Red Light District began its infancy in 1992 with Southern Comffort (S. Fly, The Phantom, Vic the Truth). Southern Comffort released the single ‘Wun Tyme’ in 1994 to great local reviews. The following year Blac Boy and Rudy merged with Southern Comffort to form Red Light District. The group expanded its reach by adopting other area hip hop artists into the “family”, including Q. Lee and P. A. W. who became official members in 1997. Green Jeans and D. Live came on board in 1998 and Billy Billions, Frost and Jake Steel joined in 2000. The additions of John Woodlawn and Dogrue in 2006 helped solidify the group’s line-up. They lived together, grew up together, and were family.
Red Light honed their craft at hip hop open mics and poetry readings. The group released the now classic “I Know” in December of 1996, selling over 300 copies hand-to-hand in just a few days. Red Light would eventually move a total of 7000 units.
Red Light has been one of the most celebrated hip hop groups in Birmingham. In addition to their full-length albums and singles, Red Light District released a number of underground mixtapes and also recorded advertisements for WABM-TV (2000 Fall jingle), St. Ides, and local political campaigns. Red Light has also performed in sold out venu’s, opening for Run DMC, OutKast, Goodie Mob, Mary J. Blidge and many others. Red Light won the inaugural “Best Hop Hop Group” award at the 1998 Birmingham Area Music Awards, and an award for “Best Rap Group of All Time” at the 2001 Dirty Thirty Music Awards. The group was also honored at the 2007 Alabama Underground Music Awards with the Alabama Hip Hop Pioneers Award, and again in 2008 by the Museum of Urban Art (Hip Hop Icon Award). In 2007, PBS/Alabama Public Television released the documentary “Mr. Dial Has Something to Say’, with S. Fly acting as Music Director and significant contributions by Red Light’s Green Jeans, The Phantom, D. Live, and Reginald Walker to the film’s score and soundtrack. In 2008, the soundtrack was nominated for an Emmy Award, with the film winning 7 Emmy Awards and various film festival awards. In 2018, Red Light was recognized again, earning the privilege of being included in the inaugural Alabama Hip Hop Music exhibit in the Alabama Music Hall of Fame (AMHOF) – now sharing space with the likes of Lionel Richie, Cleve Eaton, Hank Williams, and the country group, Alabama.
Red Light District Discography
Red Light District(1994) “Wun Tyme” single Red Light District. “I Know” (December 1996) single Red Light District. Welcome to the Red Light, Vol. I (1997) Red Light District. The Session (1998, 2000) Red Light District. Red Light Anthology Mix CD I (2003) Red Light District. The John Woodlawn Project (2003) Red Light District. Red Light Anthology Mix CD 2 (2006)