Posts Tagged ‘independent artists’

[NEW MUSIC] Da Foundation – “AMMO” ft Future | @Da_Foundation

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

Emerging Hip Hop Duo, Da Foundation just landed their first major feature with Multi-Platinum Recording Artist, Future. The new release, “Ammo” is raising many questions about the collaboration.

Da Foundation is a hip-hop/rap duo comprised of brothers – Mustaiin (“Mu Smoova”) and Malcolm (“Mile Casso”) Lawrence that formed in summer 2009. Mu considers himself a thinker, the quiet one with an uncanny militant streak that demands attention. Casso, on the other hand, is dynamic, active, and always ready for a challenge. But make no mistake – Casso is an amiable and approachable guy. The pair’s personalities complement each other brilliantly, creating a powerful energy that propels them toward success.

Smoova and Casso were drawn to the art of hip-hop, an enticing tableau of music, hustle, and freedom from debts and poverty. In a matter of months, and with the collaboration of various booking agencies, Da Foundation went from performing on open mic nights to winning showcases to headlining their shows. “We grind from a state of poverty, so we give you our all. The people should know we took no shorts and never considered ourselves too big for any opportunity,” says the duo. The release of “Alleyway to Broadway” encapsulated the hustle and hype that defines their musical journey They moved up the hip-hop charts with their award-winning single from the project, impacting radio with worldwide airplay and earning a spot on the Top 50 Independent Artists in the U.S.

In 2016, Da Foundation released the EP entitled “MoneyNevaSleeps” following the release with a self-funded promo tour of the same name. Despite their rapid rise in the music industry, the brothers remember that nothing came easy for them.

Dedication, faith, strength, and talent have formed the rungs of the ladder to success. But one thing is clear: Da Foundation doesn’t care about the fame. They want to spread their inspiration. Lastly, Da Foundation seems not to show any signs of slowing down, “This is just one of many to come.”

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The Heat wishes the late great Pimp C ‘Happy Birthday’

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

RIP to the late great Pimp C

RIP to the late great Pimp C

The entertainment community – and the world as a whole – continues to feel the loss of one of the greatest to ever rock the mic, the legendary Pimp C.

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A Port Arthur, Texas native, Pimp C, as one-half of UGK, helped to show the world what “Trill” really is – and he helped show the world that the real deal exists, in that he kept it real in every interview. Pimp C helped to bring to light to the dark underbelly of music and he tried his best to educate independent artists and producers, to the extent they would listen.pimpc3

We still feel your loss, Pimp C, but we continue to honor your memory. Family man, friend, legendary music artist/musician, and extraordinary entertainer who was a definite original – we miss you!


Meet Bedly Alcide of Street Media Hype

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

bedly1All too often in the media, independent music artists are shown little to no love – and sometimes even when a light is shone on them, the promotion they get is just not enough. Meet Bedly Alcide, publisher of Street Media Hype.

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Bedly has taken Street Media Hype from a vision in startup mode to a whole brand. Residing in Miami, Florida, Bedly sees the beauty in many things, as well as in our independent artists. He strives to put the focus on them and them alone, never taking enough credit for himself. He is living the true American dream and once you read his interview, you’ll know why.

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The Heat had a chance to catch up with Bedly to find out why he does what he does – and here’s what we found:

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Tell us about yourself.

BEDLY ALCIDE: I was born in Haiti. I came to the United States when I was thirteen years old. I’m single with no kids and I have love music, mostly by independent artists. I travel, love photography and movies. My mother left me in Haiti when I was only three months old. I met her when she came back to pick me up to come to the United States. I never met my father. My mom passed away last year. She was a good woman and I loved her. She worked her butt off to put food on the table. She didn’t sleep with no man to get it either. She was a true bosslady.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Let our readers know about Street Media Hype – its mission and what all it does to help promote independent artists.

BEDLY ALCIDE: First, let me tell you what the name means. “Street” means independent, indie, upcoming entertainers such as models, rappers, singers, etc. “Media” is the site. “Hype” is how we help promote these entertainers to noticed or get exposure.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Your website is one of the premiere ones in South Florida and beyond. Where do you see Street Media Hype in 5 years?

BEDLY ALCIDE: In five years, Street Media Hype will be the site where you can find the best unknown talents in the world – models, producers, indie artists, rappers, singers, comedians, etc.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Any new projects coming up?

BEDLY ALCIDE: We are working on the Street Media Hype Clothing Line and photography and also have a new Street Media Hype film coming soon.

 

Check out Street Media Hype at www.StreetMediaHype.com. Follow on Twitter – @StreetMediaHype

 

 

 

HEAT MAGAZINE DRAFT PICK SERIES: E.F. CUTTIN, DJ. ERV, KCRR

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

The Heat Magazine wanted to update all stakeholders in the music industry concerning a few hot online venues that can assist the advancement of hip hop.

First Up is Bounce Out Radio, overseen by the Legendary Dj Erv.  Bounce Out Radio came into fruition as a result of Dj Erv’s vision and involvement with his homebase station, Robgradio.  Erv has dedicated himself to playing down south rap and bounce music.  This allows displaced Hurricane Katrina survivors an opportunity to stay connected to their music of choice.

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http://www.bounceoutradio.com/index.html

 

 

Next up is Kenner City Records Radio, founded by Charlie Martin of Martin Media. KCRR offers a platform to showcase independent artists and their talents. Broadcasting Every Saturday and Wednesday Night from 10pm till 11:30pm.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kennercityrecords/2013/04/25/kcrradio-live-from-mymusicstudios-llc

 

 

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Next up is D.J. E.F. Cuttin’, a mainstay deejay/producer in New Orleans.  Cuttin can be found on the tables at Industry Influence hosted by Wild Wayne and Sess 4 5 the first Monday in every month at the Howlin’ Wolf.  He’s also a dj and team member of Jet Life feat. Curren$y, Fiend, Corner Boy P, and more dope artists. In the midst of a busy schedule, the GO DJ finds time to promote hip hop at WTUL (91.5) on Tuesday Nights and holds it down via Jet Lounge Series.

http://djefcuttin.com/

 

 

 

Industry Chokehold: Mighty Joe drops some knowledge on the masses (Part 1)

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

“What’s better than being independent and living and dying by your own map? Nothing, which is why I am so passionate about providing as much information and be as much of a mentor as I can be to the Indie process …” – Joshua J. “Mighty Joe” Slack, Jr. in “Industry Chokehold”

It seems these days that the only true “friends” an independent artist has, are hard work, grind and those who tirelessly promote them. While I tend to agree with that to a certain extent degree, but there are some individuals in the industry who have made it their business to help others, while asking little in return. Meet Joshua J. Slack, Jr., a young man who is known as “Mighty Joe” of Mighty Muzik. If ever there was a man who wears many hats, this is him.

Joshua "Mighty Joe" Slack - An indie artist's best friend

Joshua “Mighty Joe” Slack – An indie artist’s best friend

Mighty Joe, along with several others, have helped to build Mighty Muzik into an empire that dedicates its resources to helping independent artists. One of its mottos is, “Where NOLA talent calls home” – while that’s true, Mighty Muzik has been more of an influence to all indie artists, than what it can ever know. Mighty Joe has been an integral part of the positive influence brought about by Mighty Muzik and those who work within the brand.

The Heat was blessed with an advanced copy of “Industry Chokehold” and all I can say is, it will quickly become the handbook by which independent artists live. We highly recommended the book. It is evident that Mighty Joe shared all of his knowledge. In fact, this master of branding is giving artists all the game needed to succeed in an industry where failure is almost always the norm. 

We sat down with Mighty Joe and talked to him and here’s what he had to say:

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: You have your hands in all sorts of projects that benefit those who are in the entertainment industry. Tell our readers about your endeavors.

MIGHTY JOE: Well first I’d like to thank you guys for featuring me and extending a hand. I am currently CEO, publishing, designing, writing, branding, marketing, managing the site (www.mightymuzik.com) for my brand MightyMuzik™. I have my hands in a few sponsored local events such as The Sound Clash & MashOut with El Williams. January of last year my team & I put together the Code Red Network which is an online multimedia network and we have begun production on our first three show series; NOLA Top10 Video countdown, Disclaimer Comedy, and Branding My Biz with Kevin Griffin. December of 2012 we launched Monstars Radio in a joint effort with jusCookie, which is a 24-hour online radio station with live shows. The first show being The Cookie Jar with host jusCookie which airs Mondays 7-9p. In the branding and artwork field I own and run Code Red Studios LLC where I do a ton of freelance graphic & web design work. February of last year I got into Video production so we have added that to our arsenal of projects. Some of our work can be found if you have seen 2011 or 2012 NOLA Hip Hop Awards Website and Brand identities, 2012 NOLA Summer Jam website & Brand identities, Oceana Grill Commercials, and we are currently part of the promotion behind Chef John Besh’s project Chefs Move! Scholarship to name a few. I keep in contact with a nice amount of New Orleans talent and give advice where I can.

Check out Part 2 of The Heat’s interview with Mighty Joe: http://theheatmag.com/industry-chokehold-mighty-joe-drops-some-knowledge-on-the-masses-part-2/

Industry Chokehold: Mighty Joe drops some knowledge on the masses (Part 1)

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

mm3“What’s better than being independent and living and dying by your own map? Nothing, which is why I am so passionate about providing as much information and be as much of a mentor as I can be to the Indie process …” – Joshua J. “Mighty Joe” Slack, Jr. in “Industry Chokehold”

It seems these days that the only true “friends” an independent artist has, are hard work, grind and those who tirelessly promote them. While I tend to agree with that to a certain extent degree, but there are some individuals in the industry who have made it their business to help others, while asking little in return. Meet Joshua J. Slack, Jr., a young man who is known as “Mighty Joe” of Mighty Muzik. If ever there was a man who wears many hats, this is him.

Mighty Joe, along with several others, have helped to build Mighty Muzik into an empire that dedicates its resources to helping independent artists. One of its mottos is, “Where NOLA talent calls home” – while that’s true, Mighty Muzik has been more of an influence to all indie artists, than what it can ever know. Mighty Joe has been an integral part of the positive influence brought about by Mighty Muzik and those who work within the brand.

The Heat was blessed with an advanced copy of “Industry Chokehold” and all I can say is, it will quickly become the handbook by which independent artists live. We highly recommended the book. It is evident that Mighty Joe shared all of his knowledge. In fact, this master of branding is giving artists all the game needed to succeed in an industry where failure is almost always the norm.

We sat down with Mighty Joe and talked to him and here’s what he had to say:

THE HEAT MAGAZINE:  You have your hands in all sorts of projects that benefit those who are in the entertainment industry. Tell our readers about your endeavors.

MIGHTY JOE: Well first I’d like to thank you guys for featuring me and extending a hand. I am currently CEO, publishing, designing, writing, branding, marketing, managing the site (www.mightymuzik.com) for my brand MightyMuzik™. I have my hands in a few sponsored local events such as The Sound Clash & MashOut with El Williams. January of last year my team & I put together the Code Red Network which is an online multimedia network and we have begun production on our first three show series; NOLA Top10 Video countdown, Disclaimer Comedy, and Branding My Biz with Kevin Griffin. December of 2012 we launched Monstars Radio in a joint effort with jusCookie, which is a 24-hour online radio station with live shows. The first show being The Cookie Jar with host jusCookie which airs Mondays 7-9p. In the branding and artwork field I own and run Code Red Studios LLC where I do a ton of freelance graphic & web design work. February of last year I got into Video production so we have added that to our arsenal of projects. Some of our work can be found if you have seen 2011 or 2012 NOLA Hip Hop Awards Website and Brand identities, 2012 NOLA Summer Jam website & Brand identities, Oceana Grill Commercials, and we are currently part of the promotion behind Chef John Besh’s project Chefs Move! Scholarship to name a few. I keep in contact with a nice amount of New Orleans talent and give advice where I can.

HipHop Supreme – SXSW 2013 Edition (HEAT RECOMMENDED EVENT SERIES)

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

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The Heat Magazine always supports anything Supreme Street has a part in – HipHop Supreme 2013 Edition is certainly no different.

Supreme Street is invading this year’s SXSW, along with sponsors Red Bull & Sooligan. On March 15, 2013 & March 16, 2013 at Valhalla, New Orleans’ most sought after event host, Shiny Green, & Shezi Rosewood are set to host the event.

For the fourth year, Supreme Street brings the hottest hiphop, indie rock and DJs to Austin’s extraordinary festival, SXSW. The event features national recording artists alongside the hottest independent artists from across the globe. Don’t miss this amazing lineup and whatever you do, don’t miss out on downloading the Sooligan iPhone application so you can “Rant” or “Rave” about all of the incredible performances! Powered by the VirDIKo Soundstage, you won’t find any better entertainment than what HipHop Supreme – SXSW 2013 Edition can deliver!

Follow Supreme Street on Twitter – @SupremeStreet

Check out these websites:

RED BULL – http://www.redbull.com/

SOOLIGAN – http://sooligan.com/

Powered by the Virdiko Sound Stage
WHAT:  HIP-HOP SUPREME SXSW EDITION 2013
WHEN:  MARCH 15th & 16th – 2013
WHERE: VALHALLA – 710 Red River St., Austin, Tx

Happy Birthday DJ Troy D from The Heat Magazine

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

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We want to wish DJ Troy D (one of Louisiana’s finest DJs) a very Happy Birthday!

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Troy D has been working his magic on the wheels of steel for well over two decades and he has been a friend to independent artists throughout his career.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TROY D!

(HEAT RECOMMENDED EVENT) The Hut Studios Presents “The Writer’s Block: Video Expo Edition” at The Therapy Wine Lounge

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Aug 10, 2012 – New Orleans’ own The Hut Studios presents yet another edition of the popular “The Writer’s Block”, brainchild of A. Levy and The Hut Studios. “The Writer’s Block: Video Expo Edition” will be held on Sunday, August 12, 2012 at Therapy Wine Lounge located at 3001 Tulane Avenue in New Orleans. The show begins at 8 p.m.

Artists appearing will be Street Fam Rell, Nem Venom, YB’s, The Last 1’s, Smash Bros., and Jay Jones, and more.

Smash Bros. and Jay Jones are off the HITZ International label. Smash Bros. includes Chedda Man and T-Stacks and are two of the most vicious rappers anywhere in the country. Jay Jones is the son of the legendary J-Dawg of Black Menace. J-Dawg also raps under the moniker Jay Da Menace and he is currently the President of HITZ International. Both Smash Bros. and Jay Jones have worked under the guise of Black Menace members Jay Da Menace and Threat, as well as Mista Meana and Kango Slimm from Partners N Crime, legendary groups that grew out of the prolific hotbed of talent, New Orleans’ own 17th Ward.

This is another don’t miss event brought to you by The Hut Studios, The Cookie Jar and the Go DJs Louisiana, all staunch supporters of New Orleans area artists. Come out and support their effort to give independent artists a voice.

Stay Connected with The Hut Studios:

@ALEVYWORLD
@DUBBBEATS
@thehutstudios
@JusCookie
@GODJSLA

Happy Birthday Charlie Martin of MARTIN MEDIA MANAGEMENT from The Heat Magazine!

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

The Heat Magazine wants to wish our good friend Charlie Martin a very, very Happy Birthday!

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We won’t tell you how old he is – that’s a secret. What’s not a secret is that Charlie is one of the busiest businessmen on the New Orleans music scene

Whether he is working with one of his artists signed by his companies, Martin Media Management and Kenner City Records, or he is doing his popular radio show, KCRR (Kenner City Records Radio), you can bet he is helping the independent artist out.

Making sure our independent artists get the exposure they deserve is one of Charlie’s specialties. Make sure to leave Charlie a birthday wish below in the comments section!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CHARLIE!!!