By Hillary Crosley, with additional reporting by Akshay Bhansali and Rahman Dukes
New Orleans Bounce music holds a special place in our hearts here at RapFix and the scene was recently hit hard with the passing of Magnolia Shorty. The Big Easy native, born Renetta Lowe, was an MC and a part of Cash Money Records’ crew.
“Shorty was brought to me [by] B.G. a long time ago,” Birdman told MTV News. “It wasn’t much about signing [her], she became my family, my blood, my daughter, so it wasn’t much about the music. It was just family, hood. We were from the same project, I took her in like my child. I brought her up.
“When you lose a loved one that’s a hell of a feeling,” he continued. “Words can’t even describe so when you lose someone like your child, it’s another type of feeling that you’ve got to live with. So we just take it like it comes and live with what’s put before us.”
Birdman’s grief is the bookend to what had previously been a glorious 2010 for the Cash Money family. The label’s success is undisputed as upstarts Drake and Nicki Minaj rule pop culture as well as the Billboard charts. And while Lil Wayne did spend months in Riker’s Island, the MC released his I Am Not A Human Being LP from behind bars, which also reached the top of the Billboard Albums chart. This was all before tragedy struck.
Magnolia Shorty was widely referred to as the “Queen of Bounce” for her style of rap. In the earlier stages of her career Magnolia made a name for herself in the New Orleans rap scene through her affiliation with Master P’s No Limit empire then later inking a deal with Cash Money Records as the second and last female MC signed to the label. The young MC came up in the home that Bryan and Slim Williams built alongside budding artist Lil Wayne and Juvenile and has been credited with introducing future label acts such as Turk to the Cash Money founders.
The 28-year-old former Cash Money artist, signed to the label in 1995, was found shot multiple times along with 25-year-old Jerome “Man Man” Hampton when their vehicle crashed near a New Orleans East housing complex.
“As a person she was a sweetheart because she was a part of us, that’s my family, that’s my daughter,” Birdman said. “As far as her music, she did what she wanted to do and I supported whatever she wanted to do. She was on that traditional Bounce music, New Orleans style and she did it well, probably one of the best that ever did it. But you got to live with what’s brought before us so rest in peace, we love her.”
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