December 26, 2013

NOLA Hip Hop Archive (Promo Video + Info)


A digital archive of New Orleans hiphop and bounce supported by the Amistad Research Center launching Spring 2014!

The Background

From Cash Money and No Limit to Lil Wayne, Birdman, Mystikal, Mannie Fresh, Juvenile, Big Freedia & Curren$y to the strong currents of underground hiphop and bounce music that sustain the tradition, New Orleans has been a central location for hiphop since the 1990s.

Today, rap music is arguably Louisiana’s most lucrative cultural export. But in the most widespread images of “New Orleans music,” the city’s rappers, producers and DJs that helped to build the tradition remain largely invisible. This, coupled with Hurricane Katrina, in which countless members of the city’s creative communities lost their lives or were displaced, many of whom remain unable to return, inspired a determination in many to help provide resources/further acknowledgment for artists and to add to the documentation/collection of hiphop and bounce oral histories.

The NOLA Hiphop Archive was founded by Holly Hobbs in 2012 to help address these issues. Thus far, the NOLA Hiphop Archive has conducted over 30 videotaped interviews with hiphop and bounce artists and pioneers in the city, including Mannie Fresh, Mystikal, Partners N Crime, Dee-1, Ricky B, DJ Raj Smoove, Nesby Phips, Nicky da B & Rusty Lazer, Queen Blackkold Madina (Academy Award-winning rapper & star of the documentary Trouble the Water) and more.
The Launch of the Digital Archive

These first 30 videotaped oral histories collected in 2012/2013 by the NOLA Hiphop Archive will be launched in conjunction with the Where They At bounce exhibit materials--which were exhibited in 2010 at the Smithsonian-affiliated Ogden Museum of Southern Art--in a community accessible digital archive beginning Spring 2014 at the Amistad Research Center at Tulane University. Once the digital archive is launched in Spring 2014, anyone will be able to access the interviews free of charge either in person at the Amistad Research Center on Tulane campus in New Orleans or online. Although the Amistad Research Center cannot provide financial assistance to us, with the help of Tulane University Amistad is able to offer the technological support involved in launching and maintaining this digital archive for years to come.

The Mission

The NOLA Hiphop Archive is raising money to conduct 30 more interviews with leading hiphop and bounce artists, to be completed by the end of 2014. Shooting 30 more interviews will create a larger, more well-rounded digital archive at the Amistad Research Center and ensure we are documenting as many perspectives and voices as possible. Your money will be used to:

-Pay for the continued services of our director, videographer, and production assistant, who have all donated their time at no cost to the project thus far;

-Pay for video camera maintenance, tapes, a new tripod, and a new lavaliere microphone;

-Assist the Amistad Research Center in the creation of a small NOLA Hiphop Archive listening/viewing station for community members in one section of their library;


-Help us get the word out to community members thru further promotional schemes, marketing, and branding efforts.

**To date, all work conducted by the NOLA Hiphop Archive has been done on donated time and with donated resources. Small donations from Music Rising, the Tulane Summer Merit Fellowship program, and The New Orleans Center for the Gulf South have assisted in the collecting efforts.

December 23, 2013

Rest In Peace Lord Infamous from Three 6 Mafia

This past saturday (December 21) tragic news hit Twitter that former Three 6 Mafia member Lord Infamous has passed away. The 40 year-old rapper is believed to have died in his sleep from a heart attack in his mother hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. From Cash Money Degreez we wanna give our condolences to his family, friends and fans.

December 16, 2013

Dee-1 Explains Cash Money Records Deal That Never Happened

Turk, Mannie Fresh & Juvenile Bury After Concert Drama

Turk, Mannie Fresh, and Juvenile were set to perform at a Hot Boys concert in Jackson, Mississippi over the weekend, but a week ago, Turk was kicked out of the gig. Turk's booking agent was told that either Mannie Fresh or Juvenile were the ones to make the decision to kick him off the show.

"I got a phone call from my booking agent about a week ago and he told me that they didn't want me on the show, that either Juve or Mannie's management called the promoter and told them either it's going to be them, which is Juve and Mannie Fresh, not showing up to the show or they would have to take me off and they're not getting their money back because they won't show up."

Turk was insistent about there being no beef between him, Juvenile, and Mannie Fresh, and revealed that any animosity between them was smoothed over when he arrived at the show. The "Young & Thuggin'" rapper tweeted out to his fans;

His message was followed by an update from Juvenile, who wrote;

Mannie Fresh Remembers Soulja Slim @ XXL Magazine

(Nov. 26) marks the tenth anniversary of the day that Soulja Slim was shot to death in the front lawn of his mother’s house in New Orleans, one of hip-hop’s most tragic unsolved murders. Slim, who started out in New Orleans’ Magnolia Projects as Magnolia Slim, worked with many of Louisiana’s finest musicians during his time, from Juvenile to B.G. to Master P and Mannie Fresh, making his mark on a region that was dominant in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

“He was just somebody who took rap to a whole other level,” Mannie Fresh says during a phone call with XXL. ”You knew all his raps and most of the stories he was saying was true to life. It was a real experience.”

Fresh, who worked with Slim during their Cash Money days, called Slim one of the few “tell-it-like-it-is” rappers in the game, something that was lost after Slim died at the age of 26. “With Hurricane Katrina and all that kind of stuff happening, you needed somebody to rally for your city, to tell that story,” Fresh says. “Since Hurricane Katrina, we didn’t really have nobody that said, ‘I’m gonna tell New Orleans’ story, and I’m gonna stick to New Orleans.’ And what I do admire most about Slim was that he was not a follower. He kept it New Orleans.”

Just after his death, Juvenile’s song “Slow Motion,” which Slim wrote and was featured on, skyrocketed to the summit of the Billboard Hot 100, making Slim one of the few artists to ever hit No. 1 posthumously. “It was truly sad; you knew the potential of what this young kid could have been,” Fresh remembers about the day Slim was killed. “And he was just starting to blow, the world was just starting to pay attention to him. And you knew where he was headed. It was a sad moment in hip-hop. Even right now, that music is timeless. If you drop a Magnolia Slim song in New Orleans, they rally for that.”
As for Fresh, he’s splitting his time DJing and getting back in the studio, reportedly readying tracks with Wiz Khalifa, Mos Def and, perhaps, a Hot Boys reunion. “I’m really working hard at regaining Mannie Fresh as a household name,” he says. “But for me, it’s always been the long road. What the long road means is if I gotta go city to city, town to town or whatever it is, that’s what I gotta do.”

Action Bronson + Mannie Fresh @ Maison (Lundi Gras Late Night)

MONDAY | 3.3.2014 | 10PM

Action Bronson and Mannie Fresh will be at The Maison for the best Lundi Gras party in New Orleans! Get your tickets now and make your way down to Frenchmen Street after the parades and get ready for an awesome Mardi Gras late night show!

Jay Jones - I Got It Freestyle (Audio)

Young Juve feat.Juvenile, Sage The Gemini - Bitch, Im Rich (New Single)

(Throwback) TQ feat. Lil Wayne - Ride On (REMIX)

(Throwback) B.G. feat. Swizz Beatz - What U Lookin At?