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Mannie Fresh and Scott Storch Has a Beat Battle On IG Live

During this time while everyone is inside to quarantine, the creatives are here to make something pass with time. As well as give back. Do you remember when Swizz Beatz and Timbaland battled each other with who has the best hits, this was that same mood. They both recruits some of the biggest names to beat battle online. What a time to be alive, literally!

Super Producers Mannie Fresh and Scott Storch join forces in a battle to play their greatest hits on Instagram live. Soon as the news hit IG, everyone was excited about this.

Mannie Fresh is a New Orleans pioneer within the southern creation of rap & hip hop. As a member of The Big Tymers and Cash Money Records his sounds changed the game. Also as the creator of massive beats with Cash Money, He created hits such as “Back That Ass Up”, “Bling Bling”, “Go Dj”, “Big Thangs Poppin” “Project Chick”, and too many more to name.

Scott Storch is from Philly, who not only produce but is a songwriter and a keyboarder. He has worked with the best in the game such as 50 cent, Dr.Dre, Chris Brown, The Roots, Fat Joe, Beyoncé, Nas, and the list just doesn’t stop. He has also paved the way by constructing beautiful timeless music that becomes hip hop to pop. Billboard after billboards. Scott has a major rap sheet.

Even though we caught the live half way through, these guys had a crazy battle that could have gone on much longer. As you look at the list above, Swizz Beatz shares the score of whether who won and/or had a Draw. Looking at the list, this seemed a bit unbalanced! Meaning if you look at the selection of songs each round. How do we compare “Let Me Love You” by Mario against “Still Fly” The Big Tymers? And who compares “Big Thangs Popping” by T.I. to “Candy Shop” with 50 cent? Man! Watching the live was becoming dreadful when Scott threw out the Beyoncé “Me, Myself, & I”. The live went nuts. gave the streets hope in this battle. Everything was classic within the streets, especially the South. He captivated the culture with no pressure. Why? Because he created most of its sounds today. Scott gave us groundbreaking hits that you could deny. From the biggest in the game of R&B to Hip Hop. It was crazy!

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@MANNIEFRESH THE GOAT THE GENIUS . fresh vs Scott Storch was kool for the culture an I respect it,,, but nigga this shit too deep,,, storch is kool wit the keys an all but fresh 808s an beat patterns is on some other shit,,, Fresh is a creator a fucking beat god it’s too deep,,, they both got hit records but Mannie is just a better producer period… not going hard just cause I’m from NEW ORLEANS but I’m a producer too an this shit is deep as fk, Fresh is like a teddy Riley of southern rap beats… I see a lot of hiphop heads tryna dis credit fresh an I’m riding behind him. Mannie got hard shit that would make Scott Storch look ordinary…ima put it like this… FRESH DRUMS OUT WEIGHT SCOTT KEYS… instead of songs they should’ve played instrumentals I would’ve rather hear that… JUST MY OPPION but FRESH BETTER!!!!! would luv to see a collab doe… but this my flowers to my hommie while he’s still alive an I been riding wit him since BUCK JUMP TIME… I was a lil boy bucking to fresh beat… Scott wouldn’t even comprehend to yo some shit like that.. too any producer ouchea I want u to remake a Mannie fresh beat an u will see what I mean,,, try to remake “HA instrumental an watch how yo fucking lil fruity loop crash 😂😂😂 but seriously bro fresh mind am skills is just too deep… luv u fresh! 🖤🙏🏾🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 an not too many other producers who got a lot of hit records not fuckin wit fresh either… Mannie just breath different

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This battle was first initiated with T Pain and Scott Storch but then changed with Mannie Fresh. This battle was a bit unfair, in our opinion. They states Scott Storch won this battle. But many argued Mannie was more for the streets. His ammunition was based off his career with Cash Money Records where he was under for years. Who else Scott should have battled? We are looking forward to see what’s next. TPain will go toe to toe with ATL’s Lil Jon this weekend. These battles will forever leave its mark for its fans to remember.

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Dj Chose Gifts Fans With His Latest Project “Took Me Forever”

Super Producer and Songwriter Dj Chose has recently released a project titled “Took Me Forever”. He blesses fans with 17 tracks with features from Fredo Banks, Chubb C, and City 3000. The Texas native has been working a rapid pace and now shares more of his talents for you to hear. He has produced for Kevin Gates, NBA Young Boy, Megan The Stallion, Pee Supreme, Lil Keke, Beat King, and a host of more artists. Listen to his latest and share below:

Pee Supreme Drops New Music For You To Vibe & Dance To – Flex Stretch (Listen Now)

We all need to loosen up sometime, especially when things are rough or a hard day at work. Houston’s Female artist Pee Supreme has a new song we all need in our lives. She combines her creative Houston flows with a New Orleans bounce flow. “Flex Stretch” should be on the playlist for your daily workouts. Kick off your routine with a little flex, then stretch!

Pee Supreme never disappoints with her bars. She shows off her skills on her new song “Flex Stretch”. Her voice demands your ears to actually listen to what she has to say. This southern chick may be pretty and petite, but her voice and lyrics roars like a lion. If you need something to give you a boost throughout your day, “Flex Stretch” will become your go to song to bring in energetic vibes.

Pee Supreme also releases the remix of her project “Ready”. The Chopped and Screwed tapes and remixes has been apart of Houston’s music culture for years. To this day, it is still an honor to even have your music “Chopped Not Slopped” by OG RON C.

OG RON C had been chopping up tapes for years. In 2001 DJ Screw the founder of the hip hop sub-genre of SCREW passed and OG RON C had a vision of keeping DJ SCREW music alive!

Listen to Pee Supreme’s latest music below:

Duo TheBrosFresh Shares New Visual To “Wedding Ring” – Watch It Now

The talented duo THEBROSFRESH has been creating refreshing content for quite some time. Their visuals They created a niche for mixing R&B with some soulful sounds. The Louisiana twins has a new visual to their song titled “Wedding Ring” which on their project “Plan A”.

Louisiana Natives Thurman and Torrence Thomas as “THEBROSFRESH”

The video to “Wedding Ring” begins like a cinematic movie. The neon lights throughout the video keep your eyes more attentive to the song itself. As these brothers are dressed nicely with tailored suits, they are greeted by beautiful ladies dressed in fluorescent lining on their clothing. From the old school diner to the old school Cadillac, The Wedding Ring has created several vibes to encounter.

Be sure to check out more of their music by clicking to their website below.

http://thebrosfresh.com/

Daniel Heartless Has A New Visual To “Stay 1 Up” – Watch It Now

Betrayal could be the worst feeling you can imagine right? New Orleans Westbank’s Daniel Heartless gives us a vivid look in new video titled “Stay 1 Up”. The visual shares his relationship with his girlfriend and the other woman. Daniel gets caught in a jam as his lady finds him with another woman in their home! What a way to get yourself hurt. The song has a direct meaning to it. Don’t be fooled, sometimes loyalty becomes vague. Plus there is no time to waste, but to hustle. Seemed both parties were playing games. No one is modest in this video. And you would have to watch it to see how. Click the link below to watch full video.

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Freeway Rick Ross Shares Life After Federal Prison & Being A Major Impact in The Cocaine Epidemic

Rick Ross became a major figure in the crack cocaine trade in Los Angeles in the 1990s. He was later sentenced to life in Federal Prison. He now devotes his time and energy to assist the younger generation in the communities across the globe. He used to make 2-3 million dollars a day in that line of work. Now he is a well known mentor and plans to be the biggest marijuana seller on the planet.

As Rick Ross is on his third book which is called “21 Keys of Success, shares how he began working with Author Kolie Crutcher. Kolie followed him and his life six months after being released from prison. The book will share struggles, disappointments, joy, and much more. It will help anyone if they abide by the principles shared in his book.

As we know, the artist Rick Ross with Maybach Music, uses him name willingly. The Real Rick Ross says that the artist doesn’t embrace him and show the respect as he should. He has no relationship with Rick Ross and says Rozay denies getting the name from him. He still wishes him the best.

As for prison reform, he will continue to asssist those in need of knowledge and resources. He is a mentor and counsels others on how to strive in the struggles on this planet.

He stated how John Singleton ripped him off from “Snow Fall”. He wasn’t too pleased with it and what’s everyone to know who story that really is.

Freeway Rick Ross describes himself as a black man within struggles as most men. He shares his legacy by moving forward. He keeps growing and become inspired by most who counted him out. His obituary was written about 1998 in a Texas magazine. The article was found the same year he was released. Not only was he not dead but he was able to see within the future. He began to thrive more than many would imagine.

Rick Ross is one man who believes in giving someone a shot in life. It’s imperative to embrace our people and motivate them as well. His energy filled the room during his interview. He shares a different light that gives him a flourishing aspect on life. Despite his past, and actually living it, he still seems humble and a lord willing man. He have other ventures such as working in boxing, having a clothing line, real estate, and more. He shares with some advice to become a critical thinker and believe in yourself.

Ha’Sizzle Give His Flowers To Those Who Where An Impact In Bounce Music Culture

New Orleans Bounce Artist Ha’Sizzle is the one see live if you need to get loose, let go, and dance. Growing up in the Calliope Projects watching everyone dancing from friends to his mom had him wanting to show out. The wiggles, the shakes, the rump rocking, the swiggles, is what describes Ha’Sizzle’s music. He is also featured on Lil Wayne’s “Funeral” that just released on song “Clap For Em”. He hears his tongue rolls throughout the song. He shares how excited he was to hear it.

He shares his reaction as overly excited seeing Lizzo perform at SNL shaking to his music. He was wrapped into the TV watching not only because of Lizzo but to how the world is getting a taste of Bounce Music and who he is.

Until this day, we listen to the the new and old generations of bounce music equally. It shall never die. We today can hear a song from Magnolia Shorty, Messy Mya, Vockah Redu, Sissy Nobby, as if it was just released yesterday . That sound and creativity never goes gets old. Ha’Sizzle feels artists such as 5th Ward Weebie, Choppa, Soulja Slim, Mannie Fresh, and Big Freedia were ones to pave the way for New Orleans bounce music and its culture. He shares a new project to look forward to called “Church of Twerk” He will be going on tour this April and says to wait for future dates.

Bounce artist Ha’Sizzle talks about his collab with Drake in “Child’s Play” (Views) which is sampled from “She Rode That Dick Like A Soilder”. Ha’Sizzle released the track in 2005, around the same time of Hurricane Katrina. He was overwhelmed to hear the song played over the phone for the first time. He became the first bounce artist to be sampled by Drake!

Ha’Sizzle understands the frustration of New Orleans artists not getting the credit deserved. The city may not get that exposure it’s needed to the complete breakthrough to open up the gates to more success.

“OUR MUSIC IS MAGIC FOR US”

He wants the world to hear the real bounce beat. He is enthused how the culture is being embraced and to be apart of these moments in a major way. His energy is very bright and welcoming. He truly have a passion for what he do as an artist and performer. He shall continue to keep the movement alive with his music.

Treme Sidewalk Steppers Gave Us “The Greatest Show In The World”

This becomes an understatement that The Treme’s Sidewalk Steppers Social Aid and Pleasure Club will have “The Greatest Show In The World”. The Sidewalk Steppers announces their 26th annual second line parade. The starting point was located at New Orleans Jazz an Heritage Foundation. The City of New Orleans grants the group with a permit for their second line, which was held in the 7th ward, the Fairgrounds, Bayou St. John, and Treme. The Sidewalk Steppers are known for giving the people a show and having the best attire as they roll down the streets.

The Sidewalk Steppers On Rooftop of Kermit Ruffin’s Mother-In-Law Lounge
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The Members of The Sidewalk Steppers are:

Tyrin Martin, Mark Robinson, Clarence Dorsey, Shelly Landry, Jerry Anderson, Kim Charbonnet, Chris Evangelista, Kiri Barbarin, Demetria Doucet, Brandi Charlot, Mario Lewis, Hollis Burton, Corey Holmes, Rodrick Davis, Sean Martin, Henry Salvant, Deshawn Burks, Ronald Banks, Ronald Marshall, Utopia Francois, Kim Broadnax, Shante Salvant, Erika Gaddies

The Root of Music Marching Crusaders came out to present both King and Queen for their entrance. Hundreds join towards the entrance waiting for The Sidewalk Steppers to begin the show. The second lines can be described as unity within the city of New Orleans. This was a peaceful, fun- filled event that everyone would have enjoyed.

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The Sidewalk Steppers united with the Big Six Brass Band which had everyone enthused by their energy from the music. The Sidewalk Steppers disbands at Kermit Ruffin’s Mother-In – Law Lounge on Claiborne Ave. The Steppers began jumping on top of the Kermit’s showing out for the city once again. Hollis Burton, organizer and member of the Sidewalk Steppers since 2015, shares how he became apart of the family. He states how he followed under the Treme umbrella and became in love with their style, the founders, and fact that he grew up near the neighborhood off Conti. Hollis explains what is one of his missions as a Sidewalk Stepper:

” We want to show the younger generation that we are one. It is time to take back our community before it’s too late”

Hollis Burton
Sidewalk Stepper Hollis Burton – photo by Jamal Barnes @visionarybarnes

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This year the group lost a loving member Chris Envangelista who passed early February . Walking into the Royal Ball, first thing that caught my eye was a human sized cut out of Chris. He meant so much to his Sidewalk Steppers family. Even though it effected them from such an uncertain notice, they continued his legacy by giving the greatest show on Earth! Chris had countless friends who came out in supports. We met a few of his close friends sitting at a table outside of Kermit’s Lounge. They were so sweet and welcoming. As they begin to share stories about Chris, you seen tears of joy. He bought happiness to these people hearts. This was when we noticed that this man had a major impact on his close ones.

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The parade was also dedicated to Diane Turner, 5th Ward Weebie, Mama Rose Glasper, Randolph “Mookie” Square, and George “Duffy” Hughes.

Overall, nothing compare to the importance of unity that was displayed this weekend with The Sidewalk Steppers. This second line was filled with thousands of people without any bad occurrences that could have led to end the event early. As a native of New Orleans, watching the people enjoy the dancing and seeing the King and She-King was priceless. This had to be one of the biggest of their time. The way the people smiled, laugh, danced, and praised each other shows how strong our culture truly can be. For others awaiting to visit New Orleans, they should anticipate coming to next year’s Sidewalk Steppers Annual Parades.

Treme Sidewalk Steppers Presents 2020 She-King-Mona Scott-Young

The Treme Sidewalk Steppers invited us to their 2020 Royal Gala as they celebrate King Mr. Hiram Smith and She-King Mona Scott-Young at Mardi Gras World in New Orleans. February 7th, The gala presented a celebration of culture, commemorating our very rich African heritage. This celebration was given to you “Nola Style” kicking off The Mardi Gras Season. The theme of the gala had a cultural African vibe related to “Coming To America”. This Gala was very formal and would be beyond anyone’s imagination how beautiful this event would be.

King Mr. Hiram Smith and She-King Mona Scott -Young

The room was filled with so many beautiful people that it became overwhelmed with the greatest energy you can ever possess. We saw TV personality and entrepreneur Phaedra Parks and the beautiful Tami Roman, TV personality and member of Mona’s Royal Court. Their support and presence was very fulfilling to see.

Mona Scott-Young introduces her Royal Court of Queens which are beautiful ladies that are her sisters. She states how not only does some ladies work with her but are also her very close friends. Stephanie Mills, Trevia Williams, Keisha Jack, Tami Roman, Stephanie Gayle, Johnna Lister, Laetitia Anguh, were all apart of showcasing unity as beauty, strength, and becoming lord-willing as women. Sharing moments like these will leave a mark on each of these ladies hearts, as they witness something so powerful, yet beautiful at the same time.

The Royal Court of Queens before They Take Of For The Sidewalk Steppers Secondline

The Royal Gala had the best music where no one was sitting at a table. The entire room was filled with everyone dancing, smiling, and just full of enjoyment. Our New Orleans culture is heavily influenced by music. There were so much joy within the room, you had no choice but to dance!

There were performances by :

  • Major – Grammy nominated Musician
  • New Orleans Bounce Artist- Big Freedia
  • New Orlean’s Rap Artist – Juvenille
  • New Orlean’s Female Artist – Mia X
Nyte Lyfe Lexx and New Orleans Legendary Mia X

As the sponsor of the event, The Mane Choice granted all hair wishes your hair would desire! Everyone was gifted with their “Fro The Culture” BOLD Buttery Gel and the Triple layer Leave-In. The beautiful ladies working with The Mane Choice were great at assisting everyone with all questions on phow to maintain great hair. Their presence and gratitude towards the people was a great thing to see. The CEO of The Mane Choice Courtney Adeleye was present in supports of The Royal Gala. She was stunning in her beautiful gown by MNM Couture, giving us pure African culture and beauty.

The Mane Choice- photo taken by #TKOI
The Mane Choice- photo taken by #TKOI
CEO of The Mane Choice Looking Stunning Before The Royal Gala

We were presented with cocktails and drinks from MYX fusions, Branson Cognac, Bartenura Wines, LVOV Vodka, and more.

There was great support from sponsors Monami Entertainment, Hiram Style, Treme Sidewalk Steppers, The Mane Choice and benefits the Because I Can Foundation, Inc., a non-profit that educates youth based on community needs.

We like to thank Angela L. Young, Dee “The Nola Chic” Hollins and Anita Muhammad, M.Ed for sharing with us about this event! As women working together in unity, we possessed a great time to connect with each other during this weekend of festivities!

Overall, the Royal Gala became a huge success with gathering people from all walks of life in one room. The gathering to kick off this Mardi Gras season was a complete success. The Sidewalk Steppers out for themselves every year with their events for the community to be involved in. What should we expect next year!