigga", and the title track drove home his style for all listeners and were dope listens. The whole album however just felt a little cluttered like most of the label's releases.

*Silkk The Shocker- Made Man (1999)


-Despite being one of the worst rappers I've ever heard, Silkk was very successful and had another no. 1 album with this one. This one featured Jay-Z, Mya, and others, with tracks like "You Know What We Bout", "No Limit", and more. The album was oddly solid, but Silkk gets outshined by every guest he has featured.

*Mr. Serv-On- Da Next Level (1999)


-Another successful album from Mr. Serv-On here with the hip hop classic "From N.Y. to N.O." with Big Pun. On top of that, there were more dope songs like "Tank Nigga", "Boot Em Up", and "Murder" to round out this solid album.

*C-Murder- Bossalinie (1999)


-Too many damn songs. That's the story of this album. However, I can't deny that some of the music is dope including the singles "Like a Jungle" and the Snoop Dogg assisted "Gangsta Walk". There were a lot of guest appearances here from Goodie Mob to Nate Dogg to Kurupt and the No Limit family, but one has to wonder if this could have been a street classic if the tracklist was trimmed down.

*Snoop Dogg- No Limit Top Dogg (1999)


-This album was much better than his first No Limit project. In many ways. Snoop returned to his roots more and showed he can put out a decent project. He reunited with Dr. Dre, Warren G, the Dogg Pound, and created a pretty solid project. The only issue here? You guessed it, too many songs. However, tracks like "Trust Me", "Bitch Please", "Just Dippin" and a few others made this album special. If only it had a shortened tracklist. It's crazy how many times you'll say that while listening to No Limit.

*TRU- Da Crime Family (1999)


-Another near classic from TRU and this one had our neighborhoods singing along without a doubt. The issue is the usual overkill that plagued No Limit as a label with their albums: too many songs. Another double album that had one too many tracks, but still produced hits and dope sounds like the anthem "Hoody Hoo", "The Tank Goes On", and my personal favorite "Ghetto Is A Struggle". The album is an all around fun listen, just seems to be too cluttered with tracks. Every No Limit release seems to have this issue aside from a few.

*Mercedes- Rear End (1999)


-The most iconic cover in No Limit history. And for good reason. The album itself doesn't even matter. The cover is all we needed. Mercedes, bent over a car with that thing poking out was the cover. For a young True, this was glorious. For every brother in my hood, this was glorious. The album itself? Pretty middle of the road and insignificant, but songs like "I Can Tell", "Hush", and "Hit Em" are solid enough, it's just overkill as always. All Mercedes really rapped about was how niggas ain't shit, how good her pussy was is, and some form of sexual innuendo. ... and that's cool. But for 23 songs??? Why? Percy, why? It is just a bit too much for me to listen to and tolerate with such flimsy content. However, at least the cover exists. It's the small victories.

*Fiend- Street Life (1999)


-I wasn't the biggest fan of Fiend, though I think Ax is a fan. However, this album was solid and showcased the best of his abilities. It was much darker and that worked wonders for him on this project than the normal No Limit sound, as tracks like "I'm Losing My Mind" and "Been Thru It All" showed you the paranoia within his mind from the streets. It was a dope look into the tortured soul of a street author who just wanted to win.

*Magic- Thuggin (1999)


-Well one thing. The later remixed and revamped "Wobble Wobble" originated here, much like Down For My N's originated on Snoop's album before being reused for C-Murder. However, this album has more fun and quality than I expected, as tracks like "Ice On My Wrist" and "Thank You Lord For My Life" show the two sides of Magic. While not one of the best No Limit releases, this was a very solid project to listen to.

*Mac- World War III (1999)


-I think Mac is truthfully one of the most underrated southern MCs ever and I hope he does get out of jail soon. Regardless, this album was pretty good, as expected, but once again, the dreaded overkill of songs stops it from being a great release. Songs like "We Deadly", "War Party", "Just Another Thug", and "Genocide" showed the potential he had. Free Mac.

*Master P- Only God Can Judge Me (1999)


-This is where I think we knew Master P lost his way. MP Da Last Don was supposed to be his last album. No one was itching for a new P album, but one year later he has a "comeback album". Nigga, there is no comeback. Stay retired. It's not like P was a master lyricist like Jay or Nas, or even creative like Outkast, no, this was Master P. A businessman. This album was just cluttered and feels unnecessary, despite tracks like "You Don't Want None", "Where Do We Go From Here", and a few others that had great features on it. Still, I could have done without this album or anymore albums from P.

*504 Boyz- Goodfellas (2000)


-An album that remains to be one of my favorites from the label, this album showcased the whole collective attempting to capture glory of the past and while the album was successful and featured classics like "I Can Tell", "Wobble Wobble" and more, it didn't restore the Tank to where it needed to be. However, this is the best highlight of No Limit in the 2000s.

*Mr. Marcelo- Brick Livin (2000)


-An album that truly didn't hit the mark to me was this one. I wasn't a fan of Mr. Marcelo or his style and it was at this point that I realized P was losing his grip. After losing Mr. Serv-On and Mystikal, this just didn't make up for it. Though I liked "GTO", "Hold Up" and maybe two others, it just all felt a bit flat musically.

*C-Murder- Trapped In Crime (2000)


-This is really the last C-Murder album to me (it's not in reality) as he went through legal troubles shortly after and it features the biggest hit from C-Murder that still gets played to this very day. "Down For My N's" is one of the greatest No Limit songs ever and probably the most iconic overall. Other tracks on this album were dope too like "They Don't Really Know You" and "Forever Tru", but this album is remembered for one song only and there's nothing wrong with that.

*Master P- Ghetto Postage (2000)


-I was on the fence about this album initially. I remember the original release and I wasn't sold on it. I felt like P should have slowed down some and this album was a prime example why. Though it had some bangers like "Bout Dat" and "Golds In They Mouth", the lack of creativity in the music combined with the lack of growth as artists made the album begin to feel stale and borderline boring. Sad to say.

*Snoop Dogg- Tha Last Meal (2000)


-I love this album from Snoop and think that Snoop got back to his roots somewhat here with this album. He created something pretty interesting here, as he mixed the West style with the No Limit style to the best results he's had since his debut. Tracks like "Lay Low", "Brake Fluid", "Set It Off", and many others make this one of the best No Limit albums and one of the best endings to a story ever as this was the last Snoop on No Limit album. It was a great way to end a middle of the road partnership.

*Silkk The Shocker- My World, My Way (2001)


-An album that went certified gold, but was the decline of the Tank. The songs that really hit the mark were the songs "He Did That", "Them Boyz", and maybe one or two others, though I could have did without the Trina assisted single "That's Cool". Silkk was successful with this album, but we still were aware that the Tank was falling.

*Lil Romeo- Lil Romeo (2001)


-The debut of the greatest rapper in No Limit history. Okay... so I'm exaggerating. The son of Master P hit big with his debut and the first single, but when I went to revisit this album, I found myself laughing very hard at every song. The best songs? "My Baby", the hit single and "Where They At". Still the album almost struck platinum so it was a success, albeit made in response to the rise of Lil Bow Wow. Smart yet cheap business move on P's part.

*Soulja Slim- The Streets Made Me (2001)


-Slim deserved better than what he got as a rapper on No Limit. Point blank. There's no reason why he didn't have more success on the Tank, but this album just didn't do it for me. It had its moments like "Slim Pimpin", "Gun Smoke", "My Jacket", and "Bout Dis Shit", but paled in comparison to his previous No Limit release. It would be his last time working with No Limit. RIP to Slim.

*Krazy- Breather Life (2001)


-The most notable here is this guy tried to sound like Pac. That's basically it. Songs like "In Tha Sky" and his verses on "My Dog" give off a cheap Pac vibe and it's really annoying throughout to be honest. He's not a terrible MC, just being a carbon copy is never respected, though P loves following behind what's hot or important at the time.

*C-Murder- C-P-3.com (2001)


-I said the previous C-Murder album is his last to me and this is why: this album is unnecessary. I don't even understand the concept of this album outside of rolling with the ".com" album titles that were popular. This album has a ton of cringe worthy moments with maybe one or two great songs.

*Master P- Gameface (2001)


-Though the album itself had a few good moments, the most memorable thing here remains the hilarious cover. The cover made me laugh as I was revisiting the album and upon review, the best songs are "Ooohhweee", "Whoadie Gone", and "Back On Top". There's some interesting songs all throughout the album, but those are the best. Decent release considering the time.

*504 Boyz- Ballers (2002)


-Here is what is significant here: Currensy was on this album. He was a part of the new 504 Boyz and the New No Limit, and that's literally all I can say here. The album has a few funny songs like "Tight Whips", "Grab Da Wall", and a couple other tracks, but overall the No Limit luster was lost and very insignificant on this front. It seemed like the Tank was being taken down by oversaturation and just lackluster music. Sad day for No Limit fans such as myself.

*Lil Romeo- Gametime (2002)


-Pops made Game Face. Son makes Gametime. Neither album is good. Pops just had a bit better selection in production and momentum, but man the New No Limit music was about as generic as they come. Songs like "True Love" and "Boyfriend and Girlfriend" reek of young innocence and fun, but for me, as a grown man listening to it, it's horrible and resembles Kids Bop music. Regardless, for the demographic he was going for, the album probably worked.

*Choppa- Straight From The N.O. (2003)


-This was the beginning of the end. Or the end of the end. It was over after this hit from Choppa. The album itself wasn't terrible, and the hit single "Choppa Style" was catchy, but they positioned Choppa to be the New Orleans version of Nelly, you can see it even in the apparent likening of "Choppa Style" in the vein of a "Country Grammar" and in the way that he was dressed. However, I did enjoy B.G. and his appearance on "Represent Yo Block" and the Curren$y assisted "Holla At Me".

I could review more of the New No Limit albums after 2003 and even the 2003 release of the late Magic with the comical "White Eyes", but I'll spare you that. Instead, let us look at the mid to late 90s greatness of No Limit and appreciate all they brought us in entertainment and imagery. Long live the Tank.

-True 

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