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Kendrick Lamar's 2013 Remake of the Hot Boys Hit “I Need A Hot Girl” Goes Viral

Kendrick Lamar is riding high following the April release of his fourth studio album DAMN. While the album is topping the Billboard 200 chart for a third week running, a piece from Lamar's archives is going viral on social media this week. Back in 2013, the rapper filmed his own version of “I Need A Hot Girl,” by the New Orleans rap collective Hot Boys. Scroll on to compare and contrast the original and Lamar’s rendition. 

Dee-1 Cruises in "Mae Back"

NOLA hip-hop artist Dee-1 has been on the cusp of fame for several years. Now, the rapper is finally receiving some national attention for a viral video—about student loans. His one week old single “Sallie May Back” is drawing critical accolades not to mention lots of clicks.

Luckylou Drops the Riverwalk (Video)

Wally World was immortalized in NOLA hip hop lore back in 2011. Now, the RiverWalk is receiving the musical treatment. Native artist Luckylou (a/k/a Jermy Tassin) dropped the Riverwalk song and dance this week.

Today In NOLA 9.5.15

This Saturday in New Orleans, there are festivals galore! Super Fresh Hip Hop Fest kicks off with Salt N Pepa amongst others and Southern Decadence brings free music to Bourbon St. Naughty Professor and Elysian Feel will take the Howlin’ Wolf for Disorientation. For a more restful Saturday, grab your groceries at the Crescent City Farmer’s Market. On this day in 1934, trumpeter and Olympia Brass Band leader, Milton Batiste Jr., was born.  


August Alsina Takes City to Task

R&B artist and New Orleans native August Alsina is furious with city government for throwing a wrench into his plan to host a community event. Alsina took to Twitter to post videos about how he feels wronged and discriminated against by local officials, whom Alsina said put the brakes on his event partially because he is a famous, but mostly because he is black. 

Lil' Boosie Tells Rolling Stone He Is Over Louisiana

Louisiana may love Lil’ Boosie, but the rapper who now calls himself Boosie BadAzz has some gripes with the Pelican State. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Boosie dives into his career, police brutality, and why he will never live in Baton Rouge again.

Sexual Evolution

Hip-Hop Outfit Sexparty Chats with NoDef

New Orleans unapologetic celebration of sex is shocking to many outsiders and recent trasplants, and appealing to many more. The appeal of the surprise journey of sexual self-discovery that follows parade season, sweaty tropical heat, and a friend group made entirely of people who couldn’t care less how depraved your sexual tastes are is immeasurable. One local band is trying to capture that libertine culture.

Trad Hop

Nesby & Fiend Bring Hip Hop to Pres Hall

Pres Hall Brass is known as the standard bearer for traditional New Orleans jazz, but sometimes the group is anything but traditional. Tonight (2.28), Pres Hall will dive into fusion. Hip hop artists Nesby and Fiend will join the band for a special show mixing the new with the old.

Method Man and Redman Burn Up HOB

Last night, NOLA learned the answer to the question, “How high?” The Smoker’s Tour rolled into the House of Blues Tuesday (11.18) night. 90’s hip hop icons Method Man and Redman headlined the event which also featured B Real of Cypress Hill amongst others. 

Today in NOLA: 8.29.14

Today, we remember Katrina, nine years later. On a lighter note, Decadence is in full swing. Here’s a new reason to take a trip to the Westbank: A$AP Ferg, Big Gigantic, Dillon Francis and more play the Mad Decent Block Party at Mardi Gras World today. Gravity A pay tribute to the Talking Heads at Tiptina’s tonight. Plus, MidCity Theatre mashes up the Bard and the Dude.

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