1998 was the biggest year for No Limit releases. After building up a name for themselves throughout the ‘90s, Master P went all out in presenting the breadth of talent on his roster in ’98. As well as all of the big names (C-Murder, Silkk, Soulja Slim, Mia X, Mystikal) dropping things, we also had heavyweight albums from the likes of Skull Duggery, Mac, and a debuting Young Bleed.
It was a wild year. As well as all that, bear in mind that it was, most notably, the year that Snoop Dogg joined the camp and put it on us with “Da Game is Sold…”. With all of that activity, it was easy to miss out some lesser names. Among them was a New Orleans native by the name of Magic, who had something to say on “Sky’s the Limit”. Being real, his first drop wasn’t all that, but his 1999 follow-up was another story.
“Thuggin’” was the second album from (Mr M****rf***n’) Magic, and it seemed like everything had changed in the 11 months since the album prior. The confidence levels were up. Beat choices were more refined. He’d earned his No Limit Soldier status this time around. Prepare to be blessed with an hour’s worth of unfiltered tales of a 9th Ward hustler.
“We Gon Ride” and “Thugs” (both (C-Murder collabs) cater to those that want another reckless MC riding Beats by the Pound production. As comfortable as he is in that zone – which happened to be the majority of album #1 – he makes an active effort to present himself as anything from the smoothest player in N’Orleans on “Freaky” to a seasoned street vet seeking an exit with “Wanna Get Away”.
Even with significantly less star power to support him the second time around (replacing Mystikal and Snoop assists on “Sky’s the Limit” with relative no-amers)n this is a more purposeful body of work. Yes, we have a couple of party tunes in there (like the original “Wobble Wobble”). Yes, he gets braggadocios beyond believe at points. But every track shapes a more rounded personality with real Rap credentials.
It’s fair to call the late ‘90s No Limit material hit-and-miss. Especially when you look back on the CDs that hit the streets back then, you have to sift through quite a bit to find the releases that deserve your time. If you’re going to head back to reminisce on the golden era of New Orleans Rap, don’t skip this one out of your playlist.
Magic unfortunately passed in 2003. This is by far his most powerful contribution to the game.Twitter. If Twitter's not your thing, give us an email.