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LOUDD MAGAZINE RIDES WITH “J-LONG” DA ENTERTAINER

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  LOUDD Magazine invites you all to get in on the ride with “J-Long the Promoter”, “J-Long the “Cool Running DJ”,”J-Long the Hip Hop Artist, “J-Long the Event Entrepreneur, or how about just “J.LONG the Entertainer. He makes himself hard to ignore, by demanding attention at all cost. His extreme image is very entertaining, and he uses a character-type persona to set himself apart, that gained him some visibility by appearing on the “The Bill Cunningham Show on The CW. The 11/17 release of his new mix-tape drop “Its Time To Ride, Vol 1” is powered by the well known mix-tape guru of the south “250 Plus Productions. It’s time to ride, so sit back because J-Long is in full throttle

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LOUDD: You do many different things in this realm of entertainment. Clue us in on what inspired you to decide that this is what you are made to do?

J-LONG: I started getting involved in the music world about 13 years ago, and I just fell in love with it. First it was promotions in high school. I used to throw all of the parties, and then through college I continued to do the same thing. Did some artist management, which transition me into hosting, and from there I became an artist.

LOUDD: Let’s talk about the hosting persona of J.LONG the Entertainer. Everyone knows that you are the host with the most hype. Did hosting parties plant the seed for becoming a Hip Hop Artist?

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J-LONG: Well, I have always been an entertainer, that’s what I do entertain. I don’t care if it’s one or one million people in the crowd; you are going to get a show at all cost. When I was younger around 14 my home boys and I used to freestyle all the time. Not thinking that we were rappers, but we would ride around for hours just having fun free styling. From there it kept growing and it helped me with my DJing and how to control the mic. Eventually I decided to do music and make records. I had a partner that used to tell me all the time “Stop talking about it and be about it”. I made my first record with Southern Hip Hop Artist “Strizzo” from Tampa, the song was called “Bunny Bounce” he was ready to push it, but I was just caught up in the streets at the time, and didn’t take as serious as I should have.  Now, I’m all about it, all the way for sure.

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LOUDD: You are, and you show that you are very ambitious. Most likely it’s in your bloodline, your father Rodney J Long also has great zeal. But, you are such a busy person. You have so much going on. How do you balance all of the grind, and just everyday life, so you won’t trip over yourself?               

 J-LONG: I make my life and my grind one. My life is a grind, and my grind is my life. It’s the question of how bad do you want it? What is your life? Your life is what you make it. I always set my standards high, so I can always have something to do that is great. I believe that the harder the grind the better the return. Some people return goals are different. For example; you can vacation at the Motel 6 or you can vacation at the Four Seasons, both designations are vacations, and you have to grind to get to ether one. My return goal is the Four Seasons, and I make sure that my life reflects that grind. I feel the world is mine, and I need to go and get it. No trips over here #LOUDD.

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LOUDD: Ok…and in that order. You always express how much you love you city, S/O to the 352. You talk about putting on for your city, putting your city on the map, and opening doors up for your city. How much of that love that you have for your city is reciprocated back?

J-LONG: Any blessing comes with burdens. I feel the good vibes on some projects, and on others I don’t feel the love. Gainesville suffers from a lack of success in the music industry, so support is almost null and void, or it’s at a minimum, and because Gainesville hasn’t had much success, it’s hard for others to support others and their dreams, when they can’t see theirs is happening.

LOUDD: You’re not the only one who feels that way or who has experienced that feeling. There have been others that have felt great about starting to live out their visions of their dreams and then just shut down after feeling that negativity. Why is it so hard to achieve success in the music industry for Gainesville?

J-LONG: Because nobody really knows if they’re going to make it or how to make it. There’s no example. Nobody knows how to make it in the music industry here, because no one has made it. “#Big Bud” was the closet to success here as a recording artist, and as managers it was “Big-Amp Parker” and C Wakeley DA RecordBreaker, and we have to question if we will ever have that type of unity and support come back alive here again. There is a lack of motivation, drive, and knowledge here also. That’s why there is no unity here; no one knows how to unify the effective way.

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There is an experiment that was done with monkeys and a banana tree (no pun intended), this is serious. They put monkeys under the tree, and when one monkey climbed the tree to get the banana, they would drop cold water on the remaining monkeys on the ground, right before the one monkey would get the banana. So every time when one monkey would try to climb a get the banana, the others would pull him down and beat him up, in fear of the water. The scientists stop spraying water, and the monkeys still wouldn’t go up there, not even try.  Eventually none of the monkeys would ever climb the tree, no matter what was up there, because of fear.  This is how it is here unfortunately.  Someone has to get up that tree, and it takes all of us for someone to get up there. So in order for something to happen for us around here, we need unity across the board. There is no reason for us not to have 4 or 5 artists around here making $3000 to $4000 a show.

I just want something good to happen here for us that will give all of us an opportunity to come through the door. We have so many great individuals here still climbing the tree no matter what. I believe that we can open doors for many, even the ones who stop climbing.

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LOUDD: Speaking of climbing trees, you worked your way up to a T.V appearance on the ““The Bill Cunningham Show this month on The CW Channel 10. Now how did that happen?

J-LONG: (He laughs) I got a call about being on the network. They ask what I did, they were interested, and they wanted me to express how I was manager and not a pimp, because the show was about me being accused of being a pimp. I am not a pimp. I have never been a pimp. I have never paid for any. I am an entertainment manager. The take was about one of my top dancers’ cousin complaining about how she wanted to dance too, but she couldn’t because she was always watching my top dancers’ child. The cousin accused me of being her pimp. Pimping ain’t easy, that’s why I don’t do it…lol

It was very entertaining and funny. Bill Cunningham really enjoyed me, and he told I was one of the best guests he has ever had on the show. The executive producer told me I was the next Jamie Foxx. It opened up some doors for a different area of my entertainment career. 

LOUDD: I watched the show and I must say that it was funny as hell. My co-workers heard me laughing in my office. That “Pop it for the Profit” slogan had me going, and the split gesture was hilarious. You were very entertaining. Was that a power move?

J-LONG: Checkmate. I went into that with every intention to boost my stats.

LOUDD: Let’s talk about this new mix-tape that is dropping on 11/17/2015, give Loudd some details.

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J-LONG: The name of the mix-tape is “I Mean Business, Its Time to Ride Vol 1”; the hosting muscle power of this masterpiece is 250PlusPro productions. I have five producers on this joint Skelly G Supa-Producer, #J Beats,Supaman Ivery, #Ill Music, and TroyOnDaTrack. I have some great feature work with Mike SwiftSteelo IB,James Leon Lee #ThaMr, #Dru, #Keymo,B.i.g J The Frothy Main, and #Big Bud. The power behind the music,Big-Amp Parker , #Twelve30 ManagementBurning 50,TEAM BIGGA RANKIN,Cool RunningdJ’s, #Heavey Boi ENT,Mz On Point Promo. The graphics for the mix-tape is done by the one and only Steve Jean-Jacques aka #Furie, he is the best. The releasing of the mix-tape will be at the return of Made Mondaays 11/17 @ 12am @ The Venue of GainesvilleThe whole experience is epic.

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LOUDD: Ok..Ok… sounds like you poppin it for the profit…lol. The Return of M.A.D.E. Mondays Wow! All that greatness in one spot, a networking paradise, we need that.

J-LONG: M.A.D.E. Mondays is a platform for building networks. That’s why I sat down with Steve Jean-Jacques aka Furie, and we discussed how beneficial it would be for the collective to have the releasing of my mix-tape at the re-opening of M.A.D.E Mondays. This is the beginning of the new feel that is in the air here in the 352. We have all grown from our experiences and failures. We all should be able to put it all together and get down to business this go round. 

LOUDD: I am really excited for you. I think the Bill Cunningham Show show took your grind to a different level. What’s in the pipeline for J.LONG the Entertainer ?

J-LONG:  A tour in 5 states, FL, MS, GA. AL, and LA. A T.V show is in the works. I am opening doors for my city.

LOUDD: Any words for your city?

J-LONG: Keep God first, and everything else will fall in place. Keep chasing your dreams. Never settle for less than what you want. God Bless.

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LOUDD MAGAZINE Get’s it Straight from “Lilpo and HollyWood Da Chef “

Straight out of the “352” Gainesville, Fl, Loudd sits down with not one, but two of North Central Florida’s homegrown Independent Hip Hop Artists,”Glenn L Washington Jr aka Lilpo Hood Hero” and “Remondo Lily aka “Holly Wood DaChef“. From Southern Royalty to International Business, they give us insight on who they really are. These two inspired Hip Hop artists have faith and high hopes for the 352 area code.

LOUDD: When did you start making music, and what influenced you?

LiL’PO:  I am going to take it back to #Kris Kross. I was in the seventh grade when I saw those two doing their thing, and I felt like I could do that too. I started listening to other rappers and how they put words and music together, and from there I started building my style of rapping, and making it my own. The influence was the craft itself.

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HollyWood: As a young kid I would always kick free styles in the hood, and everybody would tell me that I was really good and that I should try to take it to the next level. In 2011 I started recording music in the studios getting real serious about being an artist.

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LOUDD: Being that you both are form the 352, was there anyone that was in the music game around the time that you were coming up that had an impact on you?

HollyWood: In my area where I was growing up there was a very small movement, so there really wasn’t too much inspiration around. If it came, it most definitely came from “Big Bud” and “Shorty Roc”.Tupac Shakur “was a big one for me also coming up. I loved the way he delivered life through his lyrics.

LiL’PO:  Well with me it was a little crazy cause I came up under “Dave Cooper”, “Big-Amp Parker “Crooked Life”, “Maintain McQueen”, and “Ben Frank”, and then being the cousin of “Shorty Roc”, and bring around “Big Bud”, I felt kind of over shadowed. I represented to the fullest; they all were a huge inspiration.

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LOUDD: How do you feel about the ongoing independent music movement in your hometown of Gainesville, fl?

HollyWood: If we are going to talk about the movement in the present, I feel that there is a lot of favoritism going on in this city, and that takes us in the wrong direction. There is some great artist out here that put in work, plus overtime, and they are not getting any appreciation, nor do they get the attention from the ones that can make a better outlet for them. I wish that we can all form a bond that will take all of us to the next level. I am not going to give up, and I am going to keep playing my roll.

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LiL’PO:  I’ve been doing this for a long time, so I’ve watched artist come and go. I was in a group called “Southern Royalty”, so I helped built what it is now. It really hurts to see how things are going on out here in the 352. It wasn’t play to pay, when I was coming up, which I respect the game, you know people got do what they got to do, but like “Br3adgang Blazel” said in his interview, it is a popularity thing. I would like to see good artist get a fair chance. I believe that if we keep pushing, going to the studios, getting interviews, and staying connected with people that can help get our music out like “Burning 50”, something will pop.

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LOUDD: Who do you do this for, besides yourself?

HollyWood: Me personally, I do it for the streets and the fans. The fans I have believe in my vision, and they keep me motivated, so I have to keep them happy.

LiL’PO:  I do it because I am a music junkie. I am addicted to letting people know what I have to say. I do it for the people also. The promoters and club owners they already know who I am. I need to grab the attention of the people.

LOUDD: I always see you two chilling together, let us up on the connection?

HollyWood: Lilpo and I are cousins by marriage. We are Friends by choice. My brand is “TeamChef Entertainment”, and Lilpo brand is “Majornoyze Muzic ENT”, together it’s a combine movement. Good Business.

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LOUDD: A Hip Hop Artist stage name is everything; it tells who they are as a person and as an artist. Tell us about your stage names?

HollyWood: First my name used to be just HollyWood, I had that name since I was in the 6th grade, and I got it from a pimp in the neighborhood. That name had a little controversy going on because there was another HollyWood in Gainesville. So I had to distinguish myself and add Chef, which was the title of my mix tape. HollyWood means lights, camera, action, and show time, and Chef means I’m mixing up my perfect recipe for the streets, which is my music. That’s how I became “Holly Wood DaChef

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LiL’PO: The name is Lil from the word little, Po from the word poor; “Lil Po”. Originally when I was in the clique Southern Royalty, my name was “Picasso” because I painted pictures, and everything I did was with a vivid vision. I left the group, and I needed a new name. I was looking for a name that basically represented my life. My parents wasn’t rich, and Big Bud used to play around with me and say “What’s up peasant child”, and I didn’t like it first, but I thought about it and turned it into something that was real. I was going to call myself “Lil Po Da Peasant Child”, but that was too long, so I kept short and to the point “Lilpo Hood Hero”. This name means a lot to me, because if I ever make, it tells a story of how I started out, and where I came from.Hood Hero, I am from the hood, and I rep for the hood all day every day.

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LOUDD:  Lil Po can you fill us in the “Brick Gang ” movement?

LiL’PO: The whole time “Jordan June Johnson” was doing his vacation time, I stayed in contact with him. From our conversations we were talking about how we can make street music pop in the 352. So, when he came home he came and saw a couple of shows that I had did. There was one in particular that I did and he didn’t like the way I was being treated, and that night June came to me about him helping me with what shows to do , and getting my music heard, like a road manger. So, we chopped it up the next morning, and I said yes let’s do it. Brick Gang is a movement, but also like a secret society, you just don’t get in. you have to have some type of bond.Jordan June Johnson Lilpo Hood Hero, Hittmann Souljah,Willie Chill Will Simmons ,Johkerboi Brickgang Kell , and Tarence Watts aka BossAmiBrick Gang ” Family.

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LOUDD: Now Chef you got some other things going on to enhance your music career, tell us about that?

HollyWood: I do attend school at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, my major is International Business. I want to take my craft beyond where I am. The market for Hip Hop overseas is very lucrative. I have had the opportunity to link up with some out of the country indie Hip Hop artist through social media. They are very eager to work with artists from the states. I have to know what I am doing, so I am getting educated on the logistics of hoe to conduct business internationally. I also have a movement myself that is going to help better the community for the good. It will help bring change not only to our lives, but to the future also. It’s not always about what we can get; sometimes it’s about what we can give. So stay tuned Holly Wood DaChef is cooking up something nice. I do a lot of shows out of town, like Orlando, Jacksonville, and Ocala. I try to spread myself around so I can get people from other towns to feel my music. One thing I want to say is S/O to “Bigg Gates” who is Devonta Gates aka SG, he has a lot to do with the shows I do. He is my partner and I call him my road manager. SG does so many things inside this indie music movement. He is a BEAST!!!

  LiL’PO: A lot of people should be giving thanks to Devonta Gates  SG he is the man. He has looked out for so many indie artists.

LOUDD: You have to give Devonta Gates and Steve Jean-Jacques much respect. They are the ones that put LOUDD MAGAZINE out there. I always bring up M.A.D.E. Monday’s because that was an indie platform; I don’t care what other people have to say about, but they provided the only platform here in Gainesville that said hey “352 you got something to say, let’s hit it”. We are all family at the end of the day. Much Love to those two.

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LOUDD: Lilpo Hood Hero when I first met you , you were with K.O.S (Keepers of Sound) founded and operated by Gwendolyn Richardson aka “Sheve”, who happens to be a very good friend of mine. What happen to that union?

LiL’PO: Nothing, I am still with K.O.S , Gwendolyn Richardson is still my rock. She just let’s me venture out on my own, so I can explore my independence. We are united and we are as strong as always. I love her, she has done so much for me and my career. S/O to Gwendolyn Richardson C.E.O of K.O.S (Keepers of Sound). When “King of the Trill” come out, and it is coming out, no matter what anyone has to say. That album will be my tribute to her.

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LOUDD: One word for the both of you ” Image”.

HollyWood: My image is more smooth player type. I am clean cut. My music is more about the way I finesse the streets.

LiL’PO: My style is old school Florida dope boy music. A lot of curse words, a lot of pain, and a lot of shade, one thing about me I don’t hold nothing back. I will say names, and I will do videos. I stand up for everything that I say. My music is a very well representation of who I am.

LOUDD: What would Hip Hop be without the South?

LiL’ Po:  Boring

LOUDD: Any S/O’s?

HollyWood and LIL’ PO: First and foremost our Father in the Heavens, Thank you without you there is no us. S/O to Skelly G Supa-Producer, Smiley, CP , Mike Whammy, Our beloved Family,Gwendolyn Richardson aka Sheve, The whole damm Gainesville good and bad, Wiley G Martin and Marcus Cromartie  without them I wouldn’t be here they save my life. S/O to Brick Gang,  Dyme Pyece DA Print , Br3adgang BlazelZaplyfe,  and LOUDD MAGAZINE without #LOUDD yall wouldn’t know who we really are. We love the “352” and we believe, trust. 

 

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“Dyme Pyece Da Print” Drops a Dyme with Loudd Magazine

 

Breakfast on this Saturday morning wasn’t the norm for Loudd. Usually, I get up have a cup of, Seattle’s Best Coffee, get dress, and then off on my 6 mile walk, but on this Saturday morning I get a text saying; “What it Do LOUDD MAGAZINE ! On your side, I’m about ta drop in on ya, and I text back “Recording light been on. Independent Hip Hop artist, Stephanie Camps aka “Dyme Pyece” aka “ Da Icecream Lady “, and C.E.O of “#Da Print E.N.T”, sits down with LOUDD MAGAZINE  for breakfast.

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LOUDD: Let us in on how you became “Dyme Pyece”?

Dyme Pyece: When I was around 7 or 8 I was listening to “Salt N Pepa”, and I said to myself , I can do that. So, I started imitating them and their songs. Then I would put words together to see if I could rap my own words, and I would perform it in front of my family , and my family would say , You got it girl , keep doing your thing. When I was around 16ys old, the fellas started calling me, Dime, and it was an ongoing thing, so I stuck with it. I switched the spelling around, and “Dyme Pyece” became my stage name.

LOUDD: At what point did you discover that being a Hip Hop artist is what you wanted to do?

Dyme Pyece: When I couldn’t see myself doing anything else. Being an emcee has always been in me. I feel its part of my make-up as a human being. It feels natural. When I am writing, I am writing from a true place, me. I am a Femcee.

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LOUDD: When did you start doing the steps that would elevate you to the next level of being a Hip Hop artist?

Dyme Pyece: Well I knew that my family and friends supported my artistry, but it was time for me to go out and see if the public liked me. So, they had this free Style phone in on Magic 101.3 FM  , and I would call in to see how people responded to my free styles, and I started getting queen of the week. From there I started looking into the studio, and looking into buying beats.  It was on from there.

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LOUDD: Being that Hip Hop music is more male dominated, do you feel like you have to be more competitive as a Femcee?

Dyme Pyece: No, because I feel like I just blend in. I am just as great and talented as any male artist. I feel it puts more attention on me, which can be a good thing. It gives me more motivation knowing that I can hang with the fellas and still come out on top of my game. A female who comes out on stage behind 5 males that had just went on before her, she better bring it, and that’s just what I do. There is no way I am going to put my confidence in jeopardy by feeling inferior in this game. You just can’t risk it especially if you are trying to make it in the business. I use my femininity as the X factor.

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LOUDD: Do you get a lot of support from other women, being that you are one of the few femcees here in the 352 representing?

Dyme Pyece: I get support from women; they love the fact that I can represent the softer side of a woman, but also stand hard in the paint. I also want to say that I do get a lot of negative responses from women, and even though my haters are my motivators,  I am still going to be me, and keep making music, it disappoints me that they would give off that negativity. I would like to think I give a power move feel for the ladies, because I am emceeing about us. If you listen to my lyrics I am telling stories of being a woman. How we talk, how we think, and how we feel about ourselves. In my track “My Pussy”, I am representing for all of the females. Besides our brains, we also have another body part, which is valuable and it out powers anything in this world, even money, because many men have lost it all because of it. My track “Monsta” tells women to go out and give it your all, no matter what you do, at home mom,  school, working, hustling, stripping, it doesn’t matter just go hard and grind. I speak from the heart and for the ladies.

LOUDD: When you about to get up on the stage, how do you know what type of energy to give off? This is a male dominated arena, so do you give off the sexiness or do you give off the skills?

Dyme Pyece: I give off both. Before the show is when I give all of the sexy, prime them up, and make them look. Once I make my way to the stage, they thinking, what is she doing up there, and that’s when I drop them skills. If I gave off skills and no sexy, I would have a different audience, if I gave sexy no skills, I would probably not be taken seriously as an artist. Skills tell and Sexiness sells. I have it balanced out.

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LOUDD: I know you have done collabs with some of the best artists in the 352. S/O to Sac DollazBr3adgang BlazelIam DaVillion T Hale,and the list goes on, but if you could do a future feature with anyone who would it be?

Dyme Pyece:  I want to collab with 904’s Holly Monroe  , I know the two of us together, we will create a whole different kind of Monsta, and for the softer side of me I want to do a collab with a vocalist, and that person is Bella B Peoples, her voice is amazingly beautiful, and that would be something for the fellas.

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LOUDD: What’s in the works for Dyme Pyece?

Dyme Pyece: Just keep your channel tuned in on “Da Print E.N.T”.

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LOUDD: Any S/O for the 352?

Dyme Pyece: S/O to  Cam-dagreat Hale,Triece BootieJason Black Paradise Blunt,Steve Jean-JacquesDevonta Gates aka SG, #ROB for “Cups in da Air”, Wiley G Martin,M.A.D.E. MONDAYS, Torry Farley and BJ Jeanphilippe for giving us Indies a platform at Level Nightclub, and of course to LOUDD MAGAZINE. S/O to all the Indie’s in the 352, no matter what your hustle is, keep on putting in work. Go Monsta!

Interview by: Tyra Edwards of LOUDD MAGAZINE

Photographs: Kingsley King and Brian Wilson aka “Map City”

Loudd Magazine “Turns Down” with Zap Man

He brings high energy, he never cuts his audience short of a show, he was nominated for a “TEAM BIGGA RANKIN ” Diamond Award” 2 years in a row (2014 and 2015),  and he is determined to make it. 352’s independent Hip Hop artist “Zap Man” turns it down a notch, for a little Q and A with LOUDD Magazine.

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LOUDD: Can you tell us what’s behind the name “Zap Man”, because from what LOUDD Magazine has heard, this is not your first stage name?

ZAP MAN: Well, what you heard was right. Zap Man was not my original name. I started out with “JT Money”, and of course I couldn’t get far with that name because there was a “JT Money” out there already (S/O to “JT MONEY “), but my peers called me JT Money, because of my birth name (Joseph Tyrone Scott), and if you put the parallel lines on the S you get the money sign, so I just got that name in the streets, and when people used to hear me rap that’s what they called me.

 Once I realized I wanted to be a Hip Hop artist at the age of 16, I wanted to choose a name for myself. I had just got some gold’s in my mouth and I wanted to call myself “Gold Mouth” and it was perfect for me at the time, because I didn’t know anyone with that name, and I rode with the name Gold Mouth for a long time, until it came time for me to register my brand. I found out that the name “Gold Mouth” was already registered, matter of fact it’s a track on “Young Jeezy’s “album where he says “Free Gold Mouth”, so the Gold Mouth days were at an end for me.

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 What made me choose the name “Zap Man” was at the time when I was Gold Mouth, I was on Face Book, posting my songs, and I really did not know what I was doing. I was trying to learn from watching others that was already in the game like: Tara Crawford-James “Go Hard” and what she was doing with 8th Ave .”Maintain McQueens” determination, “Precious Shonda Swain”, “Big-Amp Parker”, and “Jeff Peaks“ their outstanding dedication to help and educate other artists. Now at the time, I really couldn’t afford the services that were out there to help me evolve as an artist, so I started doing it myself. Flooding people’s timelines, I just went into a tagging spree (lol!), learned how to Instagram and Tweet. One day someone sent a message in my inbox and it said: Hey, I don’t mind the tags, but you are Zappin the hell out of my timeline. I was all over the place, Zappin everybody that would let me; also I was still out in the streets Zappin here, there and everywhere trying to make it happen. “Zap Man” was created from out here trying to get it. I am “Zap Man“, Zappin the game.

LOUDD: You, your music, and your image is very high energized.Can you tell us how you incorporate all that into being “Zap Man”?

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ZAP MAN: My style depends on the beat. At least for me, if the beat is slow, and a more mellowed out then Zap Man is going to stay with the bars, and bring out lyrics.  When the beat is fast and hitting, I am not as lyrical, I just rhyme, because the beat is doing most of the work for me all I got to do is enhance it, and that’s when I get real crunked and crazy.  My style is just unplanned most of the time I just go with what I feel.

LOUDD: Okay, Okay, your style is versatile, but LOUDD Magazine wants to know, where does all that energy come from? You bring the energy to the stage and the crowd. I have been to shows where the entertainment energy was getting drained, and when your name was called to come to the stage, I have actually heard people say “I’m up now, Zap Man on the stage” Is that just who you are or is that something you get from the music.

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ZAP MAN: That’s just who I am, which helps me get it through to the music. When I get to the stage and get that tunnel vision, it doesn’t make a difference if it’s 1 or 100 people there; I am there to give a show. So I perform like its a million people there. I am so happy that everyone is there to watch me perform. I owe the audience all of me when they come to see a show.

LOUDD: I remember when I first started “LOUDD Magazine”, and you came out with your popular single “YAMZ”. You put that single on your anticipated mix tape “Life of a Hustler” and then you come up and out with a second anticipated mix tape “The Creation”. Which by the way, the graphics for both of these mix tapes is superb, S/O to Steve Jean-Jacques aka “Furie” onwer of GrfXPRESS LLC.

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ZAP MAN:  S/O to Steve Jean-Jacques aka “Furie”, he really knew what fit went with my image, and what I wanted to express to my fans through my mix tape covers. He is a really talented man. He has the game on lock right now in the graphic design game.  He makes you feel important through the designs that he creates for you. All my designs from him have gotten a lot of praise. Thank you #Furie

LOUDD: You made your 1st mix tape, (Life of a Hustler) your 2nd release, and your 2nd project, which is an EP (The Creation) your 1st release. Why?

ZAP MAN: “YAMZ” was supposed to be featured on my original first mix tape “Life of a Hustler”, but I took it off and remixed it and put it on the EP “The Creation”, which will introduce my now turned into an album “Life of a Hustler”. Life of a Hustler has all original beats, everything is authentic, so it’s not a mix tape it is my first album. I had to revamp the process. The Creation tells the story of how “Life of a Hustler” came to be. This business is about being creative, and I have to make sure that my creativity is on point, but at the same time, so that the people can understand me as an artist.

LOUDD: You are a man of more than one hustle, you have a record label “MOS Recordz LLC” that you are trying to get up and going, and you also have a promotion company “25/8 NO SLEEP Street Team”, which is doing very well. You also work a full time job. What drives your hustle?

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ZAP MAN: I want to be rich. I am tired of being poor.

LOUDD: Honesty at its best! lol !!!  Thank you for that. Everyone wants money, and that is just one of the rewards that comes with the game. What keeps you saying, this is it, this is the way I want to pursue my dreams. You can try to get rich so many different ways, why the music game?

ZAP MAN: Okay, what drives the drive (lol)? I have been doing this since I have been 16 yrs old, so there is no doubt at all, that this is in my DNA. I was created to do this. I love this music life; from the beats, the producers, the photographers, the shows, the media, the promotions, the supporters, and the fans. I have always been a big supporter of the Independent movement. I want all of us to prosper from our talents. We have so many talented artists here in my city of the “352”, and I will help in any way that I can to make things happen for us. Hip Hop Artist “Maintain McQueen” once said to me”A successful person is a person who doesn’t mind helping someone else be successful along the way”. It’s all about love.

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LOUDD: So what’s in the pipeline for Zap Man ?

ZAP MAN: Expect some new tracks coming out. New videos, Work, work, and more work. I got some shows lined up this summer, including one at the “6th Annual Stunt Fest ” on June 6th at the fairgrounds here in Gainesville, S/O to “Deidre DooneyGirl Gent“, for this wonderful event she puts on every year, also the 34th Annual“Archer’s Mother’s Day Festival” Indie Artist ShowCase , I will be performing for “LOUDD Magazine” and “Burning 50”. I’m just working on getting my life right at the same time also. My music is everything, so I will always have something coming up.

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LOUDD: If there is one thing you want say to your city the “352”, what will it be?

ZAP MAN: Save Hip Hop in the 352, and “YAMZ!!!!! ”Zap Man” Out!!!!

Interview by: Tyra Edwards of LOUDD MAGAZINE

Photographs by: Kingsley King Photography,Jordan Spencer Studios, and Alexandra Heater of Options Photography.   

Loudd Magazine’s Diamonds in the 352

 

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“Diamond” comes from the Greek adjective “Adamas”, a word they used for any unbreakable or indestructible substance, such as the hardest substance known to man, and did you know that we have “Diamonds” right here in the 352. The “Team Bigga Rankin Diamond Awards “is held every year and is highly anticipated by many independent artists here in the south, because it validates all of the hard work that they have put in all year. This is another year that “TBR” recognized the hard grind in the 352. So who are these nominees this year that make the 352 shine like diamonds, let Loudd Magazine run it for ya!

Maintain McQueen brought back the 2014 Diamond Award to the 352 last year. Maintain is one of the 352’s pioneers when it comes to this game.  8th Ave jumped out in July and landed right in the studio. His single “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” got continuous radio play on Gainesville’s Magic 101.3 FM.

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Julius J-long Long: Can’t stop and he won’t stop and he letting yall know all he know is “Flexin”.  Jay Spiffy stands in this game not only with dope tracks, but with great resilience #SpiffLife.

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 Zap Man  Zap Man let us get a YAM ! Zap might have hustled up a Diamond.  Dyme Pyece DA Print the only Femcee in the 352 nominated for a Diamond Award this year.

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Fie Scoobie Jones we are gonna meet you at the “Diamond Awards 2015” Ball! Lilpo HoodHero  it’s Count Time.

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Willie Chill Will Simmons it’s something about you.  Santana Banga  #DriodGang . @Acapella Salute!

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Always keeping the Heat Up….DJ Wayne Head….  DJ Belly…..  Djtronnix Gville-Fla….. Djislandboiglobal (Winner of last years DJOTY Diamond Award)….. JJ TheEntertainer

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There you have it ,all of our Diamonds,now the rest is up to you. Please go and visit  http://www.tbrdiamondawards.com/ and vote for your favorite 352 Artist and DJ. Help bring back a “Diamond Award “. LOUDD MAGAZINE Congratulates all of the “352” Indie Artists and DJ’s that is nominated for the “TBRDiamondAwards “. All of you worked very hard in “2014” and you all are deserving. Salute!!!

Loudd Magazine Interview: Wiley G. Plugging “Burning 50” Into Atlanta

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LOUDD: Wiley G Martin aka “Mr. Burning 50 ” tell us what is the official title of what you do?

Wiley G: I have been called a promoter and a producer. I’ve always had a problem with giving my craft a title. My title has a wide range, and I wear many different hats. If I had to pick one to set the record straight, it would be a promoter. I do promote independent artists and their music, and I expose the artist’s talents through “Burning 50 “productions which is my brand, so that also makes me an entrepreneur. Ok I’ll go with promoter, producer, and entrepreneur. I have 3 hats…lol

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LOUDD: How did you come to the journey of these 3 titles?

Wiley G: Well, I started out with knowing nothing at all. I was totally blind to a lot of ethics that came with this life in the industry. My first take at it, I started out as a producer. I eventually learned how to mix down, and sample, you know just the entry level stuff. After about a year or so, I started rapping, but after about 3 or 4 years of that, I went back to solely producing. I realized that I was developing a gift as a producer, and that I actually have great sight for talent, and a great ear for good music.

LOUDD: What or who, validated that you were really talented at what you do?

Wiley G: What really validated my talents for me was when I meet this guy from Miami named “Gutta Dream”. He heard my music through the grapevine. My first album that I produced with someone in Lake City, was out in the streets and he heard it. He was really impressed with the album, because he came all the way to Gainesville to find me. He took me under his wing and we traveled for a whole year to 6 different states. We sold over 22,000 CD’s. He just really took a liking to what I did as far as music. A lot of what I know today is because of him. He guided me into this industry. This man didn’t know me from Adam at first, and for him to find me and want to work with me on different projects, I mean that’s amazing. Gutta Dream validated that I had amazing talents. I knew at that moment, that  I wanted to do the same for other artist’s as well. Much love to “Gutta Dream”.

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LOUDD: With that being said, the beginning of the “Burning 50” series began. Drop some facts about the “Burning 50” collection?

Wiley G:The “Burning 50” collection came about when I had completely just gave up. I had my third son and where I was living there was not enough room for me to raise my son and to have a studio. I had to get rid of my in-home studio to make room for him, as a father should do. In  the mist of that I basically stop doing music.                                                                                                                            I realized one day that I had a lot of independent artist’s music. Artists would send me tons of it; I mean no mixing, no mastering, and just no nothing, just raw. All they really wanted was my opinion about their music. What did I think, what should they add, what should be the next move, is it any good, things like that. So, my partner “Freaky Freddie” and I came up with the idea to create a situation to put out all this great independent music on a CD to get it out to the people, to create fans for the artists. I consulted with others like, Sean Hunter and Big Bud, and they thought that the idea was really huge. After getting confirmation from others in the game that I looked up to, that’s when Burning 50 was born.

  1. Burning 50 Volume 1 – “Most Wanted” – 2011
  2. Burning 50 Volume 2 – “ Best of the Best – 2012
  3. Burning 50 Volume 3 – “Super Loud” – 2013
  4. Burning 50 Volume 4 – “Dat Gas” – 2014

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LOUDD: Looks like “Burning 50” brand is going to other heights. Tell us about the motive for Burning 50 Atlanta?

Wiley G: The motive for “Burning 50 Atlanta” is drive and ambition. The vision is to go into a new market, with no validation from anyone. We are totally just leaning on our drives, and ambitions to be successful. To go in and network, build new relationships, and bring Florida to Atlanta and Atlanta to Florida.  Atlanta is just the first of many cities we plan to hit. Atlanta is one of the best cities to start in when it comes to independent music. Atlanta comes 1st in place for venturing into the next level for independent music. There are some incredible connections there that we are going to be able to spin off and bring back to Florida. We are going to start with the most vital tool in the game which is the “DJ’s “.  We’re going to hit the malls, parks, clubs, and events to pass off good materiel so we can get it out there in different markets. Gain different fans and to perform out of state. All these ideas will be executed, so that the Florida artist can have maximum exposure. We are gonna burn I-75 up this year.

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LOUDD: This has to be one of the most unselfish interviews I have done thus far. During this interview, you said ” We and Us” all the way through the interview. This really expresses the love you have for your city and for independent artist. You’re not just doing this for Wiley and Burning 50; you’re doing this for them too.

Wiley G: Right, I have to do it for them. I don’t rap or sing. I’m not the one getting on stage doing any of that stuff. It’s a blessing to me, to be a blessing to some of these artists, to be in a position to help them get closer to their goal.

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LOUDD: How can anyone who wants to be successful in this business, benefit from networking outside their area?

Wiley G: I always will say this to independent artists. Your value lies as far away from home as you can get. What I mean by that is. You want to travel as an artist and reach out touch an audience that doesn’t know you. That way you know that you have developed this thing called “Fans “. Fans are the people that are going to love your music the most. Independent artists must understand that there is a difference between a supporter and a fan. Your supporters are your home boys, home girls, Mom, Dad, and the people you grew up with. Supporters are the people that you expect to support your grind and your music. Fans are people that you don’t know, they are people that you’ve never seen, and probably will never see or communicate with them on a personal level. Fans love you for the music you make. Fans have a personal relationship with your music. Fans will pay $100 to come see you perform because your fans love your music, they feel like they have known you all their life through your music.. That’s what “Burning 50” is about;  creating fans for the independent artists out here, so they will have a hell of chance at success. That’s the basis of “Burning 50 Atlanta”, to help build fan bases and make it pay off.

  Contact: Wiley G aka “Burning 50” for mix tape placement, booking, and hosting.

FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/wiley.g.martin/about

FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/Burning50

Instagram: http://instagram.com/burning50

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/burning50music

LOUDD MAGAZINE: BURNING 50 “DAT GAS VOL 4” MIX TAPE REVIEW

Starting from the 352 all the way across the U.S.A to the 702 (Las Vegas), Wiley G is filling the air with another Burning 50 production“DAT GAS VOL 4 “. This mix tape dropped and exploded on the streets on 10/7, and the smell has been strong ever since. If you are a Burning 50 fan, then you know that Wiley G’s Burning 50 mix tape series always brings out some of the best North Central Florida’s Hip Hop and R&B artists. Loudd Magazine had a sneak preview of “DAT GAS” when Wiley came out to a M.A.D.E. MONDAY night at Levels NightClub, and had DJTronix spin it for us, and from what Loudd heard, we knew that this was one mix tape we needed to review. DAT GAS  VOL 4, Hosted by Wiley G, features 13 artists from Gainesville (J-Long, Jay Spiffy, Maintain, Big J, and  Fie Scoobie), Jacksonville (D-Lo, Young Cash, T-Rone, LiL Duty, LiL Duvy, Celina Lina, and Saw Money), and Tallahassee Florida (Total Kaos). Mix and Mastering is done by no other than the mix masters themselves “Beat Trap” (Sean Hunter and Skelly G). Four well-known sponsors put their stamp of excellence on it (Behind the 8Ball, Loudd Magazine, Beat Trap, and Loyalty Entertainment).

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Intro is strong, makes you feel like “OK” I’m ready for this ride, and Outro makes you want to ride again.  This mix tape, gives you every vibe from reality to heart-break. Lineup choice is great, although the order that the tracks were laid on the mix tape could’ve been lineup better. Production is A-1; BeatTrap is one of the best at mixing down.  All of the emcees and vocalist skill sets are superb. This mix tape is one that should stay in your ride, and nobody better not steal it either…lol. Wiley G has really proven his place is well validated in the mix tape realm.  Great work Wiley G!!!!

Loudd Picks:  Young Cash (Knob Broke) , J-Long Ft Bobby Valentino (One for Me), T-Rone (Kry) , Jay Spiffy (Main Bihh), Maintain (Keep it A’Hunna ) Celina Lina (Zone), Total Kaos (I’m Ready)

Overall Feeling / Yeah!!! Go Get Dat Gas!!!!!!

Rating on the Loudd Scale (1-10) #9