Today In Hip-Hop: Juvenile Releases ‘Solja Rags’

On this day, May 13, in hip-hop history…



1997: Juvenile releases his sophomore album, Solja Rags. The 14-track project is the New Orleans native’s first body of work under Cash Money Records, and features fellow Hot Boy members B.G., Mannie Fresh, and Turk, among other artists. Juvie links up with 15-year-old Lil Wayne, the youngest member of the crew at the time, for“Hide Out or Ride Out.”

Each track on Solja Rags, which went on to sell nearly 200,000 copies, was produced by Mannie Fresh. While the album strengthened Juvie’s local buzz, he was still overlooked on the national scene. His third album, 400 Degreez, resulted in Juvie’s full-fledged breakout thanks to Cash Money’s joint distribution deal with Universal Records. Singles such as “Back That Azz Up” and “Slow Motion” are now staples of Juvenile’s hip-hop career.—Eli Schwadron

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