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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:

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

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

(NEW HEAT) J Lyric ft. Kyyngg – “Get Together”

Friday, March 9th, 2018

Twitter @JASONLYRIC @KYYNGGSLIME

Instagram @JLyric504_ @KYYNGG

Veteran music artist J Lyric and Hip Hop’s bad boy Kyyngg come together on this track entitled “Get Together”. The song has a definite 504 to the 404 sound and is available everywhere music is sold or streamed. J Lyric is polished to perfection and Kyyngg is as raw as they come, yet the duo makes for a great lyrical combination.

Video will be filmed in the near future in ATL and is sure to be as dope as the track itself.

Soundcloud Link: https://soundcloud.com/jasonlyric/a-get-together-ft-kynngg

JAYARSON – “Bars With JAYARSON”, Part Uno (Promo Visual)

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

New Orleans super rapper JAYARSON has begun dropping his “Bars With JAYARSON”, a series of promo visuals designed to showcase his dopeness and raw talent. Stay tuned – 2018 is going to be a banner year for the force known as JAYARSON.

Follow @_jayarson on Twitter and Instagram.

(NEW HEAT) Perry G x Kat Trakz ft. Mr. Meana & K Soul – “Ball”

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

Looking for some dope, positive music? Look no further than “Ball“, the new hit catchy single from Perry G and Kat Trakz featuring Mr. Meana (of the legendary New Orleans group, Partners-N-Crime) and K Soul. They not only put together a winning track, but the visuals are nice too!

Check them out and Watch-Listen/Comment/Share!

(NEW HEAT) J Lyric ft. Chopper Young City – “Load It Up”

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

New Orleans MVPs J Lyric and Chopper Young City (of “Making the Band” fame) team up on this banger entitled “Load It Up”, available on J Lyric’s new “Loyalty Over Love” album. The visuals are dope and so is the music.

Watch/Comment/Share the “Load It Up” video! Follow J Lyric and Chopper Young City on social media:

Twitter @JASONLYRIC @imChopperCity

Instagram @jlyric504_ @imChopperCity

(HEAT ALBUMS) Quest the 7th – “Algiers Chronicles”

Friday, February 9th, 2018

We hear true music fans complaining almost constantly about the lack of quality music. It’s obvious they haven’t yet heard “Algiers Chronicles”, the album from dope artist/producer/arranger/songwriter/entreprenuer Quest the 7th.

Hailing from New Orleans’ “Westbank” (Algiers to be exact), Quest breathes new life into what some consider a dull and drone decade of music/entertainment. And when we say “breathes new life into”, what we really mean is “jump starts” and “successfully performs CPR” on it!

Quest the 7th is a super talented entertainer, on an upper echelon type plateau. Few musicians rival his talent and calculated movements.

Stay tuned for an upcoming interview with Quest the 7th. You’ll learn a lot more about the man behind the myth, and you’ll gain some insight as to what’s coming down the pike for Quest and his career.

Here’s the link (and it’s a MUST to check out):

https://open.spotify.com/album/3XNCmL0QxDjtWlB78nsFH2

Source: This Is 50

Phreedom Records is headed to the top by way of its CEO Co’Baby

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Resiliency is often the cornerstone of the essence of many men who are born in New Orleans, Louisiana or raised in Detroit, Michigan. It can be a struggle, but also a beautiful thing when one rises above the hardships that can be encountered in both cities. Both cities have economic systems that are often set up for the underdog to fail. Often times it takes a lot more work to taste success.

Meet Corey “Co’Baby” Coleman (or “Co” as he is also affectionately known), CEO and founder of Phreedom Records. Co has quite an interesting history in New Orleans’ entertainment arena – but for as interesting as it is, there are few who have the same pedigree and even fewer who have put in the work and time. And Co is resilient, to say the least. He is the epitome of perseverance and because of that, he will go down in Louisiana music history as one of the architects of its success.

Co’Baby with the phenomenal comedian Sheryl Underwood

This humble soul works tirelessly to make sure his young artists get on. When you meet Co, you’ll notice the humility right away, in that he often fades into the background, until such time he needs to make his presence known – and that he does quite well. It has been said that a team is only as strong as its leader and that for such a leader to be effective, that he must be willing to handle the duties of those he leads, as well as his own. Co definitely does that – from being a master networker, to providing the financial backing to so many, to making his family’s dream of owning and running a premiere label come true, Co is the catalyst to so many fires. His hard work and never give up attitude keep him at the right place at just the right time. The most beautiful thing though, is that Phreedom Records is a family owned business. Co, along with his wife Amy, are working diligently to ensure that Phreedom not only becomes a household name, but an entertainment dynasty.

Co’Baby & Phreedom artist Lucki Lew

Co got his start in the music business when the entity now known as Cash Money was in upstart mode. To say he learned the business from the inside out at a time urban music was really taking a foothold in the South, is a staunch understatement. One of his main goals is for his label’s artists to drop timely, quality music. Co has been responsible for several hits lately, including Lucki Lew’s “My Lil Yeah”, a single featuring standout Tweeday, and “Hotspot”, a fiery (pun intended) club joint featuring Level.

Co’Baby with New Orleans superstar Young Greatness

We recently caught up with Co to talk about his history, dreams and aspirations. We had quite the interesting conversation with him – here’s how it went:

TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF.

CO: I’m a God fearing man who loves life, phamily, and I work for what I want out of life.

SINCE YOU’RE FROM THE CUISINE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD, WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE MEAL?

CO: Well cooked T-Bone steak, no redness showing, and a loaded baked potato

WHERE WERE YOU BORN?

CO: Born in New Orleans in 1969. Raised in Detroit.

WHAT DRIVES YOU?

CO: My phamily and my will to help others win is what drives me.

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY? WHAT ARTISTS HAVE YOU WORKED WITH AND WHAT PRODUCERS DO YOU WORK WITH?

CO: I started when I was in high school at Henry Ford High School in Detroit, Michigan. I was a back-up singer in a group called the Gigolos. Then I moved back to New Orleans and met Ronald and Brian Williams. We were street guys. After a couple of years we decided to start Ca$h Money. I stayed working for the company for a few years doing the office work, went on the road with them and did Road Manager duties for the artists Lil Slim, PMW, Mr. Ivan, Ms. Tee, Pimp Daddy, and UNLV. Part of being the Road Manager meant driving all of the artists to and from shows. Now I currently work with fire producers Jay Da Menace of HITZ, KC Da Producer, and Nave Monjo for my own label, Phreedom Records. My artists have collaborated with Jay Jones of Young Money, Jay Da Menace, Kango Slim of PNC, Tweeday, Level, Trae of Hyperphyll, and have opened shows for well-known artists like Jacquees, Kevin Gates, Colonel Loud, Z-RO, and Scarface, just to name a few.

YOU HAVE QUITE A RESUME. TAKE US THROUGH A DAY IN THE LIFE AT PHREEDOM RECORDS.

CO: A day at Phreedom…well it’s always what’s next. Who can I work with to get my team noticed, schedule studio sessions, plan promotional trips, travel arrangements, hotel accommodations – constantly on social media creating a public presence, researching and determining the scams from the legit contacts and projects – just constantly pushing.

WHERE CAN WE EXPECT TO SEE PHREEDOM RECORDS IN THE NEXT 2, 5 AND EVEN 10 YEARS?

CO: In the next 2 to 10 years I pray to God Phreedom Records will be a household name that phamilies can relate to, young and old. I want Phreedom to do everything – Gospel, Country, R&B, Hip Hop, Techno, EDM, and Funk. We’ll continue to do charity work and be visible in the community, providing sponsorships and opening outreach centers that helps kids get focused on positive moves in life. And also, continuing to love God and follow his path while growing revenue for all. Our motto is One God, One Love.

EDITOR’S NOTE: It is a great thing to see someone as genuine and positive as the Colemans grow their label (Phreedom Records) and continue to help others. We have known them for a while now and they are always supportive, positive and trying to help the community in any way possible. We are excited at their upcoming projects and we are always happy to see their artists prosper as well.

Follow Phreedom Records:

Website www.phreedomrecords.com

Instagram @phreedomrecords

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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