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Heat Exclusive: A Conversation with King Reality

Thursday, January 11th, 2018


The Heat Magazine takes a travel to the West Bank of New Orleans. Many may not fathom that this area near the East Bank of New Orleans includes surrounding cities known for music. These small cities are unique and offer eclectic music. If a visitor travels across the Greater New Orleans bridge, they’ll become familiar with Algiers, Harvey, Belle Chasse, Westwego, Kennedy Heights, and of course Marrero just to name a few.

Ice Mike, Bust Down, Tim Smooth, and Dj Too Cool, all who have earned their place as legends of New Orleans and Louisiana hip hop earned their national acclaim on this side of the Mississippi River. Mobo Records, Ruthless Juveniles, and other West Bank area artists manufactured hits in the 90s.

MC Thick was the most well known rap artist from Marrero in the 20th century after landing a deal with Atlantic Records largely due to his hit single “Marrero” which was produced by J Diamond Washington, an owner of Diamond Studios.

In the 21st century, the hip hop scene continues to flourish. Rappers such as Choppa Style and Baby Boy Da Prince both received national success. Nowadays, artists like B Assasson and Daniel Heartless are making their way through the ranks of the industry.

In 2006, a young man started his professional rap career leading him to a national collaboration on Baby Boy Da Prince’s album. Perfectly titled, “Across Da Water,” the album included a song “Marrero” and this is where his first creative energy was released. Currently, he has a full length album  “New Orleans Premonition” available on all digital outlets. The Heat Magazine wanted our readers to get an inside look on this burgeoning artist.

The Heat Magazine: Tell the world your stage name?

King Reality: My stage name is King Reality.

The Heat Magazine: How long have you been a professional rap artist?

King Reality: I have been rapping since I was 5 yrs old.

The Heat Magazine: Being from Marrero, you come up with Mc Thick, Choppa Style, Baby Boy, and B Assasson. How important is it for you to represent your hood in your music?

King Reality: It’s very important that I continue to carry the torch because those brothers paved for like myself to come through.

The Heat Magazine: What separates you as an artist from your peers?

King Reality: My experience separates me from my peers because of real life situations that I have been faced with and overcome.

The Heat Magazine: As it relates to production, who do you work with?

King Reality: I work with beats by Nell, Quarter Key, and Alroc Kapezee from Untouchable Records.

The Heat Magazine: What are your immediate plans for 2018?

King Reality: To let my talent be seen throughout the world and be a major takeover in the industry.

The Heat Magazine: Tell us about your latest release.

King Reality: My mixtape is called MARRERO JAMMBALAYA with features from Mr Marcello and Choppa Style as well as a few other artists.

The Heat Magazine: What advice would you give to an upcoming artist?

King Reality Stay consistent and trust God. Always believe in yourself.

The Heat Magazine: Who influences you musically?

King Reality: Tupac and Soulja Slim.

The Heat Magazine: Tell us some things about Marrero that our readers and fans may not know.

King Reality: It’s a small city with lots of love where people have been knowing each other their whole lives. It’s a place with a lot of unity. It’s a place where if you stayed for a while, you would probably not ever want to leave.

The Heat Magazine: Do you plan on working with anyone in the future that we should know about?

King Reality: Yes, I plan on working with Lil Wayne, Drake, Piles, and more.

The Heat Magazine: What do you think about Louisiana’s rap scene?

King Reality: I think we are building. We are coming behind Cash Money and No Limit who showed us how to take control of our destiny. No matter what, the world is ours! (Bahlee dat)


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#NYA presents ‘Not Your Average Barz (Red Gator Freestyle)

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

NYA TV presents: Not Your Average Barz
Check out Red Gator spitting some hot lines by the monumental
Soulja Slim painting in DownTown New Orleans..

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(HEAT MIXTAPE OF THE MONTH) A Tribute To Soulja Slim: Chop Not Slop

Sunday, September 9th, 2012

This month’s “HEAT MIXTAPE OF THE MONTH” is a very special one – a tribute to the late great New Orleans legend, Soulja Slim, aptly entitled “Soulja Slim: Chop Not Slop“.

The mixtape is a chopped and screwed tribute to Soulja Slim and was put together by New Orleans’ first chop and screw DJ, DJ Hollygrove of The Chopstars.

The mixtape was just released and is available on and It’s a 2-part mixtape, with the 2nd installment set to drop on the 9th anniversary of Slim‘s death.

Follow DJ Hollygrove on Twitter – @dj_hollygrove

(NEW HEAT) August Sound Clash mix released (FREE DOWNLOAD)

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

In what may very well be the greatest Sound Clash mix yet, the August version has hits from Big Boy Records, No Limit Records & Cash Money legends, as well as others. Check out the tracklist for this mix and make sure to download it today:

Partners-N-Crime – Pump Tha Party
504 Boyz (Mercedes, Mac, and Jabo) – I Can Tell
Fiend – Mr. Whomp Whomp
U.N.L.V. – Don’t U Be Greedy
U.N.L.V. – Go D.J.
U.N.L.V. – Drag ‘Em ‘N’ Tha River
Mystikal – The Man Right Chea
Mystikal – Here I Go
MC Thick – Marrero
Tim Smooth – I Gotsta Have It
Mia X feat. Mystikal – Who Got Tha Clout
Silkk Tha Shocker – It Ain’t My Fault
Young Bleed – How Ya Do Dat
Big Tymers – Get Your Roll On
B.G. – Cash Money Is An Army
Soulja Slim – I’ll Pay For It
DJ Mouche – Everyday In My Life
Pimp Daddy – Gotsta To Be Real
Warren Mayes – Get It Girl
Krazy – Chopper City
Juvenile – Bounce For Juvenile
Partners-N-Crime – Up Early N Tha Morning
Dolamite – Hustlas
Kilo – The Ward Song
DJ Jubilee – Get It Ready
Gregory D & DJ Mannie Fresh – Buck Jump Time
Master P feat. Mystikal, Mia X, Silkk Tha Shocker, and Fiend – Make ‘Em Say Uhh!



Choppin’ It Up With D.J. Slash (Part 2)

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Check out the rest of the interview with D.J. Slash – we pick up with him speaking on violent crime in New Orleans:

The Heat Magazine: What’s your point of view on violence in New Orleans?

D.J. Slash: It’s out of hand and it’s self genocide within our own communities. No amount of police presence will curb the problems of inferior education systems, poverty, unemployment, the so called war on drugs and effects of Willie Lynchism.

The Heat Magazine: The Heat understands you are a true hip hop enthusiast, how does that affect you as a deejay/producer?

D.J. Slash: A Producer brings out the best in an artist. So, I look to bring out the best in myself whenever I’m at a house party, seafood broil, family reunion, on stage, or crafting beats from a sample or an original composition.

The Heat Magazine: Do you agree or disagree with the over saturation of self produced and self engineered music releases by young artists?

D.J. Slash: I disagree, but the best way to learn is from failure.

The Heat Magazine: What’s your take on relationships and being in show business?

D.J. Slash: Whomever you’re in a relationship with has to fully overstand what their getting into and the person they”re dealing with. Me personally, I don’t feel the need to whip my feet with that, to get in or through the door.

The Heat Magazine:Where are you originally from?

D.J. Slash:I was born in the city of lost angels and moved back to Louisiana when I was 4 years old. I had family from the 7th, 9th, 3rd and 1.5 wards. I was raised on the West Bank and DJ’d on both sides of the river.

The Heat Magazine: What are your other hobbies?

D.J. Slash: Basketball, Tennis, Volleyball, reading African American History and chess.

The Heat Magazine: What’s your favorite dish?

D.J. Slash: Chicken, crawfish & shrimp fettucini or baked fish.

The Heat Magazine: If you could inspire change musically, what would be one of the main areas of focus?

D.J. Slash: The music, I try to bring more feeling and being soulful into what I do. A more organic a breathable type music.

The Heat Magazine: What’s your favorite piece of music gear?

D.J. Slash: My ASR-10

The Heat Magazine: Do you play any instruments?

D.J. Slash: Drums, Bass & Keyboards.

The Heat Magazine: Any other things you want to share with our readers?

D.J. Slash: I have music posted on,,

www.facebook/D.J.SLASH/. For Booking or Production information, contact me at 504.491.0660. PEACE and Blessings, GOD Loves!

For more information contact Dion Norman at You can check out Part 1 of the interview with D.J. Slash here:

(HEAT EXCLUSIVE) BLACK BOY: Heart & mind of a true hustler

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

The heart and mind of a successful businessman and true music artist pump the same thing – HUSTLE.

HUSTLE is a trait that Black Boy carries with him in everything he does. Whether it is with KUNTRII KINGZ CLOTHING CO., a company he co-owns, or whether it is in his music, Black Boy hustles and grinds all day and night long.

He’s a natural born hustler, knowing how to work his magic to get things done and he’s not afraid to promote his art, as well as that of those in his circle.

Making his way all over the South, Black Boy is proving that promotion and networking are the real keys to success.

The Heat is intrigued and we had to find out what makes this artist turned businessman tick. Here’s what he had to say:

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Tell us about yourself.

BLACK BOY: I was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana. I was raised by my mother. My stepdad was on drugs really bad. I used to see him shoot up. I didn’t have much of a childhood, but it prepared me for the streets. I don’t fear nothing but God.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: We hear that you’ve traveled all over. Tell us about that.

BLACK BOY: I’ve lived in Lafayette, Louisiana, Orange, Texas, New Orleans, Louisiana, Shreveport, Louisiana, Houston, Texas, Mobile, Alabama, and now, Atlanta, Georgia.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: What are your musical influences?

BLACK BOY: I have a southern style of Hip Hop/Rap. I grew up listening to the Geto Boys, Too Short, Big Daddy Kane, NWA, Master P, 2Pac, Wu Tang, Juvenile, Luke & the 2 Live Crew, Bone Thugs & Harmony, and Soulja Slim. I learned the streets from my big brother and cousins, but I always knew I’d be someone important.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: What performances do you have under your belt?

BLACK BOY: I’ve performed with Jojo Da Platinum Piece, Billy Book, Gemini, My Big Fam Click, Choppa Style, Fifth Ward Webbie, Cupid, Lil Boosie, Hurricane Chris, Mouse On Da Track, V.I., Juvenile, Big Boom & 2 Throwed, Talib Kweli, Baby Boy, Bunny B, Young, Tat Tomas, Red Boy, Z-Ro, Paul Wall, Bun B, and others. I’ve been rapping forever, but 1996 was my first time going into a studio. I started investing in concerts and promoting them. I’ve performed to make money, but for me, it’s not the money – it’s the love and passion of the music. I love it. I was supposed to Soulja Slim before he passed on. We will miss him.

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

BLACK BOY: I’m just grinding – working on my new mixtape and doing a lot of singles. I have a hot single in the streets right now entitled, “Big Boy Sh*t” featuring 2 Throwed. I also have a hot line of shades coming out with my business partner, Brandon Johnson, through our company, KUNTRII KINGZ. I’m trying to work with everybody who wants to work. You can find my music on Rhapsody, iTunes, You Tube, and in several years, on top of the Billboard Charts – me or my artists I put out.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Make sure to check out Black Boy & to keep a close watch on him. He’s making epic moves with his music & with KUNTRII KINGZ CLOTHING CO. Follow him on Twitter – @ttblackb.

NEW ORLEANS ON THE RISE: NOUE releases new mixtape (VIDEO)

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

8th installment in the successful NOUE mixtape series

New Orleans Union Of Entertainment (NOUE) returns with their 8th installment in their epic mixtape series.

The Union is on fire as they continue to drop the best of New Orleans mixtapes.  New Orleans On The Rise features the following artists:
  • Calliope Var
  • Soulja Slim
  • Youngest 1’s
  • Devious
  • Cise HD
  • Ghetto Twiinz
  • Mista Meana
  • Juvenile
  • Da U Boys/Hickk Louch
  • Strait Jigg
  • Kidd Kidd
  • Partners N Crime
  • Jay Jones
  • Choice Rhymez
  • & many more artists
For more information, contact @NOUE1 and @deviousontwitt.
New Orleans Union Of Entertainment All Stars-New Orleans On The Rise

1. Streets Made Me-feat. Soulja Slim-Calliope Var
2.Ya Know-Youngest 1’s
3. Never Change-Partners-N-Crime
4. We Da Bizzness feat Ghetto Twiinz-Cise HD
5. Light You Up feat. Jay Da Menace-Jay Jones
6. Tha Truth-Da U Boys(Hickk Louch)
7. Black Shirt Mix-Devious
8. #AStepAhead ft. Kidd Kidd –Strait Jigg
9. Spend Dat Money feat. Marcialago & Juvenile-Mista Meana
10. She Knows-Youngest 1’s
11. Black Ass-Tweeday
12. Supernova-Choice Rhymez
13. Cologne feat. UTP Skip-Snare Bros.
14. I’m Back-G Quikk
15. Above The Water-L.A.W.
16. Bang Bang-Lo Kee
17. Closure-Dreezy
18. That Thang-Marcy
19. Pure Uncut feat. Veno-Shipe
20. This Way-Majesty Sozey
21. Feelin’ You-Redd & Poizon Ivy


Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Trak Montana hit the ground running almost immediately after touching down in the City of Angels. Trekking all the way west from New Orleans by his self at age 17 to attend the Los Angeles Recording School in Hollywood, California, he is determined to pave his way through the entertainment industry by any means necessary. Trak, born Davante Porche, is an 19 year old prodigy that already has a few respectable notches in his musical belt. Gaining his name from the repute that his incarcerated father once held, Trak once went by the stage name “Mutt on Da Track”, adapted from the nickname “Baby Mutt”. After being complimented on his “Tony Montana swag” and his skills in beating making, the unusually lengthy pseudonym was soon changed to Trak Montana.

Trak discovered his innate ability to freestyle rap at age 11 after having to prove his self in a rap battle circle that he lied to get into. He credits rap artist Mystikal for influencing his rapid spitfire technique. After cultivating his rap skills, Mr. Montana moved into writing and began to ghostwrite rhymes for other artists at just 15 years old. Soon after, he began to mix tracks and produce songs as well. Being the ultimate go-getter, he even made extra money giving haircuts and took an interest in tattooing.

Catching the attention of some prominent players in the music industry, Trak was mentored by Antony Murray, manager of artists such as B.G., Soulja Slim, and Hurricane Chris, for the first two years of his career. He was also able to gain radio play in Orlando with his song “Allstar”, which was recorded and produced in his home studio at his mother’s house where he would charge other artists an affordable $40 an hour to record. Trak was also featured on the remix of Hitz Committee/Jive Records artist Huey’s “PaYow!”, with help from the vocal styling of R&B sensation Bobby Valentino. He also has several projects under way that will be available to the public sooner rather than later.

Trak Montana reached out to “The Heat’s” Nik-O-Licious to discuss his rising career and what he’s been up to traveling from N.O. to Cali.

THE HEAT: Trak Montana, what it do? So you just up and left N.O. to pursue what exactly?
MONTANA: Mainly school and just to get away and to see what was happening out in Hollywood.
THE HEAT: I know your fans in New Orleans are going to want to know why you left them and headed out west when they have their own music movement happening down there with artist as Da U Boys, who is taking over New Orleans right now?
MONTANA: I really don’t know about no movement they have going on, except the bounce music and that’s really not my style of making music.
THE HEAT: So are you calling LA home now or do you have plans to get back down south?
MONTANA: I’m gonna be between here; LA, and N.O.
THE HEAT: Tell us about your single release, “Mary Jane”. Is it a tribute to the legendary Rick James?
MONTANA: Yes, I really like that song. I’ve been doing music since I was eleven and that was one of the songs I first heard that inspired me to want to get deeper into my art in the music industry. I always wanted to get a song with Mary Jane as the hook and I’ve done it.
THE HEAT: What would you say has been the most calculated step you’ve made towards setting and reaching your career goals?
MONTANA: Mainly taking a chance just coming out to Hollywood by myself at age seventeen. When I made the decision to head west from New Orleans, I didn’t know what would happen or how things would work out, but I’ve managed to do more and get farther than I imagined. So I’d have to say, having the courage to face that feat and make things happen for me.
THE HEAT: What’s Trak Montana bringing to the music industry that’s unique about your campaign?
MONTANA: I’m just me. I’m not trying to be anybody else. I’m not talking about what I don’t have. I’m not trying to do any gimmicks or anything. I’m just me. I just talk about what I know. I’m not afraid to tell the truth about what’s really going on.
THE HEAT: What’s coming up for Trak Montana your fans should be looking out for?
MONTANA: Right now I’m really focused on getting out of school, I’m studying Science of Recording Arts. I’m doing a lot of producing and I’ve started doing some script writing. I’m still doing my music pushing my single, “Mary Jane” and I’m looking forward to getting in the studio soon.
THE HEAT: Any shout outs from you?
MONTANA: First and far most God, my mom, and my manager, Tremaine “T-Maine” Turner, and of course mad props to you Nik and The Heat Magazine for giving me this opportunity to let the world know about Trak Montana.

For all Trak Montana fans you can find him on Facebook, twitter, ReverbNation, and Youtube as Trak Montana.

The Heat wants to thank Trak Montana for coming over and sharing some love. I keep telling y’all it’s getting “HOT” in here. We all overt the place; north, south, east, and as you see, west, hanging out with the best!

Much Love! One Love!
Feel “The HEAT”

CONVERSATION WITH A LEGEND: Fiend a/k/a International Jones

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Cool is definitely in session when Fiend's around

“Stay straight baby. Stay straight. It’ll all make sense one day. Forget the prestige – Congo Square in the flesh.” – Fiend

It was 1995, the year that the world would come to know rapper, Fiend. Having released his first album, “I Won’t Be Denied”, on Big Boy’s label, Fiend was well on his way.

Two years later, he signed with No Limit Records and the rest as they say, is history. Fiend’s lyrics will forever be etched into our memories, as they are deep and thought provoking. His lyrical skills are most definitely on another level.

Fiend is now currently touring with Curren$y and quite a few other popular artists on the Smokers’ Club Tour – a move that is taking his brand around the globe.

Fiend made numerous appearances on No Limit features and in several instances, took them over like they were custom written and produced for him. His second album, “There’s One in Every Family” was a bonified hit and has become a solid classic. It made it to the top spot on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip Hop chart and in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top 200 – quite a feat for a New Orleans rapper of that era. “Street Life” also debuted at the top of Billboard’s charts, as he introduced another hit to the world. “Walk Like A G” is a classic street anthem to this day and is even more memorable because of his collaboration with the late New Orleans legend Soulja Slim. “Can I Ball” and “Shell Shocked”, duos with Mac, are two more Fiend hits that will forever live in the streets and beyond. The list is truly endless.

Fiend was one of the legendary artists who helped lay the groundwork for the genre. He’s worked with artists from Mia X, Mac, Mystikal, C-Murder, Silkk That Shocker, Mr. Serv-On, Three-6 Mafia, and Master P to Snoop Dogg and UGK to the late legends Soulja Slim and Tim Smooth. Fiend has added the title of producer to his already impressive resume.

We recently caught up with Fiend on the heels of the first part of the Smokers’ Club Tour, which is set to pick back up on October 12, 2011 and also includes Curren$y, Method Man, Big Krit, Smoke DZA, The Pricks, Corner Boy P, and others.

Fiend filled us in on his latest projects, and he dropped some knowledge on us about the industry:

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: How’s the tour going?

FIEND: It’s getting ready to crank back up on October 12th. We’re just getting back from ATL. Good people, good times. Good times, good vibes. Because of Curren$y, a lot of the younger fans are familiar. He helped get downloads of the mixtapes. Many of the kids are aware of me through Curren$y.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: What’s your latest project?

FIEND: It’s “Cool Is In Session” – it dropped 7/28/11. I’m trying to drop a new mixtape every two months. I hope the drop the next one on 9/14/11. The most recent one was a little late, but I hope to drop a mixtape every other month.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: We have several NOUE affiliated artists that cited you as having a huge influence on their careers. What advice do you have for the younger artists in the industry?

FIEND: Learn the business. You have to learn the business. Go sit in somebody’s library or somewhere and learn the business. Have a plan and execute it. You can be in the studio and waste hours, days, months, or even years, and if you don’t have a plan …. If you learn the business, you get the most of out of the experience. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You gotta out hustle cats. It takes structure to get serious and you better know what you’re selling. You gotta stay consistent. Somebody once told me, “Ricky, have some prestige about yourself. Don’t be a whore for the business. Don’t jump at everything.”

THE HEAT MAGAZINE:: What do you think about the newly formed New Orleans Union for Entertainment – the N.O.U.E.?

FIEND: It’s a nice movement. We lacked organization and structure in the hip hop scene. You have to know what you’re working on. New Orleans has a lot of talented artists – rare artifacts for real – but the music scene hasn’t’ progressed due to a lack of structure. Culture year round in New Orleans – Congo Square in rap form. Maybe one day they’ll get it.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE:: What are your thoughts on the loss of a legend, Tim Smooth?

FIEND: Tim Smooth was the big brother for Down South artists. He saw the talent and helped nurture that talent. He will really be missed. Lord knows what his family is going through right now. I can only imagine. Tim was one of those cats – whether he was on the road, in the studio, or just in life, he always helped out in crunch times. He was the only man who had been there a lot. He was a hip hop big brother, no doubt, and he’ll be greatly missed. He’ll be greatly missed. God has a plan. Tim was just another soul that left entirely too young. Tim Smooth helped me through some tough times on some real life ish.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: How do you see the music industry evolving?

FIEND: You gotta stay consistent. I’m dropping an album every two months. People know what they want now and they’ll go straight to it. I make music and go from there and I’m interested to see where it goes. A lot of music is overlooked. It aint’t easy, but God is great. I get up and keep going at it. There’s more to the music I’m making. It’s packaged well and has a message in it. Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Is there any other work you’d like to get into?

FIEND: Movies – cartoons and voiceover work. I would love to narrate. That would be cool and I’d still be making the music.

EDITOR’S NOTE: We salute Fiend and look forward to hearing much more from him. He is a legend whose music continues to evolve. Make sure to check out the Smokers Club Part 2 and his new releases. Visit Dat Piff for downloads of Fiend’s mixtapes: Dat Piff downloads

You can check Fiend out on these sites:!/fiend4damoney!/JETLIFEOFFICIAL

Man Suspected Of Killing Rapper Soulja Slim Found Gunned Down In New Orleans

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

The man long suspected of murdering Soulja Slim, has been killed in New Orleans.

29-year old Garrelle Smith, was found with gunshot wounds to the head and chest on Saturday [August 13]

Police suspect Smith and another man, Stephen Kennedy, killed Soulja real name James Tapp, for $10,000 in November 2003 following a dispute with another record label.

Because no witnesses would come forward charges were dropped in the case.