By Hillary Crosley, with reporting by Travis Laurendine
In late December, Cash Money artist Magnolia Shorty passed away to the surprise of many on the New Orleans Bounce music scene. In November, the MC spoke to MTV News during the annual Cash Money-Young Money Thanksgiving turkey drive, organized by label head Birdman.
“That’s like my daddy, he basically raised me,” Magnolia Shorty said of Birdman last year. “It’s more like a father, it’s bigger than the business. He kinda helped me out like all my life. I do my own thing basically, but he’s like a father to me.”
“I started working with them when I was like 12 years-old, I met Baby in a project,” she continued. “B.G. actually introduced me to Baby I was 12 years-old and I was rappng then. I came out with my first album Monkey on The Stick.”
Known to many as the “Queen of Bounce,” a genre of hip-hop that boasts fast-paced rhythms, Shorty 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.
Birdman also spoke to MTV News after the rapper’s untimely passing, saying, “As a person she was a sweetheart because she was a part of us, that’s my family, that’s my daughter. 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.”
For the late Shorty, the feeling was mutual.
“They’re no. 1 in history to me, Young Money-Cash Money,” she said.
Rest in peace Magnolia Shorty. Do you have a fond memory of the Bounce MC? Tweet us at @MTVRapFix or tell us in a comment below.