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(HEAT INTERVIEW) Meet “The Professor” as he launches his new podcast, The Genius Generation

Monday, May 21st, 2018

Every once in a while an idea comes along that is so dope, that anticipation forms and a huge buzz ensues. And so it is with The Genius Generation podcast. It’s an idea that was born as result of years of research coupled with an ear for Hip Hop that came from students of the Golden Era – with one of those “students” turning into “professor”.

Meet Nathan Rideaux, purveyor of The Genius Generation Podcast, the newest and dopest podcast to come along in a very long time. The Genius Generation Podcast delves into the roots of Hip Hop, from birth to modern day, stopping along the way to meet the legendary architects of the genre and to memorialize and salute their accomplishments. Were it not for these historical figures, Hip Hop would not have grown into the multi-billion dollar cultural movement that has invaded all walks of life, from children to adults. It has truly changed the world and The Genius Generation Podcast will focus on Hip Hop’s impact. Who knows where it will go from here?

Nathan is no stranger to captivating audiences with his historical and visual storytelling skills. After all, he did direct and produce the documentary “We Are One: Street Music of New Orleans”, a project that required years of research and production and one that was well-received. We recently sat down with Nathan to learn more about his ideas, his plans for the podcast and how it all came about. Here’s what he had to say:

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Where did you come up with this idea?

NATHAN: The Genius Generation’s name derives from a book written by Tom Brokaw, former Anchor of the NBC Nightly News. About 15 years ago, he wrote a book titled “The Greatest Generation,” paying honor to World War II Vets, who happened to be the parents of The Baby Boomers, which were our parents. Well, I wanted to pay honor and respect to my own generation, Generation X. Also known as The Hip-Hop Generation. We’ve done some incredible things in society, in all walks of life, from entertainment, business, education, to influencing what became known as pop culture. The tie that binds is Hip-Hop. We became creators and revolutionaries. Hip-Hop gave us the mindset of, “Bleep it! I’ll do it myself!”

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: What do you hope to achieve through the podcast?

NATHAN: Two things I’m good at is remembering history and talking about it. This podcast is the forum to celebrate our culture, our way. Ultimately, I wanted to create a space to educate. Information gets distorted over time when the stories fail to get told. I also wanted to shine a light on Southern Hip-Hop’s history and the forgotten legends. I think we can successfully build that bridge between old and young thru proper education. There are so many stories to tell and people to mention. The South has been thriving for 25 years in Hip-Hop. We respect every region, but now we have our own legends to crown.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: If you could pick 5 golden era music figures to have at a roundtable discussion on the show, who would that be and why?

NATHAN: If I could have a roundtable discussion with 5 golden era music figures, they would have to be Pete Rock, Nas, DJ Premier, Mannie Fresh, and Master P. The three Producers I have listed are because, Producers came from DJ’ing, which is the foundation of the culture. I call those guys the alchemists of our generation, because they orchestrated the soundtracks of our lives. Nas is listed because he represents the ultimate wordsmith in the game. Master P speaks for itself, for wisdom thru trying to remain independent. That’s my ultimate roundtable.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: The format of the show encourages discussion and dialogue. What positive changes do you foresee the podcast creating in the industry?

NATHAN: The Genius Generation Podcast will be heavy on dialogue and information. At first, I wanted to focus strictly on the veterans in the game, but I’ve found a lot of youngsters who appreciate what I’m trying to do. They embrace the wisdom if you come at ‘em the right way. I think it will be healthy for me to learn from them and vice versa. They send me music to critique or to simply be on the show and that goes a long way in developing that network of dope material from hungry artists.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: What’s up next for The Genius Generation Podcast?

NATHAN: What’s next from me and the Genius Generation is more dope content. I’m a Writer, so I’m always coming up with things and looking for collaborations.

Social Media & Contact Info:

Instagram @theprofessor73 & @thegeniusgenerationpodcast

Twitter TheProf73

Email thegeniusgeneration@gmail.com

(NEW HEAT) Yung Wood Winnin – “Necklace” (VIDEO)

Friday, May 18th, 2018

Houston, Texas is the home to the Hoodkats – members of Hoodkat Music Group (HKMG), to be exact. And HKMG is home to several up and comers, including the young spitter who goes by the name of Yung Wood Winnin – and winning is just what he plans to do for the rest of 2018 and beyond.

This lively artist/songwriter serves the important role of breadwinner in his family, so it was only right that he link up with Breadman, HKMG’s head honcho. Together with the rest of the HKMG family, Yung Wood Winnin is carefully plotting his next move, which includes the release of new music and visuals, all under the HKMG umbrella.

Follow Yung Wood Winnin:

Instagram & Twitter @yungwoodwinnin

Source: This Is 50

[MUSIC] REEL Smoovv – “GROOVY IN MY HOOPTIE” | @IAMREELSMOOVV

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

Minneapolis Hip-Hop Artist, REEL Smoovv teams up with the crooner, Traiveon Dunlap on debut single, “Groovy in a Hooptie”

When you’re a rebellious, educated and enlightened liberator, the world is at your mercy. This saying holds true for Minnesota rap artist, REEL Smoovv, born as Johnny Watkins.

 

In Minneapolis, there’s a unique brew of artists including the late Prince, The Time, and The Soul Asylum; among others. As an artist, Smoovv has a rich history to look upon and encapsulate everything great about the Minneapolis Sound. As a child, listening to R&B legends like The Temptations, Sam Cooke, and Frankie Lymon gave him an insight of great music.


“As I got older and involved in Hip-hop, I grew fond of artists like Nelly, DMX & Outkast. Outside of hip-hop, it was Bob Marley, Peter Tosh & Erykah Badu.”


In 2013, REEL Smoovv’s hip-hop career began with a rap collective called “Flood The Basement” and featured on their “Whatchu Want” project. Later that year, he released two solo projects entitled “The REEL Revolution” and “REEL Smoovv’s Summer Jams.” Shortly after “Flood The Basement” disbanded in 2014, REEL Smoovv joined the Mill City Collective & released his third solo project entitled, “REEL Smoovv’s 31st Groovvs.” This album helped identify him as a real artist with crafty metaphoric content. In 2015, the “Deeply Rooted Tribe” was formed along with two other Mill City Collective artists (FreshVs Sellers & RAW Toon). The group delivered the compilation project, “Low Eye Rise” which featured the lead single, “Tribe Supply.” Since that release, REEL Smoovv has been working on a new project with the Tribe; as well as his solo project.

 

“Hip Hop has the most prominent platform out of all music genres & not enough people use it to promote positivity or even realize the power they have as an artist to shift the dynamic of things.”

 

As an artist with direction, Smoovv has opened up for mainstream artists like The Migos, Curren$y, Bone Thugs and Harmony, Nappy Roots, 50 Cent, Naughty By Nature, The Game and Krayzie Bone; just to name a few. REEL Smoovv possesses characteristics of a self-effacing, reserved, laid back individual with an associates degree. But, with a microphone in hand, he takes on the stage with lyrical content and commands the attention of those in his presence. His latest single “Groovy In A Hooptie,” proves that he is a contender in the hip-hop world.

 

All in all, REEL Smoovv is ready to deliver his message and help change people lives. Let the revolution begin!

 

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(NEW HEAT) BTY YoungN ft. Kango Slimm of PNC – “BTY YoungN Mama” (VIDEO)

Monday, May 14th, 2018

Just in time for Mother’s Day, the visuals for “BTY YoungN Mama” were released. By all accounts, the song was one that was close to the heart of the late, great BTY YoungN.

There probably was no fact about the artist/songwriter that was better known, than of the love he had for his mother. A lot of broken hearts were left behind when BTY YoungN’s life was taken, but fortunately, he left behind a lot of his unreleased art, including this special video featuring Kango Slimm of the legendary group, Partners-N-Crime.

(ARTIST 101) Yung Wood Winnin, one of South Park’s finest

Thursday, May 10th, 2018

Yung Wood Winnin is one of the latest signees to Houston‘s premiere imprint, Hoodkat Music Group (HKMG).

The young artist represents the HKMG brand to the fullest. He’s preparing to release new music, including the upcoming visuals for “Necklace“, set to drop later this month.

Yung Wood Winnin is the latest in our Artist 101 series – get to know him!

Stage Name: Yung Wood Winnin

Hailing from: South Park/Houston, Texas (Dead End to be exact)

Musical influences: SUC and Cash Money

Favorite food: Shrimp and Fries

Favorite shoe: Jordan 13

If you could be endorsed by any brand, who would it be and why? If I received an endorsement, I would want the Jordan brand to behind the Hoodkats’ vision, because everything Jordan offers is so special.

Favorite song: “Ghetto Dreams” by Fat Pat

Favorite artist: Breadman

What’s on your playlist now? Only thing on my playlist if Hoodkat sh*t!

If you weren’t rapping, what would you be doing? If I wasn’t rapping, I’d just be a Hoodkat.

If you won 10 million dollars, what would you do with it? I’d feed all my Hoodkats.

Social media: @yungwoodwinnin

(NEW HEAT) Hollygrove Keem – “Who Run It” (Freestyle)

Monday, May 7th, 2018

Hollygrove Keem is back, this time with even more smoke. He just dropped the visuals to “Who Run It”, a freestyle video with cameos from some of New Orleans’ up and coming music artists and entrepreneurs including Punn Da Pusha and the CEO of Distribute apparel company. The video was directed/edited by well-known videographer @DigitalDess.

Keem has long been a standout among his musical peers in New Orleans, Louisiana. Hailing from the infamous Hollygrove neighborhood, Hollygrove Keem has built his brand from the ground up over the past couple of years, having toured the nation with 0017th and worked with the likes of Fetty Wop, the late great BTY YoungN, Jay Jones, Reem, Punn Da Pusha, and more. He has endured more than his share of pain over the past couple of years, but that only served to push him harder. Ask around – Hollygrove Keem is back, better than ever and ready to take his place among the stars of his generation.

For interviews and media inquiries, contact Publicist Arlene Culpepper (@hurricanearlene) of MIKODreamz PR via email at MIKODreamzPR@gmail.com.

Follow Hollygrove Keem on social media:

Twitter @keem0017th

Instagram @hollygrovekeem0017th

Dappa Releases New Single “Can’t Let Geaux”

Friday, May 4th, 2018

It’s second quarter in the music industry and spring time seems to be the season for fresh new releases. The city of New Orleans continues to heat up and does not appear to be cooling down anytime soon.

The Heat Magazine wanted our readers to be the first to know about Dappa’s new release “Can’t Let Geaux”. Groovy and nostalgic music accompanied by wordplay and catchy vocals defines Dappa’s latest installment. The songwriter has been busy working on his new album and he promises to do his part this summer as an artist and representative from the Big Easy. “I don’t know why other artists do it but I am trying to create 25 jobs by next summer,” said Dappa.

Hear the new single here:

Find out more at yaboydappa.com and follow Dappa on Instagram @yaboydappa

 

(NEW HEAT) Rula – “Memory Lane” (TRIBUTE TO BTY YOUNGN)

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

The loss of BTY YoungN is still being felt around the entertainment world. It has been one year since the vibrant, full of life artist was tragically murdered in his hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana. BTY YoungN was a budding, rising superstar, to say the least. His first cousin Rula just released to the visuals to his song “Memory Lane”, available on You Tube. The track is produced by the young genius, Super Producer Blaq-N-Mild.

“Memory Lane” is a heartfelt, touching single with visuals that display some of YoungN’s last moments caught on camera, in the months leading up to his death.

Follow Rula, Team Squared (his management team), and producer on Instagram:

@1Rula @ChuckJerome @MrMeana @BlaqNMild

For interviews and media inquiries, contact Publicist Arlene Culpepper of MIKODreamz PR (@hurricanearlene) via email at MIKODreamzPR@gmail.com.

(NEW HEAT) J Lyric – “Wake Up Mr. West” (VIDEO)

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

New Orleans artist/activist J Lyric is no stranger to controversy when it comes to marring politics with his music. He’s well-known for his political stance, as can be seen from his Twitter and Instagram posts. His most recent offering is a single entitled “Dear Mr. West”, when he calls out Kanye West on his recent seemingly change of position on politics, particularly his siding with President Donald Trump – something that most who wish to see social change would never do.

The visuals for “Dear Mr. West” clearly demonstrate what was on J Lyric’s heart when he penned the lyrics to the song. It is a most important video in this political climate, amid racial turmoil across the U.S. The single is available for download and streaming on all digital platforms.

Follow J Lyric on social media:

Twitter @JASONLYRIC

Instagram @jlyric504_

For interviews and media inquiries, please contact Publicist Arlene Culpepper of MIKODreamz PR via email at MIKODreamzPR@gmail.com.

HEAT MAG EXCLUSIVE: The Rebirth of Andy Pellerano | @AndyRebirth

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

Who is Rebirth?

 

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The “Heat Magazine” sat down with the New Orleans native; Pastor and Christian Hip-Hop artist, Andy “Rebirth” Pellerano to discuss his trials and tribulations, and who he represents as a leader in a nationwide ministry.  In spite of the adversities of life, Rebirth has a phenomenal testimony of the amazing grace, glory, wrath, and miraculous power of God!

Andy’s roots began in the West Bank region of New Orleans which later sprouted all over the metropolitan area from the Westbank to the Eastbank. His parents are of Latin descent- the mother from Honduras and father from Cuba with Sicilian roots.

“Rebirth” is a Husband, and father of 4 with one on the way. His many accolades include a 2x nominee for a Nola Gospel Award, 2018 Nola Gospel Rap Artist Of The Year and “Church In The Streets” Reality show star that airs on WHNO. Also, he is the President of his national ministry called One Accord.

 

 

 

 

“If I had 300 men who feared nothing but God, hated nothing but sin, and were determined to know nothing among men but Jesus Christ and Him crucified, I would set the world on fire.” ~ John Wesley

Before turning his life over, Andy was a member of The Almighty Latin King Nation. During his teenage years, he experienced the initiation process and his first felony arrest at 13. Eventually, leading to a first-degree attempted murder charge at the age of 17. Andy served eight years and two months in prison. This pattern would continue throughout his life until he submits unto the will of God.

 

Heat Mag: In today’s times,  Why is it so important for our youth to hear your message?

Rebirth:  My message is vital especially for our youth because they are our future. My aim is to give them music that will inspire and create a positive dialogue that will ultimately point them towards evolution! Music that builds up and not break down! Our youth needs the truth and Jesus Christ is the truth, the way, and the life!!!!! (SonicBoom 🔥💥💨)

 

Heat Mag:  What do you feel you offer the music industry that we don’t already have? 

Rebirth:  I offer Truth – the street life perspective. I give you the way out as well! I give you my pain most importantly_ I give the solution! I really lived the life most rappers glorify – so I give them that- only I tell the entire story!!! I’ll tell you about slanging bricks, about friends that died because of it, the jailtime served, and leaving my kids to grow without a father etc.  Many will give you their pride, I speak about my pride that led to my downfall and how it gives you humility that leads to elevation!

 

On December 6, 2011, Andy’s son, Alexander Domingo Pellerano was born. This day would be bittersweet; his beautiful baby boy was born with PKD a terminally ill kidney disease. Prison never changed him. However, this did. This was the broken state when he called on the Lord.

Unfortunately, Rebirth caught another charge, and this would now be his third felony. In a ballgame, three strikes, you’re out. However, in the game of life, three times delivered him! The courts wanted to throw him away, yet God had a different plan! He parted the Red Sea of Louisiana’s judicial system and landed him at White Dove Fellowship where he’s finally healed! Andy is no longer blind, and his spiritual eye is wide open.  Miraculously, in April of 2014, Rebirth completed the program and was married the day of his release!

“I prayed while blind to the indulging dark underworld of New Orleans. I hit rock bottom, I had no choice; but to submit.”

Rebirth knew that the devil and his demons used him, committing senseless crimes was the game, along with worldly hip-hop. Now, he is traveling from state to state, sharing his testimony – both through music and spoken word! He owns a variety of culture that’s heard through his music. His distinctive style delivers soul-penetrating hardcore punchlines. His context derives from a streetlife persona in which he refuses to give the devil ground or glory.

Andy “Rebirth” Pellerano is an Apostle to the streets that have spoken throughout this nation. Also, he ministers to juvenile facilities, outreach programs, along with concerts in high crime areas! His anointed mission is the most requested artist outside of the country!

Heat Mag: If you could collaborate with one artist – living – who would it be or why?  

Rebirth:  Travis Greene,  His song “Made A Way” is so powerful. I feel so connected, and would like to share my testimony with him! That song is my life, I know came from a raw pure place, so making some music like that with him would be awesome!!!

Heat Mag: Which one of your tracks truly defines you?

Rebirth: Found My Way” from “The Warrior Worship” album which is currently on Itunes, and all digital music platforms. You may also find the visual on YouTube.  I dropped this as a joint project with @IAm_Burke. That joint right there is from me to you! Raw truth-real life-real answers.

Heat Mag: Last, but not least, Heat Magazine wants to know what’s your craziest “Where they do that at?!!!  moment 

Rebirth: We went to a secular event in a club to perform a set. We lit it up – in Jesus name _ and left out directly after announcing we would be outside. Immediately the bartender runs after us- in tears – confessing that she was a backsliding Christian and rededicated her life to Christ. Immediately after that, I turn around, only to see some people from my past. I had to apologize to them for some unresolved pain I may have caused. Rappers that gave their lives to Christ were scheduled to perform after us. There were prayer groups going on in the parking lot too.  Suddenly, the next thing you know, the Dj is roiling his equipment out!!! We shut the club down in Jesus name!!! (true story)

Where they do that at???? Wherever Ambassadors Of Jesus Christ Go…….ya heard me!!!

 

Be on the lookout for the rising Evangelist spreading the message of love in a town near you!

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