Ivory Joe Paynes
Mobo Joe is a legendary figure of New Orleans Rap history. He's one of the main pioneers of Gangsta Rap in West Bank, an area comprised in the New Orleans/Jefferson Parish area.
In 1992 he started the label Mobo Records out of his West Bank Expressway record shop. What made Mobo Records more unique than any other label from New Orleans during that time was the line up of gangster rap albums such as Dog House Posse “Dope Gets No Heavier”, Lower Level Organization “Wanted By Five-O Feared By Most”, Ruthless Juveniles “Hard As Tha Fuck” I & II, and Death “Possessed By The Ouija Board”.
Behind all of the releases was Mobo Joe, backed up by his vice president Kenneth Taylor.
Mobo Joe rapped on a few of the albums and was a member of the Lower Level Organization with the late Ace Nitty. He also handled some production, although most of the music was handled by Death of the Ruthless Juveniles.
The label eventually fell into obscurity in the early 2000s because the president Ivory Joe Paynes was arrested with drugs, and ended up doing time in federal prison. When he was eventually released from prison he released his first solo album in 2004 "Federalli" but the major part of the Mobo Records roster was killed, incarcerataed or left to other labels.
However, Mobo Joe is still active nowadays as Mobo Records.
1992 - 2018
Mobo Camp Records, Mobo Joe Records, Mobo Records