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Heat Exclusive: New Orleans Rap Artists Are On The Move

Friday, December 25th, 2015

2015 leading into 2016, New Orleans urban artists are active as ever. Eclectically, rap artists from the “Big Easy” gain steam on a national scale with reputable releases.
The Heat Magazine documents the current work and releases of a few of these Nola artists that have offered significant bodies of art for our readers to enjoy.
What makes these artists different? Each artist has a distinct sound and style. From lyrics to music, all of these artists are unique in their own way.
What makes these artists similar? The hustle mentality and New Orleans culture is evident in their music.
The Heat Magazine wanted to highlight the efforts of these artists as they complete a mission without even recognizing it. New Orleans hip hop roster is back with an energy that should account for several great songs and albums in the next few months and years.

Leading the way is Curren$y with his new album “Canal Street Confidential” feat the hit single “Bottom of The Bottle” featuring Lil Wayne and August Alsina. Curren$y doesn’t stop there. He goes on to link with Future, his homie Wiz Khalifa, K Camp, Lloyd, Ty Dolla Sign, Fiend, and Corner Boy P. Curren$y has something for the multi-audience to vibe to.

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Canal Street Confidential (Deluxe) by Curren$y
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Next up is S-8ighty and his radio/club hit “Halfway” which recently released on Universal Republic. This single has been covered by brass musicians, violinists, and has become a mainstay. Zero to 60 Entertainment, S-8ighty, and Good Money Global continue to release good music for all crowds to enjoy.

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Halfway – Single by S-8ighty
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Then, we have Young Greatness with “Moolah” produced by Jazze Pha making headlines as a hit and artist to watch. Young Greatness has been busy dropping jewels with Wale’ and several other notable national artists.

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Moolah – Single by Young Greatness
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Remaining consistent in 2015, Devious returns with a full length album,”Against All Odds”, produced by Cise HD, Niyo of Flight School, and BlaqnMild, featuring the hits “This Life That I Lead”, “Can’t Imagine Myself” feat Kango Slim, “You Sleep Out Here” feat Kevin Gates and “Take The Pain Away” feat Christian Radke. This album is clean from start to finish, musically definitive, and an easy listen for all audiences.

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Devious “Against All Odds”

Against All Odds by Devious
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Hollygrove Keem and Jay Jones of 0017th hook up with Fetty Wap on “The Zoo” and gain national attention with their collaboration. The beat and lyrics will bring a crowd to the floor or the trap.
Following, they released a hot anthem paying homage to Leonard Fournette. The single made its way to LSU stadium.

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The Zoo (feat. Fetty Wap) – Single by Hollygrove Keem & Jay Jones
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Sess 4-5 returns with a radio/club hit “Breakfast in Bed” and remains consistent featuring Detroit, 6 War Pook, and Young Sino. Sess 4-5 continues to serve the audience with engaging sounds and feel good music.

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Breakfast in Bed – Single by Sess 4 5, 6 War Pook & Young Sino
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“BOOGALOU LOUNGE & RESTAURANT” IN ATLANTA, GA

Friday, July 24th, 2015

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My experience at “BOOGALOU” Lounge and restaurant in Atlanta was phenomenal. Not only was I welcomed and treated with the up most respect, but I was also treated like family. The atmosphere there is so laid back and relaxed. The music and food was off the chain. If you had a bad day at home, work, school, etc that’s the place to be. You can let your hair down, up, sideways it doesn’t matter. They still will treat you the same. The only place where you can actually  swing at the bar & drink at the same time. Each employee have their own personalities and allowed to be themselves. No uptight, I hate my job type of people, just whole hearted good down to earth people. The food is amazing and the price is not hard on the pockets for this to be a very classy upscale place. You would think you’d pay a lot and still be hungry when you leave, but the menu have a great variety of things from $5 to $25. They also have any flavor hookah that you want, for those that really likes to relax. For this place to have just opened on Christmas day 2013, it is now one of the hottest spots in Atlanta. No advertising just word of mouth & social media. Now that’s says volume all by itself. If your ever in the “A”, you should go by and check them out for yourself 239 Ponce De Leon Atlanta, GA or look them up online www.boogalouatl.com You won’t regret it please believe me! My thoughts of the day

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“1 LIFE”

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

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Today I met 3 amazing young men(Jamal Williams, Terrence Shivers, & Quinten Williams), that’s out here trying to better themselves, not be in the street or behind bars. They drove from Atlanta just to met me and when i say i felt so honored and blessed just to be in their presence, I know more than they were to be in mines. One of the young men just gave his life to christ sunday and when he told me, chills just went all through me because you don’t often here of 20 and 21 yr old young men doing that these days. What really stood out to me the most was they quit their jobs and move from Cleveland, Ohio to Atlanta, Ga on HOPE, A DREAM & FAITH!! I was so in shocked but it touched my heart to see them be so excited and in tune with who they were and what they want. I can’t express enough of how they love music and most of their own. When you REALLY love what you do, you will sacrifice, do without, and move in a way that no one would ever understand but it’s really not meant to be understood by everyone. These young men out here putting in work, getting scammed by people, etc but they refuse to give up. I asked “Why go so hard for this music that you putting out?” They told me “Well if you don’t believe in yourself or what you do, who will!” I couldn’t have said it better myself. “1 life” has so many meanings that I could go on and on about, but the name actually speaks volumes for itself. You only get “1” so you better make the best of the one you have, cuz when this one is over you can’t get a repeat!! Check out these young men song, watch they videos on YouTube and give them some love, I promise you won’t regret it.  My Thoughts Of The Day

Getting To Know Mushiya Tshikuka From “Cutting It in The ATL”

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

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On Wednesday June 3rd 2015, I was sitting talking to a really good friend of mines and in our conversation I told her that I would love to meet “MRS. MUSHIYA” from the show “Cutting It In The ATL.” She told me to go on Instagram and send her a message, I said why not It’s worth a try. Within the hour after I sent the message, I got a call saying that I could go with “The Heat Magazine” and do a write-up on Mrs. Mushiya the very next day. Oh you see how fast GOD works, that’s what i told my friend.  So I spoke it into the universe and it came to pass. I met Mrs. Mushiya that Thursday night and when i tell you that she is a FORCE TO BE RECKON WITH, honey that’s and understatement!! She’s so humbled and beautiful all in the same breath tho. When she found out about my battle with cancer, she was so amazed. She told me that I was beautiful, gave me a HUGE hug and kissed me on my cheek. I was so humbled, grateful and most of all shocked because she showed me that much love and didn’t know me from a can of paint. She told one of her colleagues about me, which her dad does nothing but research on cancer and took my info so that she could give to her dad for him to call me. I was so amazed myself, but I had to reflect back to why I was really there. That’s where GOD needed me to be at that very moment to do and get what he needed me too. When I say that I had a blast with Mrs. Mushiya and her crew from “THE DAMN SALON”  6780 Roswell Rd Ne. Atlanta, Ga, please believe me, I even won me a great gift! The Damn Salon specializes in ALL natural hair. She said “Who the hell says that natural hair has to be boring!!?” She believes that “BEAUTY” comes in many colors and shades no matter if they have kinky or straight hair. She also loves herself and want to teach more people to do the same. “Who cares what people think of you?” is what she always says. Can you imagine her face when she says that!? Yeah, I know right lol. You can find THE DAMN SALON in a more than just a few places like Atlanta, GA, Washington, DC, Charlotte, NC, New York, Houston, TX, and Montreal. You can also order the hair extensions from her brand called RUNWAY CURLS on her website www.thedamnsalon.com and any other info that you may want to know about this Phenomenal Woman. I’m so glad and honored that I had the pleasure meeting her!! My thoughts of the day! 

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“PRINCESS BEAUTY BAR & BOUTIQUE”

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

 

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If anyone could tell you one thing about “Ms. TK” is that I LOVE fashion & style. So I stopped in on not only a GREAT friend of mines but where I shop at as well “Princess Beauty Bar & Boutique”, with the one and only Ms. Crystal Flecther. While I was there I felt what better time for me to pick her brain and ask her a few questions about her business. As we always do when I make my visit we have to drink water & chat to see what’s been going on in each other’s lives since our last visit. Today I surprised her when I asked If I could interview her, man if y’all could see the look on her face, I had to laugh myself. She was willing after I finished laughing. I really wanted to know, what made her open a boutique in the first place. “It’s a passion TK, I always loved to shop so I decided to turn my shopping into a business that also helps the women of the community” is what she says to me, so I say “Oh” because she was telling me something that I didn’t know about her. She goes on to say that she love to help every customer look and feel fabulous as well as to help build up their self-esteem but on a low-cost budget. She opened the doors in 2013, with no overhead all by herself. “It makes me feel like a robot sometimes, but I thank GOD that I’m blessed to be able to do it!” she said. In the next 5 yrs, her vision is to be a fashion expert on a tv show, styling celebrities, having her own Brand & some employees so she’ll have time to do what she needs too. Every year for Mother’s Day she does makeovers for mothers which consists of styling them and getting their hair done, with her being a single mother herself is what inspired her to “GIVE BACK” to the community in that form. She also has brought celebrities such as Shekinah(from the T.I. & Tiny show) , and Perez(He’s a celebrity stylist from ATL) to the city and have what we call a “Sip & Shop” event, that’s where women can come mingle, sip & shop all in one place. It’s not easy having a business especially in a city like Columbus, Ga where there is so much of the same things going on all over the city. When your heart is in the right place it does not matter how many of the same things going on opens, as long as GOD is in it, you’ll always win it!!! That’s what she told me in closing, Now those are some GREAT words to live by. If you’re in the city, stop by and give her a visit at 2400 Hamilton Rd, Columbus Ga or you can check her out on her website www.princessboutiqueorg.bigcartel.com She she “ALL” styles of fashion from business, church, allnight-fun, & causul attire, I promise you’ll be hooked because I’M GUILTY MYSELF!! My thoughts of the day!!

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“NAPPY ROOT BARBER SHOP”

Monday, June 1st, 2015
Nominated 3 yrs in a row for the STEVE HARVEY HOODIE AWARDS as the best barbershop

Nominated 3 yrs in a row for the STEVE HARVEY HOODIE AWARDS as the best barbershop

I walked into a barbershop today that I’ve heard so much about around town, on the radio and had the pleasure of meeting them at the “Barbers United” all white event on Saturday May 30, 2015. When i walked in, I felt the fresh clean air as I inhaled to relax my nerves for this moment. I was greeted with a “Hello, how are you doing today how may we help you ma’am?” That alone made me feel at eased and welcomed, but most importantly I loved how the word “WE” was used. A lot of business forget that there’s no “I” in team and if it was not for the “TEAM” the business wouldn’t be what is. I had a chance to talk to the every barber as just that a “TEAM”, Brandon which is the owner, Blake, Salaam, Alex, Marcus, & Christopher. This barbershop has been nominated not one but three times for the STEVE HARVEY NEIGHBORHOOD HOODIE AWARDS. So I had to come be the nosey person that I am and see what was really going on!! I had a great time and conversations. I had to ask the questions about their mission and visions because people don’t get to where they are as a business without having the two. The answer was “Being a positive role model to the youth of young men, giving them something to look up too and know that can do it too instead of being out in the streets getting in trouble. Also no one is in competition with anyone in the city, we all can make things happen for the city of Columbus, Ga!” What stick to my mind the most is after sharing a little about my story with battling Stage 3a Breast cancer, Blake’s son asked me “Do it hurt?” I replied “Yes it does, i have good  and bad days” and he asked “Are you having a good day today?”  I smiled and said “Yes, especially since I’ve talked to you!” Remember we never know when we are entertaining an angel!! The atmosphere there was so clean, calm and relaxing but I could feel the spirit of the Lord all up in there. That’s the key to success, having GOD first in all you do! They also give back to the community by helping out with back to school clothes, shoes, supplies, free haircuts, and helping throughout the year as well, I call that “PAYING IT FORWARD!!” So now I see what all the uproar is about when it comes to the “NAPPY ROOT BARBERSHOP” 4231 Macon Rd Columbus Ga 31907 where you come nappy, leave happy!! So PLEASE vote for them on June 9th, 2015 at www.neighborhoodawards.com from 6 am til 6 pm for the BEST BARBER SHOP category. I’m putting my stamp on this so y’all know they are good people and if they win we as a TEAM & as a Community wins also!!! My thoughts of the day! 

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New Orleans based Division 1 members set to release solo mixtapes

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

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New Orleans, Louisiana based rap group Division 1 members, 1st Degree and J-Raw, are each set to release a solo mixtape in the next several months. Coming off the heels of the successful mixtape project “From the East to the 9”, Division 1 is looking forward to the future and what it holds. Set to begin merchandising apparel and other items in the next year, 1st Degree and J-Raw are climbing the ladder of success.

While you await their solo mixtapes, take a listen at their last project. You can stream it or download below.

Follow Division 1 on social media:

Instagram – @1st_Degree504 & @TheRealJRaw

Twitter – @1stDegreeMuzik & @EASTSIDE_RAW

You Tube – YouTube.com/TheReal504

For booking, features, walk-throughs, hosting, etc., contact Arlene of MIKODreamzPR at 504.233.3610.

 

Heat Exclusive: Meet Super Producer BlaqnMild

Saturday, May 9th, 2015
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Relentless pursuit of man’s greatest dream describes the demeanor of New Orleans eclectic producer, BlaqnMild.

If you’ve been following rap music in New Orleans and around the globe, you’ve heard the famous tag, “BlaqnMild you a genius” in the background of several blossoming artists such as 89 Boys, Partners N Crime, Lady Dahlia, Calliope Var, Devious, Skip & Six Ward Pook, Detroit, and many more.

Anchoring hip hop in its incumbent form as well as creating the “beat” for bounce legends Big Freedia and the late Magnolia Shorty, Adam “BlaqnMild” Pigott stays on his grind.

As a result, he’s been busy making major moves with music mogul Master P.  Blaq has produced a plethora of hits with the “colonel” including a surprising collaboration “Power” featuring Lil Wayne, Master P, and Money Mafia of No Limit Forever.

In the midst of all these accolades, BlaqnMild has created solo projects along the way. One of his earlier singles, “Birthday” featured Princess of Crime Mob.  From there, he went on to produce hits such as “Favorite Girl”, “Let Me Find Out”, “You Sleep Out Here feat Kevin Gates”, “Booty Bop”, “UptownDowntown” and more.

As the professional culture of hip hop calls BlaqnMild in to work earnestly, he returns with his new single, “Feel Special”. Check it out on soundcloud.

HTTPS://m.soundcloud.com/blaqnmildthegenius/special

 

 

 

 

 

HEAT EXCLUSIVE-Louisiana Hip Hop Undeniable in 2014

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

In a state where talent is plentiful, it is easy to miss out on some of the musical gems created in Louisiana. The Heat Magazine wanted to consolidate a few of the undeniable musical treats that we were blessed with in 2014. In no particular order, be sure to check out the body of work presented in this feature article.

 

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Kevin Gates “By Any Means” took the nation by storm and served as a precursor to his global tour. #IDGT

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Line Dance and Two-Step owes so much to Cupid. Cupid’s
“Wham Dance” rocks audiences with the assistance of Mystikal and WQUE’s mixologist DJ Ro.

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When Hollywood Hatch aka Boosie Bad Azz touched down, he showed the world alongside his rhyme partner Webbie. This mixtape cements his return.

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Devious links up with Kevin Gates over a BlaqnMild banger.  This “You Sleep Out Here” collaboration was unexpected, flooded radio,  and continues to resonate. Many feel the remix is even better. Devious also released “Life Is What You Make It” which is produced by Cise HD. Check ITunes for singles and remixes.

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Lil Cali aka Cali Pachino returns with another banging mixtape featuring Young Dolph, Mouse, Kevin Gates, Wale, Juvenile, and more. The Travis James/UTP artist continues to flourish.

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Juvenile shakes things up and reconnects with Cash Money/Rich Gang/YMCMB on a new deal and a new single thus far.

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On a Niyo/S-80 Track, the seventh ward emcee, Young Greatness, makes noise and lands a deal with Atlantic. “Buku” was a 2014 collab banger that flooded radio.

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In the midst of celebrating the release of Boosie, Webbie returns with a 12 cut banging mixtape. Trill Entertainment is on the move.

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As the world impatiently waits for Carter V, Weezy and Flow drop an ambient banger. The world wants C5. The Heat will keep you posted as more news becomes available.  Flow also has a new hit, “I Do”, produced by Niyo of Flight School featuring Nino Wavey.

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Super New Orleans producer BlaqnMild links up with the Colonel Master P, Ace B, Calliope Var, Popeye, Romeo, and more. No Limit Forever is forever it seems. Search Youtube for new hits like “Bout it, Bout it” and “Fast Money”. Under the new moniker, “Money Mafia”, this Nola squad is on deck for 2015.

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Fiend is one of the hardest working artists in the game. With hits like On My Job, Lil Ghetto Boy, and more, Sleepy Jones stays on the grind dropping bangers and collabs. Visit fienddigital.com for his latest releases.

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Luca Brasi 2 picks up where Luca Brasi left off. Kevin Gates does it again. The world will eventually hear an Atlantic album but in the meantime the Heat Magazine suggests our readers enjoy his current body of work.

Although there are several artists in Louisiana, the Heat Magazine highlights a few of the artists who have taken it up a notch in 2014. Stay tuned for follow up coverage on the musical mecca known as the “Boot”. Atlanta artists are noteworthy as they have stayed consistent all year. From the looks of it, Louisiana is back on fire. 2015 will be an intriguing year in urban music.

 

 

 

 

“Now Go to School Boys”…

Monday, August 18th, 2014

The mother Tonette Mouton was recently given viral reviews from what the world considered as a “humiliating” rap for her two sons that are returning to school this fall. What shocks me is that what the world considers is an embarrassment, can actually be seen as a powerful testimony for a single parent.

The 8th grade athlete (Dillion), and 12th grade art student (Donovan) were reluctant to give their mother a back to school photo …feeling that like most teens, they were getting “too old” to be seen as babies. But for this proud and active parent that was not the case, so she decided with the help of her oldest son to create a rap, using her son Donovan’s beat and give them a message of encouragement–even giving mention to the schools that they were attending.

In the state of Louisiana, where the black male high school graduation statistic rate is 49%, being able to see one son soon prepare for highschool, while the other is in preparation for college is an achievement that deserves more than just song and dance. The true humiliation would come from her sons (all three of whom have no trace of any criminal record or activities) were now being statistically labled as drop-outs and not RETURNING student.

Until next time my brothers, continue to–“Go to school Boys”….

M.M.

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