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(HEAT SPOTLIGHT) Radio personality Petey Paul puts on for his city’s entertainers

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Local FM shows that actually play local and regional artists’ music are becoming fewer and farther between. It’s radio personalities such as Petey Paul who breathe life into local artists’ music, as he still seeks to break their music when other stations are moving toward more of a national format. Local, independent artists are the life blood of music, particularly urban music. Petey Paul consistently contributes to the promotion of that genre.


We caught up with Petey Paul recently so we can learn more about him and what drives him. Here’s what we learned:

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Tell our readers about yourself.

PETEY PAUL: I’m no one special. I am just as normal as any and everyone who will see and read this article. Born and raised in an area of New Orleans East called Michoud. I went to Fannie C. Williams Middle School, and graduated from the one and only, well-known and powerful back then (Laughs) Sarah Towles Reed Sr. High School. After that, I moved to the 7th Ward and lost my mind (Laughs). I’m married to a very wonderful woman and I am the father of 3.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: You have your hands in a lot of things in the New Orleans music scene. What all do you do?

PETEY PAUL: As of now I just promote, assist, and reach out to local artists and break their music on my radio show and do live on air interviews, which many of them have never experienced. Same goes for spoken word artists and poets. I had my time in the manager seat when I managed my younger brother N.O. Meazy aka Mike Meazy and latest aka Mr. Gumbo, known for the epic bounce song “Cut Like Ya Ugalee”, and I also played a minor management role in co-managing young phenom “K Levy”. Besides those things I reach out to everyday average citizens to come and be a part of my show whenever they feel, and let them speak on whatever they feel.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: When were you first drawn to music and why?

PETEY PAUL: Honestly I didn’t get into music until like 1997-98 when I realized how talented Meazy was. His music motivated me to do things in the industry I never even thought of. It led me to hone my skills and also learn a lot about the industry, but there’s still much for me to learn.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Growing up, who were your musical influences?

PETEY PAUL: I got into music at a late age due to my mom’s beliefs lol. I had to sneak and listen to records while she and my dad was at work. one song sticks in my head to this day, but I don’t recall the guys name but the song name is called “Boogaloo Down Broadway”. Mom and Pops didn’t play that mess. My friends clowned me for years. It was rough. Hey I did go to a DJ Jimi Concert at the age of 14 over at a club that use to be right behind the Auto Zone on Elysian Fields & N. Claiborne Ave. Maaaaaan I enjoyed myself and the grown women hehehehehehe.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: If you could interview five artists or producers,who would that be?

PETEY PAUL: Well, I have to go over the 5 limit. I’d interview Soulja Slim #RIP, all of the Hotboys at the same time, Master P, Mystikal and for the second time, Shamarr Allen. Because all of these guys really and truly grinded and got it out the mud for real. It took years on top of years to make it off  the streets of New Orleans. Yes they came from the streets and were into a lot, but that’s another main reason I want to interview them. I believe they all have key knowledge that can be given about their life that will open eyes to why young black men take the street route, and through their knowledge I believe we can find something to try and aid in helping our young men and women of today.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: What are your plans for the future?

PETEY PAUL: 1) To be the best I can be, but keep it 1Hunnid with all. 2) Give back to my community in as many ways I possibly can without tearing my family I created apart. 3) Be the best at what I do for all the right reasons. 4) START RECORDING MY NEW VIDEO TALK SHOW & HOPEFULLY GET PICKED UP BY A STATION. Which station…….I’m not picky at all.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Any shoutouts you want to send?

PETEY PAUL: Shout out to my Lord and my Savior Jesus Christ, Heat Magazine for this wonderful opportunity, my crew with the radio show – Al Capizle, DJ Platinum, Zack, and Kee – and my Mom and Dad because those Hebrew Slave whippings paid off in the long run lmaoooooo. ” Don’t tell my momma and daddy what lmaooooo means please lmao”. My wife Keedy for keeping together and loving me the way you do, my kids Joshua who is a College Quarterback at Prairie View A&M. He’s my hero for real. My beautiful and multi-talented daughter Angel. My speed demon and athletic son Paul Jr. All my brothers and sisters biological and street from Michoud to the 7th ward, The Mighty Olympians of Sarah T. Reed, the whole Dolphin Radio Crew especially Mr. Dunn for giving me the platform to do what I do and trust in me to do great things in representation of Delgado Community College City Park also MAJOR MAJOR SHOUT OUT TO my ace in the hole Marvin Blackmon. If it wasn’t for you my friend, I may have never even inquired about a radio show. Me meeting you on that day bruh, was meant to happen. And last but could never be least, everrrrrr……all my fans and supporters that rock with me no matter if I make since or not. I want you guys to know that dreams do come true if you put forth the effort. I AM A WITNESS OF THAT.

Follow Petey Paul:

Facebook – Petey Paul

Instagram – @iampeteypaul & @thepeteypaulshow

Twitter – @iampeteypaul


Arlene Culpepper, Asst. Editor-in-Chief
Arlene Culpepper, Asst. Editor-in-Chief
Vice-President & Asst. Editor-in-Chief of The Heat Magazine, Arlene is a Louisiana native, Certified Paralegal, Publicist, Owner of MIKODreamz PR, co-owner of 504Diffusion, writer, producer, and jack of all trades, who is heavily involved in her community as well as serving as Media Advisor for New Orleans Union for Entertainment (NOUE), Member of the NOLA Music Awards from 2012-present & Member of the Press Club of New Orleans. Her work is published across the web. Her PR work has been highly recognized & awarded. She was/is publicist for the late great BTY YoungN, 0017th and more. She is also working on her first novel & aspires to turn it into a film & is currently writing the authorized biography of the legendary Pimp C of UGK. She can be reached via email at Follow her on Twitter - @CategorySeven & Instagram - @hurricanearlene.


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