Rapper Soulja Slim (real name: James Tapp) was shot and killed last week on the front lawn of the two-story duplex he’d bought for his mother in New Orleans’ Gentilly neighborhood. The Nov. 26 murder eerily echoed the violence of his profanity-laced songs, which told of gangs, drugs and drive-by shootings.
The rapper, who recorded for No Limit through 2002, was shot at least three times in the face and once in the chest. Witnesses said they saw a man in dark clothing fleeing afterward. Police had no suspects in custody as of Friday.
His stepfather, who asked that his name not be used, said envy of Soulja Slim’s swift rise might have motivated the killing. He said the performer’s dark themes weren’t meant to incite violence, but rather to expose the chaos of “ghetto life” so it might be cured.
He added that the rapper broke no laws after ending a four-year prison stint in 2001 for a parole violation. He had been convicted of armed robbery in 1995.
No Limit head Master P, appeared on several tracks on Soulja Slim’s first album, “Give It 2 ‘Em Raw.” The rapper left No Limit in 2002 and released “Years Later” on his own Cut Throat Committy label. He also guested on albums by Snoop Dogg, C-Murder, Master P and the Dirty South Boyz.
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