Magnolia Shorty

Magnolia Shorty
Birth name Renetta Yemika Lowe
Also known as Magnolia $horty
Born September 30, 1982(1982-09-30)
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Died December 20, 2010(2010-12-20) (aged 28)
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Rapper
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1996–2010
Labels Cash Money
Associated acts Birdman, Hot Boys, Juvenile, Soulja Slim

Renetta Yemika Lowe-Bridgewater (September 30, 1982 – December 20, 2010),[1] known by the stage name Magnolia Shorty, was an American rapper in the New Orleans-based bounce music scene.[2] She and Ms. Tee (Trishell Williams) were the first women signed to Cash Money Records.[3] Her 1997 debut album Monkey on the Dick (often stylized Monkey On Tha D$ck) is considered a bounce classic, and she "was already considered a legend of bounce music" at the time of her death.[3] Offbeat said the album exemplifies "the eccentric New Orleans elements of sexuality, comedy and hard edged dance rhythms."[4] In his 2007 book Triksta, Nik Cohn credits Magnolia Shorty with his own discovery of bounce, and the third chapter of that book is named after her debut album.[5]

Magnolia Shorty was discovered by Birdman.[6][7] She got her nickname from Soulja Slim, also known as Magnolia Slim, because both had grown up in New Orleans' dangerous Magnolia Projects.[8] Nicknamed "Queen of Bounce," she collaborated with many Cash Money artists beginning in the 1990s, including Juvenile and Hot Boys.[5] She was first featured on Juvenile's 1997 song "3rd Ward Solja."[9] In 2009 she appeared at the SXSW music festival[10] and won Best Bounce Song at the Underground Hip-Hop Awards in New Orleans.[3] She was a member of Lil Wayne's Cash Money crew in the early 1990s, and she was collaborating as well as working on her second album on the Cash Money/Young Money label in 2010.[11]


She was married to Carl Bridgewater at the time of her death. She was shot and killed in a car with Jerome Hampton in a double homicide at the Georgetown of New Orleans apartments complex in the New Orleans East neighborhood of Edgelake .[12][13] Police described the crime as a drive-by shooting.[14] She was buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery in New Orleans.


  1. ^ Big Freedia (2011). Y'all Get Back Now. via Scion AV
  2. ^ Cadogan, Garnette (August 2007). Bounce Back: Not even Katrina can stop the other New Orleans Beat, still bubbling under the radar. Vibe, p. 96
  3. ^ a b c Fensterstock, Allison (December 21, 2010). Friends, colleagues remember slain rapper Magnolia Shorty. New Orleans Times-Picayune
  4. ^ Swenson, John (March 1, 2010). A lucky bounce. Offbeat
  5. ^ a b Cohn, Nik (2007). "Monkey on that Dick." in Triksta: life and death and New Orleans rap, pp. 57-80. Knopf, ISBN 9781400042456
  6. ^ Hermes, Will (December 4, 2005). The Rap Before the Rain. New York Times
  7. ^ Fensterstock, Alison (December 25, 2009). New Orleans events calendar for Christmas night 2009.
  8. ^ Grossberg, Josh (December 21, 2010). Five Things To Know About Slain Rapper Magnolia Shorty. E! Online
  9. ^ Concepcion, Mariel (December 21, 2010). Former Cash Money Rapper Magnolia Shorty Gunned Down. Billboard
  10. ^ Zeichner, Naomi (December 21, 2010). Nicki Not The First Femcee: Rest In Power Magnolia Shorty. The Fader
  11. ^ Staff report (December 22, 2010). Lil Wayne's Cash Money crew member Magnolia Shorty shot dead. NME
  12. ^ Staff report (December 20, 2010). Fans Remember Rapper Magnolia Shorty. WDSU
  13. ^ Johnston, Maura (December 21, 2010). New Orleans Rapper Magnolia Shorty Murdered. Rolling Stone
  14. ^ Associated Press (December 21, 2010). New Orleans Rapper Magnolia Shorty Shot to Death. ABC News

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