At 12 years of age, Dorsey became affiliated with Cash Money Records, a label that brothers Bryan “Baby or Birdman” Williams and Ronald “Slim” Williams started in New Orleans in 1991.
When my daddy got killed, they (Birdman and Slim) helped my mama raise me. So I look up to them like they’re my big brothers or father figures. They been around me for so long, that’s all I know. This is the only company I’ve been on since I’ve been rapping, and it’s the only company I plan to be on throughout my career.
In 1995, the Williams brothers paired Dorsey (Lil Doogie) with Dwayne Carter (Lil Wayne) to form the B.G.’z or Baby Gangstaz. Dorsey dominated their debut True Story relegating Lil Wayne to rapping on just three tracks.
Outside the studio, Dorsey’s running mate Doodie Cone got shot dead in the streets. In a perverse bit of street code Dorsey snorted heroin in his friend’s honor. It would change his life forever.
The Lil Wayne story would nearly become a rap history footnote as that same year he accidentally shot himself with a .44 calibre pistol in his New Orleans East bedroom leading to a two week hospital stay.
Free of Wayne, Christopher Dorsey would hit the studio the following year to record his followup Chopper City with a full list of heavy hitters like Big Timers, Bun B, Juvenile, Bulletproof, and Ms. Tee giving him support.
Mannie Fresh provided the beats. Staying true to his 13th Ward gangster roots, Dorsey got popped for the first time on weed and crack cocaine charges.
Chopper City is a street classic, and a quarter century later you still hear cuts off the slab booming on second lines in the 3rd Ward. It sold 100,000 units.
Cash Money loved the record as they would clean house and Dorsey, now simply known as B.G., would be the only artist from the early days of the label to retain his gig with the Williams brothers.
UNLV, Kilo-G, Miss Tee, Lil Slim and Pimp Daddy? Either shot dead over street feuds or dropped from the label.
You could never accuse Baby or Slim of not striking while the iron is hot, and B.G. got shipped straight back into the studio where he recorded It’s All On U Volumes I and II for quick, and simultaneous release.
Meanwhile, a local crew of street assassins called the Hot Boys were leaving a trail of dead bodies in their wake as they shot up New Orleans from the Lower 9 all the way to Hollygrove. Their motto? We don’t bust raps we bust caps. This was not street braggadocio. Birdman and Slim’s little brother Terrance was a member of the clique and he claimed to have killed nearly 50 people. He would eventually get sentenced to life plus 240 years.
During this crime spree, the hip hop mogul end of the Williams clan needed a band name for their newest creation pairing B.G. with Lil Wayne again and adding two new rap youngsters, Young Turk, and Juvenile. They didn’t have to go far for inspiration naming the new outfit The Hot Boys.
The foursome hit the studio and the result Get It How U Live would sell over 200,000 copies. With all the fame and fortune coming to young Dorsey so came the drug beefs. B.G’s rap sheet between 1998 and 2003 would see three felony drug convictions tacked on it. In 2001, he attended a drug treatment program in Minnesota for his heroin addiction.
B.G’s fourth LP Chopper City In The Ghetto came out April 20, 1999 while his Hot Boys were setting night clubs on fire.
We’re coming in the rap game knocking thangs down, so you either roll with us or get rolled over.
Seemingly none of the business he had with the police or various arms of the legal system could stop B.G’s career as a rapper. The Hot Boys second LP Guerilla Warfare would drop in summer of ’99, and by November would reach platinum status.
“Luxury cars on chrome, I played that / Five figure bonds on charges, I paid that / Ounces of coke at a young age, look, I weighed that / My clique done blowed up, you know haters, they hate that.”
That’s Dorsey rolling smoke on Help.
The next decade would be filled with plenty drama. By the early aughts B.G was done with Cash Money, and had started his own label, Chopper City Records. But his interactions with the law were only amplified. At one point a police officer found him hanging out of a GMC Yukon “looking down, holding a hypodermic needle, preparing to inject…” During a subsequent search of the vehicle, police found heroin foils, cocaine and a blunt.
Figuring a change of scenery could be his salvation, B.G relocated to Detroit but his outlaw life was quickly met with scrutiny by Michigans police. His time north saw him arrested multiple times for drugs and firearms violations, and his addictions only grew worse.
For the New Orleans police department in 2009 the fourth time was the charm. That’s how many times they popped Dorsey just that year but it was the final bust that led to a lengthy prison term for the New Orleans rapper.
On Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009, B.G was pulled over leaving his girlfriend’s house in a Chevrolet Tahoe that had been stolen from an Alamo Rent A Car. There were firearms in the vehicle.
Just five days prior to being cuffed Dorsey was on top of the world with his Chopper City Records hosting a listening party for his new LP Too Hood 2 Be Hollywood.
Dorsey was riding with Jerod Fedison, and Demounde Pollard, two reputed associates of local gangster Telly Hankton. Dorsey would end up being convicted of attempting to convince Pollard to take the weapons beef as Dorsey was a convicted felon forbidden from owning firearms.
B.G ended up pleading guilty to gun possession and obstruction and was sentenced in July 2012 to 14 years in the penitentiary.
On Guilty By Association B.G rapped:
Niggas get too close to me, got my gat in my hand. Turn around, nigga, put one in the back of ya head. Fucker. I keep them goonies around, who keep them toolies around. Niggas get hit 50 times, if my nigga Moonie around.
In the song, Moonie is Walter Porter, one of Hankton’s hitters. He’s currently serving two life sentences in federal prison.
Dorsey could have significantly reduced his sentence had he been willing to cooperate with the feds.
In I Ain’t Tellin, he raps: “I won’t snitch, never tell, if the law comes and get me, I’m gonna sit my ass in jail.”
Christopher Dorsey is an inmate at The Lewisburg Satellite Prison Camp in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. As a dyed in the wool gangster he must appreciate that the unit formerly housed both John Gotti, and Whitey Bulger. (Update, Dorsey has been moved to United States Penitentiary, Atlanta)
His scheduled release date is April 13th, 2024.
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