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Music Industry Forum: Raj Smoove

Date: Monday, October 7, 2013

Time: 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Contact: Box Office · tickets@loyno.edu

Location: Nunemaker Auditorium, 3rd Floor, Monroe Hall

Free and open to the public.

Raj Smoove is New Orleans #1 Hip-Hop DJ, accomplishing many firsts and setting new standards for deejays in the south. Spinning since the age of 13, Raj broke onto the club and production scenes during his college years and has become an icon in his region.

In 2000, Raj Smoove launched into the nation's view when he deejayed for Cash Money Records during the 2000 Cash Money/Ruff Ryder Tour. He appeared on BET's Rap City: Tha Bassment three times as a featured DJ and also deejayed for the airing of the 106 & Park Top 10 Count Down: Super Bowl XXXVI edition in New Orleans. In '02, ’03, and ’06 Raj Smoove was featured as a Superlounge artist at the Essence Music Festival.

From 2001 to 2004, Raj Smoove was the in-house producer/DJ for Lil’ Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment. He was the DJ behind the Lil' Wayne and SQAD Up underground mixtape buzz, and as a producer, Raj crafted several tracks for Wayne's platinum album The Carter. Raj also released an entirely self-produced compilation album independently titled Bayou Classic featuring many New Orleans' artists such as Mannie Fresh and Mia X. In 2006, Raj and Lil’ Wayne teamed up and released two very successful projects: Lilweezyana and The Carter Files.

Recently, Raj Smoove has had the opportunity to rock more than a few high profile events like NBA All-Star Weekend 2013, The National Black Journalists Association Convention, The Essence Music Festival’s New and Next Concert, The New Orleans Jazz And Heritage Festival, and The National Urban League Conference where he deejayed for Stevie Wonder during an impromptu performance. Also, The New Orleans Pelicans NBA Team frequently uses Raj’s talents for franchise events.

As an independent record company executive, Raj has been able to find success by getting a major recording deal for his R&B artist Kourtney Heart. He has also been behind several other regional stars including Young Mugsy, Paasky, Dizzy AKA Raw D.I., and Kris Baptiste.

Departments

  • Montage
  • Music Industry Studies