Posts Tagged ‘NWA’

Happy Birthday to the legendary MC Ren

Sunday, June 14th, 2015


On this day in 1969, the legendary MC Ren was born. Most well known for his role in NWA, MC Ren has contributed much to hip hop throughout decades. The Heat Magazine recognizes and appreciates the scope of the role he has played throughout Hip Hop history. Happy Birthday, MC Ren!


Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Part II of Nik-O-Licious Exclusive interview with the Legendary “Raheem The Dream
Make sure you check out “First Time I Met Her” and “ATL Rap Story” following the interview. Just follow the links and get ready to jam!

HEAT: On your new projects, can we look for any features?
DREAM: No stars on this album. I’m doing this one like Maxwell and Prince. Just get in the studio and do your craft. So when you buy my album you aren’t buying me and bunch of other artist.
HEAT: What do you think about the way hip hop/rap music has changed over the course of your career?
DREAM: I’ve watched it change. Something that tripped me out was when you look at the music, say like the 80’s, it was all clean but the songs were hits. They didn’t have dirty verses to them. When you look at LL Cool J, Run DMC, Fat Boys, Doug E Fresh, Whodini, Raheem The Dream, you get those albums and see if you see a parental advisory on them. We made them bad boys and they were jamming hard, those songs, we made’em straight up clean. Then with NWA, Luke and 2Live Crew came the explicit lyrics, and of course I got me some stickers on some of my records. Then once it got into the 2000’s it was about the dancers dancing against each other. Then we moved into where it’s all about, who got the baddest clothes and houses and rides and who slang the most dope. It got real vulgar and gangsta. So I’ve watched it change from all these different stages. Now it’s about bragging on everything, especially money and jewelry. But each class of the game had their own youth following. It’s almost like information, you kind of know what’s going on in the streets and in the clubs, in the neighborhoods, and what this generation is thinking.
HEAT: So what do you see that they’re thinking.
DREAM: The money, the jewelry, the cars, the houses, the planes, all material things. But when they blow it up like that, they’re telling people, indirectly, you got to be fly. To be fly you have to have all these things. But people don’t have money to live like that. It’s selling a false fantasy. We need doctors, lawyers, teachers, and other professionals. Everybody can’t be a rapper but everybody is trying to.
HEAT: Would you say that Hip Hop is dead now?
DREAM: In a sense it has from where it used to be. Like you can get a mix tape on the street corner and it’s almost like you’re in a club. You don’t really want to pay for it cause you really don’t see the value in it. Not like when we were doing entire albums where you could ride and be like, “they really talking about something”. Something you can ride to on a long trip. How many songs you want to listen to that talk about how much money I got? But that’s what they’re talking about.
HEAT: When I think of the artist like yourself and the others you mention earlier doing clean hip hop, the presents of love in their lyrics from overcoming circumstances and obstacles in their lives was present. Respect for the fans and taking some responsibility in what they were putting out. Do you think that kind of love for the art is missing in the rap music today?
DREAM: Absolutely…my thing is if I’m going to write an album with ten songs; one is going to be about how I came up, one relationships, one love, one sex, one making money, and so on. I’m going to spread my subjects out.
HEAT: That’s a real hip hop artist that’s true to the game. An artist taking responsibility for what’s being put out. We can’t wait for the new CD over here at The Heat. We’re always thinking about you and always here for you to help reach your fans and an audience that’s dying for some real, genuine, hip hop music.
DREAM: Well it’s on the way, “Back To The Future”…my mom even tripped out on the album. I got some really solid, solid hits for everyone to jam to. And I’m going to let you in on a secret about this album…there is not one curse word on it. But I took my time and made this album off the chain. You will not see a parental advisory sticker on it.
HEAT: Sounds fantabulous…finally something I’m sure I’ll be able to relate to. Thanks again so much for stopping by to vibe with us and don’t be a stranger.
DREAM: I just want to thank everyone; family, fans, friends, and colleagues that came and visited me or sent cards, flowers, or whatever as condolences when I was fighting for life. Love to you ALL. Without the fans and their support where would Raheem The Dream be? Thanks Nik for your continued support also. The Heat…number one baby…
HEAT: “That’s Right”…

So Raheem The Dream fans, you heard it right, he’s back and in full attack. Make sure you stay posted for that release date, “Back To The Future”.

Much Love! One Love!
Feel “The Heat”

Two tracks from “Back To The Future”

02 2. First Time I Met Her
10 10. ATL Rap Story

(HEAT EXCLUSIVE) BLACK BOY: Heart & mind of a true hustler

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

The heart and mind of a successful businessman and true music artist pump the same thing – HUSTLE.

HUSTLE is a trait that Black Boy carries with him in everything he does. Whether it is with KUNTRII KINGZ CLOTHING CO., a company he co-owns, or whether it is in his music, Black Boy hustles and grinds all day and night long.

He’s a natural born hustler, knowing how to work his magic to get things done and he’s not afraid to promote his art, as well as that of those in his circle.

Making his way all over the South, Black Boy is proving that promotion and networking are the real keys to success.

The Heat is intrigued and we had to find out what makes this artist turned businessman tick. Here’s what he had to say:

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Tell us about yourself.

BLACK BOY: I was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana. I was raised by my mother. My stepdad was on drugs really bad. I used to see him shoot up. I didn’t have much of a childhood, but it prepared me for the streets. I don’t fear nothing but God.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: We hear that you’ve traveled all over. Tell us about that.

BLACK BOY: I’ve lived in Lafayette, Louisiana, Orange, Texas, New Orleans, Louisiana, Shreveport, Louisiana, Houston, Texas, Mobile, Alabama, and now, Atlanta, Georgia.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: What are your musical influences?

BLACK BOY: I have a southern style of Hip Hop/Rap. I grew up listening to the Geto Boys, Too Short, Big Daddy Kane, NWA, Master P, 2Pac, Wu Tang, Juvenile, Luke & the 2 Live Crew, Bone Thugs & Harmony, and Soulja Slim. I learned the streets from my big brother and cousins, but I always knew I’d be someone important.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: What performances do you have under your belt?

BLACK BOY: I’ve performed with Jojo Da Platinum Piece, Billy Book, Gemini, My Big Fam Click, Choppa Style, Fifth Ward Webbie, Cupid, Lil Boosie, Hurricane Chris, Mouse On Da Track, V.I., Juvenile, Big Boom & 2 Throwed, Talib Kweli, Baby Boy, Bunny B, Young, Tat Tomas, Red Boy, Z-Ro, Paul Wall, Bun B, and others. I’ve been rapping forever, but 1996 was my first time going into a studio. I started investing in concerts and promoting them. I’ve performed to make money, but for me, it’s not the money – it’s the love and passion of the music. I love it. I was supposed to Soulja Slim before he passed on. We will miss him.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: What projects are currently in the works for you?

BLACK BOY: I’m just grinding – working on my new mixtape and doing a lot of singles. I have a hot single in the streets right now entitled, “Big Boy Sh*t” featuring 2 Throwed. I also have a hot line of shades coming out with my business partner, Brandon Johnson, through our company, KUNTRII KINGZ. I’m trying to work with everybody who wants to work. You can find my music on Rhapsody, iTunes, You Tube, and in several years, on top of the Billboard Charts – me or my artists I put out.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Make sure to check out Black Boy & to keep a close watch on him. He’s making epic moves with his music & with KUNTRII KINGZ CLOTHING CO. Follow him on Twitter – @ttblackb.

(THROWBACK HEAT) ‘We Want Eazy’ by NWA featuring Eazy E (VIDEO)

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

Check out this Throwback Heat, “We Want Eazy” by NWA featuring Eazy E. NWA was demonized by just about every group out there, but ask yourself – would most of America know anything that goes on in neighborhoods across our country were it not for NWA. Their raw political rhetoric shook some politicians and preacher-ticians to their core, but who cares? They shined a light on the influx of crack cocaine into inner city neighborhoods, police brutality and many other social ills. It sometimes seems as if they didn’t make a difference with the point they were trying to bring home, but they did. They truly did.

Police confirm that Eazy-E’s son was not killed in accident in Texas

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

By: Arlene Culpepper

Texas authorities admitted Saturday that they mistakenly identified the son of the late Eazy-E, NWA’s frontman, as one of eight people killed in a two-car collision.

Texas DPS Trooper Ryan Case confirmed that Eric Wright, Jr.’s name was on a rental agreement for one of the vehicles involved in the violent collision on Friday in East Texas. Wright was mistakenly listed as having been killed, but he was not even involved in the accident.

Eric Wright, Jr. uses the stage name “Lil Eazy-E”. He posted on Twitter that some of his close friends died. Occupants of the rental who died were Debra Thompson of Long Beach, California; and Curtis Sander, Michael Mathis and Lawrence Bridnac, III of Compton, California.

The cause of the accident is unknown. It occurred in a curve just outside of Annona, Texas, a town about 150 miles northeast of Dallas. There were no witnesses to the accident that occurred on U.S. Highway 82 and all occupants of both vehicles were killed.

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Bundy G of the Legendary Group, X-Mob

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Bundy G of X-Mob

It is not often that fans have an opportunity to experience a group that truly has infinite talent and a unique sound like X-Mob and its members, both individually and collectively.

With a smooth delivery like none other, X-Mob has the ear and the heart of the streets and has never been let down by their fans. One thing is clear – X-Mob’s music is classic will never fade.

In the mid 1990’s, Ghetto Mail was released, followed by 1997’s, Paper Chasing, which became an instant hit. It included contributions from legends such as Pimp C and Mannie Fresh, and helped to put a national spotlight on X-Mob.

The Heat Magazine had a chance to talk to Bundy G, one of the founding members of X-Mob, and here’s what he had to say:

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: What artists or genre(s) of music influenced you the most?

BUNDY G: I was influenced the most by West Coast artists coming up in the late 80’s and early 90’s – artists that included King Tee, Spice 1, C Bo, E-40, MC Eiht, Compton’s Most Wanted, NWA, and Mac Mall – but the first rap album I really listened to was Boogie Down Production’s ‘Criminal Minded’. Then came Run DMC. When I heard Run and seen him, that’s when I realized I wanted to be a rapper. It seemed farfetched until my brother Pimp C let everybody from the South know that we could do it too!

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Being from Louisiana, you have a unique opportunity to influence Southern Rap. What do you think that brings to the table?

BUNDY G: Being from Louisiana is a good thing because were born with a certain swagga that people recognize and respect.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: You’ve had the opportunity to work with some truly legendary artists, including Pimp C, Bun B, Vicious, and many others. If you could work with anyone, who would that be?

BUNDY G: If I could work with anybody in the industry, it would be Kanye ‘cause dude is a genius – not just with rapping, but with his production.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: If you could say anything to your fans, what would it be?

BUNDY G: X-Mob has been around for a while and has a nationwide fan base that never let us go, even thru the years when we wasn’t able to make music for the fans due to incarceration. They still loved us and held us down!! So me and Vicious are gonna keep on droppin music and givin the streets what they want. We’ve worked with everybody from Pimp and Bun to C Bo to Scarface, Mr. Phat, Cupid, and B Legit. Last year, we dropped a heater with Birdman and we’re still workin on the new X-Mob album entitled Still Chasin Paper. We shootin to drop it this summer. Our music has always been impacted by the streets cause that’s where we’re from and that’s where our heart is.


The Heat Magazine is a huge fan of X-Mob so maybe we’re biased in making this prediction, but we see big things coming for X-Mob and its members.