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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

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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.

 

‘REAL RECOGNIZE REAL’: Devious Speaks On UNITY & the Latest N.O.U.E. Mixtape To Drop

Posted in Legendary Artists, Mixtapes, New Orleans Music, NOUE Businesses with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 21, 2011 by Arlene Culpepper

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.

DEVIOUS

“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.

You can follow N.O.U.E. and Devious on Twitter:

@NOUE1
@Deviousontwitt

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:

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=8WHMJ4XP

CONVERSATION WITH A LEGEND: Fiend a/k/a International Jones

Posted in Conversations with Legends, Legendary Artists, Mixtapes, New Orleans Music, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 18, 2011 by Arlene Culpepper

“Stay straight baby. Stay straight. It’ll all make sense one day. Forget the prestige – Congo Square in the flesh.” – Fiend

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

You can check Fiend out on these sites:

www.fienddigital.com

http://www.facebook.com/Fiend4DaMoney

http://twitter.com/#!/fiend4damoney

http://thesmokersclub.com/

http://www.facebook.com/smokersclubtour

http://twitter.com/#!/JETLIFEOFFICIAL

New Orleans Union Of Entertainment announces the release of “Real Recognize Real” which is dedicated to Tim Smooth

Posted in Legendary Artists, Mixtapes, New Orleans Music, NOUE Businesses, The Street Seen & Be Seen, Uncategorized, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 17, 2011 by Arlene Culpepper
     New Orleans Union Of Entertainment All Stars present their third various artists mixtape, Real Recognize Real, which features 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 more.  This 25 song mixtape maintains consistency as it follows the Essence Festival and Allies mixtape releases.  As the New Orleans Union For Entertainment continues to flourish, structure begins to form for New Orleans hip hop.
     “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,” stated Devious.  New Orleans Union For Entertainment is an action based collective that features artists in its blog, on its internet radio affiliate stations Robgradio.com, Hitzinternationalradio.com, Heat magazine, Dtv, Ramp Tv, Phat Phat n All That, and more.    Where there is a plethora of talent in cities like New Orleans and New York, the possibility of a lack of structure is bound to rear its ugly head.  However, New Orleans Union For Entertainment is equipped with professionals which 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 NOUE can be likened to “a pot of gumbo,” because the collective supports all genres and levels of hip hop.  “Our mixtapes and radio stations play young, old, bounce, hip hop, gangster, alternative, and more.”
    
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 Orleanians in a scattered fashion.  Be sure to download NOUE All Stars mixtape series at HDmixtapes.com, Mixconnect.com,  Mixtapewire.com, etc.  According to Mista Meana of Partners N Crime, Legendary Dj Erv of Robgradio, and Devious, the mission is to advance the music and careers of New Orleans artists and businesses.  This advancement can also come in the form of networking opportunities, financial empowerment, and dissemination of information that can assist artists  in other areas of their personal lives. For more information on New Orleans Union For Entertainment, follow at @NOUE1.

‘Comin Real Wit It’ – Tim Smooth (VIDEO)

Posted in Legendary Artists, New Orleans Music with tags , on July 29, 2011 by Arlene Culpepper

‘Murder’ by Tim Smooth (VIDEO)

Posted in Legendary Artists, New Orleans Music with tags , , , , , , , on July 29, 2011 by Arlene Culpepper

Another video by the late, great Tim Smooth ….

THE KNIGHT FROM THE HEIGHTS TRIBUTE: Part 3

Posted in Legendary Artists, New Orleans Music with tags , , , , , on July 27, 2011 by Arlene Culpepper

Devious

The tributes to the memory of Timothy “Tim Smooth” Smoot keep flowing in – the latest of which comes to us from Devious:

“Tim Smooth was a friend – my toughest competition. We met at one of my shows. He always had a passion for emceeing, and always kept it real. He was a God fearing family man, and never turned his back on me at any time during his career. It’s an honor to have been in the midst of such great talent at the start of his career. I remember him and Sporty T aggravating me by singing “Go Speedracer” at three in the morning on the way to Baton Rouge to work on Tim’s first album. He was a great writer, artist, performer, and most of all, a person with a smile and a sense of humor. We had many great experiences between Hollygrove and Kennedy Heights.” – Devious