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Heat Exclusive: Fiend Returns with Motivate Chu Video

Friday, December 16th, 2016

Grammy nominated/BMI songwriting award winner Fiend returns with his latest mixtape installment “1st Rolex”. Contrary to popular belief, the rapsy emcee is not literally referring to owning the high-end chronograph. “First Rolex is that first aha moment. That first experience in your own life that you really consider to be special,” said Fiend to the Heat Magazine.  

A No-Limit Records superstar, Fiend also known as International Jones, carries the moniker Mr. Whomp Whomp and Capital FI as a badge of honor. During his humble beginnings, he became professionally known as Fiend due to his love for rapping and writing lyrics. Coincidentally, he pays homage to Rakim, who many refer to as the GOAT, and his classic hit “Microphone Fiend”.

The Heat Magazine had the opportunity to chop it up with Fiend prior to the release of his new Jet Life hosted mixtape. He wanted to lace our readers with his new video “Motivate Chu”, directed by Dexstr8dope.  The multi-faceted artist has been in a reflective mind state lately and his thoughts are accentuated musically. “I’m in a good place mentally. I have clarity on a lot of things in life.”

For all the true Fiend fans and lovers of hip hop, check out the new soulful spectacle here:



Sunday, September 4th, 2016


Mainstream media constantly bombards us with negative images, portraying nothing but trouble and hard times. While that may be the experience of so many in this day and age, there’s nothing like seeing positivity and hope brought about like a movement such as The Fyu (pronounced like “The Few”).

The FYU putting in work in the community

The FYU putting in work in the community

After being affected by seeing numerous cases of police brutality and other social injustices, founderfyu4 Wole “Walls” Solomon made a decision to be the change he wanted to see in this world. From the podcast he started to the current social media phenomenon run by Walls and his team, The Fyu is making a difference by bringing to light social problems and showcasing how real people are making a difference and bettering themselves and the world around them. The Fyu is an incredible undertaking that is only growing in notoriety.

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

THE HEAT MAG: Tell us about your movement – how it got started, who all is involved?

WALLS: In October 2014, after attending numerous marches and rallies for unarmed victims of police brutality and other injustices, I (founder of The Fyu, Wole “Walls” Solomon) decided on a different approach. How do you tackle social ills when everyone isn’t affected by the same thing in the same way? After thinking of individual issues that personally affect me, I then asked friends and family about issues they face, and their responses differed from my own. Then I knew I had something.

The Fyu started as a “podcast,” in the sense that many of our earlier content was audio recorded discussions and featured family and friends sharing their views & opinions on things that affected them personally or affected people they love. We only ask one question: What would you like to see less/fyuer of in the world. As we grew we began to diversify our content, adding video and photo features to the mix.

The Fyu mainly consists of myself (Walls) and a rotating team of volunteers who assists with various things: Aaron helps with strategy and event coordinating, Rodney helps with marketing, and Ashley helps with social media.


THE HEAT MAG: What is your ultimate goal with the movement?

WALLS: The ultimate goal of The Fyu is to build a wide scale community who not only express their individual issues but also offer collective solutions. No one thing impacts EVERYONE the same way, so discussions on social ills, injustices, etc. should happen on an individual basis in order to gain consensus and offer collective solutions to individual problems. The Fyu is simply the platform that bridges the gap between problems and solutions.

THE HEAT MAG: What role does each of you play and how do you tie that all in to your mission?

WALLS: Similar to Academy Award Winners, I (Walls) play many roles, lol. I’m in charge of day-to-day operations, finding interesting people with interesting perspectives, creating and editing content, promoting content, and setting future goals with benchmarks, and much more. The roles that the aforementioned volunteers play is vital as well because it aides in our growth and expansion. Our mission is to build a community of 250,000+ members, so everything we do now is centered around that.

THE HEAT MAG: If you could change anything about this world, what would it be and why?

WALLS: If I could change anything in this world it would be the way resources are advertised and given. Many people have no idea about the abundance of various unique resources available to them, regardless of the issues they face. Resources and assistance from NGO’s, state and federal government, Fortune 500 companies, 501C’s etc.are rarely advertised, causing people in need to be oblivious to their existence. The Fyu seeks to change that by partnering with different organizations that focus on specific issues members of our community face, then directly linking the organizations with the individuals. Not only that, but we also see a growing number of our existing community offering solutions to other members we’ve featured — so we’d like to expand that and reward those who do so. Collective solutions to individual issues.

THE HEAT MAG: The topics you cover are so relevant to current events. What are your future plans for FYU?

WALLS: Yes, a lot of our topics are based on current events because our community is made of very intelligent and forward-thinking men and women. Therefore they speak on what they notice is impacting the world and how those issues impact them as well.

Our future plans are to continue building our community and expanding our content – offering content in more creative ways. We’re also building creative tools for our community to use in order to offer solutions to issues other member’s face. Lastly, we’d like to host more events (similar to our food program feeding the less fortunate in the D.C. area), and travel to new places to meet people nationally and internationally who’d like to share their unique stories and concerns.

Social Media/Contact Info for The Fyu:

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(MUSIC MONDAY) The special soul known as Taurean la’Del (Part 2)

Monday, August 29th, 2016


Where we left off on Part 1 of our interview with Taurean la’Del, he was talking about his favorite artists. Here’s what else he had to say:

THE HEAT: If you could work with any 5 artists and producers, who would it be and why?

TAUREAN LA’DEL: If I could work with any 5 artist and producers, I would definitely want to work with Pharrell Williams, Jazmine Sullivan, Tank, Fantasia, and Erykah Badu. In my opinion, these artists are not shut up in a box. Their creativity from lyrics to music to style is so superb. Out of all of those artists, Pharrell Williams would be my Number 1 pick simply because he caters to the creativity of an artist. He sees their potential and he finds ways of pulling it out. He is so artistically exuberant that I’m sure he could make me a better Neo-Soul artist.

THE HEAT: How does being from Mississippi affect the music you make?

TAUREAN LA’DEL: With Mississippi being the birthplace of America’s music, I can honestly say growing up here has affected my art in the most spectacular of ways. I’m grateful to have been born and raised in the great Magnolia State. Mississippi has some of the greatest talent, from artists such as the late BB King, Brandy and David Banner, just to name a few. I grew up listening to soul music so much that I thirst for the passion behind it. Being from here can be stressful at times because it seems to be difficult to be successful as a musician. I believe that is truly what keeps me going strong. Failure isn’t an option. I’m a soulful singer but I’m uniquely made to where you can’t really compare me to anyone. Being from here has taught me the love for music and how to implement it lyrically and vocally.

THE HEAT: What are your future plans?

TAUREAN LA’DEL: Honestly, my future plans are quite simple. I have a dream to be a very successful artist. Whether fame follows or not, I chase after recognition. I want my name to be known. My plans include to better myself as an artist and eventually move out of Mississippi so I can build on what was instilled. Simply put.

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

TAUREAN LA’DEL: In two years I see myself in a professional studio making music that caresses the soul. I want to be able to put out my first album. 5 years I see myself opening shows for some of the biggest artist in the world. 10 years I see myself having a successful and stable music career.

THE HEAT: Describe your creative process.

TAUREAN LA’DEL: My creative process is somewhat scattered. Not a day goes by I’m not either listening to different sounds or even just singing to myself. Normally I sit back and listen to jazz with a glass of Sweet Walter red wine and a pad. Whatever thought or phrase comes across my mind, I write it. Sometimes it takes me months to even finish a song. I’m not like most people. I can only write about what I’m dealing with. Lately I have found myself writing more in a poetic flow and then eventually gather the music for it. My best work is when I take a title, no matter how far fetched it may be, and build around the words. As far as my new single, “Be The One”, I took a different approach. That song was written because I’m in love with someone that I may never be with. The lyrics go to express that I see that you aren’t all that happy. I know that I can be the one to change that. Just give me the chance. But in all honesty, this love that I have is only an illusion because I’ve never spoke those words to you. “Blue skies above, but yet I still see grey. I’m constantly thinking of you brightening up my day. not knowing what the next move is or maybe it’s checkmate. like pieces of the puzzle baby somehow I fit in your space.” Taurean la’Del

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EDITOR’S NOTE: We know the entertainment world will be seeing a whole lot more of Taurean la’Del really soon. He is an amazing vocalist with incredible talent. Stay tuned. There is so much more to come for this young artist.

(MUSIC MONDAY) The special soul known as Taurean la’Del (Part 1)

Monday, August 29th, 2016


“I grew up listening to soul music so much that I thirst for the passion behind it. Being from here can be stressful at times because it seems to be difficult to be successful as a musician. I believe that is truly what keeps me going strong. Failure isn’t an option. I’m a soulful singer but I’m uniquely made to where you can’t really compare me to anyone.”

We know amazing talent when we see/hear it. And so it is with Mississippi’s own Neo-Soul artist Taurean la’Del. Talent like his just doesn’t come around very often. He has an original and unique, yet prodigious sound that is unrivaled. One listen to his music and you’ll be hooked, we promise!

It is clear that Mr. la’Del was strongly influenced by his upbringing. It’s even more clear that he is just an amazing soul altogether. We were excited to speak with him – it is artists like Taurean la’Del that energize the entertainment industry. He will go far – we guarantee it. And most importantly, he will do good things with the talent with which he’s clearly been blessed.
The Heat caught up with Taurean la’Del recently and here’s what he had to say:

THE HEAT: Who are some of your musical influences?

TAUREN LA’DEL: Some of my influences in entertainment were artists such as Smokie Norful, Michael Jackson, Kim Burrell, Whitney Houston, and American Idol winners Ruben Studdard and Fantasia Barrino. In my household growing up, we really didn’t listen to much secular music. Matter of fact, a lot of times I had to sneak around to find music other than Gospel. My mother was fine with me listening to Michael Jackson. I probably had every album by him. Those American Idol winners were some of the elite winners in the first couple of seasons of the show. I can remember sitting back with my mom and we had about 3 different phones pressing buttons trying to vote for Ruben and Fantasia. It excited me so much because I knew that I could do the exact same thing. They were regular people just like me.

THE HEAT: What about personal influences? Were there any people who stood out to you and made a difference in who you are?

TAUREAN LA’DEL: As far as my personal influences, I grew up watching my Aunt Shirley and Sheila singing in church choirs and quartet groups. I actually started to take piano lessons under my aunt to better the craft that I had already picked up. Those ladies were such Powerhouse singers that one day I knew that I would be able to wow people vocally. My mother played a huge part in my musical life as well. She always threw me in front of family to make me entertain them. There wasn’t a day that went by that if she wanted me to sing I would.

THE HEAT: Who are some of your favorite artists?

TAUREAN LA’DEL: It is really hard to just point out my favorite artists. I love all types of music from Blues, Country, Rock, Soul, Smooth R&B, Neo Soul, Classical, and of course, Gospel. A couple of artists whom I adore would for sure be Musiq Soulchild and Jill Scott. I choose these artists because of the genre of music I produce. Not only are they some of the spearheads in their preferred genre, but most of the time they’re not really recognized for the work that they do. These two artists are two of the best Neo-Soul and Smooth R&B vocalists in the world.

Click HERE for Part 2 of “(MUSIC MONDAY) The special soul known as Taurean la’Del”

HEAT WORLDWIDE EXCLUSIVE: Mac speaks on his music career and more!

Sunday, March 27th, 2016


Never judge a book by its cover, says wisdom. The lack of building a relationship with a person or having the luxury of being familiar with a unique individual could cause one to err. This has been the case for the former No Limit recording artist Mac. It started years before and Mac evolved info a camouflage army jacket-wearing emcee rocking timberland boots and listening to his headphones. His daily regimen is where his lyrical practice manifested. Leading him to becoming an integral asset to the hip hop group Psycho Ward and making strides globally via “Mac and Storm”, the rhyme-spitter caught the attention of Def Jam and No Limit mogul Master P.  The Uptown lyricist spent plenty days sharing rhymes with colleagues. With an attitude full of good spirited intentions, Mac catapulted as a deserving talent.
As life goes sometimes, he was impacted by legal
obstacles (Imprisonment) and currently in process of overcoming this adversity. The Heat Magazine had an opportunity to conduct a special interview with Mac. Our goal is to keep our readers in direct connection with Mac as well as allow Mac to give the world factual updates on his music and future. Here’s what’s really good with Mac:


The Heat Magazine: It’s such a pleasure to speak with you my brother. Could you share with our readers what we can expect from Mac musically in the future?

Mac: Musically, fans can expect a combination of old and new. I’m what I like to call a classic Hip Hop fan, so I honor the past while also driving the future. If that makes sense! 😋

Until now, the brothers in prison have been unable to get my music, so I worked out a deal with this digital distributor to make it accessible to them.

The Heat Magazine: Considering all the changes in music, what are your plans as it relates to the creative process?

Mac: My creative process is pretty much the same. It always involves water for some odd reason. Its been that way since I was a kid. Songs come to me when I’m either in the shower, on the toilet, at the water fountain, etc. It’s weird, but it has always worked out that way.

The Heat Magazine: Everyone will want to work with you. I’m certain Fiend, KLC, Mystikal, Devious, Mannie Fresh, Cise HD, Arlene Culpepper, Master P, and others will be there to work with you. Are you planning on doing features with your colleagues or are you planning on doing solo work only?

Mac: I definitely plan to work with some of the folks that I’ve done music with in the past. I believe that the next album I record will be the best, so I want the people who’ve contributed to my career to share in its glory!

The Heat Magazine: Are there any albums online that you want your fans to purchase at the present moment?

Mac: Coming Soon is “The Best Of Mac,” and “Archives,” both hosted by DJ Hektik.

The Heat Magazine: What advice or wisdom do you want to share with the youth of today?

Mac: As for advice to the youth, I only have this to say, “Prison Sucks!” 😋

The Heat Magazine: New Orleans misses you. What would you like to tell them?

Mac: New Orleans can’t possibly miss me as much as I miss her! I’ve traveled around the world, and I’ve never been to a place quite like it. I’ve heard alot of brothers in prison from the N.O. over the years say things like, “I can’t go back to the city, ’cause the city put me in here.” I always tell them that I disagree with that concept. If you’re a crackhead and you move to the moon, you’ll find crack there. You can’t run from yourself. The city has made me everything that I am.

The Heat Magazine: Your style is immersed in lyrical skill. Have you evolved or altered your style?

Mac: I believe I have. I’ve learned more about myself, and I think the songs I write now are a reflection of that growth.

The Heat Magazine: New Orleans is known for its food and culture. Tell the world about your favorite New Orleans dish.

Mac: My favorite N.O. dish is Jambalaya! I can eat it seven days a week!

The Heat Magazine: Have you received any record deal offers recently?

Mac: Surprisingly, I can’t remember any record deal offers.

The Heat Magazine: This interview wouldn’t be exclusive if I didn’t ask you to share a few lyrics. If you don’t mind, let the world see what’s been going on with you with the pen and the pad.

Mac: They’ll see what they’ve missed once I return, stay tuned.


For more information send email to

Mckinley Phipps, 00445656, Louisiana Department Of Corrections at



Heat Exclusive: Meet J Lyric as he speaks on his latest single “Watch U Leave” and more

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

Emerging from New Orleans is J Lyric. His story is one of perseverance and a positive mindset. Growing up in New Orleans, he’s been the victim of violence by losing a brother and cousin. As a result, he has evolved into a lyricist, business-minded artist, and fresh new talent. The Heat Magazine caught up with J and now we unveil an in-depth interview.
The Heat Magazine: J Lyric, tell us about your new release.

J Lyric: Right now I’m pushing my new single “Watch U Leave”. It’s doing pretty well throughout the South right now, I’m gonna shoot the video in Atlanta in a few weeks. Then I’m gonna follow up with this record I just did with Tokyo Vanity called “FaceTime” prod by Cas Major. Later this year, I’m releasing my mixtape “Loyalty Over Love”

The Heat Magazine: What’s the name of your label and who is your manager?

J Lyric: Upper Echelon is the name of the company. My manager is from New Orleans, his name is Busy. His IG and Twitter is @uptbusy.

The Heat Magazine: We notice that you’ve been in a few NOLA Hip Hop Award cyphers. What’s different about your new release in comparison to your earlier work?

J Lyric: My manager has really been pushing me and motivating me to make the best music I can possibly make every time I step in the booth. I’m working like I have a chip on my shoulder and the music is amazing.

The Heat Magazine: You tend to travel to Atlanta, Vegas, and other major cities. What’s going on with you and your outlook on your project?

J Lyric: Yea, I travel to Atlanta once a month to record and politic with the Djs and other artists. My manager also lives in Atlanta. My new mixtape is called “Loyalty Over Love”. It should be out in Aug/Sept. It’s gonna be the best music out in 2016. I’m not being cocky, but my approach to writing every song on this tape is like none other. I can’t possibly see another artist approach this like their life is on the line. That’s my approach!

The Heat Magazine: You seem to be a conscious brother. Who inspires you artistically?

J Lyric: Life inspires me. Just living and growing as a person. I’m inspired everyday by something new. I’m constantly inspired by my daughter and my inner circle.

The Heat Magazine: Growing up in New Orleans as an artist can be intriguing. Explain your perception of hip hop in the Big Easy.

J Lyric: I think it’s great and in some ways it’s getting better. Hurricane Katrina hurt the music scene in ways. New Orleanians were displaced all over Texas and Georgia, so we took our styles out there and others caught on to it. That’s why I love listening to New Orleans 90’s hip hop. We had a certain feel and sound. I look to bring that back along with my originality.

The Heat Magazine: We notice you’re affiliated with the Nation of Islam. Are you a student of the Muslim faith?

J Lyric: I’m not a Muslim, but I have a ton a respect for them and what they’re about. A lot of so called “black leaders” talk about the community, but you can see the NOI is in the streets trying to make a difference.

The Heat Magazine: Imagine being a New Orleans tour guide, what’s your favorite dish in the NOLA?

J Lyric: It’s not Gumbo lol. I’m really not big on gumbo like 99 percent of New Orleanians are. I like the Sean Payton spud at Salads Galore located in New Orleans East. It’s a baked potato with salmon and shrimp inside of it.

The Heat Magazine: What advice do you offer upcoming artists?

J Lyric: God first, hard work and a good team. No matter how much you hear an artist say they’re self made, there’s no such thing. In order to get on a certain level you need a team.

The Heat Magazine: Tell us about your upcoming album, video, and performance schedule.

J Lyric: Loyalty Over Love coming soon – the best mixtape of 2016. It’s such a shame I’m giving it away for free lol. All my upcoming appearances, shows, etc. are on my site.

The Heat Magazine: New Orleans is experiencing political friction in education with charter schools versus public school funding, gentrification, and restructuring of marijuana laws versus the prison industry and its objective in Louisiana. Tell us your concerns about these issues.

J Lyric: I have a daughter so obviously I’m concerned about the school systems and what’s going on. I’m a black male so I’m concerned about the fact that Louisiana locks up more African Americans than any other state. I don’t think that’s an accident.


The Heat Magazine: What is the primary thing you want your supporters to know about J. Lyric as an artist, as a human being, and as a father?

J Lyric: J Lyric as an artist, I’m just trying to provide an alternative for you if you’re tired of every song and every rapper sounding the same and looking the same. I don’t mean mug all the time. I like to smile, eat, and vibe with good people. I’m that cool dad who picks his daughter up from school with the top off his car just because.

Follow J Lyric on Twitter and Instagram at: @JASONLYRIC. My Facebook fan page is:

Press contact for J’s interview is Arlene Culpepper of MIKODreamz PR. Email is

Heat Exclusive: Fiend facilitates philanthropic event for Flint, Michigan

Monday, March 21st, 2016

This past Saturday while vibing, the homie Fiend reached out and we engaged in a heartfelt conversation. After catching up and discussing the latest acts as it relates to concerts, my new video, and recent collaborations between the two of us, Fiend chimed in and started to speak on an important issue.

Fiend: I wanted to hit you up and personally invite you and Eric out tonight. I’m participating in an event to help out our people in Michigan.

The Heat Magazine: What do you have going on?

Fiend: I have a venue on Port St. It’s a cozy venue. The cover is ten dollars or two cases of water. Dee, we have performers and several other cities are doing this in their city simultaneously to help out Michigan.

The Heat Magazine: Wow, that’s what’s up fam. How did you get involved?

Fiend: Dee, it’s an opportunity for us to give back. It’s our way of showing good people that we care and because we have experienced Hurricane Katrina and the whole U.S. reached out to us, then it’s necessary that we show love also. I just want Michigan to know that we care in New Orleans. I want them to know NOLA artists understand because we’ve been in that type of situation.

The Heat Magazine: Tell us more about the event. This is great Fiend.

Fiend: Vlad TV, Hip Hop Dx, and other top sites will broadcast the event and the whole world will see. And if people can’t make it, they can still donate. If you and Eric don’t make it, I know y’all there in spirit.

The Heat Magazine: We will do everything we can to support you big homie.

Fiend, Mr. Marcelo, Corner Boy P, Tokyo Vanity, and others performed for the cause.

All proceeds are going towards 250 homes in Flint, Michigan water crisis . To make monetary and water filter donations, please direct towards:
Prince of Peace Church
1417 Stevenson St.
Flint, MI. 48504
Attention: HipHop4Flint
Make checks payable to:
Prince of Peace Church/HipHop4Flint


HEAT EXCLUSIVE Interview: Deep Conversation with S-8ighty

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016




Known for his production in New Orleans, the multi-talented S-8ighty is making moves globally. If you’ve listened to the radio or visited a nightclub, then you’ve probably heard the melodic anthem “Halfway” which gradually grew into a smash hit in New Orleans and surrounding areas. As a result, the Zero to 60 Entertainment artist recently landed a deal with Universal/Republic. The single was released nationally on December 18th. The Heat Magazine wanted to share a contextual feature and allow our audience to get an inside look at the man behind the music.

The Heat Magazine: How did you meet the executives from Zero to 60 Entertainment?

S-8ighty: They reached out to me to do some production work for their artist Supa Blanco back in 2010 and it’s been history ever since.


S-8ighty, Fatt Mack, Charles “Lefty” Smith, and Fee Combs

The Heat Magazine: Tell us about the previous releases that led to this great accomplishment for you?

S-8ighty: Well there were plenty releases in the past with production by me or  doing a few hooks for people that got my name bubbling but it took for me to become my own artist for everything to finally start moving in the right direction.

The Heat Magazine: Halfway is considered r&b and it is catchy. Is there any particular reason you gave it a bounce feel?

S-8ighty: I made the record for New Orleans from the jump. I’ve just been blessed for it to continue to go as far as it has.

The Heat Magazine: Tell us about the deal with Universal/Republic. How did they find out about you and your music?

S-8ighty: Basically,  the numbers I was doing online and the response from radio.   When they called down to the city, everyone vouched for me and my label.

The Heat Magazine: What can we expect in 2016 from you and Zero to 60 Entertainment?



S-8ighty: New music, new music, new music! (Laughs)

The Heat Magazine: What artists and producers inspire you?

S-8ighty: Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Kanye West, Timbaland, Pharrell , Mannie Fresh, Hot Boys, Jay Z, Just Blaze, too many to name.   I’m influenced by great work period. (Laughs)

The Heat Magazine: We understand that you are a graduate of Eleanor McMain, the same school Lil Wayne and Cortez Bryant attended. Were you in the band?

S-8ighty: Yes,  I went there and no I wasn’t a member of the band.   I always get asked that question and people are surprised I didn’t play in the band. (Laughs)

The Heat Magazine: Whenever one speaks of New Orleans, food and culture tend to be popular topics. What is your favorite dish from New Orleans and what do you love the most about New Orleans culture?

S-8ighty: I can’t say one favorite thing from New Orleans is my favorite.   I’ve been all over the world and the most culture and best food is right here from my home city !!!!!

The Heat Magazine: With any accomplishment, responsibility comes into play. What advice would you give to upcoming artists?

S-8ighty: The only way to not make it is to quit.

The Heat Magazine: What is the most important thing you want the supporters to know about S-8ighty as an artist and as a person?

S-8ighty: I’m more than any category you put me in and I’ve been working for so long to get here that I will try my best to not drop the ball.   As a person, I’m thankful for all support I receive. It’s a hard world to please and I don’t take anything or anyone for granted.

The Heat Magazine gives kudos to Zero to 60 Entertainment for their efforts as a record label and salutes S-8ighty on his accomplishments. As far as the single “Halfway”, it is a compelling record. In a world where values are diminishing, it’s a breath of fresh air to hear a song that advocates compromise and loyalty in a relationship.

The Heat is extra proud because we were there to see Universal/Republic executives check out a live performance by S-8ighty. Their milestone achievement is a victory for New Orleans and a manifestation that dreams actually come true.

Download here:

Halfway – Single by S-8ighty

For more information, follow S-8ighty at @S_8ighty on Twitter.

Boosie Speaks The Real On “In My Feelings, Goin’ Thru It”

Saturday, January 2nd, 2016




From Southside Baton Rouge, he stepped in on “Youngest Of The Camp,” and segued into Webbie featured  “Ghetto Stories” and “Gangsta Musik”.  Maintaining consistent sales, Boosie Bad Azz is much more to Louisiana rap listeners. He’s a representative for the urban community. A coveted superstar in Louisiana with a cult-like following, Boosie blew up and kept the mixtape game ringing with hot heartfelt mixtapes. Leading him to national prominence, Baton Rouge’s voice experienced the ebb and flow of being a national star.

Overcoming adversity and enjoying the fruits of his labor, Boosie had what some would label the best year of his life followed by discovering he had kidney cancer. Currently rehabilitating from a successful surgery, Torrence “Boosie Bad Azz” Hatch creates a definitive mixtape/album, “In My Feelings (Goin’ Thru It)” that captures his truest current day emotional state.

In brief, the unadulterated lyrical presentation by Boosie continues to serve as the pure reality of life. One of the key attributes Bad Azz possesses is the ability to present the visual and storyline of true experience.

He begins this project with a melancholy “Rain”. “The struggle of  a young hustler, I could teach you man/ Cancer in and out my body, I can breathe again”.  Moving right into “Cancer”, the banging musical oxymoron with a dreamy soulful track, “I can’t believe this ****, Cancer got me scared like I’m bout to leave this ****”. Boosie spits one of his most profound verses, “Father God, I need answers, Tell me God, how I get cancer?” He continues his testimony and asks “How long I live after my kidney gone?”

While it would be effortless to give our readers a song by song review, The Heat is certain readers will take a thorough  listen to this 10-track narrative delivered  by Boosie Bad Azz.

The Heat Magazine encourages our readers to enjoy Boosie’s latest release.

The album can be purchased on iTunes In My Feelings. (Goin’ Thru It) by Boosie Badazz


HEAT EXCLUSIVE: Fiend Unleashes New Mixtape, Don’t Touch My Radio

Friday, January 1st, 2016



Mr. Whomp Whomp aka Fiend aka International Jones releases new mixtape as a world premier on Datpiff. Hosted by Jet Life, Fiend jumps right in with “We Be In The City” kicking this mixtape off with an infectious track.  Then he transitions into the catchy “Pipe It Up”  and spits “me and wealth look good together, candy paint, wood and leather”.

Sticking to his mantra “Million Dollar Mission, Don’t Touch My Radio,” the New Orleans raspy rap icon maintains a cohesive body of work with unique freestyles and illustrious hooks. Beyond the signature plug,  Deelow X adds a dope hook  and verse on the actual cut “Million Dollar Mission”.

Fiend transcends and drops strong social commentary on “Missouri Madness” as he addresses the racial conflicts in Missouri. He gives kudos to Missouri’s college football team and their stance in the midst of racial issues on campus. “I was put here for greatness yet they greet me with hatred,” sends a powerful message concerning present day American issues.

Fiend rides comfortably through this mixtape and writes an imagery based project for his loyal listeners and beyond. The musical production complements his style and voice and Sleepy Eyes gains a stamp of approval on the first day of 2016.

Fiend closes the tape out with head banging “No Games” and taps right into the core of his artistry. The hook will be a constant in the dirty south and Midwest traps as usual.  The Heat Magazine invites our readers to listen to this fresh off the press release packed with smooth melodies and tight lyrical cadence. View his “Missouri Madness” video and gain an internal perspective of where Fiend is headed with “Don’t Touch My Radio”.

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