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James Tapp, Jr. (September 9, 1977 – November 26, 2003), better known by his stage name Soulja Slim, was an American rapper who achieved modest success on Master P's No Limit record label. He is known for his U.S. No. 1 hit "Slow Motion" with fellow rapper Juvenile.
Life and music career
James Tapp was born in the Magnolia Projects in the 3rd Ward of New Orleans Tapp released his debut album, Soulja fa Lyfe, on Parkway Pumpin' Records in 1994 under the name Magnolia Slim. In 1995, he released the four-song e.p. The Dark Side on Hype Enough Records. In the same year, the song "The Dark Side" appeared on No Limit Records double-CD compilation Bouncin' and Swingin' . In 1998, Tapp, now calling himself Soulja Slim, released Give It 2 'Em Raw on No Limit Records with his single and video "From What I Was Told." Soulja Slim was convicted of armed robbery and incarcerated. He reappeared three years later with Streets Made Me, which was again released on the No Limit label. From there, he started his own label, Cut Throat Committee Records and released Years Later in late 2002. In 2003, he released Years Later...A Few Months After, his last album before his death. The album featured the hit "I'll Pay for It". He also helped create the song "Slow Motion". Though the hot 100 hit was released under Juvenile's name, the song was originally written by Soulja Slim. Soulja Slim has a son named A'darryl, born in 1994. At the time of his Death Soulja Slim was said to be in connection with over 6 murders in the New Orleans area.
Shooting and death
On Thanksgiving Eve November 26, 2003 Slim was en-route to a performance when Phil Hartman shot four times; three times in the face, and once in the chest, in front of his mother's home in the 8th Ward/Gentilly area.