was a bounce rapper from New Orleans
who was the first female MC to record with Cash Money Records
. She was murdered along with Jerome “Man Man” Hampton
on the morning of December 20th, 2010 in Little Woods, New Orleans East
. After being hit with a rumored 26 gun shots, their vehicle crashed on the 6300 block of Bridgehampton
around 12:30 p.m. She was 28, Hampton was 25.
wanted to rap since she was six years old. She was nicknamed Magnolia Shorty by Magnolia Slim
(aka Solja Slim
) due to her diminutive stature and roots in Uptown
’s notorious Magnolia Projects
, which also produced rappers Juvenile, Mr. Marcello, 6-Shot
She began rapping publicly when she was twelve, performing at block parties and recording mixtapes. When she signed with Cash Money, she was the first female rapper (and second female, following singer Ms. Tee
) to join the label’s ranks. Her sole album for the label, recorded in 1996, is also notable for being the first Cash Money release to feature Juvenile. Not only was Monkey on the D$ck
(Cash Money), released in February, 1997, Magnolia Shorty’s last album for the label, but sadly, it was her last album ever. In an era and scene known for bizarre album covers, Monkey on the D$ck
’s image of to be-thonged girls with bullet braces and war helmets facing a large, irradiating, disembodied chimpanzee visage is on a level of bizarreness all by itself. Befitting the rapper’s stature, the album is itself incredibly short – just 21 minutes long and, as with many of Cash Money’s independent-era records, sounds like it was recorded in a single, lazy afternoon. The album's opener, “Manny Fresh (Cash Money Style)” doesn’t even feature her. There’s also a radio version of “Monkey on the D$ck,” another bounce classic, “Charlie Whop!!,” the wordless “Soldier Chant,” and “Magnolia $horty” (featuring BG and Juvenile).