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

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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. 


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Welcome Home Beacon Light International Cathedral

August 29, 2014 was monumental for one New Orleans church. The Beacon Light International Cathedral led by Bishop Darryl S. Brister returned to it's pre-Katrina location after 9 long years of fellowship in a temporary location. The church, which was a beacon of light to over 9 thousand New Orleanians in and around the "Gentilly" area was catastrophically ruined after flood waters from the 17th St. Canal levee breach poured through the sanctuary following Hurricane Katrina.
Hundreds of people gathered in front of the newly remodeled sanctuary for what I call an EPIC ribbon cutting ceremony. Mayor Mitch Landrieu, newly appointed interim Police Chief Michael Harrison, District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro, Congressman Cedric Richmond, about 10 Judges, the Beacon Light International Ministries Pastors, as well as several other Pastors and parishioners looked on as Bishop Darryl S. Brister spoke of the long, yet worth it journey back into the cathedral. "9 is the number of birthing," said Bishop as camera crews from all local news stations filmed.  He broke down the reason he chose the colors for the inside of the sanctuary, leaving the original Chinese tile on some areas of the floor as a symbol. "It has been proven that the color blue is most effective in a learning environment. Cream, which is on the inside walls means calmness," he said. The gray carpet on the floor stands for foundation. On this day everything meant something to Bishop Brister, who had come a long journey to get here. Having traveled over 320,000 flight miles between New Orleans and Houston, the Bishop received a Word from the Lord via another Bishop friend of his that "New Orleans was his assignment." It was time to come home. 

After going through about 7 lenders, the 8th lender Liberty Bank, who was the initial lender to fund the church before Hurricane Katrina gave way to a 3 million dollar project. I was excited to see the inside of the cathedral. If it was of Bishop's standard, it would have to be 5 star. Indeed it is a 5 Star Ministry. Ready with greeters at the door assisting you, The Beacon Light International Cathedral is back in full swing. 
It was a high time of praise and worship as members crowded the sanctuary with excitement. I looked around and it was almost as if the church had never flooded. It was back to it's pre-Katrina standing with hundreds of members there to support. Smiles laced the faces of everyone inside. "God will RESTORE," said Bishop as he spoke to First Lady Dr. Dionne and his children who happened to fly in just in time for the ceremony. 1 Peter 5:10 says,  And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

Beacon Light is indeed back, strong and standing on firm foundation. As Bishop said, they are "HERE FOR LIFE!" I'm excited about the future of this ministry. 


No Social Media Challenge (Week 2)

So I've managed to make it to week two without using social media. Here's what I've discovered. It's not as hard as I thought it would be without it. The ones who care about you are going to be hitting your phone when they feel they can't find you on Social Media. So it allows me to see who's really with me and who's just watching or rather "following" me. Of course it's only been 2 weeks, and more people may began to miss me on there and look for me via phone, but for the most part I get a glimpse of who is who and what's what.

I am missing the latest "tea" though. I don't know what's going on via my timelines, but I do try to keep up with the news now in entertainment and locally. I used to only rely on Twitter.com for news. Other than that I'm okay. I'm surviving. LOL!

Monday, August 25, 2014

NO SOCIAL MEDIA - 30 day Challenge (Day 1)

So I accepted the challenge. Lewis Williams of iHustlenation.com challenged his followers to do 30 days without using social media. This challenge is to empower your social life outside of the computer. While I've always been a social butterfly on and off the internet, I accepted the challenge. I am a Twitter fanatic. So I really didn't know how my day would go without looking at my timeline. So here it goes.

Day one was not as rough as I thought it would be. I actually got some things done that I would otherwise not have had I been tweeting all day. I cleaned the house, which was in desperate need of cleaning. You know what they say, a man wants to come home to a clean house. Well I'll even go farther than that. All things need to be done in decency and order. God created the Earth in 7 days and he did everything in decency and order. So the first day was a day of straightening things out. I got my house in order. Most times in order to get anything done, you first have to have your stuff in order. You can't walk in a dealership to buy a car or buy a home unless your credit is in order. Today I got my start on getting my things in order.

I challenge all of my readers to try this.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

New Movie: "Big Dawg" Starring "Hood Starz Ent & Clock Work ENT"

Hood Starz Ent. and Clock Work Ent. join together for the film "Big Dawg." The movie is based in the streets of New Orleans, LA and entails the activities of the underworld dealings in the city. Sex, murder, mayhem, romance for the streets.... This film is bound to have you spellbound. See what a N.O. street person sees on the daily. Special appearances by Calliope Var, Kato, Jesus, Pumpkin and more. Peep the trailer below:

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

New Music: Jeezy Feat. Jay-Z "Seen It All"

Jay-Z is featured on Jeezy's new joint "Seen It All." The aged Rapper tells MTV how tears came to his eyes as he wrote the verse for this song. He raps about his past days in the drug game with Emory Jones the former King-Pin who runs much of Jay-Z's 'Dusse' marketing now. he take sit back to his days in Marcy Projects. With bars like:
“Uncle died on the spot/ Pop killed the family with heroin shots,” as well as, “I got ‘em 5 grand a pop/ I had a plug in Saint Thomas on a trillion watts/ Flew him back to the States, park 92 bricks in front of 560 State/ Now the Nets a stone throw where I used to throw bricks.”
Listen to the song below:

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

New Mixtape: Blaze (Da Block Burnaz) - "No Reservations"













 If ever there were a veteran in the rap game, it is BlockBurNa Blaze. Blaze started rapping at a very young age & by the time he was a young teen, he had a deal from New Orleans based powerhouse, Big Boy Records. Blaze was one-half of the popular BlockBurNaz, a rap group that put the term “Work That Thang” on the map.

Blaze combines his crystal clear style of uber swift rapping with a crooning R&B, funky type of singing. No Reservations has been described as one of those albums you can put on and play all the way through – it’s just that good! Follow @blockburnablaze on Instagram & Twitter.

http://www.datpiff.com/Blaze-dablockburnaz-No-Reservations-mixtape.618386.html

Tracklisting:

1. Intro- BeYaself
2.Trophies- Remix
3.GrownSimba- Freestyle
4.OnEveryThang- ft JayJ0nes WallaceWalker3rd( WW3)
5.BlewDatShit- ft Jaze' (thesongbird)
6.Houston- Ft Militia KO
7.Versace -Freestyle
8.WinterScheme
9.Fkk What U Heard- ft JayJ0nes Mally Gambino
10.Summer Breeze- ft 3dNatee
11.Soo Faded
12.PlainToSee ft JayDaMenace
13.YoungKing ft LoKey
14.Cum Over ft Sty Amber Lashae
15.Venting ft Meana STY
16.A1sinceDay1- ft Kris Shelby
17.Great ft WallaceWalker3rd (WW3)
18.LuvinOnYa- ft JayDaMenace
19.UBaby ft KrisShelby KevinStyles
20.BreakUp2MakeUp
21.Cant Let Down- FreeStyle
22.Outro- ExtraHard


"No Reservations" is also available for download/streaming on all major mixtape sites, including Top Mixtapes, Audiomack, Mix Connect, Mixtape Factory, On The Ave, and many more, including international torrent sites!

For interviews, booking, features, etc., contact Arlene Culpepper of MIKODreamzPR at 504.233.3410.