Posts Tagged ‘Ninth Ward’

(ARTIST 101) Sess 4-5, the hardest working man in showbiz

Monday, May 28th, 2018

If any entertainer has earned the title of “Hardest Working Man in Show Business”, it is New Orleans’ own Sess 4-5. He is indeed the “Hustle God.”

Sess 4-5 is an artist, promoter, activist, and entrepreneur (he’s owner of Nuthin But Fire Records) whose reputation precedes him – a reputation for putting in a massive amount of work as well as being an innovator whose promotional tactics are copied all over the region. Sess has managed to fuse the age of promotional hand to hand combat with the digital age to take his hustle to new heights.

Learn a little about Sess 4-5:

STAGE NAME: Sess 4-5


HAILING FROM: New Orleans, Louisiana 9th Ward Desire Project

MUSICAL INFLUENCES: 2Pac, E40, Mystikal, Juvenile, Daddy Yo, & Nas

FAVORITE FOOD: Fish and macaroni


IF YOU COULD BE ENDORSED BY ANY BRAND, WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHY? Tidal because it’s a Black owned streaming platform and it’s in the music business.

FAVORITE SONG: “Trap Jumpin” – H.U.S.T.L.A.Z. ft. Magnolia Chop



IF YOU WEREN’T RAPPING, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING? Successfully running several businesses.


Twitter & Instagram: @Sess45

(#HOT HEAT PICK) Charlie Hustle

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013


32 year old Charlie Hustle has, without a doubt, earned his spot as a #HOT HEAT PICK.

Hustle” doesn’t begin to describe all that he does. This New Orleans native grew up in the Ninth Ward and graduated from St. Augustine High School, one of the most well-known high schools in the city. After graduating high school, he attended Nicholls State University where he majored in Marketing. At some point during his youth, he developed one hell of a HUSTLE.

YMCMB President Mack Maine & Charlie Hustle

YMCMB President Mack Maine & Charlie Hustle

He’s been doing club promotions for the past decade, between New Orleans and Houston and he’s hosted parties for some iconic figures, including Cee Lo Green & Goodie Mobb, Lisa Ray & the cast of VH-1’s Single, YMCMB President Mack Maine, Shaquille O’ Neal, Trey Songz, Ocho Cinco, MC Lyte, PNC, Jay Jones, UTP Skip, and many more.

Charlie Hustle is the founding partner of SupaClique, in addition to his current role in the Orthopedic Surgery Department of Baylor College of Medicine. As if that is not enough, Charlie Hustle throws his support behind many New Orleans music legends, something that is most appreciated by those very artists.

Charlie Hustle is making his imprint at this year’s Super Bowl and Mardi Gras festivities and he is even hosting the official Ciroc Party at Empire NOLA, one of New Orleans’ most luxurious venues. Countless celebrities are expected to attend the Ciroc Party, so you can bet that will be just one more notch in Charlie Hustle’s belt of successful events! Make sure to also check him out for NBA Weekend in Houston, Texas, as he has his hand in some of the most prestigious events there!

Follow Charlie Hustle on Twitter@CHustle5526


KOAN: Remarkable Lyricist, Truly A Dying Breed

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

Koan: A puzzling, often paradoxical statement or story, used in Zen Buddhism as an aid to meditation and a means of gaining spiritual awakening.

As a result of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath that included a political struggle and problems encountered by residents in their rebuilding and repopulation efforts, the Ninth Ward of New Orleans, Louisiana has begrudgingly and reluctantly become a symbol of despair. While that may have been well earned, what many fail to realize is the amount of talent that the Ninth Ward, and New Orleans as a whole, has to offer the world of entertainment. Enter Koan, a rapper hailing from the Ninth Ward.

Koan offers his listeners a living, breathing commentary on many social ills, with his lyrics laced over impeccable beats.

His most recent effort, “Chronicle of a Dying Breed”, offers up not only insight into his talent, but it causes the listeners to be unable to pause it until the very last word.

I must admit, I was completely enthralled with the album – it is pure, unadulterated genius that educates its listener beyond anything that one expects when downloading an album. I expected to hear some great music – after all, Koan was recently honored with a NOLA Underground Hip Hop Award nomination in the category of “Hottest Album”. What I didn’t expect was that the album would capture my full attention, but it did that and then some.

Koan is, without a doubt, an artist to watch. He’ll be around for a long time to come and we can’t wait to hear more from him.

We recently caught up with Koan and here’s a chronicle of the conversation we had with this dying breed (a true lyricist):


KOAN: Koan is hip hop at its purest form just straight expression of life and music – organic and real.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Do you believe that being from New Orleans influenced your style?

KOAN: Being from New Orleans definitely gave me a lot of instrumental music influence, but my rap style is mostly influenced by the early to mid-90’s style of hip hop.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Who influenced you musically, growing up?

KOAN: Growing up, I was influenced by a lot of different types of music. I really loved everything from Hip Hop to Classical. I’m just a true lover of music.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Tell us about the album.

KOAN: The album was written and produced by myself and Sean C. It was recorded at Nothing Studios. The concept of the album was an idea I’ve been having on my mind since high school. I wanted to do something fresh and new to break the monotony of the same old songs and content. I wanted to breathe new life into Hip Hop, in an effort to save the culture from an economic apocalypse. (LOL)

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: The production is impeccable. Tell us about your producer.

KOAN: Sean C. is, in my opinion, the greatest in the world. His talents are unbound and alive. His understanding of music goes far beyond just Hip Hop. We have this working chemistry that cannot be denied. You can expect to hear great things from him and from me in the future.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: What’s in the future for Koan?

KOAN: You can expect more real Hip Hop from the soul and great music to listen to and enjoy, plus a nationwide tour coming next year, so look out for me.

EDITOR’S NOTE: I certainly hope our readers paid attention to the last part of the interview, because we are confident that we will certainly be seeing and hearing a whole lot more of Koan in the very near future. This is a talented young man whose future is extremely bright! Make sure to check out his website at