8Ball is one half of the rap duo 8Ball & MJG. The group is pioneers of Southern rap from Memphis, TN. In the early '90s aligned with the Houston, TX-based independent label Suave Records, they quickly garnered a tremendous regional following while proving highly influential to a generation of aspiring, independent-minded rap artists and entrepreneurs. The duo enjoyed increasing recognition as the years passed, releasing a couple albums, namely Comin' Out Hard (1994) and In Our Lifetime, Vol. 1 (1999), that would become Southern rap milestones, along with classic singles like "Space Age Pimpin'." 8Ball & MJG eventually left Suave for a major label, JCOR/Interscope, in 2000, and then were signed by Diddy to Bad Boy Records, resulting in their most commercially successful album to date, Living Legends (2004). In addition, 8Ball & MJG recorded individually, the former by far the more prolific of the two. Ever since the duo's 1993 successful debut ''Comin' Hard" 8Ball & MJG have been at the forefront of the southern rap movement.