The 25 Best No Limit Albums

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The 25 Best No Limit Albums
 

 
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It’s hard to believe that No Limit Records’ stronghold on the rap game was 15 long years ago.

Some of you might be too young to remember No Limit’s heydey, but in the late '90s, Master P and his legion of soldiers ruled rap with an iron fist. From 1997 through 2000, the label dropped 51 albums, making Master P hip-hop’s ultimate hustler. It seemed as if everything he touched turned to gold. But music wasn’t enough for the budding entrepreneur, as he expanded his empire to hawk movies, sneakers, clothes and toys.

No Limit dabbled in professional wrestling (for the WCW), started a sports management agency (15 years before Jay-Z), and P even attempted to play in the NBA. And to think, this all started from a $10,000 insurance settlement check from P’s grandfather.

But while the outside ventures brought in beaucoup bucks and helped elevate the brand, P’s bread and butter was always the music. Thanks to artists like Snoop Dogg, Mystikal, Silkk The Shocker and P himself, the label was able to sell over 80 million records worldwide. And thanks to his monumental distribution deal with Priority Records—where he was able to keep 75% of the profits (wholesale price) for every album sold—he made an estimated $350 million dollars ($160 million of that in 1998 alone) over the span of his career. In fact, No Limit albums were generating so much income that P never had to tour—which is the way most artists today make their money.

The craziest part about the label’s success was that the sales didn’t come from heavy radio or video airplay—people were just incredibly loyal to the brand. Artists on No Limit had no promotion other than magazine ads and the tank logo and ‘Executive Producer: Master P’ tag on the back of their colorful albums. Obscure artists like Skull Duggery, Full Blooded and Mercedes sold hundreds of thousands of units based on their Percy Miller cosign alone. It was a craze.

As the 2000s rolled on, America’s tastes in music changed, and the Tank was no longer the force it once was. It appeared the label had done so much that they’d hit a ceiling. Production troop Beats By The Pound, the outfit who created the No Limit sound, left the label, and upon their departure, many of No Limit’s blue chip players followed suit. Lil Romeo became the label’s biggest star, and No Limit’s commercial appeal came to a halt.

During No Limit’s rise to the top, the label dropped some incredible music, and sadly their contributions to hip-hop are often overlooked. Master P changed the way music was marketed, packaged and sold, and does not get the credit or respect he deserves. Unfortunately, much of their back catalog is out of print and only a few of their albums are available on iTunes or Spotify.

There is a silver lining for No Limit fans, however, as 2013 finds Master P in the midst of a comeback, having aligned himself with Fat Trel and Alley Boy to form the Louie V Mob. So in honor of P’s contributions to the rap game and recent resurgence, we bring you The 25 Best No Limit Albums. It will make you say UHH!


25. 504 Boyz, Goodfellas (2000)

Best Songs: "Wobble Wobble," "Whodi," "I Can Tell," "D-Game"


24. Magic, Sky's The Limit (1998)

Best Songs: "Did What I Had To Do," "What I Gotta," "Money Don't Make Me"


23. Big Ed, The a.ssassin (1998)

Best Songs: "My Entourage," "Go 2 War," "Buck Em"


22. Various Artists, I Got The Hook Up Soundtrack (1998)

Best Songs: "I Got the Hook Up," "Bump & Grill," "What The Game Made Me," "Hooked"


21. Kane & Abel, Am I My Brother's Keeper (1998)

Best Songs: "Call Me When You Need Some," "Watch Me," "Tryin' To Have Sumthin" "Greens, Cornbread & Cabbage"

20. Mr. Serv-On, Life Insurance (1997)

Best Songs: "Heaven Is So Close," "It's Real," "Tryin' To Make It Out Da Ghetto"

19. Various Artists, Down South Hustlers: Bouncin' & Swingin' (1995)

Best Songs: "My Mind Went Blank," "Playaz From the South," "Bounce That Azz," "You Got It," "fu-k Dem n*ggaz"

18. Mia X, Unlady Like (1997)

Best Songs: "4Ever True," "Mama's Family," "Party Don't Stop," "All Ns"

17. Snoop Dogg, No Limit Top Dogg (1998)

Best Songs: "Down 4 My n*ggaz," "bi-ch Please," "Just Dippin," "My Heat Goes Boom"

16. Fiend, Street Life (1999)

Best Songs: "Talk It Like I Bring It," "Mr. Whomp Whomp," "Trip To London"

15. Mystikal, Ghetto Fabulous (1998)

Best Songs: "That's The n*gga," "Ghetto Fabulous," "I'm On Fire," "Round Out the Tank"

14. Silkk, The Shocker (1996)

Best Songs: "The Shocker," "Free Loaders," "No Limit Party," "If My 9 Could Talk"

13. Soulja Slim, Give It 2 Em Raw (1998)

Best Songs: "From What I Was Told," "At The Same Time," "Get High With Me"

12. Master P, Ice Cream Man (1996)

Best Songs: "Break 'Em Off Something" f/ UGK, "Bout It, Bout It II," "Mr. Ice Cream Man," "No More Tears"

11. Fiend, There's One In Every Family (1998)

Best Songs: "Do You Know," "Who Got That Fire," "At All Times," "Only A Few," "Walk Like a G"

10. TRU, True (1995)

Best Songs: "Last Dance," "That's How We Break Bread," "Walk Like a k!ller," "i'm Bout It, Bout It"

9. Master P, MP Da Last Don (1998)

Best Songs: "Soldiers, Riders & G's," "War Wounds," "Thinkin Bout U," "Hot Boys & Girls," "Streets Keep Me Rollin"

8. C-murder, Life Or death (1998)

Best Songs: "Akickdoe," "Don't Play No Games," "Makin' Moves," "A 2nd Chance"

7. Silkk The Shocker, Charge It 2 Da Game (1998)

Best Songs: "It Ain't My Fault," "Just Be Straight With Me," "Give Me The World," "If I Don't Gotta," "Let Me Hit It"

6. Mac, Shell Shocked (1998)

Best Songs: "Boss bi-ch," "Paranoid," "Murda Murda, k!ll k!ll," "Callin Me"

5. Young Bleed, My Balls & My Word (1998)

Best Songs: "Keep It Real," "Bring The Noise," "The Day They Made Me Boss," "An Offer U Can't Refuse"

4. Various Artists, I'm Bout It Soundtrack (1997)

Best Songs: "How Ya Do Dat," "What Cha Think," "Situation On Dirty," "Come On," "Meal Ticket," "If I Could Change"

3. Mystikal, Unpredictable (1997)

Best Songs: "The Man Right Chea," "Still Smokin," "Here We Go," "Unpredictable"

2. Master P, Ghetto D (1997)

Best Songs: "Ghetto D," "Make Em Say Uhh!," "Let's Get Em," "I Miss My Homies," "Burbons & Lacs"

1. TRU, Tru 2 Da Game (1997)

Best Songs: "No Limit Soldiers," "I Always Feel Like," "There Dey Go," "FEDz," "Smoking Green," "Swamp n*ggas," "Freak Hoes"

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 5 years ago '05        #2
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MP Da Last Don over There's One in Every Family and Mr. Ice Cream Man is crazy to me. Big Ed The a.ssassin over World War 3 is also sad.
 5 years ago '10        #3
OJ Pimpson 126 heat pts126
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WORLD WAR III >>>> SHELL SHOCKED
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SNOOP FIRST NO LIMIT ALBUM or I GOT THE HOOKUP SDTRK shouldnt be on this list
KING SOULJA slapped this ish
 
 5 years ago '09        #4
Ash10 21 heat pts21
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C-murder Life Or death Should be number 1 fact

fu*k Complex
 5 years ago '06        #5
fallguy 
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good list but the order could be changed on some of them
 5 years ago '12        #6
Slick Flair 12 heat pts12
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No Ghetto Commission "Wise Guys" album? That was one of the better No Limit releases. Very slept on album
 5 years ago '08        #7
Nut-In-Honeys 10 heat pts10
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No Limit was the sh*t back in the day. I forgot about a lot of the classic tracks they made. Props. One of my favs


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Bun's verse

No Limit also had them classic covers too
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 5 years ago '12        #8
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The fact that there was no mention of 'Ghetto Vet' speaks volumes about the author(s).

Oh, another "complex" list.

I'll have to put Life Or death right behind Bout It Bout It sdtk, at 1 and 2, at first thought.
 5 years ago '07        #9
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8 and 16 should be in the top 5
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Nut-In-Honeys 10 heat pts10
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Why Mystikal have the same hair as Maxine from Living Single?


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 04-06-2013, 09:16 PM         #11
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Shell Shocked is #1, fu*k that list.

and Shell Shocked >>>>> World War 3

you out your fu*king brain dead mind to say WW3 better than Shell Shocked
KING SOULJA gave props
 
 5 years ago '13        #12
Thetinman 24 heat pts24
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Top Dogg #17?

Steady mobbin Pre-Meditated Drama should have been somewhere on that list.

I can't, I wont... fu*k complex that list if full of sh*t.
 5 years ago '04        #13
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no mia x unlady like doe? how u leave out mia x
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Soprano ATL 43 heat pts43
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Shell Shocked was fire. My fav three were Mr. ice cream man, ghetto d, and charge it to the game. Could use some re-listens, though as I had em all when I was in 3rd/4th grade.
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Exs 152 heat pts152
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 ash1990 said:
C-murder Life Or death Should be number 1 fact

fu*k Complex




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And IMHO. Ghetto Organized shouldve made that list too.


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bi*ch is sellin for 83 dollars on amazon.







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 5 years ago '08        #16
Nut-In-Honeys 10 heat pts10
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 SiqkWidaPen said:
no mia x unlady like doe? how u leave out mia x
18. Mia X, Unlady Like (1997)

Best Songs: "4Ever True," "Mama's Family," "Party Don't Stop," "All Ns"
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Life or death not top 5 and charge it 2 da game ahead of it.


who wrote this bullsh*t

 5 years ago '13        #18
Morris Bestnut 11 heat pts11
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I like all the titles just wrong order....... Kane and Abel 7sins tho
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 Thetinman said:
Top Dogg #17?......
I was thinking the same thing! Should've easily been in the top 10, imo.
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C-murder>>>>>Sillk the Shocker
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