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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)

 

Check out the album here:

Heat Exclusive: The Tainerz Find ‘One Way’ Out Of Gritty New Orleans

Saturday, January 6th, 2018

Every now and then, destiny can assemble individuals and lead them down a positive path in a spontaneous fashion.  Many times, life goals are not totally figured out until a person matures and becomes an adult. However, in the world of arts and music, an innate passion shapes that life endeavor from the beginning. In New Orleans, several talented individuals have dedicated themselves to professional crafts since adolescent years. Globally, one can find several eager African-American males with ambition and a burning desire to find a better way out from areas where crime, poverty, and lack of opportunity are inevitable.

The Heat Magazine now unveils a group of young men professionally known as The Tainerz.

Named for what they do best, “entertain,” New Orleans trio, The Tainerz are on a mission to bring their blend of bounce, R&B, and rap to the world stage.

Comprised of 14-year-old Dallas Burke, 16-year-old Travon “T-Daddie” Mitchell and 17-year-old David “Deelö” Rayford, the Tainerz all hail from the same New Orleans East neighborhood – an area the boys all credit for helping to shape their sound while also motivating them to aspire for more. Each member of The Tainerz brings a little something different to the table, but they have plenty in common, including musical roots. Both of Deelö’s parents danced and performed, T-Daddie’s mother was a singer and Dallas counts his older brother Antoine as a major source of motivation, along with his mother and grandmother.

With a crown of colorful dreadlocks, jewelry draping his neck and ears and embellished jacket, jeans and kicks, Deelö is hard to miss. He can’t remember a time when he didn’t dream of stardom and has been singing and dancing in talent shows since he was little, often winning the top prize for his rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”. The choreographer of the crew, Deelö played drums in both marching and jazz band in junior high and met T-Daddie while they were both enrolled in school at Kipp Believe College Prep. The pair bonded over their love for skateboarding, music and dancing and decided to form a group.
T-Daddie played the drums faithfully at his church and passed up on paid gigs to pursue his career with the Tainerz. With his slender frame and genuine interest in fashion, he hasn’t ruled out a future in modeling. For now though, he’s fully dedicated to music.

In 2015, Deelö barber introduced him to their current manager, New Orleans producer Zül-Qarnaįn, who formed a bond with the group and named them after working with the boys briefly on a NFL-related project with Cam Newton. While searching for a singer to complement Deelö and T-Daddie’s harmonies, Zül-Qarnaįn received a video of Dallas performing. In addition to possessing a mighty set of lungs, the Tainerz’ youngest member, Dallas is quick to turn on the charm with an easy smile. The baby-faced “little bro” of the group earns top honors in school and is also a gifted athlete and self-professed “game head.”
After two years of performing together at local events and festivals as The Tainerz, the boys have built a strong following in New Orleans, and for good reason. It’s their live show that truly impresses. Watching Deelö and T-Daddie move, it’s hard to miss the Chris Brown influence, while Dallas’ presence and confidence bring to mind a young Michael Jackson, the entertainer all three boys name as a favorite.

The Tainerz are currently touring to promote “One Way,” their first official single since signing with Rocnation/Interscope earlier this year. The song is a testament to their dedication to their craft. For The Tainerz, performing has been their “One Way” out of the gritty New Orleans neighborhood where they were raised. The song speaks to the focus and determination that’s put them on the road to success.

“God has something written for them,” Zül-Qarnaįn says. “They have individual gifts but when they combine they form a super trinity. “

Follow @TheTainerz on Instagram and check out their new single and video One Way here:

 

 

Heat Exclusive: WQUE Kicks Off 2018 With New Specialty Show NOLA Next

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

The city of New Orleans has been a hotbed for hip hop and other forms of music. Similar to the Harlem Renaissance era where artists expressed themselves in an effort to unveil the African-American experience as well as individual talent, New Orleans creatives have continuously delivered  good music throughout the years. Since the early days of Jazz, the birthplace has effortlessly released thousands of artists with unique and compelling styles.

New Orleans hip hop is one of the few which has been on display in museum exhibits and various forms of literature. From the Ninja Crew to Cash Money/No Limit to Young Money, the movement has continued.

Now in the digital age in a different way using a new paradigm, music artists have to make an impact via social media and digital music outlets. Streaming, blogging, and other daily content have become the new standard for building a brand and buzz.

However, there are some outlets that can capture both social media and organic followings. WQUE is one of those outlets. Throughout the years, Nola music grew to be loved by locals and visitors in town. Something as simple as turning on the radio and adjusting the dial to 93.3 brought them into a new place with an extraordinary sound. “There’s no place like that N.O.”  Most hip hop heads have a nostalgic joy when they think about the evolution of New Orleans hip hop. If one was to walk in a club and hear any classic hip hop record from New Orleans, they would quickly notice the immediate reaction by the audience.

Life has a way of making us appreciate our humble beginnings but time causes change and untapped ideas always surface as the music industry globalizes itself on a digital level.

In an effort to showcase New Orleans artists in an eclectic manner, WQUE announces a new show. Nola Next will begin on Thursday January 4th at midnight. Ms. Tee, a New Orleans mainstay, will be the first featured artist.  As a result, great Nola music will be consolidated on this specialty show. 2018 rings in with progression and WQUE and Nola Music are here to stay. A combination of music and platform are a great recipe for “that gumbo” and the world already knows New Orleans is a city full of flavor.

Visit q93.com for more information concerning Nola Next.

Heat Exclusive: Jay Jones Reveals 2000 Hollygrove

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

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Heat Exclusive: Reem of 0017th Latest and Greatest

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

Hollygrove wordsmith Reem of 0017th shares an inside look of Currensy’s Pilot Talk Trilogy Tour. The New Orleans rapper recently released his “B4 I Talk My Shit” mixtape and has a new visual on deck. In the meantime, check out the west coast tour vid here:

Stream audio of V.I.P. here:

Reem told the Heat Magazine “I’m focused on maximizing my potential in 2018, just maximizing our potential period.”

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

Reem: I plan on traveling and finalizing good business ventures. I plan on doing everything I said  I was going to do.

The Heat Magazine wanted our readers and 0017th fans to know the latest and greatest activity taking place with the 0017th emcee.

Follow @reem0017th on Instagram

Heat Exclusive: Meet Super Producer BlaqnMild

Saturday, May 9th, 2015
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Relentless pursuit of man’s greatest dream describes the demeanor of New Orleans eclectic producer, BlaqnMild.

If you’ve been following rap music in New Orleans and around the globe, you’ve heard the famous tag, “BlaqnMild you a genius” in the background of several blossoming artists such as 89 Boys, Partners N Crime, Lady Dahlia, Calliope Var, Devious, Skip & Six Ward Pook, Detroit, and many more.

Anchoring hip hop in its incumbent form as well as creating the “beat” for bounce legends Big Freedia and the late Magnolia Shorty, Adam “BlaqnMild” Pigott stays on his grind.

As a result, he’s been busy making major moves with music mogul Master P.  Blaq has produced a plethora of hits with the “colonel” including a surprising collaboration “Power” featuring Lil Wayne, Master P, and Money Mafia of No Limit Forever.

In the midst of all these accolades, BlaqnMild has created solo projects along the way. One of his earlier singles, “Birthday” featured Princess of Crime Mob.  From there, he went on to produce hits such as “Favorite Girl”, “Let Me Find Out”, “You Sleep Out Here feat Kevin Gates”, “Booty Bop”, “UptownDowntown” and more.

As the professional culture of hip hop calls BlaqnMild in to work earnestly, he returns with his new single, “Feel Special”. Check it out on soundcloud.

HTTPS://m.soundcloud.com/blaqnmildthegenius/special

 

 

 

 

 

HEAT EXCLUSIVE-Louisiana Hip Hop Undeniable in 2014

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

In a state where talent is plentiful, it is easy to miss out on some of the musical gems created in Louisiana. The Heat Magazine wanted to consolidate a few of the undeniable musical treats that we were blessed with in 2014. In no particular order, be sure to check out the body of work presented in this feature article.

 

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Kevin Gates “By Any Means” took the nation by storm and served as a precursor to his global tour. #IDGT

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Line Dance and Two-Step owes so much to Cupid. Cupid’s
“Wham Dance” rocks audiences with the assistance of Mystikal and WQUE’s mixologist DJ Ro.

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When Hollywood Hatch aka Boosie Bad Azz touched down, he showed the world alongside his rhyme partner Webbie. This mixtape cements his return.

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Devious links up with Kevin Gates over a BlaqnMild banger.  This “You Sleep Out Here” collaboration was unexpected, flooded radio,  and continues to resonate. Many feel the remix is even better. Devious also released “Life Is What You Make It” which is produced by Cise HD. Check ITunes for singles and remixes.

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Lil Cali aka Cali Pachino returns with another banging mixtape featuring Young Dolph, Mouse, Kevin Gates, Wale, Juvenile, and more. The Travis James/UTP artist continues to flourish.

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Juvenile shakes things up and reconnects with Cash Money/Rich Gang/YMCMB on a new deal and a new single thus far.

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On a Niyo/S-80 Track, the seventh ward emcee, Young Greatness, makes noise and lands a deal with Atlantic. “Buku” was a 2014 collab banger that flooded radio.

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In the midst of celebrating the release of Boosie, Webbie returns with a 12 cut banging mixtape. Trill Entertainment is on the move.

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As the world impatiently waits for Carter V, Weezy and Flow drop an ambient banger. The world wants C5. The Heat will keep you posted as more news becomes available.  Flow also has a new hit, “I Do”, produced by Niyo of Flight School featuring Nino Wavey.

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Super New Orleans producer BlaqnMild links up with the Colonel Master P, Ace B, Calliope Var, Popeye, Romeo, and more. No Limit Forever is forever it seems. Search Youtube for new hits like “Bout it, Bout it” and “Fast Money”. Under the new moniker, “Money Mafia”, this Nola squad is on deck for 2015.

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Fiend is one of the hardest working artists in the game. With hits like On My Job, Lil Ghetto Boy, and more, Sleepy Jones stays on the grind dropping bangers and collabs. Visit fienddigital.com for his latest releases.

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Luca Brasi 2 picks up where Luca Brasi left off. Kevin Gates does it again. The world will eventually hear an Atlantic album but in the meantime the Heat Magazine suggests our readers enjoy his current body of work.

Although there are several artists in Louisiana, the Heat Magazine highlights a few of the artists who have taken it up a notch in 2014. Stay tuned for follow up coverage on the musical mecca known as the “Boot”. Atlanta artists are noteworthy as they have stayed consistent all year. From the looks of it, Louisiana is back on fire. 2015 will be an intriguing year in urban music.

 

 

 

 

HEAT MUSIC ANALYSIS FEATURE: Mystikal Pays Homage To The Godfather of Soul with single, Hit Me

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Mystikal Pays Homage To The Godfather of Soul with single, Hit Me

Elements of hip hop represent a synthesis at its best. The way of life we love to bask in is a scaffold starting with archetypical musicians that were born in the 19th and 20th century. Although naysayers sometimes attempt to shun the foundational fathers of African American urban music, it’s merely an impossibility to separate the model embedded within us from the earliest soul and funk records.
James Brown, an American icon and trendsetter truly earned his moniker, “The Godfather Of Soul”.
Years later below the Mason-Dixon Line, New Orleans gave birth to “The Black Prince Of The South”.
So what’s the point?
The energy level first seen in our legendary superstar Brown manifested within “the man right chea”: Mystikal. His unique voice accompanied by New Orleans heavyweight producers Cise (Precise) and KLC fused smoothly with his repetitive ability to leave listeners and audiences in awe with catchy, comical tongue-twisting lyrics.
After years of success starting with Big Boy Records and No Limit Records, Mystikal is back on the scene.
So what’s this article about?
Mystikal’s ability to not only indirectly emulate the “Godfather of Soul” while still maintaining his uniqueness and originality, but his accountability as a creative. If one is really a hip hop connoisseur, then he will always pay homage to the roots of his craft.
Mystikal does a great job in representing and honoring the late James Brown with a KLC produced single, “Hit Me,” earning him a spot on the Rolling Stone Top 100 songs list of 2013.
The Heat Magazine wanted to point out this foreshadowing single as the world gets a closer look at the life of James Brown in the newly released blockbuster film, Get On Up. Be sure to check out the film and educate yourself on Brown who was a gem in American Music.
Check out Mystikal on Hit Me with the link below:
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http://mixmatters.com/songs/mystikal:-hit-me

Is this James Brown reincarnated? Well James Brown did say he can “Dig Rappin'”

Bring An Innocent Man Home: Free Mac (No Limit Rap Icon)

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

The Heat Magazine wanted to update you on the latest information concerning American rap icon Mac.
McKinley Phipps (Mac) reached high levels of success while signed to Master P’s No Limit Records.
Things went awry leading to his unlawful incarceration and conviction in 2001. Since then, Mac’s family and support system have fought endlessly to exonerate him. Although it may seem mundane because the words “Free This One” or “Free That One” or often utilized out of context, Mac is an innocent man.
Mac wants the family of the victim to know that he did not commit the crime. The Heat Magazine recently discovered new ways that supporters can assist in the liberation of Mac. “Bring Mac Home”, is a website where one can make a donation. Each donation is a contribution towards Mac’s legal fund. For more information, visit http://www.youcaring.com/other/bring-mac-home-/152427
Additionally, Mac “The Lost Tapes” is available online. Therefore, each purchase helps Mac. Download here:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-lost-tapes/id835018108
In an effort to “bring an innocent man home”, The Heat Magazine wanted to make our readers aware. Free Mac!

Fiend Performing Live In Birmingham On 4th Of July

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

An all-black party will take place on the fourth of July featuring Fiend aka International Jones. Skreg, Sunny Blakk and View Mobb will also perform. Doors open at 8 p.m. The venue is located at 2726 Pearson Avenue. For more information follow Fiend on twitter at https://twitter.com/FIEND4DAMONEY or call Reggi at 205-240-1374. The Heat Magazine wanted our Alabama readers and surrounding areas to be aware of this event. Capital F.I. says, “I’m performing all my hits.” Feel free to leave a comment if you catch the power-packed performance by the world-renowned rap star from New Orleans.