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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:

 

Heat Exclusive: Brass-A-Holics On The Move

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

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Since 2010, the Brass-a-Holics have been taking their unique sound around the world. Steeped in the deep musical culture of New Orleans, the band brings a heavy dose of go-go funk to the New Orleans brass sound. In a blending of musical cultures stemming from cities separated by more than a thousand miles, a Brass-a-Holics live show takes the New Orleans brass band culture and infuses it with the electricity of Washington D.C.’s go-go. The resulting sound is both captivating and unique. The band consists of core New Orleans brass elements- trumpet, trombone, saxophone- and adds a full drum set, percussion, keyboard, bass an electric guitar, giving the band limitless options to explore new sonic territory.

Whether performing their original music or using the framework of hit pop songs as springboards for fiery improvisations, there is something in the set to appeal to every music fan. Once the music starts, the demographics blend and a brand new experience is created- one that leaves one-of-a-kind memories that live on long after the last note.

The Heat Magazine has been on the horn with Winston Turner and keeping up with the latest developments within this high-end brass band phenomenon. We wanted our readers to be aware of the tour dates and more. Ranging from gigs at The Blue Nile in New Orleans to the Jazz Fest, the Brass-A-Holics permeate the United States and overseas with their sound.

Their upcoming gigs include the Charleston Pourhouse in South Carolina followed by an appearance at the Whitewater River Jam in North Carolina. (May 11th and May 12th) From there, the Brass-A-Holics head to Washington, D.C. on June 4th at The Hamilton.

The show continues in New Jersey at Michael Arnone’s Crawfish Festival.

Find out more about this intriguing group below:

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Let The Foolery Begin: Brass-A-Holics drop new single “April Foolery”

Sunday, April 10th, 2016

Check out the new video by New Orleans go-go/funk  brass band, Brass-A-Holics.

In case you missed their performance this evening at the French Quarter Festival, The Heat Magazine wanted you to get an inside look into the eclectic band and their gig life.

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

Sunday, March 27th, 2016

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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:

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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.

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For more information send email to

Mckinley Phipps, 00445656, Louisiana Department Of Corrections at Jpay.com

 

 

“BOOGALOU LOUNGE & RESTAURANT” IN ATLANTA, GA

Friday, July 24th, 2015

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My experience at “BOOGALOU” Lounge and restaurant in Atlanta was phenomenal. Not only was I welcomed and treated with the up most respect, but I was also treated like family. The atmosphere there is so laid back and relaxed. The music and food was off the chain. If you had a bad day at home, work, school, etc that’s the place to be. You can let your hair down, up, sideways it doesn’t matter. They still will treat you the same. The only place where you can actually  swing at the bar & drink at the same time. Each employee have their own personalities and allowed to be themselves. No uptight, I hate my job type of people, just whole hearted good down to earth people. The food is amazing and the price is not hard on the pockets for this to be a very classy upscale place. You would think you’d pay a lot and still be hungry when you leave, but the menu have a great variety of things from $5 to $25. They also have any flavor hookah that you want, for those that really likes to relax. For this place to have just opened on Christmas day 2013, it is now one of the hottest spots in Atlanta. No advertising just word of mouth & social media. Now that’s says volume all by itself. If your ever in the “A”, you should go by and check them out for yourself 239 Ponce De Leon Atlanta, GA or look them up online www.boogalouatl.com You won’t regret it please believe me! My thoughts of the day

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“1 LIFE”

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

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Today I met 3 amazing young men(Jamal Williams, Terrence Shivers, & Quinten Williams), that’s out here trying to better themselves, not be in the street or behind bars. They drove from Atlanta just to met me and when i say i felt so honored and blessed just to be in their presence, I know more than they were to be in mines. One of the young men just gave his life to christ sunday and when he told me, chills just went all through me because you don’t often here of 20 and 21 yr old young men doing that these days. What really stood out to me the most was they quit their jobs and move from Cleveland, Ohio to Atlanta, Ga on HOPE, A DREAM & FAITH!! I was so in shocked but it touched my heart to see them be so excited and in tune with who they were and what they want. I can’t express enough of how they love music and most of their own. When you REALLY love what you do, you will sacrifice, do without, and move in a way that no one would ever understand but it’s really not meant to be understood by everyone. These young men out here putting in work, getting scammed by people, etc but they refuse to give up. I asked “Why go so hard for this music that you putting out?” They told me “Well if you don’t believe in yourself or what you do, who will!” I couldn’t have said it better myself. “1 life” has so many meanings that I could go on and on about, but the name actually speaks volumes for itself. You only get “1” so you better make the best of the one you have, cuz when this one is over you can’t get a repeat!! Check out these young men song, watch they videos on YouTube and give them some love, I promise you won’t regret it.  My Thoughts Of The Day

Getting To Know Mushiya Tshikuka From “Cutting It in The ATL”

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

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On Wednesday June 3rd 2015, I was sitting talking to a really good friend of mines and in our conversation I told her that I would love to meet “MRS. MUSHIYA” from the show “Cutting It In The ATL.” She told me to go on Instagram and send her a message, I said why not It’s worth a try. Within the hour after I sent the message, I got a call saying that I could go with “The Heat Magazine” and do a write-up on Mrs. Mushiya the very next day. Oh you see how fast GOD works, that’s what i told my friend.  So I spoke it into the universe and it came to pass. I met Mrs. Mushiya that Thursday night and when i tell you that she is a FORCE TO BE RECKON WITH, honey that’s and understatement!! She’s so humbled and beautiful all in the same breath tho. When she found out about my battle with cancer, she was so amazed. She told me that I was beautiful, gave me a HUGE hug and kissed me on my cheek. I was so humbled, grateful and most of all shocked because she showed me that much love and didn’t know me from a can of paint. She told one of her colleagues about me, which her dad does nothing but research on cancer and took my info so that she could give to her dad for him to call me. I was so amazed myself, but I had to reflect back to why I was really there. That’s where GOD needed me to be at that very moment to do and get what he needed me too. When I say that I had a blast with Mrs. Mushiya and her crew from “THE DAMN SALON”  6780 Roswell Rd Ne. Atlanta, Ga, please believe me, I even won me a great gift! The Damn Salon specializes in ALL natural hair. She said “Who the hell says that natural hair has to be boring!!?” She believes that “BEAUTY” comes in many colors and shades no matter if they have kinky or straight hair. She also loves herself and want to teach more people to do the same. “Who cares what people think of you?” is what she always says. Can you imagine her face when she says that!? Yeah, I know right lol. You can find THE DAMN SALON in a more than just a few places like Atlanta, GA, Washington, DC, Charlotte, NC, New York, Houston, TX, and Montreal. You can also order the hair extensions from her brand called RUNWAY CURLS on her website www.thedamnsalon.com and any other info that you may want to know about this Phenomenal Woman. I’m so glad and honored that I had the pleasure meeting her!! My thoughts of the day! 

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“PRINCESS BEAUTY BAR & BOUTIQUE”

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

 

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If anyone could tell you one thing about “Ms. TK” is that I LOVE fashion & style. So I stopped in on not only a GREAT friend of mines but where I shop at as well “Princess Beauty Bar & Boutique”, with the one and only Ms. Crystal Flecther. While I was there I felt what better time for me to pick her brain and ask her a few questions about her business. As we always do when I make my visit we have to drink water & chat to see what’s been going on in each other’s lives since our last visit. Today I surprised her when I asked If I could interview her, man if y’all could see the look on her face, I had to laugh myself. She was willing after I finished laughing. I really wanted to know, what made her open a boutique in the first place. “It’s a passion TK, I always loved to shop so I decided to turn my shopping into a business that also helps the women of the community” is what she says to me, so I say “Oh” because she was telling me something that I didn’t know about her. She goes on to say that she love to help every customer look and feel fabulous as well as to help build up their self-esteem but on a low-cost budget. She opened the doors in 2013, with no overhead all by herself. “It makes me feel like a robot sometimes, but I thank GOD that I’m blessed to be able to do it!” she said. In the next 5 yrs, her vision is to be a fashion expert on a tv show, styling celebrities, having her own Brand & some employees so she’ll have time to do what she needs too. Every year for Mother’s Day she does makeovers for mothers which consists of styling them and getting their hair done, with her being a single mother herself is what inspired her to “GIVE BACK” to the community in that form. She also has brought celebrities such as Shekinah(from the T.I. & Tiny show) , and Perez(He’s a celebrity stylist from ATL) to the city and have what we call a “Sip & Shop” event, that’s where women can come mingle, sip & shop all in one place. It’s not easy having a business especially in a city like Columbus, Ga where there is so much of the same things going on all over the city. When your heart is in the right place it does not matter how many of the same things going on opens, as long as GOD is in it, you’ll always win it!!! That’s what she told me in closing, Now those are some GREAT words to live by. If you’re in the city, stop by and give her a visit at 2400 Hamilton Rd, Columbus Ga or you can check her out on her website www.princessboutiqueorg.bigcartel.com She she “ALL” styles of fashion from business, church, allnight-fun, & causul attire, I promise you’ll be hooked because I’M GUILTY MYSELF!! My thoughts of the day!!

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Heat Exclusive: Meet Super Producer BlaqnMild

Saturday, May 9th, 2015
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Relentless pursuit of man’s greatest dream describes the demeanor of New Orleans eclectic producer, BlaqnMild.

If you’ve been following rap music in New Orleans and around the globe, you’ve heard the famous tag, “BlaqnMild you a genius” in the background of several blossoming artists such as 89 Boys, Partners N Crime, Lady Dahlia, Calliope Var, Devious, Skip & Six Ward Pook, Detroit, and many more.

Anchoring hip hop in its incumbent form as well as creating the “beat” for bounce legends Big Freedia and the late Magnolia Shorty, Adam “BlaqnMild” Pigott stays on his grind.

As a result, he’s been busy making major moves with music mogul Master P.  Blaq has produced a plethora of hits with the “colonel” including a surprising collaboration “Power” featuring Lil Wayne, Master P, and Money Mafia of No Limit Forever.

In the midst of all these accolades, BlaqnMild has created solo projects along the way. One of his earlier singles, “Birthday” featured Princess of Crime Mob.  From there, he went on to produce hits such as “Favorite Girl”, “Let Me Find Out”, “You Sleep Out Here feat Kevin Gates”, “Booty Bop”, “UptownDowntown” and more.

As the professional culture of hip hop calls BlaqnMild in to work earnestly, he returns with his new single, “Feel Special”. Check it out on soundcloud.

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Bring An Innocent Man Home: Free Mac (No Limit Rap Icon)

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

The Heat Magazine wanted to update you on the latest information concerning American rap icon Mac.
McKinley Phipps (Mac) reached high levels of success while signed to Master P’s No Limit Records.
Things went awry leading to his unlawful incarceration and conviction in 2001. Since then, Mac’s family and support system have fought endlessly to exonerate him. Although it may seem mundane because the words “Free This One” or “Free That One” or often utilized out of context, Mac is an innocent man.
Mac wants the family of the victim to know that he did not commit the crime. The Heat Magazine recently discovered new ways that supporters can assist in the liberation of Mac. “Bring Mac Home”, is a website where one can make a donation. Each donation is a contribution towards Mac’s legal fund. For more information, visit http://www.youcaring.com/other/bring-mac-home-/152427
Additionally, Mac “The Lost Tapes” is available online. Therefore, each purchase helps Mac. Download here:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-lost-tapes/id835018108
In an effort to “bring an innocent man home”, The Heat Magazine wanted to make our readers aware. Free Mac!