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Big Freedia, Ya "Heard"? (Listen)

Big Freedia received lots of PR for her work on Beyoncé’s polarizing “Formation” track. However, the Queen of Bounce has plenty of material of her own to propel her mercurial rise. This week, Freedia teased her summer 2016 album with the release of a new track, “I Heard.”

Baby Erin Bounces Back

Baby Erin taught us how to bounce our booties like basketballs, then she became teacher for a day. The “Princess of Bounce” is getting a little older, but she still has skills bigger than her size. This week she released a new video. Click through to check it out.

5 Star Hero Releases Mardi Gras Track (Video)

Mardi Gras is 51 days away. That means its time to get the glue guns and last year’s beads out of the attic. It also means that NOLA is ready to switch soundtracks. Local hip-hop artist 5-Star Hero is getting the city ready with a new track for the holiday.

Going Inside The Mind of Mannie Fresh on Frenchman

Mannie Fresh is reuniting his crew for one night only. As the tenth anniversary of his debut solo album approaches, the renowned Cash Money Records producer will appear at Maison tonight with New York Incorporated, featuring Mia X, Denny D, and DJ Wop.

Hip-Hop Heavies at BUKU 2014

The festival market is a fast-moving, rapidly expanding industry stacked with line-ups typically more representative of a slightly subversive college kid's turntable during their fledgeling years of undergrad; milk crates filled with records bearing the names of indie rock bands more than conscientious or genre-bending hip-hop. What the early announcements of festivals this year have taught us is that there's a shift in reverence for the latter genre, making it a main contender for heavy-hitting headliner or must-see show.

BUKU 2014 Adds Sleigh Bells, Nas to Lineup

BUKU Music + Art Project has expanded their lineup, bulking out their EDM acts to include hip hop from Nas and Chance the Rapper. Other additions include Sleigh Bells, Carnage, GRiZ, Clockwork, Classixx (LIVE), Treasure Fingers, Young & Sick, and indie dance favorite Dan Deacon. Click through for the full lineup, and purchase tickets here.

Bling King

Rashaad Newsome's Hip-Hop Heraldry Crowns NOMA's Great Hall

In recent years, the New Orleans Museum of Art's Great Hall has played host to a sea goddess and the greatest love story of all time. Now, the marbled entryway has played host to the crowning of a King of Arms.

Louisiana Rapper Lil Snupe, 18, Killed in Shooting

An outpouring flowed from the hip-hop community Friday as word circulated that up-and-coming Louisiana rapper Lil Snupe was killed in a shooting in Winnfield. Police told KNOE-TV that the 18-year-old emcee, who was signed to Meek Mill's Dream Chasers label, was found shot twice in an apartment complex around 4 a.m. Thursday, and died at the scene.

C-Murder Appeal Rejected by SCOTUS

The highest court in the land won't be weighing in on the fate of C-Murder. The U.S. Supreme Court decided not to hear the local rapper appeal his 2009 murder conviction. C-Murder, real name Corey Miller, was convicted of second degree murder for killing 16-year-old fan Steve Thomas at a West Bank nightclub in 2002.

New Mystikal Release Expected During Prison Term

Even if you can't get a fresh dose of Mystikal in person while he's in jail, there will still be a chance to hear that familiar voice. The New Orleans rapper, who is fresh off a set at Jazz Fest last week, has also been recording new music in advance of his scheduled Monday reporting date for an 81-day prison term for violating his probation, and plans to release a mixtape while he's in the clink. To get more details about what's in store for a comeback rapper who will have to make another comeback, Billboard caught up with him in that city where you find most New Orleans rappers: Miami. Read the interview here.

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