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

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

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Young Greatness Snags Deal with 300/Atlantic

Yesterday I spoke briefly with Rapper Young Greatness via text about his new deal with 300. I am excited about his future with 300/Atlantic, especially that Jeezy is going to be over there at Atlantic now. Visit YoungGreatnessMusic.com to check out his latest release "Dollar for Hate," featuring his single "Roley on My Wrist," featuring Meek Mill and "Buku," featuring Juvenile."
Greatness hails from the St. Bernard Projects an area in New Orleans that was flooded after Hurricane Katrina. He has been working hard for a long time. It's good to see his work is finally starting to pay off. 

NOLA Rappers Vs DJ's ..The Struggle Continues

Tensions flare as New Orleans artists gear up for the NOLA Hip Hop Awards. Visit Nolahiphopawards.com for more info and tickets. Last week I received a call about a post from one of the Hip hop award panel members DJ Poppa. Poppa is a prominent DJ in the New Orleans area who has managed to make a name for himself and develop a large following. As an artist, if you want anybody on your team, he should be your first pick. But Poppa stepped on a few toes when he posted a post about NOT supporting local artists on his Instagram page earlier this month. Check it out below:
This was a repost from an Atlanta DJ. I understand that everyone has an opinion on this matter, but as a panel member for the local hip hop award show, Poppa stepped over the line. Do you or don't you support local artists? If you don't why are you on the panel? Panel members should be people who want NOLA talent to make it not people who put them down. This type of activity will make someone question the entire make up of the show. The person who called me to tell me about this immediately asked, "Isn't he on the panel?" Being an avid supporter of local artists, I too have to ask that question. I think the artists and the dj's should work hand in hand. If not, NY, LA, ATL and Miami will forever run the music scene.

The post ruffled a few feathers. Rap Group ClockWork's CEO Kato was one who took offense. He responded via his Twitter and Instagram page. 
While I don't agree with his tactics, violence should never be an option to solve any problem. I do understand his frustration. When you work hard as an artist and you reach out to the dj's, just as you hire the dj's, you just want the love back. If the people hadn't hired the dj to dj at their party, block party or night club, they wouldn't have a career. So many artists have spoken to me about the lack of support. Support is a two way street. If an artist can come support an event that you're dj'n at, it's only fair that you play their music, if it's good. If it isn't that's another story. Kato and Poppa managed to straighten things out about their posts, but what about other artists that feel the same way? It's time for all of NOLA talent to work together. It's too much talent down here for us not to be in the big money. Salute to the dj's that really support the artists and the artists that work with the dj's.