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Check out The Heat Magazine‘s feature on the NOUE‘s own, Definition DJ Redd:
Eazymoney typifies resilience and grind. From spoken word to hip hop, NOUE wanted to recognize him for making a great effort to advance his career in the midst of adversity.
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.
Meet Charlie Vaughn, owner of Uptown Artwerx. He’s the man behind the visuals – be on the lookout for Charlie‘s feature interview in The Heat Magazine.
Uptown 17th to the heart, Charlie Vaughn‘s urban art captures the essence of New Orleans‘ true culture and important neighborhoods. A lot of people forget that New Orleans is much more than the French Quarter and the CBD. Thanks to artists like Charlie Vaughn, we are faced with continous reminders of what the REAL NEW ORLEANS is all about!
The NOUE recently caught up with Charlie Vaughn – check out a few tidbits about him:
Goals: To have UPTOWNARTWERX be respected as a provider of not just Urban art, but just great ART
Dreams: To have ART hangin on & off EVERY WALL worldwide!!!!
Currently working on: Sketches to stay in practice, assembling pieces for a fundraiser September 8th , paintings, gaining insight on the art industry, & updating my website
Favorite Book: “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” by Alex Haley
Favorite Movie(s): “Friday” & “Cooley High”
Favorite TV Show: COPS …(the original reality show!)
Favorite Quote: “It’s all on you” – B.G.
Favorite Music: Damn near ALL types of music that AIN’T wack!!!
Check out UPTOWN ARTWERX at www.uptownartwerx.com.
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…
Contact Info: www.twitter.com/lipserviceink
Goals: To encourage good people to read great books all over the world
Dreams: Waking up on quiet mornings to the wet nose of all 3 of my dogs
Currently working on: Creating new original collections on EnticingObjects.com
Favorite Interviews: Kurtis Blow, Loren Ridenger, DJ Spinderella and Pimp C
NOUE SIDENOTE: We recommend checking out all of Thais Mills’ sites. The LipServiceInk website is really cool and contains a whole lot of interesting information. EnticingObjects.com has a wide array of unique, one of a kind home décor items that you just can’t live without! She also promotes literacy, which is so important. Check out all of Thais’ sites & you won’t be disappointed.
For those who pursue a career in education, they are often overlooked, though to be quite honest, they should be put on a pedestal, unlike just about no other profession. Our educators help to shape our children’s futures, and because of that, they are some of the most important people with whom they can come in contact.
Meet Kooly – or Mr. Jessie as he is known to his students. Kooly is a rap artist and New Orleans native, who is also an educator striving to make a positive difference in the lives of his students. What better way to reach the youth than through Hip Hop music?
We had a chance to talk to Kooly and here’s what he had to say:
NOUE: Tell us something about yourself.
KOOLY: My music has two different targets. At times, it aims to tell the story of the kids that attend school with no direction, or positive influences at home and who get caught up in the system and labeled. I hope that they realize there is a world unexplored by them and in many cases, the community they grow up in. Then there is the music I make for grown folks, which allows me to be as creative as I wish and not take on as much social responsibility.
NOUE: What inspires your music?
KOOLY: My music is inspired by the youth that I work with and the many artists I respect. My music is also inspired by some of the whack sh*t I hear. I guess I like debating. I find myself writing a rebuttal to some BS I just heard that I know the kids are going to sing because it’s catchy!
NOUE: Growing up, who were your musical influences?
KOOLY: Bob Marley, Common, Nas, Jay-Z, Black Star, Kanye, BIG, Outkast, Cee-Lo - I mean the list of artists I think inspired me can get ridiculously long.
NOUE: What’s on your iPod right now?
KOOLY: In heavy rotation on my Ipod is J.Cole, Ye and Jay, Fabolous, Weezy, a bounce mix, Pusha T, Saigon, Wale, Bob Marley, and Frank Ocean.
NOUE: Tell us about your music and how you incorporate it into your teaching.
KOOLY: The good thing about music is that I love it. I do it for free. That’s suppose to be how you pick your profession. I like the freedom of it, not having any pressure. The kids love when I incorporate it into lessons. The other teachers in my district appreciate it. I believe Hip Hop belongs in education. It’s up to the ones who can to implement it. I work with kids and we create songs together. Occassionally, I record with them and give them CDs to sell to their neighbors. I have a CD entitled “R.H.Y.M.E” with 13 tracks that I continue to add to and give to students for free. The rhymes I do for kids, I do as “Mr. Jessie”. What I do at the spoken word spots and for adults, I do as “Kooly”. I guess I got some Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde type sh*t happening.
NOUE: What’s in your future, as far as music goes?
KOOLY: I’m still jackin’ for beats, but all the recordings and duplicating and packaging are done in house. I got a do it yaself type attitude.
NOUE SIDENOTE: The N.O.U.E. sidenote salutes Kooly a/k/a Mr. Jessie, who has taken on one of the most important careers that exists. You can check him out on the N.O.U.E. mixtape, “Real Recognize Real”, on “For New Orleans.”
Unity is something lacking in a lot of areas of art, and sometimes that pertains to music as well. The newly formed New Orleans Union For Entertainment, or N.O.U.E. as it is known, is the exception to that rule. Together with some of the younger artists, quite a few legendary artists are affiliated with the N.O.U.E. and are the driving force behind its advancement. Devious, Partners N Crime and the Legendary DJ Erv are several of its principals, who are helping to push the envelope of entertainment, where New Orleans music and entertainment is concerned.
In a city known for being one of the music capitals of the world, discord and loosely formed cliques have, in the past, plagued the rise of what could one day be the strongest force in the music industry. Awash with raw and polished talent, the New Orleans area has produced some of the most well known artists, especially in the genres of hip hop and R&B. It was not until now that a majority of the talent pulled together to help put New Orleans on the musical map for real.
Poised to release its third various artists mixtape in as many months, the N.O.U.E. presents “Real Recognize Real”, featuring the late Tim Smooth, Ice Mike, Black Menace, Partners N Crime, Devious, Da U Boys, Cheeky Black, Mia X, Kunta Fly Snooka, Majesty Sozey, The Rap Pack, Ms. Tee, and many more more artists. The 25 song mixtape maintains consistency as it follows the Essence Festival and Alliesmixtape releases.
“One of the main dilemmas New Orleans has faced over the years as it relates to hip hop is structure. We have always had a ton of talent but only a small amount of industrial structure. NOUE is addressing this concern because most hardworking artists echo this opinion.” – Devious
The N.O.U.E. is an action based collective that features artists in its own blog, on its internet radio affiliate stations, Robgradio.com and Hitzinternationalradio.com, The Heat Magazine, Dtv, Ramp Tv, Phat Phat n All That, and other avenues. In addition, the N.O.U.E. is equipped with professionals who offer their services at reasonable rates. As a result, several artists have leaped over the obstacle of rejection and are now making progress in the advancement of their career regardless of their musical style. The beauty of the N.O.U.E. can be likened to “a pot of gumbo,” because the collective supports all genres and levels of hip hop.
The mixtape series consolidates New Orleans rap and allows industry professionals to be able to observe a variety of relevant music all at once, in contrast to finding New Orleans artists in a scattered fashion.
We had an opportunity to interview Devious so we could learn more about the up and coming N.O.U.E., along with its mission, what it seeks to accomplish, and much more:
NOUE: What’s the mission of the NOUE and your vision for it?
DEVIOUS: The mission is to advance collectively. In the past, our advancement has been limited because of lack of knowledge, opportunity, structure, and rejection. The vision is one of many: to see New Orleans in an active and professional musical industry environment. It’s limited thinking to believe that only one form of music is credible. Imagine if rap music was never given an opportunity, where would we be? So don’t tell me all genres can’t be or won’t be showcased. If that is the case, then New Orleans Union for Entertainment is at odds with any media organization that censors or streamlines our music into a uni-sound genre.
NOUE: Tell us about the mixtape series and how well it’s doing in terms of exposure and downloads.
DEVIOUS: The New Orleans Union Of Entertainment All Stars is off to a great start. Exposure is within the U.S. and overseas. The whole idea is to create a movement and cement the name and work of New Orleans rap music. Thousands of downloads between all the sites, blogs, and forums that our series appeaars on – it’s a unified movement in music.
NOUE: Who are some of the artists who’ve appeared on the mixtape?
DEVIOUS: Partners N Crime, BlaqnMild, Ms. Tee, Fiend, Da U Boys, Mr Magic, Black Menace, Devious, Utp Skip, Cheeky Blakk, Young Torrento, Sess 4 5, Majesty Sozey, Kunta Fly Snooka, Serv-On, Six Shot, Big Ramp, Magnolia Chop, and more.
NOUE: :Some of the veteran members have been in the game literally decades – tell us about that.
DEVIOUS: Music is universal, timeless – no such thing as time when it comes to the creation of music. With that being said, greats like the Nevilles, Charlie Wilson, and even our rap vets from New Orleans can maintain consistency in music creation. As far as what’s up with New Orleans Union for Entertainment, we are making sure our music is represented in a proper fashion. We cannot let our music be streamlined to one particular genre. The whole idea is to create a multicultural industry in New Orleans as it relates to music. It’s not coincidental that the majority of basic rap tunes are credited to vets from our city. Like Jeezy says, The Real is Back.
NOUE: Where do you see the city’s music 5 years out, now that we are seeing unity and involvement from all different aspects of the industry.
DEVIOUS: In five years, I’m not certain. I know that New Orleans music will prosper to higher heights. More opportunities will come our way. Fifty Cent says New Orleans rappers are active. I plan on intensifying that activity, hustling in a slightly different way, and carrying the torch for my homies Tim Smooth, Sporty T, DJ Baby T, and DJ Kenny D. Rest in Peace to all the fallen musicians. So if we play our cards right, stay busy and maintain a level of quality, creativity, and determination, we will conquer some of the giants that have blocked us in the past. New Orleans will return to its hotbed era with focus. In five years, we should have a new movement in music with worldwide notoriety. We should make millions with our God-given talents by then.
With unity and perseverance comes success – and so it is with the N.O.U.E.
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Here’s the lineup for the New Orleans Union Of Entertainment All Stars-Real Recognize Real mixtape, a tribute to the late Tim Smooth:
1. Wood Grain – Da U Boys & The Show
2. My Birthday – BLAQNMILD featuring Princess of Crime Mob
3. Around The World – The Rap Pack(Dappa,The Show, K. Gates, Y Dot Luck)
4. Welcome2MyCity – Black Menace
5. Bout Ta Pop It Off – Devious
6. Be Right Back – Eazymoney featuring Skip & Mista Meana
7. Call Me – Jay Da Menace featuring Mia X w/ Kango Slim
8. Stronger Now (Bounce) – Ms. Tee
9. Wobble On It – Redd & Poizon Ivy
10. Y’all Niggas Gone Make Me – Cheeky Black
11. I Gotsta Have It – Tim Smooth (Rest In Peace)
12. Get With Me – Big Ramp
13. Moxie – Kunta Fly Snooka
14. Gotta Do Me – Mista Meana & Ms. Tee
15. Papers (remix) – Hasheem Amin
16. Come Take A Look – Majesty Sozey
17. Game Need Lotion – Eazymoney featuring Reggie Hammin
18. Mic Check – Young Torrento
19. She Rocks – Poizon Ivy, Da Streets 1st Chyna, Redd, & Shabazz
20. Meet Me In Rubensteins – Tim Smooth (Rest In Peace)
21. Superstarz – Ice Mike
22. The One That Got Away – DEE-1 featuring Mannie Fresh
23. For New Orleans – Kooly
24. Ooh La La La – The Rap Pack
25. Put Ya Ballys On – Bust Down
Download the mixtape here: