Like many other acts before them, 8 Ball and MJG suffered from what I call the unfortunate “Bad Boy syndrome.” These two southern hip-hop OGs signed with Diddy and actually saw some decent sales numbers. Their 2004 album, Living Legends, went gold and they reached some prominence with a feature on Three 6 Mafia’s gigantic hit “Stay Fly.” But 8 Ball and MJG, with some better direction and promotion, could have easily reached those heights with their own singles. Diddy was probably too busy ordering people around to get cheesecake. Once the duo left Bad Boy, 8 Ball and MJG created their own labels, 8 Ways Entertainment and MJG Muzik, respectively. They also signed to T.I.’s Grand Hustle label while working on their eighth record Ten Toes Down, which features Young Dro, Snoop Dogg, Bun B, Drumma Boy, Nitti, and others.
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