New Orleans police said they have arrested a man in the November fatal shooting of rapper Soulja Slim. The 26 year-old artist, whose real name was James Tapp, was killed Nov. 26 on the front lawn of a

New Orleans police said they have arrested a man in the November fatal shooting of rapper Soulja Slim. The 26 year-old artist, whose real name was James Tapp, was killed Nov. 26 on the front lawn of a two-story duplex he purchased for his mother in the city's Gentilly neighborhood. He was shot at least three times in the face and once in the chest.

Garelle Smith, 22, was booked with first-degree murder after ballistic tests linked him to the crime, police said yesterday. New Orleans' The Times-Picayune reports that Smith allegedly received $10,000 to kill the rapper. The gun was a .40-caliber Glock semi-automatic stolen from a New Orleans police officer's home.

Soulja Slim released his solo debut album, "Give It 2 'Em Raw," in 1998 on Master P's No Limit label. The set reached No. 4 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and was followed up in 2001 with "The Streets Made Me," which stalled at No. 42 on the tally.

Last year, Cut Throat Committy released "Years Later," which topped out at No. 91 on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart. In September, "Year's Later ... A Few Months After" reached No. 44 on the chart.


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