Posts Tagged ‘Uptown’

(NEW HEAT) JAYARSON & Skip drop the visuals to “Third Brick” (VIDEO)

Monday, October 22nd, 2018
New Orleans legend Skip & JAYARSON collaborate on “Third Brick” (produced by KMorGOLD)

If ever there was a super dope collaboration, Third Brick is it!

Hailing from Hollygrove, the legendary Skip of UTP and GhettoSlave fame joins New Orleans MVP JAYARSON on the visuals (and audio) of “Third Brick“, one of the cuts off JAYARSON’s “Foe Bricks” EP, available everywhere music is sold or streamed!

Watch/Comment/Share “Third Brick” and support two of New Orleans’ finest, not to mention Producer KMorGOLD!

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Rapper Tre-G is showing us how it feels to really live

Sunday, July 13th, 2014


To say Uptown New Orleans rap artist Tre-G has been putting in work, would be an utter disservice to his hustle. His grind is killing the game.


As of late, Tre-G has been EVERYWHERE. He is working in the studio, making videos, doing shows, and keeping his brand in your face. Given his hard work and consistency, it won’t be long before he becomes a household name. He has certainly learned “the business” of the music business, which is, as any musician should know, 90% of the business. Tre-G has the talent portion down too, so the recipe is there and he is cooking!

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Check out his sneak peek video for the upcoming project, “U Alive I’m Liv’n” (video production by Flash Mobb Studios):

(NEW HEAT) Don Flamingo in ‘Slanguage’ (VIDEO)

Monday, April 21st, 2014


“From that Uptown to Downtown, to the Eastside to the West…..”

Epic New Orleans talent Don Flamingo (also known as EGMG‘s artist, “The Show) just released the visuals to “Slanguage”. In his usual fashion, he murders the track. This is one artist shooting to stardom so don’t say we never warned you! At the end of the day, he WILL be one of the greatest to ever spit a rhyme. Backed by super producer Mannie Fresh as well as a team of strong promoters and supporters, he is destined to go down in history.


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22 Murders In 11 Days In Chicago, 2 Teens Dead

Sunday, January 13th, 2013


FROM CBS 2 CHICAGO: A boy just days away from his 15th birthday was among two young teens killed in gun violence in Chicago since Friday afternoon, authorities said. Separate shootings wounded four other people, most of whom are also teenagers.

The boy was standing on a porch in the 2400 block of West Augusta Boulevard in the West Town neighborhood about 11:50 p.m. when two shooters walked up and opened fire, authorities said.

He was shot multiple times in the chest and died at the scene, police News Affairs Officer Amina Greer said.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed the fatality, but declined to release his name early Saturday pending notification of relatives.

He would have turned 15 on Tuesday, according to a source.

The second fatal shooting happened about 6:40 p.m. in the West Side Lawndale neighborhood. Victor Vega, 15, and another male were walking in the 2600 block of South Ridgeway Avenue when an unknown male approached and fired shots, according to police and the medical examiner’s office.

Paramedics took Vega, of the 2600 block of South Central Park Avenue, to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he died about half an hour later, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

The attack was gang-related, a source said.

The slain teens were the youngest of at least six people shot in Chicago since Friday afternoon — all but one of whom were 17 years old or younger. Two of the wounded remain in serious or critical condition.

Two boys, 16 and 17, were wounded in a shooting in the 400 block of East 82nd Street, part of the Chatham neighborhood, just after 4 p.m. police News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala said, citing preliminary information.

The younger boy was shot in the thigh and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, police said. The Fire Department said paramedics transported him in critical condition.

The 17-year-old suffered a graze wound to the chest was taken to Jackson Park Hospital in good-to-fair condition, authorities said.

In an apparently unrelated shooting in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood, a 17-year-old was shot in the torso and arm in a gang-related attack about 2 p.m. in the 2100 block of West 85th Street, police said. He was hospitalized in serious-to-critical condition, the Fire Department said.

In the Uptown neighborhood, a 19-year-old man was shot in the buttocks about 12:50 p.m. near North Clarendon and West Buena avenues, police said. Ald. James Cappleman said in a Tweet that the shooting might have stemmed from a drug deal gone bad.

No arrests have been made as of early Saturday


Saturday, November 5th, 2011

DJ Poppa & Jack Spratt

New Orleans is a city filled to capacity with talent as far as the entertainment industry goes. Countless DJs frequent the city’s nightclubs and other venues, in order to provide entertainment to hundreds of thousands of patrons, especially around popular events such as Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest, Essence Festival, and Bayou Classic. Arguably New Orleans’ hottest club DJ, DJ Poppa keeps the dance floor filled to capacity with partygoers. For this, DJ Poppa earns the title of The Heat’s DJ of the Month.

Recently nominated by the NOLA Underground Hip Hop Awards committee for the title of “Hottest Club DJ”, DJ Poppa has certainly earned that nomination.

He performs countless shows in New Orleans and beyond, including his extremely popular Sunday night show with Comedian/Rapper Jack Spratt at one of New Orleans‘ hottest venues, the House of Blues in the heart of the French Quarter.

We caught up with DJ Poppa during one of his few downtimes and here’s what he had to say:

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Tell us about yourself.

DJ POPPA: I was born in New Orleans as Charles Taylor, also known as DJ Poppa. I graduated from Fredrick Douglas High School. I’m a businessman. I love music and can honestly say I’m a true hustler. I work hard day and night and stay on my grind.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: How long have you been a DJ?

DJ POPPA: I’ve been a DJ for about 14 years. I started out during my 10th grade year of high school at a night club called the Corner Pocket located Uptown on Louisiana Avenue.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: What DJ coalitions are you affiliated with?

DJ POPPA: The Core DJ’s, the World’s Largest DJ Organization and the Go DJ’s Louisiana Music Group.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: How is working with Jack Spratt? Tell us about that.

DJ POPPA: Never a dull moment. When I first met Jack, he was just starting his career as a comedian. I watched him develop into one of the hottest entertainers in the city.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: What are some of your favorite memories from working as a DJ?

DJ POPPA: Connecting with people through my music, coming in contact with so many different people, learning different styles of music, selling out the House of Blues, and going from playing in back yard parties and bars, to packing out major venues.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Tell us about your shows and where all you DJ.

DJ POPPA: I’ve had appearances at Jazz Fest, Voodoo Fest, and I have my own Sunday nights at the House of Blues, “Poppas Party House.” I also have weekly appearances at multiple clubs throughout New Orleans, which include Club Encore, Ceasar’s Place, Vaso, and The Sports Vue.

EDITOR’S NOTE: DJ Poppa is one of The Heat’s favorite DJs. We love interacting with him and highly recommend that you attend one of his shows when you are in New Orleans.

Meet 17th Snoop of Da U Boys

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

17th Snoop

“We live and die in LA where politicians tell the truth, if you believe what they say.” – 17th Snoop of Da U Boys

Strong-minded with a powerful will, you just have to respect him. He speaks his mind – means what he says and says what he means. Meet 17th Snoop, one-third of Da U Boys and a clever wordsmith. Love him or hate him, you will RESPECT him!

With clever quips and swift punchlines, Snoop brings intelligence with an heir of arrogance to the game and something that’s been missing for a while – honesty, laced with a bit of humor and a whole lot of deliberate meaning. With a clear and deep, well spoken Southern drawl, Snoop is sure to go far in this lyrical game.  

Be sure to also check out Da U Boysmixtapes on Dat PiffSnoop brings a distinctive element to each song and it’s definitely something you don’t want to miss! The Heat is a fan of all of Snoop’s work, but we are definitely partial to “California Dreaming” from Da U Boys’ “U Boy Official” mixtape. Though it’s an earlier release, we believe it truly showcases his ability and versatility. CLICK HERE to listen.

Make sure to check him out on Da U Boys’ first album, “Tha Shutdown’, set for release this Tuesday, September 20, 2011. Da U Boys are as real as it gets and will bring that breath of fresh air that rap’s been missing for a very long time. “Tha Shutdown” will be available for digital download on iTunes, Amazon and other internet outlets. It’s destined to be a hit you must add to your collection.

UPTOWN ARTWERX: Unique & Brilliant Art Work

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

“I really want people to know that art is a form of expression that takes A LOT of time to produce & takes a split second for the viewer to either love it or hate it. LOOK INTO the ART to gain appreciation of it. Everything you see isn’t as it appears, so peep ART WORK to realize what lies beneath the obvious. Some art may have a meaning that can only pertains to YOU!!! Encourage kids and former artists to pick up a pen, pad or paint brush to explore forms of visual expression. It can really expand your mind, ya diggz?” – Charlie V of Uptown Artwerx

Once in a while, we come across an artist who makes a difference in his art – one who memorializes an entire genre, generation or region. Meet Charlie Vaughn, Jr., who is just such an artist.

Charlie V. is the owner of Uptown Artwerx, a company offering much more than just art – it offers culture and a glimpse into the heart of a city – the city of New Orleans.

New Orleans has seen its share of artists come and go, but few have captured so many different aspects of the city, as has Charlie Vaughn, Jr. Check out our interview with Charlie V., and you’ll know there is so much more to his art. His talent is endless and very few capture the essence of a subject in the way in which Charlie V. does it. Check out what he had to say:

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Tell us about your art.

CHARLIE V OF UPTOWN ARTWERX: It’s basically what I envision in my mind as parts of UPTOWN and beyond, from street life to wildlife – just done from an Uptown perspective – my own of course.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Your art captures the true essence of the city – the neighborhoods outside of the French Quarter – those that are the true heart of the city. What were your influences and how do you choose subjects for your art?

CHARLIE V OF UPTOWN ARTWERX: Most of the topics and subject matter I choose usually are below the radar OR things that are visible but not popular among the average artists choices. For example, I chose to paint a version of New Orleans rap Icon B.G because of his features. The average artists may overlook dude, but just from knowing his background and highs and lows, he fit what I felt was worth depicting through paint.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: What types of custom orders do you do?

CHARLIE V OF UPTOWN ARTWERX: It depends on what the jobs call for. I try not to do as many logos as I did back in the 90’s & early 2000’s. At least 99 percent of my work is done by hand, Now my focus is on commissioned ART – actual sketches in styles – stippling/dot art or detailed line work, paintings on canvas, murals on walls – and I do have prints that can be purchased at in the merchandise section.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: What does your city mean to you and to your art?

CHARLIE V OF UPTOWN ARTWERX: Woooow….It means without Uptown New Orleans, there would NOT be a Charlie Vaughn, Jr. …period. From Charity Hospital, to Back-Ah-Town to S. Cortez to Eagle Street, to Palmetto – now Drexel – to to Palms Street …. Hollygrove and ALL – and I mean ALL of UPTOWN – heavily influenced me . I had spent most of my life translating the good & the garbage environment into art and I hope to strike a chord with those who aren’t familiar with it. Now keep in mind my work is Uptown /NOLA centric, BUT NOT LIMITED to only that. Let’s be clear – The U.P.T is my beginning point and I hope to go far as my art can take me.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Music has an obvious influence on your art. Tell us about that & about your different talents.

CHARLIE V OF UPTOWN ARTWERX: Yes, very much so – from James Brown to Jimi Hendrix. Music is the pulse of the art, better yet the soundtrack – if you can imagine a continuous soundtrack changing up like a DJ inside my head! My mom & pop collected records and I would spend hours just looking at the covers at the crazy colors and concepts. It had to filter into my system eventually and I collected records up until Katrina. I lost over 2,000 records, tapes, CDs, etc.). Actually, I worked in a music store,  Odyssey Records, for almost 10 years and cultivated relationships with many N.O rap and bounce legends and parlayed it into actual underground classic art. I did the first two covers for Magnolia Slim a/k/a Soulja Slim. As far as my other “talents”, I used to do the whole B-boy thing – dance, rap, Dj….now I pretty much emcee parties and spoken word shows and I dabble in production. Hopefully, I’ll add author and documentary producer, if all goes well – we’ll see.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Where will we see Uptown Artwerx in the next several years?

CHARLIE V OF UPTOWN ARTWERX: If the Most High says the same, I really want to get established globally, yet still give that 504 appeal to the world. Who knows? Maybe my kids will get the bug and take over the business… and no, I’m not JOE JACKSON! Ha!

EDITOR’S NOTE: You can check out Charlie V’s art on

Rapper BG Indicted on Federal Charges

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

“ATF be showing they ass around my block, feds get all the respect because they’ll close up the shop.” – BG’s lyrics from The Hot Boys’ song, ‘Tuesday & Thursday’ 

Rapper “BG” a/k/a “B Gizzle” a/k/a Louisiana native Christopher Dorsey is well known for “keeping it real” and “street”. Today, the “Baby Gangsta” was indicted by a federal grand jury on firearms and obstruction charges.

The 30-year old St. Rose, Louisiana resident has been charged in a 3-count indictment for felon in possession of  a firearm, conspiracy to obstruct justice and

BG faces up to 10 years in prison, if convicted.  BG was arrested with two other men in November 2009 in New Orleans East for allegedly possessing 3 weapons, loaded magazines and two extended clips, while driving in eastern New Orleans. New Orleans police said two of the three guns had been reported stolen and the car itself had been stolen from an Alamo rental car parking lot.

The case was later moved from Louisiana state court to federal court, resulting in federal indictments last year of Dorsey’s associates: Demounde Pollard, 19, and Jerod Fedison, 29. Both recently pleaded guilty, paving the way for the charges against BG.

Federal prosecutors allege that BG conspired to get Pollard, who was inside the vehicle at the time of the arrest, to claim ownership of the guns.

ATF agents monitored Fedison’s phone calls from theOrleans Parish Prison. At one point, Fedison called his girlfriend and told her Pollard, who had no criminal record, would need to admit to having the guns, according to court documents filed with the earlier plea deals. Fedison also expressed surprise that the police found the guns in the vehicle’s “stash spot.”

In another jailhouse phone call, Fedison and BG discussed the importance of having Pollard claim ownership of the guns. Fedison told BG to put up money for Pollard’s bond and then make him sell drugs to pay it off, according to court filings.

Pollard eventually signed an affidavit that he, rathern BG, had the guns. As part of his plea agreement, Pollard confessed that statement was false. He is scheduled to be sentenced in August.

Several years ago, BG granted an interview to the Times-Picayune, in which he was quoted as saying, “The streets need me. If it wasn’t for the streets, I wouldn’t be who I am today. Every state and every city all over the United States, they got people that can relate to the stories, and the things I’ve seen and the things that I’ve been through,” he said.

PHAT PHEET: For the Discriminating Shoe & Accessory Lover

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

The lovely Ms. Erica Doucet

Determination: the act of coming to a decision or of fixing or settling a purpose.

Ask most business owners what drives them and many will answer, “Determination”.

Erica Doucet is no different in that aspect – except that she took her determination to find a product and parlayed it into a unique and successful business model – Phat Pheet.

Ms. Doucet is a young entrepreneur whose presence in the marketplace continues to grow. She is a graduate of the University of New Orleans and Delgado Community College, and has earned degrees in Real Estate, Finance, and Business Administration.

As owner of Phat Pheet, a premiere online shoe and accessory boutique based in New Orleans, Louisiana, Ms. Doucet caters to fashion forward clientele around the globe. Her clients include women who wear large size shoes, along with men who “cross dress”.

The Heat Magazine recently had an opportunity to speak with Ms. Doucet. As purveyors of fashion, we were ecstatic when she agreed to allow us to feature her business.  Here’s what she had to say:

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: How long has Phat Pheet been in existence?

ERICA DOUCET OF PHAT PHEET: “Officially” a year, but “unofficially”, about two and a half years.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Tell us a little about Phat Pheet.

ERICA DOUCET OF PHAT PHEET: Phat Pheet is an online shoe store catering to women who wear large size shoes. Phat Pheet also caters to men who cross dress and to transsexuals.

I got into this business because I was having trouble finding shoes in my size. That frustration led me to start Phat Pheet.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: What size & style of shoes does Phat Pheet offer?

ERICA DOUCET OF PHAT PHEET: Phat Pheet offers designer shoes between sizes 7-14. Our shoes range in style from casual, dress, work, sandals and boots.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Do you have any plans for the business in the future, such as to sell any items besides shoes?

ERICA DOUCET OF PHAT PHEET: I plan to sell jewelry and handbags and also to have fixed locations in the Magazine Street/Uptown/French Quarter areas of New Orleans. For right now, I have the website in order to get my brand out there and to build up my clientele.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Does Phat Pheet currently have any specials?

ERICA DOUCET OF PHAT PHEET: Yes, we are running a Mother’s Day Special of 25% off. Clients can enter coupon code MOTHERSDAY25 in order to receive a 25% discount. The sale runs through May 8th.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: How can our readers find Phat Pheet on the internet?

ERICA DOUCET OF PHAT PHEET: We have a Facebook page –  We are also on Twitter –


People from all over the globe now have a place to go to shop for and purchase larger sized, stylish shoes at affordable prices.

If you are seeking some fabulous footwear, make sure to visit Phat Pheet’s website at The discriminating buyer will not be disappointed.

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