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Remembering Kilo G: A Tragic Chapter in New Orleans Hip-Hop

In the vibrant landscape of New Orleans hip-hop, the early '90s saw the emergence of a unique talent—Robert L. Johnson Jr., known in the music world as Kilo G. At the tender age of 15, Kilo G was signed by Cash Money Records, a label that would become synonymous with the city's rap scene. His journey, though tragically short-lived, left an indelible mark on the local music narrative.

In 1991, at the height of the bounce craze in New Orleans, brothers Ronald “Slim” and Bryan “Baby” Williams founded Cash Money Records. Contrary to the prevailing bounce sound, Cash Money's initial foray into the music scene involved selling cassettes out of car trunks. Among these early releases was a cassette by the 15-year-old Kilo G, featuring a style that deviated from the buoyancy of the local bounce sensation.

Kilo G's debut, "The Sleepwalker," released in 1992, ventured into near-horrorcore territory, presenting a mature performance that belied his teenage years. Despite the uniqueness of his approach, the cassette struggled to gain traction, selling only a few thousand copies. Undeterred, Cash Money enlisted Mannie Fresh as their in-house producer in 1993, setting the stage for Kilo G's sophomore effort.

In 1995, Mannie Fresh produced Kilo G's first full-length album, "The Bloody City." This release showcased a more polished and accomplished Kilo G, with Fresh's lush production providing a fitting backdrop. Guests Pimp C and Bun B added their shine to separate tracks, hinting at Kilo G's potential to become New Orleans' equivalent to UGK, blending outsized tales of criminality with grounded street knowledge.

Tragically, Kilo G never had the opportunity to fully realize his potential. In January 1997, while sitting in his 7th Ward home, an unknown assailant entered and fatally shot him. At just 20 years old, Kilo G's promising journey came to an abrupt end, leaving behind his girlfriend, Lakeisha, and their infant son, Robert Johnson III.

Kilo G's legacy in New Orleans hip-hop remains a poignant reminder of talent lost too soon. His contributions, though brief, left an enduring impact on the city's musical landscape. The tragic circumstances surrounding his untimely death serve as a chapter in the complex narrative of hip-hop, highlighting the challenges faced by artists navigating the streets while striving to make their mark in the world of music.

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