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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:

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”

(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

(HEAT INTERVIEW) The multi-talented Evan Golden

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

From host, print model, entertainment correspondent, philanthropist, athlete, and reality TV star, to being the breakout star on Ivana Trump’s reality show, Evan has been putting in work and seeing massive results.

The Florida native has quite an impressive resume that includes national commercials, TV appearances, hosting, and so much more. He currently hosts “Eye on South Florida”, a role in which he has had the opportunity to interview countless celebrities. In addition, he was recently nominated for the “Real Men Wear Pink Campaign” supporting the American Cancer Society. Evan says he stepped up to help fight breast cancer with all he has, while emphasizing the fact that both women and men can be affected by the disease. Most importantly, Evan says he recognizes that he is in a position of influence and that he is obligated to use his position wisely and to shine his light. All of that aside though, his most important role is likely that of a family man.

Suffice it to say, Evan is a busy man who is using his celebrity for good. It is no wonder why he has been blessed with such golden opportunities. He is truly a one-man show whose talent, personality and high energy stands out. It is because of this that he is highly sought after. It is also because of these qualities that we are confident it will not be long before Evan takes his place among the superstars of his generation.

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

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Growing up, who influenced you the most?

EVAN GOLDEN: My parents influenced me the most. They gave my sister and me the ability to pursue our passions and have showed us the meaning of true love and the importance of family.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: You have an interesting story. If you had to pinpoint one moment that solidified your entering the entertainment industry, what would that be?

EVAN GOLDEN: Being cast on Ivana Trump’s reality show, “Ivana Young Man” was one of the most exhilarating television experiences of my life. Ivana Trump personally hand-picked me to be on the show, as I was one of 6 bachelors given the opportunity of luxury, fame and riches. Spoiler Alert – I made it to the Final 2. If you have not watched this reality show, it’s a must see. You will laugh, cry and be in suspense the entire time.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Do you think excelling in sports helps you in your current career?

EVAN GOLDEN: In sports you learn valuable life lessons. You learn how to work as a team, taking directions, making effort, overcoming adversity, and responding to defeat. Practice makes perfect. Many aspects, I use every day in life. I have learned through team and organized sports.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: What has been your favorite “gig” so far and why?

EVAN GOLDEN: Hosting the TV Show “Eye on South Florida” is a dream come true. I am able to share all the amazing things happening in our community.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: What has been your greatest accomplishment as an entertainment personality?

EVAN GOLDEN: Having a platform to help bring awareness to so many small local non-profit organizations. As the recipient of South Florida Young Leaders in Philanthropy, I have been able to help bring much exposure and have raised thousands of dollars for many local non-profits.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: What motivates you?

EVAN GOLDEN: I am motivated to be a good human and role model for my two sons to look up to and be proud of. I am a leader in my community and will help heal us as we try to overcome the Parkland Shooting Massacre.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: What are you currently working on?

EVAN GOLDEN: Currently I have been nominated for the “Real Men Wear Pink Campaign” on behalf of the American Cancer Society, so I am raising money for breast cancer.

Follow Evan Golden and all of his endeavors:

Instagram @goldentv
Twitter @golden_tv
Website EvanGolden.com

(ARTIST 101) Ballistic, an amazing talent showcasing his parable music

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

Versatile, talented and just all around dope is a good, short description of entertainment powerhouse Ballistic.

Born and raised near Austin, Texas, Ballistic has been through every kind of rough patch you can imagine, yet he not only survived, but he won at the game of life. He’s now an international act who travels the world performing his “parable music”. His Death By Design imprint is taking the world by storm.

We have a much more in-depth interview with Ballistic coming soon, but for now, enjoy his Artist 101 interview:

STAGE NAME: Ballistic

HAILING FROM: Tampa, Florida

MUSICAL INFLUENCES: 2pac, Z-Ro, James Brown, Barry White, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Marvin Gaye, Dean Martin, Wisin y Yandel, Fat Pat, Big Hawk, Von Won, and Andre 3000

FAVORITE FOOD: Vietnamese (Pho Tai Nam), Lebanese

FAVORITE SHOES: Vlado, Adidas, G Nikes, and Custom

IF YOU COULD BE ENDORSED BY ANY BRAND, WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHY? Forbes and Wall Street because of the influence and affluence it would garner to challenge the norm of culture.

FAVORITE SONG: “So Many Tears” and “Lost Souls” by 2Pac

FAVORITE ARTIST: 2Pac

WHAT’S IN YOUR PLAYLIST RIGHT NOW? Perry G, Kat Trakz, Von Won, Andre 3000, 2Pac, Hector Delgado, Thousand Foot Krutch, Skillet, Rebirth Garcia, and Regason

IF YOU WEREN’T RAPPING, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING? I would be full-time in audio engineering. I love to produce other artists from a songwriting perspective as well. Catering a sound for marketability and seeing its full expression brings excitement.

IF YOU WON 10 MILLION DOLLARS, WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH IT? I would invest into the community I am a part of and organizations actually reaching the you and me. The change of culture happens from within.

SOCIAL MEDIA: @dbdballistic on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat

(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