MEET THE DJ
Raj Smoove, “The Greatest DJ in the World” as claimed by Lil Wayne, is the premier DJ in the New Orleans Metropolitan area. Currently Raj Smoove holds residencies at the Foundation Room at House of Blues New Orleans and on the air every Saturday night on 98.5 WYLD’s Saturday Night Live. Raj Smoove is featured in the regular rotation of Guest DJ appearances at Masquerade at Harrah’s Casino, The New Orleans Pelican’s franchised events and other legendary New Orleans Nightlife spots such as the Metropolitan Night Club. He is also a staple at major city wide festivals such as Essence Festival and The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Raj Smoove is praised by club owners and promoters for his ability to read and engage crowds of any age or demographic and keep them on the dance floor buying drinks and elevating the energy of the club or festival to ensure epic experiences.
Spinning since the age of 13, Raj broke onto the club and production scenes during his college years at Dillard University and quickly became an icon in the Southeast 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.
On top of rocking every venue in New Orleans, Raj also spent some time as a mixshow DJ on the now defunct Hot 104.5 KNOU. He currently has a mix show on 98.5 WYLD on Saturday nights from 10pm-12am.
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.
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.