Former Hot Boyz rapper Christopher (B.G.) Dorsey, hip-hop superstar Lil’ Wayne’s childhood best friend and one-time group and label mate, was a drug-dealing underling of New Orleans crime lord “Wild Telly” Hankton, according to DEA records. Thirty-six year old B.G. (“Baby Gangster”) Dorsey is in the middle of a 14-year federal prison term for illegal firearm possession. He took a trio of felony drug convictions between 1998 and 2003, allegedly working for Hankton’s organization. His 1999 single “Bling, Bling” is his largest mainstream hit and is credited with ushering the term (referring to wearing flashy jewelry) into the pop-culture zeitgeist.

Hankton, 40, was New Orleans’ biggest drug boss of the 2000s, heavily feared and respected across the Bayou. He is currently behind bars for murder and is on trial this month for racketeering charges spawning from a sweeping 24-count 2012 federal indictment he was at the forefront of. Dorsey and Hankton come from the same Uptown district neighborhood in New Orleans.

In many of Dorsey’s raps and rap videos, he name-checks Hankton and Hankton’s top muscle, Walter (Moonie) Porter, another convicted murderer and boyhood schoolmate of his. A telephone conversation between Porter and Dorsey discussing a drive-by shooting they committed together was intercepted by a federally-authorized wiretap.

On November 3, 2009, Dorsey was pulled over in a Chevy Tahoe by New Orleans police on a routine traffic stop leaving his girlfriend’s house alongside two other Hankton crew members and found three guns, two of which were stolen, and loaded ammunition magazines for each. The Chevy Tahoe Dorsey was driving in had been reported stolen from an Avis rental care outlet. At the time of his arrest, Dorsey was employed by Atlantic Records.

When he was just 12 in 1992, Dorsey was signed to New Orleans-based Cash Money Records, a label that by the end of the decade would be scooped up by mega-media conglomerate Universal and grow to become one of the most prominent in the burgeoning hip-hop industry, a pioneer in the Southern rap genre . Besides Dorsey, Cash Money Records co-founders and siblings Bryan (Baby) Williams – aka “The Birdman” and Ronald (Slim) Williams have been tied by DEA informants to Hankton and his organization too.

While first rapping under the name Lil’ Doogie, Dorsey was paired with fellow pre-teen Lil’ Wayne (Dwayne Carter) in a group called the B.G’z. They started to make waves locally. As the New Millennium approached, national fame summoned.

Dorsey and Lil’ Wayne joined forces with Cash Money Records rappers Juvenile and Young Turk and formed the Hot Boyz in 1997, the group that put all four artists on the map, especially Lil’ Wayne and Juvenile, who went on to have platinum-selling success in their solo careers. The prolific Lil’ Wayne is considered rap royalty in the music business. Only Juvenile remains on the Cash Money Records label in 2016 and he had left and returned two years ago.

Dorsey was the first to bolt the label, leaving in late 2001 to ink with Koch Records. In 2006, he jumped to Atlantic Records and then upon his 2012 sentencing in his gun case, he signed with Warner Brothers.

Lil Wayne (left) & B.G. (center) circa 2009

Lil Wayne (left) & B.G. (center) circa 2010

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