Posts Tagged ‘KLC’

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.

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HEAT MUSIC ANALYSIS FEATURE: Mystikal Pays Homage To The Godfather of Soul with single, Hit Me

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Mystikal Pays Homage To The Godfather of Soul with single, Hit Me

Elements of hip hop represent a synthesis at its best. The way of life we love to bask in is a scaffold starting with archetypical musicians that were born in the 19th and 20th century. Although naysayers sometimes attempt to shun the foundational fathers of African American urban music, it’s merely an impossibility to separate the model embedded within us from the earliest soul and funk records.
James Brown, an American icon and trendsetter truly earned his moniker, “The Godfather Of Soul”.
Years later below the Mason-Dixon Line, New Orleans gave birth to “The Black Prince Of The South”.
So what’s the point?
The energy level first seen in our legendary superstar Brown manifested within “the man right chea”: Mystikal. His unique voice accompanied by New Orleans heavyweight producers Cise (Precise) and KLC fused smoothly with his repetitive ability to leave listeners and audiences in awe with catchy, comical tongue-twisting lyrics.
After years of success starting with Big Boy Records and No Limit Records, Mystikal is back on the scene.
So what’s this article about?
Mystikal’s ability to not only indirectly emulate the “Godfather of Soul” while still maintaining his uniqueness and originality, but his accountability as a creative. If one is really a hip hop connoisseur, then he will always pay homage to the roots of his craft.
Mystikal does a great job in representing and honoring the late James Brown with a KLC produced single, “Hit Me,” earning him a spot on the Rolling Stone Top 100 songs list of 2013.
The Heat Magazine wanted to point out this foreshadowing single as the world gets a closer look at the life of James Brown in the newly released blockbuster film, Get On Up. Be sure to check out the film and educate yourself on Brown who was a gem in American Music.
Check out Mystikal on Hit Me with the link below:
Mystikal-Hit Me

Is this James Brown reincarnated? Well James Brown did say he can “Dig Rappin'”


Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

When it comes to hip hop and r&b, great music producers stand out and can anchor a project in a positive way. The Heat Magazine was able to
catch up with burgeoning producer Heartbeatz. Here’s his story:

The Heat Magazine: How long have you been a professional producer?

Heartbeatz: I’ve been doing it since 2007.

The Heat Magazine: What musicians or producers inspire you?

Heartbeatz: Drumma Boy, Mannie Fresh, KLC, Just Blaze, and Justice League.

The Heat Magazine: Tell us about some of the acts you’ve worked with?

Heartbeatz: I’ve worked with the late, great Pimp C., Rocko, BG, Pastor Troy, Scooter, Kevin Gates, Young Buck, Trae the Truth, Drumma Boy, Boosie, and Plies. The list goes on.

The Heat Magazine: What advice would you give to producers in the 21st century?

Heartbeatz: Keep God first, stay humble, work hard, invest into your own talent, build your network and grind hard, take no days off, and copyright all work done by you.

The Heat Magazine: What makes you unique as a producer?

Heartbeatz: Being able to write, produce, make the the track, understand the sounds, hard work, and dedication.

The Heat Magazine: Being from the south, how does that impact you as an artist/producer?

Heartbeatz: Being from the south makes me have to grind twice as hard. It’s not as big as other markets to get the opportunities you deserve. Down here, only the strong make it. So it’s go hard or get a job lol.

The Heat Magazine: What can we expect from you in the near future?

Heartbeatz: Sky is the limit. I’m currently working on an ATL artist by the name of Jharden. He’s a very talented guy. I’m also working on my r&b artist Tysen Davis and a new beat CD hosted by a surprise Dj. I have hot new music dropping with Scooter, 550, Jody Breeze, Cris Kelly, XVII, Boosie, and unheard Pimp C material to name a few.

The Heat Magazine: What’s your opinion on today’s music industry as it relates to social media?

Heartbeatz: Social media and this industry go hand in hand. It gives you a way to communicate and networks with the who’s who in the game. Through social websites, talent is really being discovered. Beside the cats with the “fake it til you make it” swag because you can be whoever you want to be on social sites lmao, but it’s a must.

The Heat Magazine: How important is education to you?

Heartbeatz: Education is a must. It’s no good to earn money but cant maintain it. Young artists please focus on education because if things dont work out, you’ll have a solid grind to fall back on. I told my artist Tysen this and she took heed (she’s so humble). Education is key.

The Heat Magazine: What advice would you give to an artist in Louisiana about breaking a record?

Heartbeatz: Get with a good producer that has a quality sound, build a working relationship with djs throughout the south and other areas. Understand that if your quality sucks djs will not play it because it sounds horrible. Network and grind, have confidence and leave that cocky shit at home.

The Heat Magazine: Everybody loves the south for the most part, what’s your favorite southern dish?

Heartbeatz: Jambalaya and as you can see, I’m no stranger to eating lol.

The Heat Magazine: What advice would you give to artists and producers in committed relationships?

Heartbeatz: If you are in this music game and desire to be in a relationship, be careful who you make your lover. Because it takes a special kind of lady to stand and stay strong in this game. Trust, communication, and understanding will be needed! A man with dreams needs a woman with vision that keeps God first.

The Heat Magazine: Did you play in the band or study music?

Heartbeatz: As a kid I played in church. Then my cousin Jonathan Bender went pro and started a label. I was blessed to work close with KLC and Mannie Freah learning many valuable lessons that helped me and I still carry them to this day. It’s safe to say I was schooled by the best.

The Heat Magazine: What’s your greatest accomplishment?

Heartbeatz: God using me to save a life (hands down), the greatest!

The Heat Magazine: You live in Atlanta now, where are you originally from?

Heartbeatz: Picayune, Ms., a small town. Weems Street raised…my boy (homie).

The Heat Magazine: Did the move help your career?

Heartbeatz: Yes it did. I was actually outgrowing my city. My momma always said “son you want better, sometimes you have to change your people, places, and things. I did that and now the demand for a heartbeatz track is crazier than ever. Thanks to my management team Wayne Grind, L Kelly, and Charlie Seaberry. Thanks to you for this interview fam.

The Heat Magazine: Describe yourself when you’re not doing music?

Heartbeatz: I like to spend time with my daughter, give my girl her time then chill with the fellows. I’m really a simple kind of guy so when I’m not being a super producer, I’m being a super dad, super friend, super boyfriend so I guess you can say I’m a super guy.

The Heat Magazine: I understand you and a friend, Wayneard Magee saved an elderly lady’s life who was contemplating suicide?

Heartbeatz: Yes me and my road manager @WayneGrind were traveling from Louisiana back to Atlanta. Then we saw a car stopped near the edge of the bridge. I pulled over and Wayne asked did she need help and her response was, “I’m about to jump over.” Wayne was shocked and he looked at me then she tried to make a break. We grabbed her until the police came. We held the traffic up for more than 45 minutes. I’m just happy God used us and we didn’t pass her up like the other cars ahead. Thank God.

The Heat Magazine: Who is your role model?

Heartbeatz: My big homie 240, Weems Street boss.

The Heat Magazine: Any additional comments you would like to tell our readers?

Heartbeatz: To all rappers around the world if you don’t have a heartbeat, then you ain’t breathing, get at my management and let’s work.

For more information on Heartbeatz, follow him @heartbeatzent on Instagram and Twitter, check out his website, and follow @WayneGrind also. For tracks,hooks , or features contact @WayneGrind at 228-861-6668 or Charlie Seaberry 985-774-5460.