|DJ Jubilee and Myself|
Following his set the award for Hottest Lyricist of the Year was presented by So Stimulus. The award went to VISH who lost his life earlier this year. His family came to the stage to accept his award. Producer of the Year went to BlaqnMild, who arrogantly proclaimed, "I don't see any competition out there." Blaq works hard with NOLA talent and indeed deserves to have the award, but I'm sure that made the other producers feel some type of way. The next performer for the night was the group 0017th. The group performed a conscious record entitled, "Black Man." At the end of their performance, they walked to the front of the stage with their hands up in honor of Mike Brown and others who lost their lives to negligence on Black men. They encouraged the audience to stand up with their hands up as well.
Comedian Rude Jude presented the award for Hottest Club DJ of the year. That went to DJ Poppa, who was not in attendance. He was on Social Shakedown at Q93. Lajoan of Dream Management presented the award for Hottest Bounce Mix DJ of the Year to Flipset Fred, who wasn't in attendance either. He arrived later to accept his award. After this, video cyphers played throughout the theater for those in attendance.
Then Double G held it down for Uptown and Buzy & C. Perkins put on a mesmerizing set for the ladies. There was a banner lowered with the two of their faces and names on it. It set the stage for them as they performed a love joint.
Hottest Event Promoter of the Year went to Hood Status Ent. Supa presented the award for Hottest Male Vocalist. It went to Roca B. C.O. presented the award for Hottest Female Vocalist. It went to Iris P, who hadn't arrived yet. The night was still young, but it was time for a tribute. Gary Holzenthal former owner of Odessy Records, a Mom and Pop CD shop that was originally located in the old Carrollton Shopping Center, received a Life Time Achievement Award. Gary an older White guy remembered some of the artists that walked through his door with their cd. He named a few of them. Next a tribute video played on the big screens for Beamer, Cash Money Vamp and Beezle all who lost their lives this year to senseless violence. Hottest Song of the Year went to 5th Ward Weebie for "Let Me Find Out." Hottest Album of the year went to The Wave, (Formerly Known as K-Gates), who encouraged New Orleans artists to take their talents on the road. "We have some characters down here, bruh. The world wants to see this," he said. He said, when he was down in Miami, they asked him if he knew Mario P. Mario P is the guy who is responsible for putting a N.O. saying, "You a Whole Hoe Outchea," on t-shirts. DJ Hektik then presented the award for Hottest Mixtape of the year to Young Greatness. Greatness represented for Maxx Pain who is incarcerated. He also boasted, "S/O to 300/Atlantic for that 5 million dollar deal." Congrats to him.
Afterwards was a performance by Deelow. Deelow brought out sexy women, stage props and just lit up the stage with his ICE. He had to just get his jewelry cleaned, because his diamonds were glistening as he performed his single, "Carats." Then Wade came to the stage with a live guitar player for his single, "Love We Makin." They both did a very good job.
A live cypher featuring Allie Baby, The Show, Noon D'Yungin, Ja So Rude and Neno Calvin was next. Everybody in that cypher held their own. Mario P presented the award for Hottest video of the year to 0017th for "Ali." 0017th said that their video for "Ali" was so impactful that the Ali family has contacted them and has been supporting everything they do. Hottest Videographer went to a girl named, Cinamonda. Allie Baby presented the award for Hustler of the Year, which went to The Wave. K-Gates informed every hustler, "For every dollar you make in New Orleans, you can make 33 dollars somewhere else." He encouraged people how when we make it out of here, we make it to the TOP. He named some of the people from here that are living large. I loved his energy on last night.
The next Life Time Recipient was LBJ. His award was presented by DJ Ro. Then Hoodstar ENT. came on with their single, "No Limit." Calliope Var, B3, Tokyo and Hood Star Ent showed out for Uptown.
K-Izzy performed "Neville." Hottest Club Promoter of the Year went to Hood Status Ent. Hottest Comedian went to Shoosh. There was a tribute video to Nicki Da B, Yung Vish and Philly Beamin. Then Ms. Tee came with a throwback performance as fans sang along. Dusty Money won Hottest Group of the Year for the 2nd year in a row. Hottest New Artist of the Year went to Maxx Pain, who's as I said before is incarcerated. It was accepted by his Manager and friends. They came in large numbers to support him with Maxx Pain t-shirts on. DJ Blaza performed along with 10th Ward Buck.
Shirani Rae received Life Time Recipient award for her contributions through her store Peaches Records, another mom and Pop shop that was formerly located in Gentilly, but is now in the French Quarters on Decatur St. The highlight of the night was when Young Greatness came to the stage to perform his single, "Buku," featuring Juvenile. He came to the stage with about 20 guys, even Maxx Pain's crew. He put on an electrifying performance. That set the night off. Then
following that was a Performance by G. Baby, Warren Mayes daughter and a Tribute to him. The late Rapper's Mom came to the stage with about 15 of his children to accept his award. Hottest Female artist was presented by Shoosh and it went to Lady Dahlia. Then there was a live cypher by the groups Dusty Money and Clock Work. They went EXTRA hard. Following that, the 8-9 Boyz performed, "My Favorite." Then Iris P came to present Hottest Male Artist to 5th Ward Weebie and Soulja Slim's little sister came up to give the Soulja Slim award to Keedy Black. Last, but certainly not least 5 th Ward Weebie played a video vlog of his recent endeavors, letting the fans see that he's been working with Snoop Dog and he has a very promising 2015 in store. He then performed his hit single, "Let Me Find Out."
Besides a few upsets and more than a few EGOS, (Without Egos, it wouldn't be New Orleans or Hip Hop) last night was a great showing. The performances were great and so was the turn out. The 2014 NOLA HP HOP AWARDS was so LIT that the Fire Marshall and Lieutenant Marlon Diflilo had to stop in to see what was going on. That's a good thing! No one was hurt or killed and everyone had a good time. Special Thanks to Supreme Street aka Crack Tracks aka Lawrence Parker for allowing me to be apart of such an awesome event in support of NOLA Talent. Peace, until next time....Ya Heard Me!