A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from October 03, 2017
Chopper City (New Orleans nickname)

"Chopper City” (1996) was the first rap album from American rapper B.G. “Chopper” means an AK-47 rifle. In 2001, B.G. formed Chopper City Records.

B.G.’s home town of New Orleans, Louisiana, has infrequently been called “Chopper City” because of his recordings.

Other New Orleans nicknames include “America’s Most Interesting City,” “Baghdad-on-the-Bayou,” “Big Crescent,” “Big Easy,” “Big Greasy,” “Big Sleazy,” “Birthplace of Jazz,” “Chocolate City,” “City of a Million Dreams,” “City That Care Forgot,” “City That Forgot to Care,” “Convention City,” “Crawfish Town,” “Creole City,” “Crescent City,” “Gateway of the Mississippi Valley,” “Gumbo City,” “Hollywood South,” “Jump City,” “Mardi Gras City,” “Metropolis of the South,” “N’Awlins,” “Nerlins,” “No Orleans” (after Hurricane Katrina), “NOLA,” “Northernmost Banana Republic,” “Northernmost Caribbean City,” “Old Swampy,” “Paris of America,” “Queen City,” “Saint City,” “Silicon Bayou,” “Silicon Swamp” and “Sweet Lady Gumbo.”


Wikipedia: B.G. (rapper)
Christopher Noel Dorsey (born September 3, 1980), better known by his stage name B.G. (short for “Baby Gangsta” or “B. Gizzle”), is an American rapper from New Orleans, Louisiana. He began his music career signing to Cash Money Records in 1992, with Lil Wayne (then known as Baby D.) as half of the duo The B.G.’z . Both, along with rappers Juvenile & Turk, collectively formed the group, the Hot Boys in 1997. In 2001, B.G. resigned from Cash Money Records, & created his own label, Chopper City Records.

Wikipedia: Chopper City
Chopper City is the first studio album by American rapper B.G., released on November 23, 1996, on Cash Money Records. The album quickly sold over 200,000+ copies and established B.G. as a force to be reckoned with in New Orleans. Chopper City was Re-Released in 1999 when Cash Money Signed a Pressing and Distribution Deal With Universal Records in 1998.

Wikipedia: Chopper City in the Ghetto
Chopper City in the Ghetto is the fourth studio album by American rapper B.G. released April 20, 1999, on Cash Money Records and Universal. It spawned the top 40 hit “Bling Bling”. The album features production by Mannie Fresh and appearances by Baby, The Big Tymers, Lil Wayne and Juvenile.

24 May 1999, Los Angeles (CA) Times, “Record Rack” by Soren Baker, pg. 4:
*** B.G., “Chopper City in the Ghetto”
Cash Money/Universal. On his fifth solo album, the New Orleans native uses his city’s indigenous slang to create thoroughly entertaining and intricate street-life narratives. As enjoyable and polished as B.G.’s raps are, it’s the powerful production of Mannie Fresh that drives the album. Using rapid-fire drum tracks, stunning synthesizers and gripping guitars, Fresh creates a hip-hop aural utopia.

6 December 2003, The Guardian (London, UK), “Portrait: Mista Triksta: TRIKSTA, LICENSED TO RAP: Nik Cohn found in rap music all the raw stuff of life rock had tossed away. He was hooked. But could he, a white, London born 57 year old, make a realistic hip hop Svengali in New Orleans? He s trying” by Chris Floyd, Weekend, pg. 32:
Locally, bounce outsells mainstream rap five-to-one. But its star performers - Jubilee, Josephine Johnny, Ruthless Juveniles, Fifth Ward Weebie, UNLV - have rarely sold much outside Louisiana, and many of the biggest names have died untimely. It’s a source of perverse pride that New Orleans is known as Click Click or Chopper City, murder capital of the western world.

Urban Dictionary
chopper
1.Chopper- “Chopper City” is another name for the AK-47 assault rifle”. What B.G. Meant there is A Chopper is an AK-47 assault rifle.
2. Chopper- Someone who plays the game raw and Chops.
(...)
by Emetic March 14, 2005

Urban Dictionary
chopper
A “chopper” is an AK-47, a term usually attributed to Gulf-region rapper B.G., formerly of Cash Money Millionaires. “Chopper city”, in turn, is a nickname for the city of New Orleans, which is where B.G. grew up.
“Shit got hot in Chopper City tonight!”
Chopper City in the Ghetto - (Title of a B.G. Album)

#chopper city #new orleans #choppa city #choppa #copper
by King of Chopper City February 19, 2006

Urban Dictionary
chopper city
nickname of the city of new orleans, particularly of the uptown area, where it is necessary to own a chopper(ak-47) simply for survival.
you gotta be the realest of the real in chopper city. its chop or get chopped in chopper city. B.G. had a concert in chopper city last night, you shoulda been there
#chopper#city#in#the#ghetto
by ikeepsthatmuthafuckinheattaonme August 02, 2006

YouTube
Krazy - Chopper City - New Orleans No Limit Records (Tupac)
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Published on Jun 10, 2008
Extremely rare, hard to find cut by Krazy from 1996.  The very first night Q93 played this track, I was listening and heard people calling nonstop to say that Krazy sounded just like Tupac Shakur.  New Orleans rapper Krazy first hit the scene in 1996 with the album I Shed Tears for the World which spawned the single “Chopper City,” which proved to be a regional radio and club favorite and led to numerous comparisons to Tupac Shakur (both posses a similar rapping style and fondness for the same lyrical subject matter). Other releases soon followed, including My Krazy World and Recognize Game. Renowned rap artist/producer Master P soon discovered Krazy, who hooked him up with 504 Boyz, as he lent his rapping skills to their 2000 hit single “Wobble Wobble” and full-length album Goodfellas. August of 2001 saw the release of Krazy’s first solo releases for Master P’s Soulja Army Records, titled Breather Life, an album that featured guest appearances by C-Murder, Snoop Dogg, and even Master P himself. “When I first got my Chopper.”

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