NOLA's Finest: Rappers From New Orleans

Don't miss Birdman on 106 & Park tonight!

Baby To Birdman - YMCMB boss Birdman was formerly known as "Baby" when Cash Money was on the rise. His first rap moniker "B-32" stood for "Baby with the 32 gold teeth in his mouth." Although still called, "Baby" by his crew, he officially switched his moniker with his solo album Birdman in 2002, shortly after The Big Tymers disbanded. (Photo: Christopher Polk/Getty Images For BET)

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Birdman - In the late '90s we were first introduced to Birdman as one-half of the Big Tymers, but he emerged as a successful solo artist in 2002. Since then, he's released Like Father, Like Son with Weezy and shows no signs of slowing down.  Don't miss Birdman tonight on 106 with the World Premiere of Rich Gang's "Dreams Come True" at 6P/5C!(Photo: Christopher Polk/Getty Images For BET) 

Lil Wayne's Best Love Songs  - Some say teardrop tattoos mean you killed somebody; others theorize that they signify gang affiliation. But in the case of Lil Wayne, we like to think they mean that he's a big ol' sucker-for-love softy, crying his eyes out over the one that got away. Just yesterday, April 12, Weezy revealed that he was releasing an album of love songs titled Devol, or "loved" backwards. But with the album, he'll only be adding to his already deep canon of songs for the heart. Click on to see Weezy's best love songs.(Photo: Mark Davis/Getty Images for Caesars Entertainment)

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Lil Wayne - New Orleans has a very unique sound when it comes to hip hop, and one of the city's most celebrated sons in Lil Wayne. After a rough childhood in the ghettos of NOLA, Weezy made a splash on the rap scene and the rest is history.(Photo: Mark Davis/Getty Images)

"R.G." Featuring Mystikal - In case you were wondering what the Rich Gang is about, Birdman, over a sad piano, sparsely explains the crew's journey to you: from hundreds to hundred millions. From the project life to the high life. It's all a segue into a boom-and-roll synth ride with Mystikal spitting frantically about the material wealth he brings to the game.    (Photo: CSM /Landov)

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Mystikal - Mystikal has been in and out of the spotlight over the past decade, but one thing is for sure, this NOLA rappers hard-hitting vocal cadences are unrivaled and whenever you think of him, you immediately scream, "DANGERRRR!"(Photo: CSM/Landov)

"Solja Rag" - Before the record deal or the million dollar budget visuals, this record had Juvenile buzzing on the radio and in clubs in his native New Orleans. It's a great reference to what later became known as his style, where he opted for rhyming in odd patterns over bouncy beats. Juve rocks the party! (Photo: Mike Simons/Getty Images)

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Juvenile - "Back That Thang Up" and "Slow Motion" can shut parties down and we will always have to thank Juvenile for these tunes. (Photo: Mike Simons/Getty Images)


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Curren$y - Curren$y came up with Master P and the 504 Boyz. Hailing from New Orleans' 3rd Ward, Curren$y has gone on to have a successful solo career with a cult following. With a plethora of mixtapes and several albums, his future is nothing but bright.(Photo: Sondra D)


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Master P - Master P founded No Limit Records, had a slew of hits, is the proud father of Romeo and Cymphonique and coined the catchphrase that still lives on: "Make 'em say uuuunnghhhhhhh! Nah nah nah nahhhh!"(Photo:Frank Micelotta/ImageDirect)

Jay Electronica, Act II: Patents of Nobility - Reclusive rapper Jay Elec is like the winged unicorn of rap. Hip hop acolytes have been fiending for his Just Blaze-produced Act II: Patents of Nobility for three years, but all they have to show for it is a handful of leaked songs and a few random shows. The Roc Nation rapper announced in July that the album was complete, but the next month he took down his Twitter and Tumblr pages. He's back online now, so hopefully, possibly, maybe we'll see his album soon. Your guess is as good as ours.UPDATE: Act II: Patents of Nobility has still not been released.  (Photo: Gus Stewart/Redferns)

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Jay Electronica - Jay Electronica is currently living overseas, but on the right track with his career. He's been in the game since he was 19 and mixed his Southern swag with some Northern flavor which has resulted in a sound that's unique to him.(Photo: Gus Stewart/Redferns)

This Is How We Do - Even when it's been years in between Fresh dropping a song, he's still creating. In fact, if he doesn't do two to three songs a day, he said, "I might feel like I fell off ... that's what I do, and I'm still in love with doing it." That may be the reason why his Top 5 Producers are so prolific as well: "Mannie, Mannie Fresh, Elvis Freshly, Mannie Davis Jr., Me Myself and I." (Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

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Mannie Fresh - He's got gator boots and Gucci suits, but don't knock him. Mannie Fresh stays fly and straight out of NOLA!(Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

The Knux - The Knux is comprised of brothers Kentrell "Krispy" Lindsey and Alvin "Joey" Lindsey and they are quite the dashing pair. Not only are they something to look at, they are not just rappers, but producers as well. Talk about multitalented!(Photo: Roger Kisby/Getty Images)

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The Knux - The Knux is comprised of brothers Kentrell "Krispy" Lindsey and Alvin "Joey" Lindsey and they are quite the dashing pair. Not only are they something to look at, they are not just rappers, but producers as well. Talk about multitalented!(Photo: Roger Kisby/Getty Images)

Ready to dance - Lloyd brought an uptempo vibe to A Very BET Christmas. (Photo: John Ricard / BET)

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Lloyd - Okay, okay, okay. Lloyd isn't a rapper, but he's definitely one of the best musicians to step foot outside of New Orleans. With a voice like that, it's clear that he has a long career ahead of him.(Photo: John Ricard/BET)