For several years in the '90s, before Master P
moved to New Orleans
and gobbled up most of the talent
of the legendary Parkway Pumpin
, Big Boy Records
was one of the main creative and commercial rivals to uptown's fledgling Cash Money
. Over the course of the next few years, they released some of New Orleans' indisputably finest (and under-recognized) bounce and rap music. They also got caught up in all-consuming rivalry with Cash Money that raged in tit-for-tat diss songs while at the same time many of their stars departed for bigger labels. When Cash Money and No Limit
signed multi-million dollar deals with major labels, Big Boy floundered, only to be reborn years later on a smaller scale,
Big Boy Records
was founded by Charles "Big Boy" Temple
and the talented producer, Leroy "Precise" Edwards, who was responsible for most of the varied but always warm, solid and organic sounds. Others involved in the production were " David "D-Funk" Faulk and Brian "Big Bass" Gardner.
Big Boy's first signee was pioneering New Orleans raper Sporty T
(Terence Vine). The Gentilly
had previously been a founding member of The Ninja Crew
-- New Orleans's first rap group to record. In the early '90s, inspired by hits by Juvenile
and Everlasting Hitman'
hits, he moved in that direction as well. The label's first single was "Sporty Talkin' Sporty." Though bounce, it had an uncharacteristically heavy sound for the genre. After it sold 4,000 copies, Big Boy sought out more talent.