Archive for Hurricane Katrina

New Orleans Union Of Entertainment All Stars Release Da Independents Oct. 18th

Posted in Artists, Business 101 in the 504, Conversations with Legends, DJs, Legendary Artists, Mixtapes, New Orleans Music, NOUE Businesses, The Street Seen & Be Seen, Uncategorized, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 16, 2011 by Arlene Culpepper

New Orleans Union Of Entertainment All Stars return with their fifth installment in less than 120 days, “Da Independents” featuring Corner Boy P, Da U Boys, Tim Smooth, TNC Boys, Partners N Crime, Devious, Fiend, Jay Jones, Big Ramp, Bruce-Lee Roy, KG Boys, Marcy, Redd, Mz. Wizdom, EazyMoney, Magnolia Shorty, Konfo, Majesty Sozey, Young Torrento,  and more.  This mixtape exhibits the rawness and lyrical prowess of New Orleans and will definitely become a favorite of true heads and “snap backs.”
Scheduled to release on October 18th, Da Independents is a highly awaited mixtape being released on the heels of Da U Boys’ “Tha Shut Down”, Corner Boy P’s “Limitless”, and Fiend/Don Cannon mixtape.  “NOUE tries to stay aligned with what’s hot in the streets of New Orleans so we can keep things moving consistently.” Da Independents will be available at most major mixtape sites, blogs, and forums.  Follow the New Orleans Union For Entertainment  @NOUE1.


Resilience Profile Spotlight-Eazymoney

Posted in Mixtapes, New Orleans Music, The Street Seen & Be Seen, Uncategorized, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 29, 2011 by Arlene Culpepper

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.

New Orleans Union Of Entertainment All Stars-The Deployment-911 Mixtape Release

Posted in Business 101 in the 504, Conversations with Legends, Legendary Artists, Mixtapes, New Orleans Music, NOUE Businesses, The Street Seen & Be Seen, Uncategorized, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 7, 2011 by Arlene Culpepper

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.”

Da U Boys Bring Substance To “Otis” with their “U Mix” “We all We Got!!”

Posted in Business 101 in the 504, Conversations with Legends, Legendary Artists, Mixtapes, New Orleans Music, NOUE Businesses, The Street Seen & Be Seen, Uncategorized, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 1, 2011 by Arlene Culpepper

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…


Posted in Mixtapes, New Orleans Music, Videos with tags , , , , on August 10, 2011 by Arlene Culpepper

Loyalty: faithful adherence to a sovereign, government, leader, cause, etc.

Majesty Sozey

Rapper Majesty Sozey is the epitomy of loyaltyloyalty to his city, his cause and his craft. He’s been around for a hot minute, all the while continuing to make music that pays homage to the hurricane ravaged city he calls home – a city that for him, like so many others, is the only place he can call home – NEW ORLEANS

Having appeared on numerous mixtapes, including the recently released NOUE collaboration, “The Allies”, Majesty Sozey is well on his way to helping put the City of New Orleans on the musical map – all the while making a political statement about life in his region and why his city is so unique. 

The NOUE recently interviewed Majesty Sozey – let’s just say, his admiration for New Orleans stands out undeniably:

NOUE: Who is Majesty Sozey?

MAJESTY SOZEY: A creative artist who gives the people what they want and not what they are forced to accept. I think outside the box A LOT. I actually enjoy going all the way left with my stuff, because it always ends up in an original sound and sets me apart from my peers. I feel that’s my angle. In a day and time where everything is lacking originality and is one-sided, I consider myself that breath of fresh air that comes into the music industry every now and then.

NOUE: Who were your musical influences, growing up?

MAJESTY SOZEY: Well, I come from a musical family so I am very widespread when it comes to music. I will listen to anything creative and good, but as far as what influenced me to rap, that was artists like Big Daddy Kane, the original NWA (Cube, Ren, Dre, and Yella), Kool G Rap, Bone Thugs, Fiend, Tim Smooth (R.I.P.), Soulja Slim (R.I.P.), G Slimm, Tre 8 (R.I.P.), Black Menace, 2Pac (R.I.P.), Public Enemy, KRS One, etc. – you know, anything with great lyrics and substance. I think you can tell this when listening to my lyrics.

NOUE: How much of an effect does your city have on your music and its message?

MAJESTY SOZEY: If it weren’t for New Orleans, I wouldn’t even be answering these questions right now, LOL. I have always done my music from the standpoint of a black male from New Orleans, ya know. I write about what I been through and to know, it all happened here. I even touch on it in my current mixtape, OUT OF EXHILE, on the title track where I say, “THEY SAY IT’S GREAT TO VISIT, BUT B**CH, I LIVE HERE!” That was a way of me sticking up for where I’m from and showing pride in my city. People tend to view it as a mini-hell, but it’s still my home and every inch of it is near and dear to me. I also put signature 504 terms throughout my songs for fellow New Orleanions to catch on to. I’m sure you have heard the occasional N.O. terms like the way I say, “Yeeah”, “Yes indeed”, “Bayby, ya heard me”, and so on. And I also try to talk about the stuff in the city that other NOLA artists tend not to. I think I am one of a small few who actually got in depth with addressing Hurricane Katrina and the effect it had on the city and myself. A lot of artists danced around that subject, but I didn’t. 

NOUE: Where would you like to see New Orleans music in 5, 10 or even 15 years?

MAJESTY SOZEY: To be honest, to where it once was. Folks forget the actual stories, but I feel we had our own lane in the business at one time and really had no need for majors. You know, when labels like Cash Money, Big Boy, and Take Fo were dropping albums that went on to sell 300,000 copies with no major distribution. We did kind of master and make the blueprints to the whole idea of being independents. And more unity, please. I touched on that in another interview – we say it time and time again that we New Orleans artists need to come together. Now is the time to do it. That’s the only way it’s gonna work and we know it. I’m seeing a few signs of this happening soon also.

NOUE: What projects are you currently working on?

MAJESTY SOZEY: Well, right now, I’m still promoting my current mixtape, OUT OF EXHILE, which is available for free download on, up until the release of Part 2. I’m performing wherever possible, with the Blackout Bar and Club Red Velvet being for sure places to see me live. I’m working on new material and doing more features. In fact, look out for me on the upcoming Recon and B Assasson projects. I’m also featured on and promoting the New Orleans Union for Entertainment (N.O.U.E.) project, THE ALLIES. I have a track on there produced by the legendary Definition DJ ICE MIKE called FEEL DIS, which you can hear in the mix on Rob G. Radio.  I also have been dabbling in internet radio talk shows like and, and even doing some event hosting from time to time. I’m basically buzz building until I’m ready to drop a full length album with all original material.


NOUE SIDENOTE:  You can check Majesty Sozey out on the following sites:;;; (currently ranked 78 in New Orleans); &

Merk Featuring Mr. Magic: Love My City (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

Posted in New Orleans Music, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 3, 2011 by Arlene Culpepper

Check out Merk featuring Mr. Magic – “Love My City“, the official video.