Posts Tagged ‘Westbank’

(HEAT ALBUMS) Quest the 7th – “Algiers Chronicles”

Friday, February 9th, 2018

We hear true music fans complaining almost constantly about the lack of quality music. It’s obvious they haven’t yet heard “Algiers Chronicles”, the album from dope artist/producer/arranger/songwriter/entreprenuer Quest the 7th.

Hailing from New Orleans’ “Westbank” (Algiers to be exact), Quest breathes new life into what some consider a dull and drone decade of music/entertainment. And when we say “breathes new life into”, what we really mean is “jump starts” and “successfully performs CPR” on it!

Quest the 7th is a super talented entertainer, on an upper echelon type plateau. Few musicians rival his talent and calculated movements.

Stay tuned for an upcoming interview with Quest the 7th. You’ll learn a lot more about the man behind the myth, and you’ll gain some insight as to what’s coming down the pike for Quest and his career.

Here’s the link (and it’s a MUST to check out):

https://open.spotify.com/album/3XNCmL0QxDjtWlB78nsFH2

Source: This Is 50

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

Monday, April 21st, 2014

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“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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Make sure to check out EGMG’s other artists as well at www.egmglifestyle.com.

Happy Birthday Ice Mike from The Heat Magazine!

Monday, November 19th, 2012

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ONE OF THE *COLDEST PRODUCERS IN THE GAME, @ICEMIKE1200!

WISHING YOU A GREAT DAY & MANY MORE TO COME. THANK YOU FOR ALWAYS SUPPORTING INDIE ARTISTS. THE GAME HAS CHANGED BECAUSE OF YOUR EFFORTS!

(HEAT THROWBACK VIDEO OF THE DAY) MC Thick’s ‘Marrero’ (VIDEO)

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Who could forget this 1991 Westbank classic?!

Real life ‘My Cousin Vinny’?

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Dejean Turner

Who could forget the smash hit movie of 1992, “My Cousin Vinny”? In it, two New Yorkers are wrongly accused of robbing and killing a store clerk in Alabama. They are most certainly set to be convicted – that is, until Joe Pesci’s hilarious character proves that numerous witnesses misidentified the real killers.

Veteran New Orleans criminal defense attorney Martin Regan used the same storyline Thursday when he told a Jefferson Parish jury how his client, 23-year old Dejean Turner, was implicated in the April 29, 2009 killing of 35-year old Leonel Rodriguez, who was shot to death during an armed robbery attempt outside his Terrytown apartment. Terrytown is a city located across the river from New Orleans on what is known as “the Westbank”.

Prosecutors Doug Freese and Brandon Kinnett described it as a crime of opportunity. Turner went to the store to buy cigars, and Rodriguez and a friend happened to be there at the same time, on a beer run.

The store’s video surveillance system captured numerous images of Turner inside and outside the business, leaving just after Rodriquez. The prosecutors say Turner and his friend, Dontanya Wilson, followed Rodriguez and his friend to their home before concealing their faces and robbing them.

Rodriguez was an illegal immigrant from Honduras.  He was shot four times while sitting in the driver’s seat of his friend’s Toyota Corolla which was parked oustide his apartment building. No one was able to see the robbers’ faces.

Regan, faced with irrefutable video placing his client with the victims minutes before the killing, calls it coincidence and this is where he raised the ‘My Cousin Vinny” defense. In opening statements, Regan said, “He was just there, unfortunately, at the wrong time.” Testimony resumes today.  Testimony resumes today before Judge June Darensburg.

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office linked Turner to Rodriguez’s killing during an investigation of a carjacking just outside Gretna less than 24 hours before the killing, in which Wilson and his cousin, Michael Harris, were the perpetrators. A ballistics expert with the JPSO linked a 45-caliber semiautomatic pistol found in Wilson’s girlfriend’s apartment to Rodriguez’s killing through the six bullet casings left at the murder scene. Wilson, already in custody for the carjacking and confronted with balistics evidence, confessed and blamed Harris of killing Rodriguez. He then blamed another friend, Dominque Davis. In yet another statement to detectives, Wilson implicated Turner. That .45-caliber pistol was later linked to even more crimes, passed from criminal to criminal in what prosecutors have described as an armed robbery ring. That gun was used in the January 2009 killing of Luis George during an armed robbery attempt. Davis was convicted of that crime. Further, Wilson has implicated Turner and Davis in the Holy Saturday 2009 slayings of two children and a teenager during an attempt to rob a drug dealer in his East Monterey Court apartment in Terrytown. Davis was convicted of that crime, largely based on Wilson’s testimony. Turner is an unindicted co-conspirator in the East Monterey Court slayings. Detectives have said they are still investigating that case.

Wilson admitted he killed Rodriguez after grabbing the gun from Turner. He was indicted on charges of second-degree murder and attempted armed robbery. But secure his testimony against Davis in Holy Saturday 2009 slayings, prosecutors let him plead guilty to manslaughter and attempted armed robbery and be sentenced to 40 years in prison. Turner has no convictions, something Regan was quick to tell the jury Thursday. Jurors won’t hear that Turner was charged in 2007 with attempted second-degree murder, three counts of attempted armed robbery and an aggravated battery. Prosecutors dismissed the cases in 2009. Court records do not say why. The victims in those armed robbery attempts also were Hispanic men.

On Thursday, Freese said Rodriguez was targeted because he was Hispanic. He said Wilson confessed as much, because criminals believed that Hispanics carry lots of cash and, being in the country illegally, are less likely call police. Wilson reportedly told detectives that Turner, after seeing Rodriguez, told him in the parking lot he saw “a Mexican who might have a lot of money.” Turner was arrested six months later in a West Bank motel and initially told detectives he was at his home when Rodriguez was killed, Freese said. He changed his story and admitted to being at the store. But he said Wilson went inside and saw “the Mexican,” something the video refutes, Freese said. Turner then admitted following Wilson to commit the armed robbery. Turner admitted he tried to get Rodriguez’s wallet, but he ran away before Wilson opened fire.

Sad. I guess we’ll see how well the ‘My Cousin Vinny’ defense works out.

HEAT PRODUCER OF THE MONTH: Ice Mike

Monday, November 7th, 2011

If ever there was a producer deserving of such recognition, it is Ice Mike.

Ice Mike is a legend in the entertainment world, having produced beats for Tim Smooth, Bust Down, Devious, Big Mike, Joe Blakk, Tacaloc, Da U Boys, Magesty Sozay, and countless other legendary rappers. He is also an artist in his own right. In addition, he is a card carrying member of the NOUE and NOBS, both movements to help advance artists’ rights, education and much more.

Hailing from New Orleans’ Westbank, this Down South rap music pioneer, businessman, producer, DJ, rapper, mentor, and friend to many gives a whole new meaning to the word “genius”.

Ice Mike is nearly singlehandedly responsible for educating other pioneering rap artists on the importance of independence and self-promotion. Were it not for him, many Down South artists would still be allowing themselves to remain at the mercy of labels who most definitely only had a dollar in mind.

We #SALUTE you, Ice Mike! May you continue to bring knowledge, wisdom and structure to the entertainment industry for many, many years to come! We love you, Mike. You are, to borrow your own words, *SUPER DOPE.

Follow Ice Mike on Twitter at @ICEMIKE1200.

GIFTED DA FLAMETHROWA: A Truly Gifted Artist Blessing Others

Saturday, November 5th, 2011

The Westbank of New Orleans has spawned some legendary rap artists and producers, including the late lyrical assassin Tim Smooth and genius producer Ice Mike, not to mention the late MC Thick, Tre8 and several others. Yet another talent has come out of Kennedy Heights Gifted Da Flamethrowa.

He has quite a story to tell and does so quite eloquently through his music. He is not the average rapper though. Gifted Da Flamethrowa uses his craft to push the Word of God.

After some harrowing experiences years ago, Gifted Da Flamethrowa decided it was time to get his life on the right track and he is doing just that. With a positive message, Gifted Da Flamethrowa is reaching a new generation, to let them know that no matter what, they can get their lives on the right track. After all, he is living proof of it. Having recently graduated from college, he is a testament to God’s gift of grace.

The Heat is honored to have been able to catch up with Gifted Da Flamethrowa so we could learn more. Here’s how our conversation went:

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Tell our readers about yourself.

GIFTED DA FLAMETHROWA: First off, I am a husband and a father. My Name is Terrence Veal a/k/a Gifted Da Flamethrowa. I was born and raised on the Westbank of New Orleans in the Kennedy Heights subdivision; raised by a strong single mother, Ms. Lynette Wallace. Not having my pops to guide me through life, I made bad decisions at an early age. I have the same hood story – hustling, drugs, alcohol, sex, etc. I’ve had two car accidents where I should have died in both, due to the fact I was driving drunk and full of marijuana. I’ve been incarcerated numerous times and even shot in my face. Every other decision I was making was destroying my life. All this was happening between the ages of 14 and 20.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: How did you get started in the music industry?

GIFTED DA FLAMETHROWA: I started performing at an early age, winning various talent shows and performing in major clubs and events, such as “Teen Summit” an annual concert hosted by New Orleans’ number one radio station WQUE/Q93 FM, which drew over 20,000 people and featured a host of local and international artists. I’ve performed at thousands of venues throughout the years and at the age of 15, I secured a deal as a choreographer/writer with the hottest label in New Orleans at that time, “Take Fo’ Records”. From Take Fo’ I went on to “Smoke 1 Records” the home of Tre8 (R.I.P) and Zeeda and also the first label to do a joint venture with “No-Limit Records” headed by the music mogul Master P. I was a featured artist at the 2008 NBA All Star event festivities sponsored by Nike and Foot Locker, featuring Spike Lee, Kobe Bryant, Doug E. Fresh, and Alonzo Mourning. I have traveled the U.S. and also abroad to Sao Paulo, Brazil, Rotherham and London, England touring on mission trips, and I’ve been a featured artist on over 70 albums, most notably “Testimony of Redemption”, the album from Bushwick Bill of the platinum selling super group, “The Geto Boys” and Bishop Lester Love’s “Love Abides”. I have also been a featured artist at the 2009, 2010 and 2011 SXSW Music Conferences, Houston’s 2009 Los Magnificos Car Show and Houston’s annual “Thanksgiving Feast”.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Who are your musical influences?

GIFTED DA FLAMETHROWA: Run DMC, LL, NWA, D.O.C, Tre8, Pac, Tim Smooth, Bust Down, Ice Mike, Juvenile, Nas, JayZ, EightBall & MJG, Scarface, Geto Boys, Fresh Prince, DMX, Biggie, Eminem, and UGK.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: How hard is it to incorporate the Word into hip hop music?

GIFTED DA FLAMETHROWA: Honestly, it’s not hard at all. The word is my life. I naturally fight to live it daily, so it’s easy to express it lyrically and creatively.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: What projects do you have in the works?

GIFTED DA FLAMETHROWA: I have two records available nationally, “Street Symphony” Much Luvv Records/Infinity Distributions released in November of 2009 and most recently “BullDoze City” on Praise Immortal/Island Def Jam Distributions. Both records are available on iTunes & all other online retail outlets. The record BullDoze City features Brian Angel of Day26, Zeeda, Bizzle, 007 of the 5th Ward Boyz, VonWon, and more. Also production from Ice Mike, Crazy C, DWalla & Bruce Bang. BullDoze City was released on September 20, 2011 and reached the top 100 on the iTunes charts. I also have a Mix Tape series titled “Monsters Do Exist” Volumes 1-10 available for free download at www.flamethrowa.com.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: What do you hope to achieve through your career?

GIFTED DA FLAMETHROWA: At the end of the day, I want to be known as consistent and honest. I want the life that I lived to speak for me. In my opinion, music today has a missing element. The negative messages that are conveyed have to be met with an alternative message. That’s my mission in this thing. I am of the opinion that by following Godly principles, we can achieve the fullness of life that we are supposed to. I want to love people and provide the fans of music with the best that I possibly can.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Make sure to check out Gifted Da Flamethrowa. He is truly using a God given talent to further his music career, and inspire others in the process. Check him out on the following sites:

www.flamethrowa.com

www.twitter.com/daflamethrowa

www.facebook.com/iamgifted

www.youtube.com/gifteddaflamethrowa

A Man & His Art: Vincent Brocks Photography

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

New Orleans, Louisiana is, without any doubt, the most culturally unique place on earth. Credited with capturing that uniqueness, are the photographers who frequent the city.

One of our favorites is Vincent Brocks, a New Orleans native, who knows just how to capture the beautiful images of his city. It’s no wonder he’s known as “The Picture Man”. He captures the true essence of all of the city’s neighborhoods.

DJ Ro - A New Orleans Legend, as captured by Vincent Brocks Photography

Vincent travels around the city and takes not only photographs of individuals for various purposes, but he is also present at all of the city’s important events such as festivals, second lines, Mardi Gras, and just about anything else you can name.

We recently had a conversation with Vincent where we learned a whole lot more about his art. Here’s how it went:

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Where do your find your inspiration?

PHOTOGRAPHER VINCENT BROCKS: I get a lot of inspiration from legendary photographers like Gordon Parks. Also, the movie “Prison Song” touched my heart and gave me the inspiration to know I can come from the streets of New Orleans and take my what I thought was so called negative or hood images and capture that with my camera. I always took photos since I was a kid, but I never wanted to go pro until I saw “Prison Song”. I felt the part Q-Tip was playing because I have the same vision as his character. From then on, I said I can do this professionally and do what I love to do. I also got inspired from people who loved my angles. I call them angles because anyone with money can buy a camera, take a few photos and call themselves a photographer, but you must have an untamed eye that can see and create angles that the normal person would never think to look at it that way. I inspire myself a lot also because I step outside myself a lot and I get amazed by my work as I’m taking new photos.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: So who is Vincent Brocks?

PHOTOGRAPHER VINCENT BROCKS: In one word, I would consider myself “inquisitive”. Since I was a kid, I always wanted to know how things work and why they worked the way they did. I think that’s how I found my passion for photography. I grew up on the Westbank of New Orleans, but most of my family is from Uptown and the Ninth Ward, so as my mom would take me to see my relatives, I was just amazed – every time we crossed the river, as the Westbank people would say. New Orleans was my New York City coming up and my photos reflect that same childhood amazement and love I have for my city. I’m so 504. A lot of my friends see me in the city and say, “Vincent, man you be everywhere with the camera.” I think being from the Westbank made me have an appreciation for my city coming up as a kid. That’s why in my photos, you see places and people that are familiar to N.O. natives. Vincent Brocks is the type of person you would see second lining, sweating to death and taking pics at the same time or standing on top of a bus stop trying to get a different angle. I just love to have fun and live hard. I’m very approachable and willing to teach someone anything I know.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: What are some interesting facts about Vincent Brocks that other people may not know?

PHOTOGRAPHER VINCENT BROCKS: I am a vegetarian. I don’t smoke or drink. I have three beautiful kids. I’m a computer geek who is always feeding his brain and I love to read books. Lots of people tell me, “You don’t talk like you from here.” Well, it’s because I love to travel. I’ve lived in lots of exciting places so my New Orleans accent was lost years ago. I love English Bulldogs and French Masstiffs. I always said if I get a big enough yard, I would breed one of them. I try to be brutally honest with people. I really enjoy watching nature also and I don’t know where that side of me comes from. Sometimes I just watch the clouds form or watch how birds interact. I am an outside person who can’t sit still (Laughs). I was born in San Diego, California on a Marine Base Camp, Camp Pendleton, while my dad was a Marine. My parents are from New Orleans. I stayed in california until I was six months and returned to Algiers, Louisiana where my mother’s side of the family is from. Lots of people don’t know I love solitude. Give me the internet and some food and I can sit there for days just feeding my mind.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: What effect does the city of New Orleans have on your art?

PHOTOGRAPHER VINCENT BROCKS: The city of New Orleans has 100% effect on my art. Everything I saw growing up here has affected my way of living, thinking and created my character. Being from New Orleans gives you a head start as far as seeing amazing art forms right outside your front door. From watching your uncles boil seafood and play dominoes on the porch to second lines coming down the street and hearing the sound of block parties and seeing Mardi Gras Indians – and of course, you can’t forget about the food. All of these things are what my eye catches when I’m looking through my lens. I call it the untamed eye, because my city is an untamed place, so when you look at the culture and places within New Orleans, you can’t feel it or understand it, unless you see it from an untamed eye. My photography is the visual voice of my city. I see postcards of New Orleans and I say to myself “I have way better pictures than that!” They need to see the real streets of New Orleans. Everytime I’m driving in my car, I see thousands of photographs I would love to take. That feeling has always been there – my love and passion for New Orleans. New Orleans creates many artists to be unique and spicy with whatever they create. We have the type of city that teaches you as a youngster, you can work for yourself and survive here. I still get fascinated by everything that goes on here –  somewhat like a tourist that keeps returning and photographing as much of this beautiful place as I can. So New Orleans definitely has 100% effect on my UNTAMED EYE.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Where do you find your focus?

PHOTOGRAPHER VINCENT BROCKS: When I’m shooting my photos, I take the subject and capture them as natural as possible. I tell the model to act as if I’m not standing there and just do their thing and I will catch what I like – because if I coach them too much, the person will feel unnatural or uncomfortable. I try to assist them on posture and facial expressions, but I also try to let them be themselves. I also like to photograph things from extreme angles or heavily in motion, such as my second line photos or Mardi Gras Idian photos. I try to capture a photo that tells a story just by looking at the picture. I take a lot of photos and trash them because they didn’t have the angle or volume of flavor I wanted. My focus comes from my childhood fascination for seeing Big Chiefs spreading their feathers, hands rising for Zulu coconuts, street cars passing, musicians playing familiar tunes for pocket change, watching your grandparents cook, visiting relatives around the city – you know, the New Orleans way of living! My focus comes from the flavors of my city.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Heat is a true fan of Vincent Brocks Photography. Interested in booking him for your next event? Contact Vincent at 504.906.9391.