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New Orleans artist, entrepreneur Winston says he’s coming for the crown

Monday, October 22nd, 2018
Winston’s coming for the rap crown

Entrepreneurship and music often go hand in hand. Combine those two with a solid work ethic and you have a recipe for success.

Meet Winston – an artist hailing from New Orleans East. Winston has found way to combine his hard-working attitude with his musical career. And he has definitely perfected the recipe.

Winston also has a new video out entitled “Coke”. Make sure you check it out!

We recently caught up with Winston and here’s what he had to say:

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Tell us a little about yourself.

WINSTON: My name is Winston; I’m from the Eastside of New Orleans. My motto is “I want my f**** money!”

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Growing up, what and who influenced you musically?

WINSTON: Watching my big cousins rap – when I was younger, I wanted to be like them. My musical influences include the late great Soulja Slim, my late brother Bobby and Kevin Gates.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Who’d you look up to as a youngster?

WINSTON: My Uncle Cliff and my Uncle New York because they was gangstaz.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: What can your fans look forward to you releasing?

WINSTON: I have my debut mixtape “AskBoutMe” and I plan to follow-up with the Don Solomon project.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: What’s in your future?

WINSTON: Only God knows the future. Long as I’m living, I’m gonna be grinding.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: What’s your favorite kind of music? 

WINSTON: I love all music. It don’t matter if it’s Pop, R&B, Rap, Country – long as it sounds good and tells a fire story.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: If you had a piece of advice for a younger Winston, what would it be?

WINSTON: “Stay Focused.”

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Where do you see your career in the next 2, 5 and 10 years?

WINSTON: I’ll be able to honestly say, I’m one of the biggest in the game.

Follow Winston on all social networks – @winston_bih YouTube winston bih

Godsecho makes its mark on the world

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

“It’s happening! It’s happening and it’s just the beginning! It’s time for all God’s children to know the value he placed on all of our lives when he spoke us into existence!”

One look at the mesmerizing Godsecho logo and you’re taken in by its color and design. In fact, you know immediately that it’s way more than “just” a logo. Enter the world of Godsecho and you’ll find dope apparel, but more importantly, messages of inspiration that transcend many of our thought patterns. Apparel companies are born everyday, but not many are heaven-sent.

Godsecho is so much more than just a lifestyle brand – it’s a way of life. From its founder’s encouraging and often energy investing words to the influence it has on Godsecho clientele, you just know it’s been heaven sent!

The alluring Ms. Kyley Ringo

Founder Kyley Ringo has a myriad of life experiences that she uses to bring people closer to their maker, if not to help change their mindsets for the better. To say she’s full of positive, contagious energy is an understatement. Let us tell you, this lady is a living testament to how beautiful someone can be inside and out – we all can learn a thing or two from her courage!

We had such an AMAZING time yesterday!! Words can not express how grateful I am to all of my friends and family who came out and supported the Godsecho movement! I couldn’t have asked for more! God is good!! #wearegodsecho #godsecho #realfriendship #family #friends #love

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We caught up with Ms. Ringo to learn a little more about her vision for Godsecho:

What inspired you to start your company?

KR: What inspired me to start my company was from a vision God gave to me one day after I repented for unknowingly dabbling in the satanic world. In 2015 I had gone through two or three years of trying to “live life without God so much”, per say. At the time, my life wasn’t going exactly the way I wanted it to go and I felt that God wasn’t moving fast enough in my life. So I started to dabble into the “New Age” world of crystals, sage, etc. in order to, in some way “help God out”. I was on YouTube one day and God dropped in my heart to do a search about crystals. I heard so many opinions about healing crystals, crystal energy and smudging, that I wanted to finally put my conscious at ease. So, I said a prayer and asked God to reveal everything that he wanted me to find during my search. I searched crystal healing as God instructed me to and I came upon a couple videos by Steven Bancarz named “Crystals: The Christian perspective” and “Proof the New Age is satanic.” That’s all it took for me! If anyone wants to know the history of New Age and the things that we are not knowledgeable about, please check these videos out! As I listened to these videos I immediately felt the love of God surrounding me and I fell on my face and repented for my lack of knowledge. I threw out maybe $2,000 or more worth of crystals, singing bowls, sage, etc. You name it – I threw it out! Maybe a few days later, God made me realize that something good came out of this entire process. I actually learned how to affirm myself. I had gotten into the routine of reciting affirmations out loud every morning and this actually helped me through my struggles with depression. I believe that it was the same day, I asked God how I can bring this to the world. I thought about it and thought about it and suddenly, God dropped in my heart to start a clothing apparel line and start with t-shirts. As I thought more and more about it, I realized that all t-shirts usually speak about the person who is wearing the shirt. So, God inspired me to create a shirt with affirmations on them to affirm the person who was reading the shirt.

How did you grow Godsecho?

KR: Almost 3 years later on July 2, 2018, I finally took the vision God gave to me seriously and officially became an LLC with a credit card I received the same week after “fixing my own credit” for two years.

Growing up, who influenced you the most?

KR: As a child, my daddy (on purpose) influenced me the most. My daddy owned his own business all of my life, before Hurricane Katrina took it in the flood of 2005. Before then, my daddy would work 12 to 16 hours a day, except for Sundays. My daddy, to this day, is the hardest working man I’ve ever known. He taught me about God, giving, love, hard work, honesty, and most of all, he taught me how to be dreamer or more like a visionary! He has always supported any dream I’ve ever had. He’s always taught me that with God, anything is possible.

How can Godsecho touch the masses?

KR: I believe that my brand will help everyday people because we never know what someone may be going through and God can/will use this as a tool to minister to someone who is suffering in silence. I know that I’ve suffered in silence for years and I can remember being in the lowest place of my life when I tried to kill myself by running my 2003 Ford mustang into a brick wall at full speed in the parking garage in the building I was living. The only thing that stopped me that day was seeing my daddy’s face and not wanting him to hurt because of what I was about to do. Also, hearing the voice of my therapist affirming me that I was smart, beautiful and not alone.

What role does spirituality play in your life and why is it so important?

KR: Spirituality plays a huge role in my life and it always has played an important role. Let me be clear, I am not speaking about religion at all. I am not religious. Religion is when you have to pray a certain way all the time or dress a certain way or do things in a certain manner to please man and not God. God is tired of religion. It is time to get back to praising him and not the person he may or may not be using to deliver his message to his people.

How does Godsecho transcend society’s norms?

KR: Godsecho transcends religion, denominations or walks of life and that’s why God inspired me to create the brand. It’s not only clothing but it’s a movement.

Where do you see the Godsecho brand in 2, 5 and even 10 years?

KR: In two years, I see the brand as a household name in the US. I see people all over wearing my shirts to spread love and encouragement to their fellow brothers and sisters of the human race. In five years, I see the brand being a household name in the U.S. and overseas, and its message being spread as a movement all over the world. I see the world spreading love and kindness everywhere they go. I also see the world having a greater conscious and concern for human life. In 10 years, I see the world not only knowing of God but actually knowing him and feeling worthy of having a relationship with him. I see the brand helping the world to understand that they do not have to know the Bible backwards and forward or have to be perfect for God to hear them.

Where can you be found on social media?

KR: On IG at @wearegodsecho and wearegodsecho on Facebook.

NOTE FROM MIKODREAMZ: It isn’t very often we encounter someone so special with so much to say. Leave your encouraging comments for Ms. Ringo – she has so much positive and enchanting work to do! Can we clone her?!

Source: MIKODreamz

MHOL interviews young, successful entrepreneur Larry Morrow

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

My Hell of A Life’s dope purveyor Yoey Martin recently caught up with one of the busiest entrepreneurs in the game, the illustrous
Larry Morrow.

Larry Morrow is an accomplished author, businessman and now owner of one of the most popular restaurants in New Orleans, Morrow’s.

Follow Yoey and My Hell of a Life:

Instagram @yoeymartin_myhellofalife @myhellofalife

Twitter @Mario_MHOL @myhellofalife

ARTIST 101: Entertainment personality Jay Smash does what it takes to stay ahead of the curve

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

If you look up the word “businessman” in the dictionary, don’t be surprised if you find an entry for New Orleans artist/songwriter/entrepreneuer Jay Smash.

Jay is an interesting young artist who not only has multiple hustles within the entertainment industry, but who also takes part in his share of philanthropic activities, particularly those involving the next generation of athletic superstars. He also works hard to learn the business end of …. well, the entertainment business – and he makes sure to make his world a better place, using his music as the vehicle to effect change. Anyone who knows anything about being successful, understands that knowing the ins and outs of anything, can only push you forward!

Jay has an array of visuals and songs currently available so stay tuned to the coming press on those projects! In the meantime, take a second and get to know Jay Smash:

Stage Name: Jay Smash

Hailing from: New Orleans, Louisiana

Musical Influences: Hip Hop, R&B, Pop, Rock, and Neo Soul

Favorite Food: Steak

Favorite Shoe: Jordan 11 “SpaceJam”

If he could be endorsed by any brand, who would it be and why? It would be whatever brand that gives him an opportunity to be profitable, innovative, and contribute to the creative process.

Favorite Song: “Zoom” by the Commodores

Favorite Artist: Lauryn Hill

What’s on his playlist now? “Could you Learn?” by T.I.

If he wasn’t rapping, what would he be doing? He would be a Sports Analyst and/or Sports Commentator

If he won 10 million dollars, what would he do with it? He says you must tithe 10%, so a million would go towards kingdom building, 2 million a piece for his two boys, 3 million for his mother, and he’ll use his two million to generate more future revenue.

EDITOR’S NOTE: As you can see, Jay Smash is an entertainment personality who is way ahead of the curve! You’ll be seeing much more of him in the coming months.

Devious teams up with Fiend on New Video “Coffee House”

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Devious and Fiend have both been busy releasing new music. The two Nola rap legends found time to create a smooth sultry “Coffee House” produced by BlaqNMild. The new video was released July 16th and the single is now available on all digital outlets.

View Coffee House here:

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Stream here:

 

Follow Devious @itsdevious on Instagram

Follow Fiend @504fiend

Fiend Hosts “On My Job Rap Battle” in New Orleans July 18th

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Thd laid back but energetic platinum artist Fiend will be hosting “On My Job Rap Battle” at the HI HO Lounge in New Orleans. Artists from all over the US as well as Louisiana regularly come out and participate in intense battle performances. Studio time, features with Fiend, and free internet radio play are a few of the fringe benefits. The Heat Magazine wanted to share the latest and greatest with Fiend.  Follow Fiend @504fiend on Instagram. KLC The Drum Major and other special guests will be in the building.

For more information, email onmyjobrapbattle@gmail.com

 

 

(HEAT EXCLUSIVE) Cincinnati’s own A-Money drops hot new project

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

In the entertainment world, especially where music artists are concerned, you have to have something special that stands out. Cincinnati rapper/entertainment personality A-Money has that special combination of lyrical ability and personality – qualities we don’t hear as often as we’d like. A-Money’s here to fill that void by providing quality music that stands the test of time. In his words, “They know.” One listen and you’ll understand why “THEY KNOW”.

A-Money’s a real street cat with the business acumen to turn his career into a lasting and profitable venture for many years to come. We caught up with him recently and here’s what he had to say:

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Who were the 3 most important influences on your life?

A-MONEY: My grandmother – that’s where I learned intellect and how to articulate. The other two are street nigg*s – they street nigg*s so I ain’t gone say they name.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: What do you feel sets you apart from your counterparts?

A-MONEY: You should be able to hear the difference in my voice. This music is made from real sh*t, from a real nigg* to all real nigg*s. They know.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: What new projects are you currently working on?

A-MONEY: Aw man, all kind of sh*t coming up. I’m droppin “Guadalajara” which is straight dope and will be available on iTunes and wherever u get yo music real soon. “Trappin” will be available on iTunes, Spotify, all that July 4th.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: What do you believe is the single most important piece of advice you can give a young entertainer who is just starting out?

A-MONEY: Shid, I’m a young entertainer just starting out so all I can say is try to learn shit like I am. Feel me?

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: You’ve already worked with some amazing and legendary entertainers. If you could pick 5 other artists or producers with whom you’d like to work, who would that be and why?

A-MONEY: That’s a good ass question. So many people, but I will say Kanye and T.I. “Ye vs. the people starring T.I as the people” made me start back f*cking with this music sh*t. It was genius and innovative. Also, Big Juice the producer, the Migos, Rihanna and Baby Soljia. It’s a lot more; I just tried to touch on some different areas.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Where can your fans expect to see you in the next 5 years?

A-MONEY: Ha Ha ….. sh*t, it depends on how they continue to take a nigg* music. 5 years, I can either be on Hollywood Boulevard, or back on Reading Road. Feel me?

Follow A-Money:

Instagram @a_moneytherapper
You Tube A-Money Cincinnati

Meet INDOE, one of the hardest working young entertainers out

Monday, June 25th, 2018

From Hermosa Beach, California to Montclair, New Jersey – to points in the entertainment industry that most young entertainers would sell their souls for, INDOE has definitely touched down and is here to stay!

In fact, INDOE has accomplished feats that most seasoned entertainers have only been able to dream of – from performing background vocals on hits from MC Lyte and Big L (as a youngster we might add), to working with superstars such as Destiny’s Child, Wyclef Jean, Pink, and Kandi Burrus. But wait …. There’s more! INDOE has a role on 50 Cent’s POWER.

INDOE is working tirelessly to make a name for herself. And she’s doing just that. We caught up with her recently, and here’s what she had to say:

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Tell the readers a little about yourself.

INDOE: Well, I was raised between California and New Jersey. I have loved music my entire life and that’s what I have devoted my life to.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: If you could pick 3 people who influenced you and helped to shape you as a person, who would that be and how did they influence you?

INDOE: My mother, my father and God – all three of those energies have created who I am and I don’t feel right saying anyone else but those people.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: What do you feel sets you apart from your counterparts?

INDOE: Well, I feel like everyone is different. Everyone has their own thing. So it’s not about what sets me apart; I feel like it’s more how are all the same. Everyone is putting forth their feelings. Everyone is putting forth their best foot in regards to what I do. I just think that I am honest and I say things that, you know, people can relate to and hopefully they like it.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: What new projects are you currently working on?

INDOE: I’m finishing my album, getting ready to release a second single and I’m also currently on Power Season Five. I will be on Episode Four. I just finished shooting again for the upcoming season and I hope to be working some more.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: What do you believe is the single most important piece of advice you can give a young entertainer who is just starting out?

INDOE: Don’t stop. Focus is everything. Do not get distracted. There be a lot of pretty boys and pretty girls – a lot of temptation – but the people that make it out are people keep their heads down into their work, to not let any distractions get in the way.

EDITOR’S NOTE: INDOE’s DLK Entertainment imprint currently has the single “Deep” out, available everywhere music is sold/streamed. INDOE is a rising star, if ever there were one! Follow INDOE and her team:

Website: DLKEntertainment.com

@dondada516

@loveindoe

NEW HEAT: Fiend Releases “Word 2 Kevin” Video

Monday, June 25th, 2018

The raspy rhyme-powered emcee, Fiend, who is also known as International Jones, dropped off a hot new video to the Heat Magazine. “Word 2 Kevin” is an intriguing visual that alludes to Fiend’s late brother Kevin Bailey.

Fiend first shared personal but heartfelt lyrics about Kevin on “Take My Pain” during his decorated career at No Limit Records.

Mr. “Heart Of A Ghetto Boy” has done it again with “Word 2 Kevin”.  Directed by Yuset Puzo, the visual is now available on YouTube for our readers and fans of Fiend to enjoy.

Check out the world premiere of “Word 2 Kevin”

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(ARTIST 101) Gooze McKenzie, energetic artist on the rise

Monday, June 18th, 2018

Louisiana original Goose McKenzie is a high-energy performer/artist who is carving out his way in the entertainment world. Having been heavily influenced by East Coast lyricists, his wordplay is crazy. Goose will tell you that his main goal is to excite his fans through his music. He strives to make sure they have a good time while enjoying his art.

Get to know Goose McKenzie:

STAGE NAME: Goose McKenzie

LABEL: Major Paid Records

HAILING FROM: Napoleonville/Harvey, Louisiana

MUSICAL INFLUENCES: Soulja Slim, Fila Phil, Ricky B, Cheeky Black, PNC, Pimp Daddy, Cash Money, No Limit, UGK, Slaughterhouse, Jae Millz, Murda Mook, 50 Cent, Ja Rule, Tupac, Biggie, OutKast, any of the 80’s to 90 R&B, Lauryn Hill, etc.

FAVORITE FOOD: Any Cajun Based creole pasta originated in Louisiana & Dat Gumbo baby! Lol

FAVORITE SHOES: Nike Lunar Force 1, Duckboots/Lebrons

IF YOU COULD BE ENDORSED BY ANY BRAND, WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHY? I would say NIKE because of the catch phrase “Just Do it”. The phrase itself is motivational & insists that you exceed and achieve your limitations of ones doubt in willpower.

FAVORITE SONG: I’m From Louisiana by Louisiana Cash

FAVORITE ARTIST: Andre 3000

WHAT’S IN YOUR PLAYLIST RIGHT NOW? Fila Phil or any old school New Orleans artist, Lil Wayne, Jeezy, Rick Ross, Drake, Soulja Slim, Multiple Baton Rouge Artist, Kevin Gates, Boosie, Ty Dolla $ign

IF YOU WEREN’T RAPPING, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING? Working As Diesel fuel/ Test & Trials mechanic @ Huntington Ingalls industries inc.

IF YOU WON 10 MILLION DOLLARS, WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH IT? Invest in a fitness center, create a program to help mentor young boys & coach them in football, by a house for my family & invest in my Daughter’s future. Help increase & build a better business portfolio under my record label.

SOCIAL MEDIA:

FB @ Goose McKenzie

IG @ Goose McKenzie

Reverbnation @GooseMcKenzie

Soundcloud/lilgoose985 & lilgoose_mpr

N1M @Goose McKenzie & MajorPaidRecords