nominees PATIENTLY WAITING: LOUISIANA Chyna Whyte (New Orleans, LA)
BME’s female rapper made noise with Lil Jon when he first dropped, but fell off the radar momentarily. Now she’s back and ready to make a solo statement.
E-Vicious (Lake Charles, LA)
This former member of the X-Mobb is now signed to UGK Records.
Lil Boosie (Baton Rouge, LA)
Webbie’s labelmate is a diamond in the rough, with one of the most unique voices in rap and highly underappreciated lyrical abilities.
Max Minelli (Baton Rouge, LA)
One of Louisiana’s most persistent artists, over the years Max has collaborated with everyone from C-Loc to Paul Wall.
Partners-N-Crime (New Orleans, LA)
This duo inked a deal with Juve’s UTP Records and linked up with Rap-A-Lot.
Sqad Up (New Orleans, LA)
Lil Wayne’s former crew, still intact after Hurricane Katrina, is now dropping a solo album.
o Limit and Cash Money Records came and went with a gangload of gold and platinum plaques. Other then those two labels, Louisiana has been quiet on the national scene. Last year Webbie made some noise with his hit single “Gimme That”, but that’s about it. The following artists have been patiently waiting their turn and are on the verge of breaking loose. E-Vicious is from Lake Charles, LA, which is close to the Texas line. He linked with Pimp C and is signed to his label UGK Records. The former X-Mobb member is featured on Pimp C’s “Pimpalation.” He is definitely ready to show you that Louisiana is not just New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Southside Baton Rouge, Louisiana native Lil Boosie has been through his trials and tribulations. A Baton Rouge favorite, he’s released several solo albums and has undeniable talent, but it all depends on the label to show the world why many consider Lil’ Boosie Bad Ass the best out the boot. He will be a problem once he releases Bad Ass. Another Baton Rouge native, Max Minelli, has been putting it down for years. An original member of the Concentration Camp, he is highly slept on as a lyricist. Releasing many successful selling albums, he is currently in a bidding war with major labels. While patiently waiting on that chance to blow, he is scheduled to release Pain Medicine on Koch in October. Godfathers of the popular genre called ‘bounce music’, Partners-N-Crime embody New Orleans. They were holding their city down before anyone knew who the Hot Boyz or TRU was. Having just releasing their album Club Bangaz on UTP/Rap-A-Lot, PNC hopes to show the world that New Orleans is still bouncin’. Exploding on the scene with her aggressive verse on Lil Jon’s “Bia Bia,” Chyna Wyte has been quiet for a few years. But this New Orleans bred femcee recently stepped back on to the scene, dropped a mixtape with DJ Smallz, and is waiting to raise the bar that previous New Orleans female artists left high. Many thought that they were just Lil Wayne’s sidekicks. But since branching off into their own, Sqad Up has made plenty of noise independently. Releasing their debut album Now or Never, numerous mixtapes, and their new album We Here Now, Sqad Up is poised to show the world that New Orleans rap is to stay. No disrespect to No Limit or Cash Money and what they have done, but these artists are the new generation, and all come to the forefront with different styles. - Leon Bailey
ozone 21 awards
Ozone Awards 2006 special edition