Archive for the ‘Interviews’ Category

(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

(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

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

 

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

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

Who is Rebirth?

 

Rebirth

Photo credit 1 Vision Production @1visionproduction

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!

Connect on Social Media

FACEBOOK: Personal Page
One Accord Ministries FB Page
Rebirth

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Rebirth

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ARTIST 101: Perry G, a “new” New Orleans sensation

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018


We’re kicking off our first “Artist 101” of 2018 with a very special artist/songwriter/businessman/family man (probably his favorite role, if he had to pick one!) from New Orleans, Louisiana who goes by the name of Perry G. While Perry G is fairly new to the music scene, he has been working for a while name to make a name for himself – and he’s doing just that. Learn more about Perry G below!

Stage Name: Perry G

Where you’re from: New Orleans, Louisiana (Algiers, to be exact)

Musical Influences: Old School New Orleans music, Old School music in general, Rich Homie Quan, Kevin Gates, T-Pain, and Drake

Production Influences: Zaytoven, Nard & B, Aha Gazelle, Mannie Fresh, London On The Track, and Metro Boomin

Favorite Food: Grilled Foods and Hibachi, Steak, Salmon, Gumbo, and Jambalaya

Favorite Shoes: Red Bottoms, Bally Animals, Versace, Gucci, and Nike

If you could be endorsed by any brand, what would it be and why? Nike because I’ll enjoy designing my own shoe and telling a story though the design of the shoe

Favorite Song: “Psycho” – Post Malone (at the moment)

Favorite Artist: I have several favorites but if i had to pick one…. Kevin Gates at the moment

What’s in your playlist right now? Rich Homie Quan’s new album “Rich As In Spirit”, Trilliam 3” – Aha Gazelle, “Get A Load of Me” – 1kphew, “400 Degreez” – Juvenile, and “Ball” – Perry G & Perry G Ball

If you won 10 million dollars, what would you do with it? I’d put my family in the best place possible, put the team on, give away $1,000,000 to the needy, create jobs, start my own production company, and buy land.

Instagram: @OfficialPerryG

Twitter: @OfficialPerryG

Heat Exclusive: An In-Depth Interview with B Assasson

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

Raw talent, determination, positive energy, and resilience are key attributes needed in order to achieve any goal. When it comes to the ebb and flow of being in the music industry, the average artist can either be cliche or extraordinary. The Heat Magazine had a chance to chop it up with an artist who manifests necessary qualities of creatives who evolve into impactful icons. His moniker is B Assasson but there’s more to him than emceeing at a high level.

The Heat Magazine: How long have you been a professional artist?

B Assasson: 14 years minus the earlier preparation.

The Heat Magazine: Tell us about your new release.

B Assasson: My latest release is titled 2 Much Sauce and it features Shorty. Produced by Metro Boomin and DJ Swift. It’s an absolute hit, and will be huge for New Orleans and my city (Westwego). Having Metro boomin’ as the producer speaks for itself. Good look for Nola.  My other single is You Might Be and it features J Lyric and singer Chris Kemson.

The Heat Magazine: What do you think makes your style unique?

B Assasson: I don’t believe I actually have a style. I can do it all and be great at it. I’ve had quite a few hit singles and they all had their own presence of sound. I’m unique in that way.

The Heat Magazine: What advice would you give to an upcoming artist?

B Assasson: Believe in your craft, find your target audience, and stay consistent. There’s no wrong way on your personal path.

The Heat Magazine: What artists inspire you?

B Assasson: 2Pac and Jay-Z.

The Heat Magazine: What’s your favorite New Orleans dish?

B Assasson: Haha…Gumbo, and boiled shrimp.

The Heat Magazine: How do you maintain a family life with such a tedious schedule as an artist?

B Assasson: It’s tough. The main thing is support from your family. It’s a team thing. Understanding our positions is everything. It won’t work if you don’t have that as a unit. They understand that I have a legit shot at being an all time great. So they let me be, and I understand that there’s times in which I must also give them my all.

The Heat Magazine: What can your fans and our readers expect from you in the near future?

B Assasson: “Hustle Westbrook” which is my 4th Mixtape is set to drop this year. That will be hosted by the Great DJ Ice Mike 1200. Basically Elevation as time continues in general. Singles and videos and singles and videos 10 times over. Also be on the look out for a song that me, Denisia, and Terrell Phillips from Blackstreet will release this year titled “Take it Slow.” It has a Grammy award winning sound. It’s a timeless record. I’ve also started my own label (Chuuch Muzic Inc.) and have a couple of secret weapons to help expand the brand name. Which is my artist Young Heff and Chris Kemson. Heff is a very unique artist, and Kemson is a singer.

The Heat Magazine: What do you dislike most about the music Industry?

B Assasson: The disrespect for the bricklayers, The disrespect for the history, and the lack of authenticity. Hip Hop has evolved into artist and the lack of content in their lyrics. I mean, it’s ok to have those records if they form into a hit, but records with impact are frowned upon or it tends to go past the listener if it’s not catchy or melodically enhanced enough. It’s at a low in my opinion.

The Heat Magazine: Tell us about some of your achievements.

B Assasson: I won a National contest back in 2012 on MTV’s Ourstage.com sponsored by coors light for A song called “Tell The DJ…that’s my shi*.” I actually beat out former superstar Trinidad James as I logged in 2,228,061 total votes from the nation. The next most votes were 700K by Trinidad James. Others are my 2 nominations at the 2015 and 2016 Nola music award nominations for best mixtape which was titled “THE ALPHA,” (2015) and best video for my first single titled “BANGIN’ (Potz ‘N’ Panz) (2016). My first ever single was Produced by Mannie fresh titled “Sucka Free,” and working with Blackstreet’s Terrell Phillips. It’s so much more!

The Heat Magazine: Your mother is a truly supportive advocate in your career. Tell us about your unique relationship in music?

B Assasson: My mother is my biggest critic. Believe it or not, she isn’t a YES MOM. She wants what’s best for me and supports my dreams moreso than any other person could ever. If she feels I’m procrastinating, she gives me attitude. If she doesn’t like a song, she lets me know. She’s like my best friend. She’s always had my back, front, and sides in the music industry from the beginning. She is the GOAT man. She believes I will someday be the greatest and displays it regularly by making sure I never give up on my dreams and letting me know she’s my biggest fan by not treating and judging my music as a biased listener/Mom because of her position. Her love for me pertaining my music is as authentic as you will find.

Listen to the new singles here:

Follow B Assasson on Instagram @b_assassoncg

http://instagram.com/b_assassoncg

Heat Exclusive: International Jones Laces The World With “Player Chit” Mixtape

Monday, March 12th, 2018

It’s not too often aficionados of hip hop become consistently engaged with extremely versatile artists. To be an aesthetic and remain intriguing has become sort of a lost art but International Jones also known as Fiend has delivered an archetypical example for the masses to enjoy.

His latest installment “Player Chit” correlates with his alter ego “International Jones” while it provides fans smooth grooves, compelling lyrics, and an unmatched raspy voice.

The Heat Magazine wanted to share this soulful and succinct project with our readers. The talented rapper and dynamic songwriter transcends on this project.

Be sure to follow International Jones on Instagram @504Fiend.

Enjoy the full unique body of work here:

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https://mobile.datpiff.com/mixtape/888346

The Heat Magazine will keep our readers informed on tour dates and International Jones’ latest developments

(INTERVIEW) J Lyric interview with Norie TV

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

Catch J Lyric’s interview with the dope Norie TV!