John Kniesly’s NO LIMIT Top 10
All right dude, you asked for it. Backstory: I grew up in Indiana, which is kind of wedged between the East Coast, West Coast, and South as far as prevailing musical tastes and preferences go. No Limit stuff was HUGE when I was in high school, but honestly, I kind of hated it at the time… I was way more into Wu Tang and Nas and stuff like that. However, later on, I realized that a lot of of it was actually pretty fucking good. Here’s my top 10 No Limit songs (in no particular order):
- Choppa feat. Master P – Choppa Style: This track was gigantic even before No Limit released it…it sounded pretty much JUST like Back Dat Azz Up, and had an equally infectious hook. It’s a straightforward New Orleans bounce tune, and probably my favorite of the bunch.
- 504 Boyz – Wobble Wobble: Here’s another one that you would hear in everyone’s car after school got out, every day, for like 6 months. People would get reaaaal inappropriate to this one, which was pretty awesome (I’m talking about butts, guys). I’m pretty sure my sister actually blew one of my car speakers out playing this song. It’s so good – it uses the Showboys “Drag Rap/Triggerman” sample, which is pretty much the basis for bounce music, and also a great song on its own. Look it up. It rules.
- Master P feat. Silkk the Shocker, Mo B Dick, and Gambino – Bourbons and Cadillacs: Great summer track, with a super solid singalong hook and chill vibes throughout. Also, morbidly, a pretty popular song at funerals in the hood (along with “Cadillac on 22s”…I guess there’s a theme there).
- Mac feat. Mystikal – Murda Murda, Kill Kill: Ok, I was even kind of into this when I first heard it. It was wasn’t uncommon to hear darker themes come up within No Limit stuff, but unlike a lot of the other, cheesier tunes, this one was pretty hard. And Mystikal destroys his verse. This one is a guilty pleasure of mine, but not really a big track for No Limit in general.
- Master P feat. UnderGround Kingz – Break ‘Em Off Something: This was actually one of the first No Limit songs I heard, and I really only listened to it because UGK was on it (apparently, according to the internet, they had a pretty dramatic falling-out later on). It’s also one of the first songs I heard chopped and screwed. II still think P’s verse is kind of corny, but overall, the track is definitely a winner.
- TRU – Hoody Hoo: This is one of the best Halloween hip-hop tracks. It also stole Outkast’s “Hootie Hoo” pretty much wholesale, so purists may hate it, but you can’t really deny that it’s a catchy-ass song. I saw multiple fights happen when this song came up in the mix, so there’s also that.
- Silkk the Shocker feat. Mystikal – It Ain’t My Fault: Mystikal…what can I really say? This one is best described as anthemic in the goofiest possible manner, channeling Steve Urkel’s (“Family Matters”…pleeease act like you know) catch phrase and recycling it as the most notable (and most often call-and-response-d) hook on the album. This one was ridiculously big, a lot of people were introduced to the insanity that is Mystikal via this track.
- TRU feat. Mia X – I’m Bout It, Bout It: Hood classic right here. Definitely influenced by West coast styles, but strong in its own right. Mia X also used this track to prove that she was certainly on par, skills-wise, with any of the fine gentlemen on the label. Everyone I knew adopted the term “Bout It” into their vocabulary after this came out, so there you go.
- Master P – Mr. Ice Cream Man: I know this is where a lot of people heard Master P for the first time. GUESS WHAT GUYS! It’s a metaphor. A metaphor about selling illegal drugs.
- Master P feat. Fiend, Mia X, Mystikal, and Silkk the Shocker – Make Em Say Uhh!: All sorts of grammatical correctness in that title. If you haven’t heard this song at this point, you’re either 4 years old or from Maine. Yes, there was a guy in a gorilla suit dunking a basketball in the video, and yes, I had to look up who exactly was actually on the track. Probably the defining song of the label’s existence. Bigger than god for a few weeks at least.