B.G. — whose given name is Christopher Noel Dorsey — is a New Orleans native who started his career in rap music when he signed to Ronald “Slim” Williams and Birdman’s Cash Money Records in 1994 at the age of 13 years old. He would quickly rise to fame, working alongside his label mates Lil Wayne, Turk, and Juvenile, with music production by Mannie Fresh.

In November 2009, B.G., which stands for Baby Gangsta, had a run in with the law that created a domino effect that would soon change the trajectory of his life and career. During a routine traffic stop, the New Orleans Police Department discovered three guns — two of which had been previously reported as stolen — in the rapper’s car. He was taken in and booked on an illegal carrying of weapons charge. In 2012, B.G. was sentenced to fourteen years in federal prison for gun possession and witness tampering.

Under ordinary circumstances, B.G. would be released from prison in April 2024. However, Cash Money Records boss, Birdman, has revealed the possibility of an early release. On November 30, a video circulated on social media claiming that the Hot Boys rapper had been released from prison, however it was quickly debunked as a fake by those who have been following B.G. and his career since the late 1990s.

Disappointing, to be sure. Still, whether BG is released from prison early or not, these five classic tracks are immediate must-adds to the playlist of any person, young or old, who is not familiar with the New Orleans hip hop star and his contributions to pop culture.