Tag Archives: Dee-1

New Orleans Media Arts Entrepreneurs, 2-Cent TV Host LISTEN! Youth Fest on November 23

If you haven’t heard of the local under-30 collective of media arts entrepreneurs 2-Cent TV and Edutainment by now, it’s probably a good idea to log on to their website www.2-cent.com right now and begin to experience their catalogue of witty music videos. The motley crew of mostly young New Orleans natives has been creating [...]

Jazz Fest Photo Recap: Thursday, May 2, 2013

The second weekend of Jazz Fest 2013 began just like the first ended… with rain — lots of rain. But the show was hardly a wash as Patti Smith, Dee-1, Kidd Jordan, Delfeayo Marsalis, Meschiya Lake, Aurora Nealand, Glen David Andrews, Geno Delafose, Rosie Ledet, Roy Ayers, Gerald French and more delivered memorable sets. Enjoy [...]

BackTalk: Mannie Fresh, Still Fly

In the late ’90s, with a young, criminally underrated crew hell-bent on partying its way out of the projects, unheralded Uptown label Cash Money Records had the hip-hop charts in its sights, a real big chip on its shoulder and the hottest producer in the Dirty South in its pocket: Mannie Fresh, the maestro whose [...]

Uniquity: Boom-bap and Jazz Rap

As we walk to conduct our interview at a quieter Marigny bar, rapper Renard “Slangston Hughes” Bridgewater (“The Connoisseur of Fine Rhyme”) discusses the human desire for tangibility. “At the end of the day, a lot of people still want that paper and that ink,” he says, referring to his day job in production at [...]

Most of My Favorite Local Records of 2012

Reading the lists and catching some flak made me itch to put my own preferences down. What follows is necessarily incomplete because I can’t even pretend to listen to everything that was released this past year, but it’s a pretty good reflection of what I was actually digging in my own space. Alex McMurray – [...]

Dee-1, The Focus Tape (Independent)

Want a testimony as to how Dee-1 has managed to be so successful? Despite his meteoric rise over the last couple of years and nonstop hustle, he’s getting better. Expectations have been high for Dee’s Focus Tape as pundits and fans alike wondered if he could capitalize on his newfound fame. Also, skeptics wondered if [...]

YouTube du Jour: Best of the Beat Awards 2012 Concert Preview

The march to the Best of the Beat Awards show is officially underway! Mark your calendars for January 18, 2013. Once again, the show will be held at Generations Hall. We are especially excited to announce that not only will this event celebrate Louisiana’s best music of the year, but it will also mark OffBeat’s [...]

NOLA Underground Hip-Hop Awards 2012 Video Tribute

Let the countdown begin… in less than 24 hours the NOLA Underground Hip-Hop Awards will be underway at the Joy Theater. As a tribute to the third annual event, which has become a rallying point for the local hip-hop community, OffBeat has put together three XXXL-sized video playlists featuring this year’s nominees. The show will [...]

Look-Ka Py Py Podcast (ep 7): Soundclash Rings the Bell

In the ‘90s, streetwise record labels No Limit and Cash Money put New Orleans hip-hop on the map, hustling stars such as Master P, Lil Wayne, Mystikal and Juvenile onto the mainstream radar. But as the industry evolved, the bling faded. Though it’s no secret that the game has changed, the grind, remains the same. [...]

YouTube du Jour: Dee-1

This summer may very well turn out to the hottest on record, but that hasn’t slowed rising hip-hop star Dee-1′s ascent. Less than 48 hours removed from an Essence Fest set, the young climber turned to SoundCloud to drop his latest track, “Shut Up and Grind (SUAG).” A few weeks prior, the socially conscious mc [...]