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Jermaine Tucker grew up in the Magnolia Housing Project with his running mate Daryll Tapp aka Soulja Slim. When they were little kids just coming up, Slim’s nickname was Ice Cream, and Tucker was still developing his infamous 6 Shot persona. Beats legend KLC aka Craig Lawson was part of their clique too.

“That’s my lil circle right there; me Soulja Slim, KLC”

About that 6 Shot stage name?

I used to like to play with guns a lot…as a man…it was kind of foolish…I just like guns…I got shot 6 times…I was doing some gangsta shit.

His partner Slim left no doubt about what he was up to in those long-ago days before he was killed in Gentilly saying: “I might be out there and jack this nigga this night and be out there at the concert with the gat in my pocket rappin’ on stage. That’s the kind of games I used to play.”

Tucker:

“My first show that I remember was on the second floor of the Magnolia in the Belmont Court, me and Soulja Slim at a DJ block party, it was also Soulja Slim’s first time performing live too.”

I can only imagine what a crazy scene that was.

Music came naturally to Tucker as his brother Walter was a DJ who had crates of records and turntables strewn all over their apartment. His uncle Fred Kemp toured as a saxophone player with Fats Domino for 27 years.

6 Shot’s first album he heard that turned him out was Sugarhill Gang’s Apache but the first time he heard Doug E. Fresh he relates “that was it for me!”

Speaking on the New Orleans rap scene:

“The first New Orleans group I remember was Mannie Fresh and Gregory D.”

Shot doesn’t say but that may have been when 1987’s “Buck Jump Time” dropped. It’s still a banger.

Mannie remembers the old cut:

This was the hottest song in New Orleans for fuckin’ five [or] six years running

Once he got old enough, Jermaine liked to party at the Famous Disco.

The once-popular club at 1538 Marigny St where DJ Ice Mike held court, is now an empty parking lot. They used to tape a TV show there called “Live At The Famous Disco” but I was unable to find any videos online.

As 6 Shot grew a local reputation, rap impresario Lil Jon traveled to New Orleans looking for talent and found Tucker after searching for the underground legend for three days. Shot would move to Atlanta to kickstart his career and stay there for five years.

While in Atlanta he recorded two LPs that never saw the light of day.

That was at least part of the reason 6 Shot came home to New Orleans – hooked up with the Beats By The Pound/Medicine Men crew – and signed a deal with Tommy Boy which led to the Itz Ya Dog / Ruthless Renegade 12″, that came out in 2001.

That slab’s a southern rap classic, and should’ve vaulted 6 Shot to national fame. 6 Shot’s debut LP The Actual Meaning came out next, and that would mark the end of his affiliation with Tommy Boy.

After Tommy Boy fell off, the old-school 3rd Ward-er migrated to Cash Money. 2005 would be a good year for Tucker as he rapped on Birdman’s second LP Fast Money, and also took turns on both The Mind of Mannie Fresh, and Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter II.

That same year, Cash Money released 6 Shot’s single debut: a 12″ called G’s Come Out that was a minor southern club hit.

This should’ve been the moment when 6 Shot had an album come out with a major national push.

In an interview with Tulane from 2012, Jermaine reflects back on the Magnolia Projects:

Far as rap music, we dominated rap music…Master P, Baby, Juvie, Turk, BG, these people done done some things…must be something in the water I guess

He goes on to say “To be honest I really don’t listen to rap music (anymore)”

I’ve heard other musicians say words to that effect. They stay pure in their own game by not listening to any other artists that are working in their genre.

What became of 6 Shot? His Twitter account went dead seven years ago, and his IG account lies nearly dormant. There’s no new music from him on Youtube, the old Actual Meaning LP is the only material on Bandcamp, and Ebay only offers the Itz Ya Dog CD.

He was on a bill at Howling Wolf earlier in the Spring but with the entire region’s concert scene shut down there are no pending gigs for anybody including the old underground legend.

I scanned the modern rap and hip hop websites and the only mentions were from back in his old Cash Money days.

If anyone has a line on how to get in touch with 6 Shot I’d love to write a followup piece.

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Sources
Bounce Baby Bounce “The Beginning” By GM Robert, John Robert
Outkast, Timbaland, and How Hip-hop Became a Southern Thing By Roni Sarig, Julia Beverly
Adventures in Dirty South Hip-hop By Tamara Palmer
Rap Music and Local Identity in New Orleans By Matt Miller
Life and Death and New Orleans Rap By Nik Cohn

Critical playlist:

Soulja Slim & B.G. – What U Wanna Do (Ft.6-Shot)
Nigga Wazup – B.G. & Soulja Slim Ft. Calicoe & 6-Shot
Magnolia Slim Feat. Six-Shot – You Got It (1995)
6 Shot Ruthless Renegade
Itz Ya Dog Remix / Hold It Down 4 Me (Snoop)
What’s Up (Street) (feat. 6 Shot & Soulja Slim)
B.G, Soulja Slim, & Six Shot-Nasty
6 Shot Pound Pusher
6 Shot Itz Ya Dog
6 Shot – Blaka Blaka (Produced By KLC)

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