Viper is an American rapper and producer born in El Dorado, Arkansas. From a young age, he has been constantly involved in music. Viper started playing the piano at 5 and then the organ at 8, within his dad's church. Viper’s rap career began circa ’97 with the track Choppers (released under the pseudonym J-Ride) in the soundtrack of the film 5th Ward. Directed by his brother, 5th Ward was set in Houston, and went on to gain cult status. In addition to his musical contribution, Viper also starred in the film alongside (the infamous) DJ Screw.
In 2004, Viper’s debut album Hustlin’ Thick was released, this time under the moniker of Lee Dogg. This album showcased a similar sound and style to that of Choppers. Since Hustlin’ Thick, Viper began to develop his signature slow, cloudy atmosphere, minimalist (often reversed) beats and deep voice. The instrumentals of early Viper albums (2004-2010) are generally acknowledged as being produced completely by Viper himself, using a Roland beat machine and a cheap Yamaha Motif keyboard.
Viper’s discography is difficult to quantify. Despite internet speculation about the existence of 1500 albums, the only comprehensive list with links to every album numbers his discography at 929 albums. Furthermore, most of these 929 albums consist of the same songs, recycled infinitely (and sometimes multiple times within the same album). In this way, there is no true answer to the amount of albums Viper has released. Viper’s rationale for his seemingly unbelievable output of albums appears to be that 'more albums equal more audience'. The characteristic MS Paint covers of all Viper albums serve as a further attention-grab. Viper’s true claim to fame is his 2008 song You’ll Cowards Don’t Even Smoke Crack. The album of the same name was released in 2008, but only found success in 2013 after the title track was uploaded to Youtube. The meme-ification of Viper granted him a larger audience, which has nevertheless failed to prevent him from actively scamming his loyal fans. Viper is known for never delivering physical copies of the albums he sells on Bandcamp.
Viper is also commonly known for his ‘THODposting’. THOD stands for ‘Tha Hornace of Death’, Viper’s way of describing a tummy tuck belt. Viper believes that by wearing several THODs at a time throughout his daily life, he can transcend his evils, absolve his sins and achieve his goals. He has yet to complete his THOD journey, and has since discarded it in favour of his role as ‘Black Jesus’ in the coming apocalypse (circa 2037). This has led to fans’ claims that THODposting was a deliberate hoax.
Alongside his music career, Viper regularly promotes his real estate business. Viper himself did not become an official real estate agent until early 2018, having previously failed exams due to ‘battling THODs’. Before this, Viper still apparently dealt claims illegally through this business, or, used it as a front for drug dealing. Viper originally planned for people to be able to purchase stock in the company by attempting to convince the Securities and Exchange Commission to register shares for his real estate business. After they declined, Viper sued the SEC and stated his intention to register 5 billion shares of stock. The case was dismissed after Viper failed to appear at the initial pretrial conference.
So what are his 'actual' albums?
In order of release:
• Hustlin’ Thick / Lee Dogg (2004)
• Ready and... Willing (2006)
• The Southwest Hooligan (2006)
• Heartless Hoodlum (2006)
• You’ll Cowards Don’t Even Smoke Crack (2008)
• The Paper Man (2008)
• The Hiram Clarke Hustler (2009)
• These Rappers Claim They Hard When Them F*** Never Even Seen The Pen (2010)
• 5-9 Piru Music. Tha Gang, The Album, The Label (2012)
• Rich and Not Famous (2013) (spotify version is heavily altered to the point it’s not worth listening)
• Kill Urself My Man (partially, 2014)
• Tha Top Malla (2015)
• Death From In Front (2016)
• World Rap Star (with Nolan) (2017)
• Bout Tha Money (with Broken Machine Films) (2018)
• They Hate Me Cuz I’m Vaporwave (with Nmesh & various prod.) (2018)19:00 - 20:00