Christopher Noel Dorsey (born September 3, 1980),[3] better known by his stage name B.G. (short for Baby Gangsta), is an American rapper from New Orleans, Louisiana. He began his music career signing to Cash Money Records in 1993 at the age of 12.[2] Dorsey, alongside fellow rappers Lil Wayne, Juvenile and Turk, collectively formed the Hot Boys in 1997. B.G. released several solo albums for Cash Money, including the platinum-selling Chopper City in the Ghetto in 1999. In 2001, he resigned from Cash Money Records and created his own label, Chopper City Records.

B.G. in 2011
B.G. in 2011
Background information
Birth nameChristopher Noel Dorsey
Also known as
  • Lil' Doogie
  • B. Gizzle
  • Bling Bling Slim
  • Geezy[1]
Born (1980-09-03) September 3, 1980 (age 43)
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
GenresHip hop
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
Years active1995–2012, 2023–present[2]
Formerly of

Early life Edit

Dorsey was born on September 3, 1980, at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana. He grew up in the Freret neighborhood of Uptown New Orleans, which is located in the 13th Ward. The Dorsey family lived in a shotgun house on the corner of Valence and Magnolia Street. When he was 12, his father, Christopher Jasmin, was killed during an attempted robbery. He then began selling crack cocaine and hanging out on street corners with drug dealers. While attending middle school, he started rapping and eventually met with Bryan "Birdman" Williams (a.k.a. Baby) in a barbershop in 1993.[4] Birdman and his brother "Slim" took Dorsey in, allowing him to stay with them. They later signed him to Cash Money Records. At 15, he dropped out of high school and began using heroin but still focused on making music.[5][6]

Career Edit

He released the album Chopper City in 1996[7] and the albums It's All on U, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 in 1997. He was also part of the group Hot Boys with other local rappers Lil Wayne, Juvenile, Turk, and Baby's nephew Derrick a.k.a. Bulletproof (who eventually left the group).[8] The group's debut album, Get It How U Live!, was released in October 1997.[3]

In 1998, Cash Money Records signed a deal with Universal Records, which released Chopper City in the Ghetto in April 1999. The album included the hit song "Bling Bling", which further popularized the hip-hop slang term "bling bling" describing shiny, expensive jewelry, automobiles, or other forms of opulence. The Oxford English Dictionary added "bling bling" in 2003.[9] The Hot Boys' second album, Guerrilla Warfare, was released in July 1999 and reached No.5 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Checkmate (2000) was B.G.'s last album with Cash Money Records.[3] In 2001, when B.G. left Cash Money Records, he claimed to have left the label over a financial dispute with owners Birdman and Ronald "Slim" Williams, which caused controversy at the time.[10] He released his sixth studio album Livin' Legend on his own label, Chopper City Records.[11]

He released Life After Cash Money in 2004, The Heart of tha Streetz, Vol. 1 in 2005, and The Heart of tha Streetz, Vol. 2 (I Am What I Am), which reached #6 on the Billboard 200, in 2006. With the Chopper City Boyz, he recorded We Got This in 2007 and Life in the Concrete Jungle in 2008. In 2009, the Hot Boys agreed to a reunion.[12] This plan was later scrapped, though B.G. and Juvenile did appear briefly on stage at a Lil Wayne concert that June.[13] B.G. released his tenth studio album, Too Hood 2 Be Hollywood, in December 2009 after many delays.[14] It included the hit single "My Hood" which featured longtime friend Mannie Fresh. "My Hood" reached #70 on the U.S. R&B Charts.[citation needed]

In June 2010, B.G. released a collaborative mixtape with Baton Rouge rapper Lil Boosie titled "22504 (225504)", which is the combined area codes of their respective hometowns. A month later, B.G. released a solo mixtape titled Money Side, Murda Side where he introduces his newfound group, Chopper City Gorilla Gang (or simply CCGG). He released his street album titled HollyHood on October 5, 2010.

Legal issues Edit

On November 3, 2009, Dorsey was arrested in New Orleans, Louisiana after police pulled over his Chevrolet Tahoe during a routine traffic stop. It is rumored that he was leaving the home of his girlfriend in Uptown New Orleans when he was stopped by the police in Eastern New Orleans. During a search of the vehicle, police found three guns, two of which were reported stolen. Dorsey was booked into the Orleans Parish Jail on an illegal carrying of weapons charge. When Dorsey appeared in court on November 5, his incarceration and bond information were unknown to the press at that time.[15]

On February 11, 2010, Dorsey appeared in court and entered a not guilty plea.[16] According to the indictment, Dorsey was in possession of a firearm between August 2009 (count 1) and again on November 3, 2009 (count 2). It also states that Dorsey and two passengers in the vehicle conspired to obstruct justice when one signed what prosecutors later categorized as a "false affidavit" when he took sole responsibility for the firearms. Prior to Dorsey's trial, one passenger plead guilty for "his role in the offenses" and was sentenced to serve 20 years in prison, while the other pled guilty to Misprision of a felony and received 30 months in prison.

On December 7, 2011, Dorsey pled guilty to two counts of possession of a firearm and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice. On July 18, 2012, Dorsey was sentenced to 14 years in a federal prison and three years federal supervision upon his release.[15][17]

On September 5, 2023, Dorsey was released from prison after serving 11 years of his 14 year sentence.[18]

Discography Edit

Studio albums Edit

Collaboration albums Edit

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ "25 Astonishing First Appearances By Famous Rappers". May 9, 2014. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Preezy Brown (October 27, 2017). "What Millennials Should Know About... Hot Boys' 'Get It How U Live!'". Vibe. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c Birchmeier, Jason (2008). "B.G. > Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved May 10, 2009.
  4. ^ "B.G. - Biography – Amoeba Music". Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  5. ^ "How Heroin Stole B.G.'s Career". The Hot Box. Archived from the original on June 21, 2018. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  6. ^ "Cash Money Rapper B.G. Could be a Free Man in a Year".
  7. ^ "Chopper City In The Ghetto–B.G. (1996, 1999)". Vibe. November 4, 2011. Retrieved December 28, 2016.
  9. ^ Oh, Minya (April 30, 2003). "'Bling Bling' Added To Oxford English Dictionary". MTV News. Retrieved May 10, 2009.
  10. ^ Baker, Soren (December 30, 2002). "B.G. Kicks Drugs, Doesn't Need Baby's Birdfeed To Make Livin' Legend". MTV News. Archived from the original on April 4, 2009. Retrieved May 10, 2009.
  11. ^ "B.G. :: Livin' Legend :: Chopper City Records/Koch Records". Rap Reviews.
  12. ^ Reid, Shaheem (April 17, 2009). "Hot Boys Move Forward With Reunion Plans". MTV News. Archived from the original on April 22, 2009. Retrieved May 10, 2009.
  13. ^ "HOT BOYS ON STAGE REUNION". Rap Radar.
  14. ^ "Daily News - : B.G. 'Too Hood 2 Be Hollywood' On Upcoming Album". Retrieved June 6, 2010.
  15. ^ a b Starbury, Allen (July 19, 2012). "Rapper B.G. Arrested On Gun Charge In New Orleans".
  16. ^ "Rapper B.G. pleads innocent to gun charge". February 12, 2010. Retrieved June 6, 2010.
  17. ^ "Local Rap Artist, Christopher Dorsey, Sentenced to 14 Years In Federal Prison On Charges Relating To Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Obstruction of Justice". United States Attorney's Office. Retrieved August 22, 2023.
  18. ^ Woods, Aleia WoodsAleia (September 5, 2023). "B.G. Released From Prison After Serving 11 Years". XXL Mag. Retrieved September 5, 2023.

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