Country of origin United States
Date founded 1992
|Genre Hip hop, R&B|
Location New Orleans, Louisiana
|Founder Charles "Big Boy" Temple|
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Big Boy Records also (known as the Boot Camp Clicc), was an independent record label established in late 1992 by Charles "Big Boy" Temple and his producer Leroy "Precise" Edwards. For several years in the '90s Big Boy Records ruled the bounce and Hip-Hop music industry in New Orleans until No Limit Records arrived.
Big Boy's first signee was pioneering New Orleans raper Sporty T (Terence Vine). He had previously been a founding member of The Ninja Crew, New Orleans's first rap group to record. In the early '90s, inspired by hits by Juvenile and Everlasting Hitman's bounce hits, he moved in that direction as well. The label's first single was "Sporty Talkin' Sporty." Though bounce, it had an uncharacteristically heavy sound for the genre. After it sold 4,000 copies, Big Boy sought out more talent. In That same year Big Boy Signed Partners-N-Crime, a rapping duo from Hollygrove, New Orleans. When they dropped their single "let the good times roll" in 1994 it became an instant hit. Months later their debut album PNC 3 hit the stores. Later on in that year G-Slimm's Fours Deuces & Trays sold 200,000 copies. However, the label's first huge success came from a recently returned Gulf War veteran, Mystikal (Michael Ernest Tyler). The 12th Ward native had originally been with Parkway Pumpin as Mystikal Mike. Then he was poached by Big Boy, who released "I'm Not That Nigga" and a self-titled debut which sold 300,000 copies. Apparently bolstered by this considerable windfall, Big Boy made most of their promotional videos in the wake. After Mystikal signed with No Limit and the death of G-Slimm Big Boy records slowly began to fall apart. In 2004 they released Big Boy Greatest Hits compilation album featuring all the greatest hits from 1992-2000.
In 2015, Charles "Big Boy" Temple passed away.