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According to Webster’s dictionary, the word deploy means to spread out for a deliberate purpose. In the world of urban music, the purpose is to collectively advance and overcome unwarranted obstacles says the New Orleans Union Of Entertainment All Stars. In memory of the tragic invasion that occured on September 11th in 2001, another great body of work has been created. “The Deployment” features Jay Da Menace’s “A Soldier’s Story” which is a tribute to America’s troops. Timely and appropriate, New Orleans Union Of Entertainment All Stars assemble some of its seasoned artists such as Ghetto Twiinz, Fiend, UNLV, Devious, Mista Meana, Cheeky Blakk, Ms. Tee, the late Tim Smooth, Sporty T., and Soulja Slim. Be sure to add this memorable anthology to your personal collection as the Crescent City’s finest batch of talent delivers poetic creativity while recalling the incidents of September 11 and Hurricane Katrina. As ”The Shutdown” by Da U Boys approaches its release on September 20th, they are also featured along with a cast of young guns like The Show, Majesty Sozey, Young Torrento, and AMG. ”The Deployment is a special project centered around our soldiers in music and it pays homage to our common American soldier and citizens who have been affected by unforeseen events in our lifetime.”
Reviewed by Dion Norman
Katrinaville/Island Def Jam recording artists Ghetto Twiinz return with a follow up smash single and video, “Same Lie” that educates the female population on the possibility of being duped. Two females hearing the same exact expressions from one man is not unlikely in today’s highly single minded society. With “Rock Rock” being a club favorite, “Same Lie” grants supporters the “game” that we love to hear from the GTZ. Not only will this song and video appeal to females, males will be enlightened to either step their game up or come to a realization that being a ”player” has repercussions. Press play and enjoy the new heat from New Orleans own Ghetto Twiinz.
Check out ghettotwiinz.com for latest albums and information.
Reviewed by Dion Norman
As September 20 approaches, the will of a man grows stronger. The will of Da U intensifies as they continue to overcome hurdles in the wavering music industry. The hardwork will bear its fruits because this group has become a mainstay in New Orleans rap. It’s much easier to quit when the battle seems tough, but this group is relentless. Check out Da U Boys on NOUE mixtape series as we anxiously await “Tha Shutdown”.
Press the play button and enjoy nonfiction rap from “Da U Boys.” The imagery of the video fits the flow perfectly as the waters flow and remind of us “Sittin On The Dock Of The Bay,” but ironically not wasting time…
It was 1995, the year that the world would come to know rapper, Fiend. Having released his first album, “I Won’t Be Denied”, on Big Boy’s label, Fiend was well on his way.
Two years later, he signed with No Limit Records and the rest as they say, is history. Fiend’s lyrics will forever be etched into our memories, as they are deep and thought provoking. His lyrical skills are most definitely on another level.
Fiend is now currently touring with Curren$y and quite a few other popular artists on the Smokers’ Club Tour – a move that is taking his brand around the globe.
Fiend made numerous appearances on No Limit features and in several instances, took them over like they were custom written and produced for him. His second album, “There’s One in Every Family” was a bonified hit and has become a solid classic. It made it to the top spot on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip Hop chart and in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top 200 – quite a feat for a New Orleans rapper of that era. “Street Life” also debuted at the top of Billboard’s charts, as he introduced another hit to the world. “Walk Like A G” is a classic street anthem to this day and is even more memorable because of his collaboration with the late New Orleans legend Soulja Slim. “Can I Ball” and “Shell Shocked”, duos with Mac, are two more Fiend hits that will forever live in the streets and beyond. The list is truly endless.
Fiend was one of the legendary artists who helped lay the groundwork for the genre. He’s worked with artists from Mia X, Mac, Mystikal, C-Murder, Silkk That Shocker, Mr. Serv-On, Three-6 Mafia, and Master P to Snoop Dogg and UGK to the late legends Soulja Slim and Tim Smooth. Fiend has added the title of producer to his already impressive resume.
We recently caught up with Fiend on the heels of the first part of the Smokers’ Club Tour, which is set to pick back up on October 12, 2011 and also includes Curren$y, Method Man, Big Krit, Smoke DZA, The Pricks, Corner Boy P, and others.
Fiend filled us in on his latest projects, and he dropped some knowledge on us about the industry:
NOUE: How’s the tour going?
FIEND: It’s getting ready to crank back up on October 12th. We’re just getting back from ATL. Good people, good times. Good times, good vibes. Because of Curren$y, a lot of the younger fans are familiar. He helped get downloads of the mixtapes. Many of the kids are aware of me through Curren$y.
NOUE: What’s your latest project?
FIEND: It’s “Cool Is In Session” – it dropped 7/28/11. I’m trying to drop a new mixtape every two months. I hope the drop the next one on 9/14/11. The most recent one was a little late, but I hope to drop a mixtape every other month.
NOUE: We have several NOUE affiliated artists that cited you as having a huge influence on their careers. What advice do you have for the younger artists in the industry?
FIEND: Learn the business. You have to learn the business. Go sit in somebody’s library or somewhere and learn the business. Have a plan and execute it. You can be in the studio and waste hours, days, months, or even years, and if you don’t have a plan …. If you learn the business, you get the most of out of the experience. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You gotta out hustle cats. It takes structure to get serious and you better know what you’re selling. You gotta stay consistent. Somebody once told me, “Ricky, have some prestige about yourself. Don’t be a whore for the business. Don’t jump at everything.”
NOUE: What do you think about the N.O.U.E.?
FIEND: It’s a nice movement. We lacked organization and structure in the hip hop scene. You have to know what you’re working on. New Orleans has a lot of talented artists – rare artifacts for real – but the music scene hasn’t’ progressed due to a lack of structure. Culture year round in New Orleans – Congo Square in rap form. Maybe one day they’ll get it.
NOUE: What are your thoughts on the loss of a legend, Tim Smooth?
FIEND: Tim Smooth was the big brother for Down South artists. He saw the talent and helped nurture that talent. He will really be missed. Lord knows what his family is going through right now. I can only imagine. Tim was one of those cats – whether he was on the road, in the studio, or just in life, he always helped out in crunch times. He was the only man who had been there a lot. He was a hip hop big brother, no doubt, and he’ll be greatly missed. He’ll be greatly missed. God has a plan. Tim was just another soul that left entirely too young. Tim Smooth helped me through some tough times on some real life ish.
NOUE: How do you see the music industry evolving?
FIEND: You gotta stay consistent. I’m dropping an album every two months. People know what they want now and they’ll go straight to it. I make music and go from there and I’m interested to see where it goes. A lot of music is overlooked. It aint’t easy, but God is great. I get up and keep going at it. There’s more to the music I’m making. It’s packaged well and has a message in it. Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.
NOUE: Is there any other work you’d like to get into?
FIEND: Movies – cartoons and voiceover work. I would love to narrate. That would be cool and I’d still be making the music.
NOUE SIDENOTE: We salute Fiend and look forward to hearing much more from him. He is a legend whose music continues to evolve. Make sure to check out the Smokers Club Part 2 and his new releases. Visit Dat Piff for downloads of Fiend’s mixtapes: Dat Piff downloads
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