Sunday, October 26, 2014

Recap: NOLA HIP HOP AWARDS 2014

The 2014 NOLA HIP HOP AWARDS was EPIC. The 5 year anniversary couldn't have started off better than with a Throwback Skit about New Orleans hip hop culture. The skit was produced by 3517 Law Street Films and featured the hosts for the night, myself and Shiney Green. It was followed by an opening set with DJ Jubilee. 
DJ Jubilee and Myself
Following his set the award for Hottest Lyricist of the Year was presented by So Stimulus. The award went to VISH who lost his life earlier this year. His family came to the stage to accept his award. Producer of the Year went to BlaqnMild, who arrogantly proclaimed, "I don't see any competition out there." Blaq works hard with NOLA talent and indeed deserves to have the award, but I'm sure that made the other producers feel some type of way. The next performer for the night was the group 0017th. The group performed a conscious record entitled, "Black Man." At the end of their performance, they walked to the front of the stage with their hands up in honor of Mike Brown and others who lost their lives to negligence on Black men. They encouraged the audience to stand up with their hands up as well. 
Comedian Rude Jude presented the award for Hottest Club DJ of the year. That went to DJ Poppa, who was not in attendance. He was on Social Shakedown at Q93. Lajoan of Dream Management presented the award for Hottest Bounce Mix DJ of the Year to Flipset Fred, who wasn't in attendance either. He arrived later to accept his award. After this, video cyphers played throughout the theater for those in attendance. 
Then Double G held it down for Uptown and Buzy & C. Perkins put on a mesmerizing set for the ladies. There was a banner lowered with the two of their faces and names on it. It set the stage for them as they performed a love joint. 
Hottest Event Promoter of the Year went to Hood Status Ent. Supa presented the award for Hottest Male Vocalist. It went to Roca B. C.O. presented the award for Hottest Female Vocalist. It went to Iris P, who hadn't arrived yet. The night was still young, but it was time for a tribute. Gary Holzenthal former owner of Odessy Records, a Mom and Pop CD shop that was originally located in the old Carrollton Shopping Center, received a Life Time Achievement Award. Gary an older White guy remembered some of the artists that walked through his door with their cd. He named a few of them. Next a tribute video played on the big screens for Beamer, Cash Money Vamp and Beezle all who lost their lives this year to senseless violence. Hottest Song of the Year went to 5th Ward Weebie for "Let Me Find Out." Hottest Album of the year went to The Wave, (Formerly Known as K-Gates), who encouraged New Orleans artists to take their talents on the road. "We have some characters down here, bruh. The world wants to see this," he said. He said, when he was down in Miami, they asked him if he knew Mario P. Mario P is the guy who is responsible for putting a N.O. saying, "You a Whole Hoe Outchea," on t-shirts. DJ Hektik then presented the award for Hottest Mixtape of the year to Young Greatness. Greatness represented for Maxx Pain who is incarcerated. He also boasted, "S/O to 300/Atlantic for that 5 million dollar deal." Congrats to him. 
Afterwards was a performance by Deelow. Deelow brought out sexy women, stage props and just lit up the stage with his ICE. He had to just get his jewelry cleaned, because his diamonds were glistening as he performed his single, "Carats." Then Wade came to the stage with a live guitar player for his single, "Love We Makin." They both did a very good job. 
A live cypher featuring Allie Baby, The Show, Noon D'Yungin, Ja So Rude and Neno Calvin was next.  Everybody in that cypher held their own. Mario P presented the award for Hottest video of the year to 0017th for "Ali." 0017th said that their video for "Ali" was so impactful that the Ali family has contacted them and has been supporting everything they do. Hottest Videographer went to a girl named, Cinamonda. Allie Baby presented the award for Hustler of the Year, which went to The Wave. K-Gates informed every hustler, "For every dollar you make in New Orleans, you can make 33 dollars somewhere else." He encouraged people how when we make it out of here, we make it to the TOP. He named some of the people from here that are living large. I loved his energy on last night. 
The next Life Time Recipient was LBJ. His award was presented by DJ Ro. Then Hoodstar ENT. came on with their single, "No Limit." Calliope Var, B3, Tokyo and Hood Star Ent showed out for Uptown.
K-Izzy performed "Neville." Hottest Club Promoter of the Year went to Hood Status Ent. Hottest Comedian went to Shoosh. There was a tribute video to Nicki Da B, Yung Vish and Philly Beamin. Then Ms. Tee came with a throwback performance as fans sang along. Dusty Money won Hottest Group of the Year for the 2nd year in a row. Hottest New Artist of the Year went to Maxx Pain, who's as I said before is incarcerated. It was accepted by his Manager and friends. They came in large numbers to support him with Maxx Pain t-shirts on. DJ Blaza performed along with 10th Ward Buck.
 Shirani Rae received Life Time Recipient award for her contributions through her store Peaches Records, another mom and Pop shop that was formerly located in Gentilly, but is now in the French Quarters on Decatur St. The highlight of the night was when Young Greatness came to the stage to perform his single, "Buku," featuring Juvenile. He came to the stage with about 20 guys, even Maxx Pain's crew. He put on an electrifying performance. That set the night off. Then
following that was a Performance by G. Baby, Warren Mayes daughter and a Tribute to him. The late Rapper's Mom came to the stage with about 15 of his children to accept his award. Hottest Female artist was presented by Shoosh and it went to Lady Dahlia. Then there was a live cypher by the groups Dusty Money and Clock Work. They went EXTRA hard. Following that, the 8-9 Boyz performed, "My Favorite." Then Iris P came to present Hottest Male Artist to 5th Ward Weebie and Soulja Slim's little sister came up to give the Soulja Slim award to Keedy Black. Last, but certainly not least 5 th Ward Weebie played a video vlog of his recent endeavors, letting the fans see that he's been working with Snoop Dog and he has a very promising 2015 in store. He then performed his hit single, "Let Me Find Out." 
Besides a few upsets and more than a few EGOS, (Without Egos, it wouldn't be New Orleans or Hip Hop) last night was a great showing. The performances were great and so was the turn out. The 2014 NOLA HP HOP AWARDS was so LIT that the Fire Marshall and Lieutenant Marlon Diflilo had to stop in to see what was going on. That's a good thing! No one was hurt or killed and everyone had a good time. Special Thanks to Supreme Street aka Crack Tracks aka Lawrence Parker for allowing me to be apart of such an awesome event in support of NOLA Talent. Peace, until next time....Ya Heard Me!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Laughs from the Voting Polls: Man Tells President Obama Not to Touch His Girlfriend

President Obama went to cast his early vote in his hometown of Chicago and the boyfriend of a voter wanted to be seen. He walked pass the President and told him, "Mr. President, don't touch my girlfriend." My first thought is how are they even letting these random people walk that close to the President? Of course, the guy was doing a prank, but sheesh. Did he have to be such a douche bag. President Obama kept his cool, but I'm sure he wasn't feeling that approach. By the way, it is hilarious the way he responded. They say they have a bunch of CLOWNS in Chi-town. Check it out.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Vlog: Young Greatness "I Tried to Tell'Em"

New Orleans own 7th ward St.Bernard Projects Young Greatness, who recently snagged a deal with 300/Atlantic talks about his journey in the rap game, his single "Buku," his new deal and what he stands for. The young rapper has been grinding it out between New Orleans and Atlanta, trying to make his mark in the game. Check out, "I Tried to Tell'em."

New Video: DeeDay "InstaStar"

New Orleans Westbanks own DeeDay is back with a new single, "InstaStar." This is a song about the people who show off on Instagram, when in real life they're not really living like that. It's really funny!

Monday, October 20, 2014

New Video: 3D Na'tee "Do It for the Gram"

3D Na'tee is back with vengeance. The rap star from New Orleans who snagged a deal with Russell Simmon's All Def Digital and Universal is careful not to put on a facade for social media. While she can very much "stunt" online, her net worth is likely in the 7 figure area, Na'tee chooses the high route. She encourages her followers to do so as well. "Work as hard as the Boss, but Be as humble as the intern," is one of her signature quotes. This message speaks volumes and so does this video in a world where people will do just about anything or rather post anything for a "like" and a "follower." Remember: "YOU can't put a filter on LIFE." - 3D Na'tee


Monday, October 13, 2014

New Video: King Joker "All Jokes Aside"

King Joker's latest single off his "All Jokes Aside," Ep has recently hit Worldstarhiphop.com. The video is getting rave reviews. King Joker is a New Orleans CTC native. His album entails stories about his life and trials from his daughters sickness to his battle with the streets vs the rap game. It is available on iTunes and Amazon. Visit Kingjokervision.com for more info.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

F.A.I.T.H. ( For All I TRUST Him) #GOD

I remember when I was a young girl in Sunday School, they taught us the acronym F.A.I.T.H. stood for "For ALL I Trust Him." The Him in the acronym meaning GOD. I would not really understand the meaning of FAITH until I got older. As a kid we have what is called, child like faith. We believe without knowing. As we grow older and become wiser though, our faith is often challenged.

I was going through a time where all I could do is rely on my faith in God. No one close to me could help me. I didn't know which way to turn. In the Bible it tells us in Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not to thine own understanding." When we cannot understand what is going on or why, we must TRUST GOD's plan for our lives. Our understanding will mess us all the way up, especially if we are negative thinkers. So I was trying very hard not to think about what I was going through. But things weren't looking so good. So I began to get nervous.

One day as I'm searching for a WORD of some sort, understand that God speaks to you in a number of ways, one came to me out of nowhere. I was playing karaoke with my little niece's karaoke machine and she was singing a Miley Cyrus song. She was singing a song from the Disney Miley, not the twerking one. Anyway, the song was called, "The CLIMB." The lyrics went something like,

 "I can almost see it/that dream I'm dreaming/But/There's a voice inside my head/saying, You'll never reach it/
Every step I'm taking/Every move I'm making/Feels lost with no direction/My FAITH is shaken.

But I gotta keep trying. I gotta keep my head held high.
Cause There's always gonna be another mountain. I'm always gonna wanna make it move.
There's always gonna be another battle. Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose.
It ain't about how fast I get there. It ain't about what's waiting on the other side.
It's the CLIMB."

As I listened to the song, I got a stunning revelation. It was almost as if God was speaking directly to me. Although I didn't want to admit it, my FAITH was shaken. I was afraid. I didn't know what my next move would be. I didn't know how I was going to accomplish my goal or fix my problem. But FEAR is the opposite of FAITH. I couldn't be afraid and still proclaim that I trusted GOD. The Bible says, a double minded man is unstable in all his ways. I couldn't doubt God. James 1:5-8 tells us what happens when we go to God in Faith vs when we go to him with doubt. So I turned to the Bible. I searched for a WORD on tested Faith. Here's what I found: James 1:2-4 states 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

I almost screamed!!! I got so excited. I wasn't supposed to be afraid, but I was supposed to have JOY. I had alot of things coming my way, but the testing of my faith develops perseverance. Perseverance is steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success. Like Miley said in the song, I had to keep trying. I had to keep going. I had to keep my head held high. This way when all of it was over, I would be mature and COMPLETE. Sometimes we go through to GROW through. I was growing up. Not only was I growing up, but I was on my way to elevation. But most importantly, the Bible says, I would LACK nothing. Hallelujah! That's when I began to shout. Immediately, I forgot all of my fears and began to trust God again. I left all of the worry and fear behind and I felt much better. The very next day, God began to move supernaturally in my life. 

I want to encourage someone today to KEEP the FAITH. It's still going to work out for your GOOD. 

Video: Michael Mc Featured on "Talk To Me New Orleans"

New Orleans own Rapper Michael Mc was recently featured on the television show "Talk to Me New Orleans." Michael Mc hails from New Orleans 7th ward area. His last single featured 10th WD Buck and is entitled, "Her & Her & Her." Mike went on the show to introduce his latest single, "Twerk."

Thursday, September 25, 2014

New Music: Lyrikill - Throne Killa

New Orleans own Lyrikill is back with his second single from his upcoming project "The NostalgiaEP." Lyrikill isn't new to the hip hop scene. He's starred in hip hop plays and has been on several of the local shows. Kill delivers a Wutang type flow on this "Throne Killa" joint. He takes you back to the mid 90's with his hip hop swag and smooth jargon. Check it out below:

Business SpotLight: The G. Carter Law Firm LLC

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Today's Business Spotlight goes to The G. Carter Law Firm LLC. The firm is based here in New Orleans, LA and is ran by Attorney Gregory Q. Carter. Carter, an Ohio native moved to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in an effort to pursue justice for citizens who were in need of an understanding attorney. I had a chat with Mr. Carter and here's a few reasons why you should choose his firm over others:

Me:1) Tell me about the G. Carter Law Firm. Why should my readers come to you for help?

Attorney Carter: 1. You come to The G.Carter Law Firm because you need a lawyer who will relentlessly fight for you. The G.Carter Law Firm provides fearless representation along with the knowledge and experience to get you the outcome you so desperately need. 

Me: 2) What made you choose law?

Attorney Carter: 2. Being a lawyer has always been a dream, but college and the federal indictment of a close family member pushed me to take the leap to change my dream into a reality. 

Me: 3) Tell me about the areas of practice you cover. Are you able to help with divorce?

Attorney Carter: 3. I focus almost entirely on criminal defense, but I also take car accident cases. 

Me: 4) What are some of your most accomplished cases?

Attorney Carter: 4. Last week I got my client--who was caught with 20 grams of cocaine on his third offense--probation without him turning state or any other form of cooperation. To me, when you are facing 20 years flat and your lawyer gets you probation, that is a good outcome. 

Me: 5) What makes your firm different from all the other firms in the metro area? 

Attorney Carter: 5. Because my fight is genuine. I really get after the police and the state for my clients, my representation is legit. 

I can attest to the fact that The G. Carter Law Firm LLC will put in the work and fight for you. Mr. Carter works diligently and is available to his clients when they need him. He won't leave you out in the cold. For more info on The G. Carter Law Firm LLC visit their website at www.gcarterlaw.com