Memorial Day in America is the day we remember those who gave their lives for this country protecting our freedom. It has also signified the unofficial start of summer with the first outdoor get-togethers of the season. There’s plenty of albums that wind up in the Memorial Day playlist shuffle, one of which is the No Limit Records album Memorial Day by Full Blooded. While its red-plastic case and memorable pen-n-pixel cover art is unforgettable, Mr. Blooded’s record isn’t often included in the upper echelon of No Limit releases. It is with the hopes that your Memorial Day was as bout it, bout it as possible that we present to you Five No Limit Albums Better than Full Blooded’s Memorial Day.
Deep N tha Game (1994)
While No Limit is probably most associated with their popular New Orleans-based output, newer fans are still surprised to discover that the label was founded in Richmond, California, effectively classifying their early output as Bay Area releases. One of the best from this time was Lil Ric’s Deep N the Game. Ric’s off-the-charts charisma made for the type of unapologetic attitude that would become a standard hallmark for the landmark independent label.
Kane and Abel
The 7 Sins (1996)
While rapping twins Kane and Abel are probably best remembered for the Cyndi Lauper sampling “Time After Time,” the duo’s best effort came at the time when No Limit was first starting to break nationwide. The 7 Sins captures the darker elements of bayou funk alongside Kane and Abel’s gritty street narratives.
Shell Shocked (1998)
Two of the best albums in No Limit’s catalog came from Mac. A New Orleans hip-hop cult legend, longtime fans may recall his Mannie Fresh-produced “I Need Wheels” back from when he was a teenage rapper, and one of the best at that. His No Limit debut Shell Shocked contains perhaps the best lyricism and versatile delivery in the label’s entire discography. Also worthwhile is the elusively rare follow-up World War III whose limited distribution was rumored to be due to internal conflict between No Limit and their in-house production team Beats By the Pound.
Give It 2 ‘Em Raw (1998)
It’s been just about a decade since the late Soulja Slim scored the biggest hit of his career with the posthumous “Slow Motion.” While many best remember him for the Juvenile-assisted summer standard, the Soulja Slim catalog has plenty of jams. His 1998 No Limit outing Give It 2 ‘Em Raw features plenty of outstanding cuts, including “NL Party,” the label’s best posse cut not including the act of saying “ughhhhhhhh” when properly cued.
Street Life (1999)
Fiend might have been No Limit’s best all-around talent. Outstanding with hooks, storytelling, one-liners and pretty much any way you could measure an MC, it’s telling that Fiend’s continued great output alongside the likes of Curren$y comes from a strong foundation as a songwriter. His 1999 album Street Life is a favorite, most notably for how the history of New Orleans music is present all over the release. Distinctly New Orleans and unmistakably No Limit, it’s a must hear for anyone with even a passing interest in No Limit.