31. Young Bleed
From: Baton Rouge, LA
Signature Song: Young Bleed f/ Master P & C-Loc "How Ya Do That" (1998)
Young Bleed wasn't the flashiest member of the No Limit army. He didn't have the exuberant dexterity of Mystikal or the outsized charisma of Soulja Slim. But the Baton Rogue, L.A .resident was more of a subtle artist. His tasteful, laid-back drawl unfolded like a proto-Curren$y.
This laconic style found a home with the Concentration Camp, an unfortunately-titled crew that included rappers C-Loc, Max Minelli, and later on, a young teeanger known as Lil Boosie. When Master P remixed C-Loc and Young Bleed's "How You Do That," adding his vocals to the mix for 1997 I'm Bout It soundtrack, it became the number-one song on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop charts the following year.
That year he released his solo debut, which went gold; his follow-up release, My Own was almost as accomplished, and highlight "Give and Take" still showcased his slick, casual style which was street-oriented in content, but always with a reserved, effortless appeal.
He continued recording through the 2000s, which brought independent albums Rise Thru da Ranks although he never again approached the level of success that he had with No Limit. 2011's Preserved found the rapper collaborating with new artists, when Bleed signed to Tech N9ne's Strange Music, and long-YouTube-only track "Put Your Stamp On It" finally saw wide release.