U.N.L.V.
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U.N.L.V.

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States | INDIE

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States | INDIE
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Apr
07
U.N.L.V. @ Private Show

None, None, USA

None, None, USA

Mar
15
U.N.L.V. @ Chocolate the Bar

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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U.N.L.V. Greatest Hits Collection
Gutta 4 Life
Keep It Gutta
The Return of U.N.L.V. Trend Setters
Mac Melph Calio
Uptown 4 Life
Straight Out Tha Gutta

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Their debut album, 6th and Baronne, was released in 1993 on Cash Money. The album was not released outside of the local region, but it was very successful in the area and established Cash Money as a prominent label in the city. Today it is often considered a classic of New Orleans rap. Their next two albums, Straight Out Tha Gutta in 1994 and Mac Melph Calio in 1995, were similar to their debut. The rappers rapped mostly about guns, violence, and sex over New Orleans bounce beats provided by Mannie Fresh. The group released one more album on Cash Money in 1996, titled Uptown 4 Life. This was the group's first album to have more than a local distribution, and it was their first and to date only album to chart nationally, peaking at #86 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The album featured the song "Drag 'Em in the River", which was a diss song directed at fellow New Orleans rapper Mystikal. The song is now one of the group's most well known songs. According to Mannie Fresh in a 2008 interview, the song's beat was the major reason Cash Money was able to sign rapper Juvenile, and in 2001 the same beat was reused for Juvenile's single "Set It Off". The group's success was tempered however by the death of group member Yella Boy, who was murdered in New Orleans.

Following this album the group left Cash Money Records. Although the group was no longer on the label, Cash Money began re-releasing the group's albums and giving them national distribution. This would later lead to a lawsuit from the group against the label, claiming they could not re-release their material without their permission when they were not on the label. The suit was settled in July 2007, with the settlement being confidential.

After leaving Cash Money the group went on a hiatus for some time, but in the 2000s they have released three more studio albums, The Return of U.N.L.V.: Trendsetter's in 2001, Keep It Gutta in 2003 and Gutta 4 Life in 2004. Following the settlement of their 2007 lawsuit with Cash Money, they are reportedly working on the release of new material