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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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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:


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 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:


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.

HEAT TRIBUTE: Legendary Artist of the Month for November 2011, Tim Smooth (VIDEO)

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

I’ve lost several friends in the past couple of months and when that happens, it tends to make you think – it makes you think about our immortality, about making the best of the short time we have here on earth and about the mark we’ll leave when our time is up. This let my mind drift to the recent loss of a legendary rap artist, Tim Smooth.

By all accounts, Tim was a great guy – unforgettable personality, family man, friend, and an extraordinary artist with remarkable talent. While I never had the pleasure of getting to know Tim, I know from listening to others’ accounts of their times with him that he was the type of person who will live on forever through his friends, family and colleagues.

Tim most definitely left his mark on the world and will never be forgotten. It is because of this fact that The Heat Magazine has chosen to posthumously honor Tim Smooth by making him our Legendary Artist of the Month for November 2011.

Rest in Peace, Tim The Knight from the Heights. You will forever live on through your music.

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


Saturday, April 16th, 2011


































Music brings so much to our lives – especially the unique sounds of New Orleans rap – now is your turn to return the favor to the legendary Tim Smooth.

Please check out The Heat radio’s broadcast from Saturday night (click on The Heat on the player) to hear how you can help New Orleans‘ own while he battles cancer.

A benefit concert party is being held April 30, 2011 at The Chalkline, 6524 Lapalco Boulevard, Marrero, Louisiana 70072 from 9 p.m. until.  The benefit is being given by Tim’s nephew, Kenneth Hall,Jr. and is sponsored by Big Boy Records.

There will also be a Tim Smooth Benefit Car Wash on April 23, 2011 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at The Black & Gold Cafe, 2932 Highway 90 in Avondale, Louisiana 70094, given by Shawn Torrence and Juan Walker and sponsored by Secur Muziq ENT.

We will continue to post updates on how you can help Tim and his family during this time.  They would appreciate any support you show.

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