Posts Tagged ‘Producers’

(ARTIST 101) Kat Trakz, new age triple threat

Friday, April 6th, 2018

Every blue moon or so, there’s comes along an entertainer who can be considered a triple threat. Meet Kat Trakz, New Orleans’ own “triple threat”.

Kat Trakz is an incredible producer, as well as an artist and songwriter. In fact, he is one of the South’s most prolific up and coming producers who continues to pad his resume with some amazing work.

Stage Name: Kat Trakz

Hailing from: New Orleans, Louisiana

Musical Influences: It’s so many artists, but to name a few, Micheal Jackson, Mint Condition, New Edition, and the Isley Brothers.

Production Influences: Jermaine Dupre,Timberland, Neptunes, and my Uncle Wydell Spotville

Favorite Food: Fish and Shrimp

Favorite Shoes: Nike

If you could be endorsed by any brand, what would it be and why? Mitchell and Ness – I like to wear hats and they make good quality hats.

Favorite Song: “Incognito” – Deep Waters

Favorite Artist: Michael Jackson

What’s in your playlist right now? To be honest, the tracks that I’ve been making.

If you won 10 million dollars, what would you do with it? Spend it, invest it and help those in need.

Follow Kat Trakz:

Instagram @_t_era_kat_trakz

(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):

Source: This Is 50

Devious & Kevin Gates collaborate on ‘You Sleep Out Here’ single

Saturday, July 12th, 2014
"You Sleep Out Here" will be available on iTunes July 15th

“You Sleep Out Here” will be available on iTunes July 15th

Longevity and success are the goals of any acknowledged musician. Rapper, best-selling songwriter, creator, educator, and hip hop architect Devious has most certainly achieved those goals.

Devious helped to create New Orleans hip hop music through a series of steps, most notably the fact that he began his career when he was a mere pre-teen. After decades of a pilgrimage of sorts, it culminated in him being awarded ASCAP Songwriter of the Year, a proud honor that only a handful of artists can claim.

Devious’ work with youth to create positive outlets where they can express themselves and showcase their talent has only added to his resume. He created the New Orleans Union of Entertainment, a successful organization that helped shine a light on the city’s underground talent. He eventually added a youth chapter where teens and others can take part in brainstorming, networking, sharing entertainment ideas, and much more. In addition, his music has also taken a turn toward positivity and inspiring others, most importantly, our youth.

Devious’ recent collaboration with international superstar Kevin Gates is set to unleash a stream of consciousness and create a positive and thought provoking single,” You Sleep Out Here”. The single will be available on iTunes on July 15th. It is produced by award winning New Orleans based producer, BlaqNMild.

Kevin Gates

Kevin Gates

We wanted to know more about this epic collaboration – we caught up with Devious to get his take on it. Here’s what he had to say, “Kevin is an intelligent guy and his work ethic speaks volumes. My cousin Eddreon who lives in Baton Rouge, made me aware of him two years ago and suggested that we collaborate. Based on my cousin’s referral, his team responded to me. After a few months of Gates being unavailable, his team reached out to me. Cise made a hot mixtape record for me and I felt Gates fit the track. BlaqNMild produced the iTunes version. Kevin is down to earth and his team is very accountable. Out of respect for his craft and success, we wanted to add to his movement versus just grabbing a feature to bandwagon his buzz. Cise and I have been creating instrumental songs and submitting them to major labels for placement. I think it bridges the gap between my audience and his. I wanted to do something special to reach the youth and show Louisiana that we really work together regardless of status or label affiliation. I reached out to BlaqNMild because I wanted people to hear his skill set on a hip hop composition. He’s extremely talented and diverse. It all worked out and the stars lined up for all of us on this record. It’s a gumbo mix for sure.”


EDITOR’S NOTE:  Make sure to support the movement and download “You Sleep Out Here”.  Follow the team on Twitter:







Happy Birthday Ice Mike from The Heat Magazine!

Monday, November 19th, 2012



(REAL HEAT) Sh*t rappers say to producers (VIDEO)

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

This video is about the stupid stuff that rappers will say just to try and get beats from producers.

Starring: @504Dubb @PissYoPants1 @Trakspecialist @iNachONegrO

Shot at The Hut Studios Nola in collaboration with Dubb Productions, Squares Crew, Team Piss Yo Pants, Beach Chair Music and The Entire NOLA Hip Hop Scene.

(NEW HEAT) Flight School Productions in ‘Pourin’ Up’ REMIX (VIDEO)

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Check out Flight School Productions‘ “Pourin’ Up” REMIX featuring Flow, Bonka & G. Wilson.

(HEAT MIXTAPE OF THE WEEK) Jack Spratt’s ‘The Dummy Album’ (FREE DOWNLOAD)

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

New Orleans, Louisiana rapper and comedian extraordinaire, Jack Spratt, is the genius behind this week’s “Heat Mixtape of the Week“.

The Heat has featured Jack Spratt several times in the past and we couldn’t be bigger fans of this multi-talented artist. Jack Spratt tells us though, music is his first love. That’s obvious in his latest effort, a mixtape entitled “The Dummy Album“.

Jack Spratt has a host of epic talent appearing with him on TDA, including Facebook favorite Magnolia Gumbo, as well as a lineup of crack producers.

Follow Jack Spratt on Twitter: @JackSprattNO
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(HEAT EXCLUSIVE) CONVERSATION WITH LEGENDS: UNLV, epic talent spanning decades (Part 2)

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

We left off in Part 1 of our interview with Ya Phat with him discussing the group’s background and discography. Here’s the rest of the interview:

STRAIT JIGG/THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Do you all follow the local music scene at all? And if so, what do you think of the state of NOLA hip hop today. Do you think this generation will have the longevity you all have had?

YA PHAT/UNLV: I keep my ears to the street. I’m a music lover, so I tune into a little of everything. I’m not feeling everybody, but I respect what they do. A lot of boundaries have been broken in the N.O. It’s nothing like it was back in the G. I think a lot of artists will be around a minute, if the love for the craft is there. Fame is temporary. Keep your eyes and ears open for our young gunners, “Kutta Jackson” and “Trill & Hesus”.

STRAIT JIGG/THE HEAT MAGAZINE: What is your favorite UNLV album? Do you remember how it was when you first released it?

YA PHAT/UNLV: “UPT 4 Life” – that whole era was a good time. Right before bootleggers hit the scene, CD sales were crazy and gangsta music was in full rotation on the radio.

STRAIT JIGG/THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Can you all see yourselves maybe starting a label and being mentors to some of the newer cats in the business?

YA PHAT/UNLV: We established our own label in 2003 – 6 n B/BReal Ent. We released our last four albums on those and did very well, by the grace of God. We do have a roster with some hellofa artists and producers. At the end of the day, our job is to see to it that we provide them with the opportunity to fulfill their dreams.

Click here to check out Part 1 of our interview with Ya Phat of the legendary UNLV:

Gameplay Surfaces From Cancelled Batman Game

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

You may be asking yourself, “What exactly am I looking at here?” Well, to answer your question, you are watching lost footage from a prototype game called Gotham by Gaslight. Erm….wait, before we get too far into this. Lets take a step back with some back story on Gotham by Gaslight so, for the people who aren’t familiar with it, will understand why the cancelation of this game saddens me to no end.

Gotham by Gaslight was the first of what DC comics came to call the “Elseworld” series. In the Elseworld series DC heroes were placed in time periods that were not their own and have to deal with the problems of that time period. In Batman’s case he was sent to the late 19th early 20th century Europe. Think of it as sort of a steampunk Batman game. Sounds awesome right? It was Batman’s job to hunt down and stop Jack the Ripper. Gotham by Gaslight is a solid comic, held up by many comic readers as one of the best DC comics of all time.

Now back to the game… Developers Day 1 Studio (who brought us the F.3.A.R. series) started development on Batman:GBG and planned to release it on PS3 and 360 sometime between 2009 and 2010, but upon pitching the idea, producers THQ turned them down for funding. So, without funding for the game Day 1 Studio eventually canned the game.

(HEAT EXCLUSIVE) Meet Anthony Daniels, multi-talented entertainer

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

Indie artists – particularly those from urban genres – are always looking for ways to gain exposure. Don’t ever let anybody tell you it’s easy for them, because it is not. More often than not, venues that provide exposure for indie artists, seem to do what they can to take advantage – but not all of them.

I support artists because I am one. That is my humanitarian effort.

Enter Anthony Daniels a/k/a Moose Harris. This Louisiana native performs just about every task you can imagine when it comes to helping artists, a list that includes himself. He’s an artist, but also so much more, including entrepreneuer, producer, promoter, and radio host.

There just is not much Anthony does not do – and he works hard to help others. That’s the beauty of what he does – you only need to pay a little bit of attention to discover that he is in it to help artists.

Can you imagine if the Occupy Movement was Hip-hop based?

We caught up with this busy young man to see what all he is getting into these days. Let’s just say “busy” does not begin to describe him. He is a jack of all trades when it comes to the entertainment industry. We salute him and his hard work!

Here’s our interview:

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Tell our readers what all you do.

ANTHONY DANIELS: (Laughs) That is a long answer. The short version is the only thing that I don’t do in the music business is DJ on turntables – yet! I am an artist (Singer, MC, 3 Instrument Musician), producer, company owner (Urban Groovz Records & Advanced Associates Solutions), show/event producer (The SIIMPle Circuit & The Track Meet), and radio show producer/host (Urban Flosarus & The Grapevine).

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: You strongly support indie artists & for that, you deserve some applause. What gives you that drive & how did you start out showing support for those artists?

ANTHONY DANIELS: I support artists because I am one. That is my humanitarian effort. About 75-80% of what I do in support is donated time, not on a pay scale – probably more than that. What most artists don’t realize is that there is more than just recording your music. That is the easy part. The work and drive – and I do mean drive, because Louisiana for example, is smaller than most make it. 4 Hours driving should be nothing – it takes that to make a proper name for oneself and to help others; instead of all these individual cliques of companies takes spending & losing money, and making next level sacrifices.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Who were your musical influences?

ANTHONY DANIELS: I am a Motown Historian, so that music is first! Second actually would be 80’s New Wave – when MTV and VH1 were actual video channels. But a bunch of music genres and artists – Marvin Gaye, Funkadelic, MJ, Stevie Wonder, Wyclef Jean, Missy Elliot, Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, James Brown, and The Roots. Production wise, Holland Dozier Holland & The Corporation (Motown), those that worked with Stax, especially the late 60’s and early 70’s, Quincy Jones, Mannie Fresh, Timbaland, RZA, Rick Rubin, and George Clinton.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Where do you hope to see hip hop & urban music as a whole, in 5-10 years?

ANTHONY DANIELS: I want to see a bigger blending of music. Hopefully there is more philosophy in the street side of Rap – not talking about what is being done, but why and what can be done. I just want my people regardless of color, to get smarter – to work together. Can you imagine if the Occupy Movement was Hip-hop based?

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: You’ve been doing this for a while – how much do you think social media has impacted how music is distributed?

ANTHONY DANIELS: Social media and the internet has been a gift and a curse. The gift is to not need the suit-and-ties to do like music was in the 40’s and 50’s “Race Records” Era. People can release on their own terms. For the same reasons is the curse – the market is so flooded now because ANYBODY can just about do it. It’s too much DIY.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: If you could have a roundtable discussion with any group of people involved in the entertainment industry, who all would that include & why?

ANTHONY DANIELS: Berry Gordy for the historical influence; representatives from Hollywood to find out why the black people always get killed first, and why aren’t there more majority black casts; representatives from Clear Channel and Cumulus so they release that stranglehold on all these radio stations, Payola (that’s been illegal for the last 60 years) and the MTV and Billboard charts.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: What’s in store for your company & you in the near future? In the next 2-5 years?

ANTHONY DANIELS: Expansion of the SIIMPle (Support Intelligent Independent Music People) Circuit, syndication for my 2 radio shows, make more music for myself, introduce more artists for their opportunity, and hopefully eventually get some financial benefit.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Tell our readers how they can access your shows.

ANTHONY DANIELS: My new radio show is “THE GRAPEVINE”. I’m playing a mix of R&B, Soul, Blues, Jazz, and more. It’s on KDOL 96.1, Livingston, Texas from 6-8 pm on Sundays. Online tune in at My show “URBAN FLOSARUS” is still on Wednesdays from 10pm-Midinight on KSCL 91.3 Shreveport. Online access is at