Posts Tagged ‘Full Pack’

Heat Exclusive:Paco Troxclair-Why He Has New Orleans Goin’ Duffy

Saturday, January 20th, 2018

Keeping an ear to the street is paramount in the music industry. Paying homage to those who paved the way as well as exhibiting humility are a part of any great artist’s apprenticeship or “paying dues” process. While New Orleans Uptown neighborhoods may have established a reputation for being crime-ridden, there lives an immeasurable gift that manifests itself daily. This gift is known as music and in New Orleans, music continues to be a focal point in the Calliope Projects aka CP3. The Heat Magazine brings you an interesting interview on a young man by the name of Paco Troxclair. Paco is a rap artist and currently he has the city of New Orleans going “Duffy.”

The Heat Magazine: How did you come up with the moniker “Paco Troxclair”?

Paco: Paco was the name given to me in the Calliope (projects). It’s a mystery to me how it exactly became my name but many people attempt to solve the mystery. Troxclair is the last name of my family in the Calliope which is my momma’s side that I’m closest with.

The Heat Magazine: Fullpack has been a mainstay in urban music. How did you connect with such an established company?

Paco: Fess of Full Pack is an extended member of my family. I would always hear about the great things he did and he invited me over after hearing a project of mine. I immediately began working with Don and Fess and we shared a love for music.

The Heat Magazine: Your new single ‘Duffy’ is garnering great feedback. How did you come up with this hit?

Paco: I literally went to the studio excited and Fess was there first and I told Fess I wanted something that drop in hard as fuck. He begin building the beat and I was in love with it. It was something that I did without thinking. It came very natural to me. Fess didn’t like it at first; he thought the beat was too easy and he wanted to add things. I think when something happens that easy you just think this can’t be.

The Heat Magazine: What artists influence you?

Paco: I’m a product of my hometown. Therefore, all of the hometown heroes but If you know me you know I love B.G.

The Heat Magazine: Who do you plan on working with in the near future?

Paco: I have some things in the works with Currensy. I believe we can do something dope because the energy he brings, works well with what I’m about.

The Heat Magazine: What can your supporters and our readers expect from Paco Troxclair in 2018?

Paco: Expect me to go Duffy. Me and KL have made a gang of records. Also me and Flight School have connected and they are leading the New Orleans new school. Expect the “new New Orleans” sound.

The Heat Magazine: You were able to blend a nostalgic vibe from New Orleans classic days with the wave that exists currently in the 21st century. How important was this concept to you?

Paco: This happened organically so I can’t say for sure it was consciously important. I never thought about it but working with Full Pack made me want to create the new wave of New Orleans. I don’t think people have any idea what New Orleans music sounds like in the new times.

The Heat Magazine: When you’re not doing music or performing, what do you like to do in your leisure time?

Paco: I’m always finding new ways to maximize my potential. One thing I do a lot of is work out. I saw Mystikal one day on ‘Second and D’ and he was in such great shape he inspired me.

The Heat Magazine: What advice would you give to the youth concerning the music industry?

Paco: What I’ve learned is individual people are powerful. You can do more than you believe. You don’t need a label or manager. Focus on your following and those who appreciate what you do.

The Heat Magazine: Interesting! What do you love most about New Orleans?

Paco: The second lines, seafood, I really miss the block parties. I love the drinking in the streets and the girls at super Sunday. I love the culture.

The Heat Magazine: What area in New Orleans do you represent?

Paco: I represent the Calliope project. I actually lived in Gentilly as well but my roots are in the Calliope, my family, my influences, and the place I was raised.

The Heat Magazine: Your stage performance is outgoing and your video is fun. How important is it for you to have fun doing music?

Paco: I enjoy having a good time in life so my art reflects that. Ultimately, music is to lift the vibe so it’s a must I keep the frequencies high.

The Heat Magazine: Tell the world your favorite New Orleans dish and where they should visit if they come down for Mardi Gras?

Paco: Crawfish and shrimp; I love it. I probably eat it too much but I’m not sure if I’ll give that up. I could do it everyday. The place they should visit is Cajuns Seafood. You have to go there. I’m an addict.

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CONVERSATION WITH A LEGEND: ‘Da Real’ Lokee

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Every once in a while, a rapper comes along that not only carries with them the spirit of a warrior, but that warrior spirit shows through their lyrics and music.  New Orleans based rapper Lokee is just such an entertainer.

Head of 88 Muzik Group, Lokee is a New Orleans rapper, songwriter, DJ, producer, and most importantly, visionary. He was also one of the artists to help put New Orleans style rap on the map, beginning in 1993 while he was still a young teen. Lokee’s resume is a complete one, from start to finish. He has street smarts to carry him through, but it is tempered with a ton of talent and that’s just not something to which every entertainer can stake claim.

Lokee became known on the New Orleans rap scene for his ability to take over a battle rap or talent show. Known for his style of music, he became a highly sought after ghostwriter.

“LOKEE IS ONE OF THE MOST INCREDIBLE NEW ORLEANS LYRICISTS THAT MANY OFTEN TRY TO COMPARE THEMSELVES WITH. HE IS A COMPLETE PACKAGE ARTIST, FROM SHOWMANSHIP TO RECORDING, TO BRANDING TO MARKETING, TO BEING STREET-WISE TO BEING A TEAM PLAYER TO THE FULLEST. I HAVE A LOT OF PRIDE IN LOKEE AND OUR CLASSIC WORKS, YET AS A PRODUCER I RECOGNIZE HIM AS AN ARTIST WHOSE ART HAS ONLY MULTIPLIED AHEAD OF THE GAME IN THIS PRESENT TIME. VERY OUT-GOING AND EASY TO WORK WITH. I CERTAINLY BELIEVE NO-ONE IN THE MAJOR LIMELIGHT RIGHT NOW CAN MATCH OR HANDLE THIS GUY’S SKILL. THE FUTURE IS PROSPEROUS FOR THIS KID!*” – ICEKINGCOLD a/k/a Super Producer Original Ice Mike

Lokee is the mastermind behind many well known hits from the ‘90’s, including popular female rapper Cheeky Blakk’s “Let Me Get Dat Out Cha”, one of the smash hits to come out of New Orleans over the past decades.

After securing a deal with Tombstone Records, Lokee released several hit collections. He was added to the lineup of several major tours, but Tombstone Records dissolved after the unexpected death of its CEO. Lokee hit hard times when he ran into trouble with the law, but he’s back now, armed with a ton of material that he is preparing to unleash on the world.

Lokee’s new album and mixtape series are certain to have the entertainment world demanding more from him. It made The Heat curious, so we had to catch up with him – and here’s what Lokee had to say:

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Who is Lokee?

LOKEE: A rapper/songwriter/producer. A visionary and a tortured soul. A paradox wrapped inside an enigma. A complete artist.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: How did you get your start in music?

LOKEE: I never wanted to be a rapper. The game chose me. I was doing what most other cats in the inner city was doing to keep my situation together, but I always had a love for music – all kinds. I used to battle rap for fun, then I started getting good and doing it for money. That’s when I realized that maybe I can eat off this. Older cats was coming out the woodwork trying to sign me and pay me to write for them. I met these cats called Full Pack and ended up getting them a deal with a song I wrote for them called “I Like To F**k”. I was like 15 then.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Who all have you worked with?

LOKEE: Aw man, the best of the best – everyone who’s anyone in the southern rap scene. And of course, the best from New Orleans – Slim, Mia, 6-Shot, Weebie, Tim Smooth, Ice Mike, Pimp Daddy, Daddy O, Trombone Shorty, Dat Boi Cue, Sess 4-5 – the list goes on and on. I also work with a lot of Latino artists, being that I’m 1/3 Cuban myself – Silky Fine, Yayo, Joker, Papi Chulo, Esperanza Cortez – a bunch of people man. I do features, tracks, lyrics, hooks. I do it all.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: So tell us what part Lokee played in shaping Down South Rap.

LOKEE: I mean, like at that time, before the Southern explosion, there were only a few cities in the south making real noise in the industry, like Houston, Miami, Memphis, Atlanta, and New Orleans, of course – and especially in the Tri-State area, we kinda dictated what everybody else did and listened to. You can still hear the effects of N.O. Bounce in popular music today. But having said that, I was one of the first Southern artists to be able to sell a bunch of units rapping. I get cats all the time telling me how my style influenced theirs, which is a big compliment. If your favorite artist is from the N.O., I’m probably his favorite rapper! I have a cult following.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: How did being from the New Orleans area influence your music?

LOKEE: Wow, um, how can I explain it? I’m in a N.O. state of mind. I’m a direct by-product of the violence, the corruption, the music, the food, the culture basically, and that translates through my music. You can listen to a track and hear joy, pain, arrogance, anger, and hope, all in the same song – and it’s automatic, so that makes it organic.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: What sets Lokee apart from the crowd?

LOKEE: Swag, vocab, cadence, wordplay, insight, perspective, experience – my whole approach to music in general. I’m on so way other sh*t, but I still know what I need to do to be marketable and successful.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: What new projects are currently in the works for you?

LOKEE: Well right now, the name of the game is buzz, buzz, buzz, so I’m gonna bombard my fan base with mega mix tapes and hot features. The first series is called, “Cut Me In Or Cut Me Out”. People have to realize, I just spent 10 years in prison. I came out with close to 5,000 songs, 3 novels and 2 screenplays, so like, material is no problem. I’m also working on a studio album. I’m really into fusion, so this one is going to be a classic. I have access to some of the best producers and musicians in the world, and I also perform at bigger venues with a live band. I make real music. I’m also in the process of launching a clothing line, “Crazy 88”, patterned after my own style of dress, which is as grimy and eclectic as my music.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: When it’s all said and done, what will you be most remembered for bringing to the game?

LOKEE: Class, originality, authenticity, fearlessness, and relevance.