Although many independent labels appeared in the wake of New Orleans
's 1991 bounce
explosion, Parkway Pumpin'
was one of the first. It was also one of the most influential stables of talent, although the limited finances of KLC (the man behind the boards) resulted in precious few recordings. When Master P
relocated No Limit
from Richmond, California
to New Orleans, most of the original roster (aside from his siblings) was taken directly from the legendary Parkway label.
Most of Parkway Pumpin's associates never got around to recording with the label. Artists like Fiend
(as Lil Mac The Lyrical Midget), Mystikal Mike
(as Mystikal), Mr. Serv-On
and Da Hound
(Da Gert Town Hounds/Full Blooded) all went on to record popular records at No Limit without having anything released in their time at Parkway Pumpin'. Only one future No Limit Soldier did, Soulja Slim
The first act to record on Parkway Pumpin' was 39 Posse,
a trio comprised of Shack, DJ KLC and MC Dart.
Shack was born Derrick Mushatt
in 1970. He grew up in a large family with nine siblings. When he wasn't working, he often rapped at parties. MC Dart's real name is Dartanian Stovall