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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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Follow Devious @itsdevious on Instagram

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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

 

 

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”

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 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:

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

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

Heat Exclusive:Paco Troxclair-Why He Has New Orleans Goin’ Duffy

Saturday, January 20th, 2018

Keeping an ear to the street is paramount in the music industry. Paying homage to those who paved the way as well as exhibiting humility are a part of any great artist’s apprenticeship or “paying dues” process. While New Orleans Uptown neighborhoods may have established a reputation for being crime-ridden, there lives an immeasurable gift that manifests itself daily. This gift is known as music and in New Orleans, music continues to be a focal point in the Calliope Projects aka CP3. The Heat Magazine brings you an interesting interview on a young man by the name of Paco Troxclair. Paco is a rap artist and currently he has the city of New Orleans going “Duffy.”

The Heat Magazine: How did you come up with the moniker “Paco Troxclair”?

Paco: Paco was the name given to me in the Calliope (projects). It’s a mystery to me how it exactly became my name but many people attempt to solve the mystery. Troxclair is the last name of my family in the Calliope which is my momma’s side that I’m closest with.

The Heat Magazine: Fullpack has been a mainstay in urban music. How did you connect with such an established company?

Paco: Fess of Full Pack is an extended member of my family. I would always hear about the great things he did and he invited me over after hearing a project of mine. I immediately began working with Don and Fess and we shared a love for music.

The Heat Magazine: Your new single ‘Duffy’ is garnering great feedback. How did you come up with this hit?

Paco: I literally went to the studio excited and Fess was there first and I told Fess I wanted something that drop in hard as fuck. He begin building the beat and I was in love with it. It was something that I did without thinking. It came very natural to me. Fess didn’t like it at first; he thought the beat was too easy and he wanted to add things. I think when something happens that easy you just think this can’t be.

The Heat Magazine: What artists influence you?

Paco: I’m a product of my hometown. Therefore, all of the hometown heroes but If you know me you know I love B.G.

The Heat Magazine: Who do you plan on working with in the near future?

Paco: I have some things in the works with Currensy. I believe we can do something dope because the energy he brings, works well with what I’m about.

The Heat Magazine: What can your supporters and our readers expect from Paco Troxclair in 2018?

Paco: Expect me to go Duffy. Me and KL have made a gang of records. Also me and Flight School have connected and they are leading the New Orleans new school. Expect the “new New Orleans” sound.

The Heat Magazine: You were able to blend a nostalgic vibe from New Orleans classic days with the wave that exists currently in the 21st century. How important was this concept to you?

Paco: This happened organically so I can’t say for sure it was consciously important. I never thought about it but working with Full Pack made me want to create the new wave of New Orleans. I don’t think people have any idea what New Orleans music sounds like in the new times.

The Heat Magazine: When you’re not doing music or performing, what do you like to do in your leisure time?

Paco: I’m always finding new ways to maximize my potential. One thing I do a lot of is work out. I saw Mystikal one day on ‘Second and D’ and he was in such great shape he inspired me.

The Heat Magazine: What advice would you give to the youth concerning the music industry?

Paco: What I’ve learned is individual people are powerful. You can do more than you believe. You don’t need a label or manager. Focus on your following and those who appreciate what you do.

The Heat Magazine: Interesting! What do you love most about New Orleans?

Paco: The second lines, seafood, I really miss the block parties. I love the drinking in the streets and the girls at super Sunday. I love the culture.

The Heat Magazine: What area in New Orleans do you represent?

Paco: I represent the Calliope project. I actually lived in Gentilly as well but my roots are in the Calliope, my family, my influences, and the place I was raised.

The Heat Magazine: Your stage performance is outgoing and your video is fun. How important is it for you to have fun doing music?

Paco: I enjoy having a good time in life so my art reflects that. Ultimately, music is to lift the vibe so it’s a must I keep the frequencies high.

The Heat Magazine: Tell the world your favorite New Orleans dish and where they should visit if they come down for Mardi Gras?

Paco: Crawfish and shrimp; I love it. I probably eat it too much but I’m not sure if I’ll give that up. I could do it everyday. The place they should visit is Cajuns Seafood. You have to go there. I’m an addict.

Follow Paco Troxclair @pacotroxclair on Instagram.

Stream Paco Troxclair’s single here:

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Heat Exclusive: Assata Renay Shares Love and Wisdom in “Handbook”

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

In life, there comes a time when the young mind shares wisdom with the old. Love is an enigma and the world continues to find the answer. Who knows the recipe for love? In the meantime, we continue to explore ways to express it. Music serves as a representative for those who experience it but still there’s no “Handbook” for it.

This resonating message comes from a promising songstress professionally known as Assata Renay. Her new composition “Handbook” is now available on all digital outlets.

When The Heat Magazine first heard this song, we found it necessary to give our readers an inside look on Assata.

Assata is a native of New Orleans. Music danced through her roots starting with her late grandfather who was a blues guitarist. The musical lineage continued with her mother and father both landing careers in the music industry.

Assata’s sound can be described as alternative Rhythm and Blues fusing together both harmonies and emotions to create the unique sound that she takes pride in calling her own.

“Whether it’s experiencing a live show or listening to a record, you will be taken on a journey of everyday life situations through the eyes of a Nola girl,” said Assata.

The Heat Magazine proudly presents this exceptional artist’s music to our readers. Be sure to add this great song to your Valentines Day playlist.

Find out more about Assata Renay by following her @assatarenay on Instagram.

Check out her heartfelt composition “Handbook” here:

 

Heat Exclusive:’Ya Heard Me’ Released On Tidal

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

New Orleans artists have now been given a golden opportunity to showcase their skills to the world. Music Exec Law has curated the NOLA Playlist known as “Ya Heard Me” which was released on January 15th  on TIDAL. Described as “The Newest of New Orleans Hip-Hop”, the playlist consolidates New Orleans hip hop at its finest. This along with many other opportunities created by NOLA influencers is a part of a new initiative to help bring attention to the flourishing hip-hop scene in New Orleans and its uniqueness. Ya Heard me features Dee-1, Mannie Fresh, Don Flamingo, Jay Jones, Paco Troxclair, Lady Dahlia, Alfred Banks, Pell, Devious, J Lyric, Bty Youngin, Austin Levy, Lil Soulja Slim, Young Greatness, Kevin Gates, Og Booby Black and more.

Check out Ya Heard Me here:

https://tidal.com/playlist/3ec144f9-040f-4c6d-ac44-2edb2cbf7ac2

 

Heat Exclusive Feature Series: ‘Behind The 1s and 2s’ with DJ Ro

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

 

Just like the elements earth, wind, and fire, it’s so easy to allow important cogs to be placed in the rear of our thoughts. Hip hop has evolved in a complex way but certain pieces stand the test of time such as deejaying, rhyming, entertaining, mixing, mastering, promoting, dancing, fashion, and producing.

The smooth blends accompanied by cutting and scratching intrigued hip hop aficionados and influenced fans to embrace a new culture. New Orleans gravitated to hip hop from the inception. As a result, the Big Easy cemented its place in hip hop history books as a hotbed filled with creatives. But where would hip hop be without the deejay or the rapper?

The Heat Magazine decided to feature a series “Behind the 1s and 2s” which takes our readers inside the lives of talented individuals who helped shape this thing we love known as hip hop.

We had the pleasure of sitting down with DJ Ro, WQUE mixologist, who serves as one of the pioneering mix show disc jockeys in New Orleans on urban radio. His contribution to New Orleans hip hop is esteemed and plays an integral role in the advancement of independent artists in the Big Easy and surrounding areas.

The Heat Magazine: Tell us about your first time spinning on a local station and what station it was.

Dj Ro: My first live radio audition spinning records was in September 1990 on WQUE FM 93 ( Q93). It was an awesome experience having hundreds of thousands of listeners hear your mixing music ability coming from the hood to the masses of your city and surrounding areas.

The Heat Magazine: When it comes to mixing, how important was that in your style?

Dj Ro: If you’re not mixing music, you’re doing an injustice to the art of DJing! Mixing, Blending, and Scratching are all important parts of being a seasoned DJ.

The Heat Magazine: What do you look for in a record?

Dj Ro: I look for a song beat as well as the quality to immediately catch my attention in the 1st four seconds. Then it’s the lyrical content, especially the hook and chorus, to be entertaining along with the style (swag) of the artist.

The Heat Magazine: How hard is it for a great deejay to break a record?

Dj Ro: That’s what makes a great DJ, A risk taker! The DJ’s job is to be a music messenger. If you don’t change the message, the game will stay the same without growth and be at a repetitious stand still. The people trust a great DJ’s judgment based on his/her experience. That’s what makes it easy to break records; even the not so good ones (laughing).

The Heat Magazine: What do you remember most about New Orleans that you wish was still going on?

DJ Ro: I remember the industry being fun and less hate to make it amongst Djs as well as artist! The crab mentality was always a factor but not to the level it is now; street level and even more so corporate level. I miss the Dj groups (RDS EXPRESS and HIGH FIDELITY) that I was once in. We had a true brotherhood.

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

DJ Ro: My advice to upcoming DJs is to get with a pioneer DJ and get some knowledge on the art and history of deejaying, mastering your craft, humbleness, learning to spare your liver and relationship with all the temptation of the game, and most importantly put God first in all you do and know that what’s for you is for you.

The Heat Magazine: Deep! How important is it for a deejay to do parties, weddings, and clubs?

DJ Ro: It’s important to find a lane to go after: parties, weddings, clubs, mixtapes, radio DJ, etc; you have to have income coming in unless it’s just a hobby.

The Heat Magazine: What do you dislike about being a deejay?

DJ Ro: I dislike that the DJ is undervalued now, looked at as a non-priority add-on instead of the life of the party and the energy of an event.

The Heat Magazine: What advice would you give upcoming artists about making a song that deejays gravitate to?

DJ Ro: Make music all people can relate to or the demographic your trying to capture. Come out the gate with a high quality bangin’ beat. Put your heart and all into your music!

The Heat Magazine: What can we expect from you in 2018?

DJ Ro: New purposeful platforms that I can showcase my talent and be amongst like minded artist and entrepreneurs.

Follow DJ Ro @djro504 on Instagram.

Check out DJ Ro’s compilation of Nola hip hop here: