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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



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

J-Long the Entertainer






For Booking: Big Amp (813)728-7881 or BookJLong@gmail.com




Tomorrow is the North Central Florida Gainesville Music Summit, founded by entrepreneurs “Big Amp Parker “and “C.Wakeley”. This is an event that is looked forward to by many in the independent music industry. Loudd Magazine sat down with Mr. Big Amp Parker to find out exactly does this event bring the North Central Florida region.

LOUDD: Tomorrow on Sept 17th, is the “Gainesville Music Summit “, can you tell us the history of this event?

Big Amp: This is our 14th music summit, and we do them all in Gainesville. Except for one year we did in Tampa, when Florida hosted the Super Bowl. This event was started by me and my partner “C. Wakeley”.


LOUDD: What was the inspiration that motivated you to have this event in the North Central Florida area?

Big Amp: Well, I am from here for one, and the popular belief is that, there is a need is here in N. Central Florida for an event that that informs the public about proper etiquette  the music industry. Since I was 20yrs old, the vision for me has always been to level off the playing field, so that N. Central Florida would have the opportunity to shine, and be well respected along with other cities in America.

LOUDD: The music industry is probably one of the most interesting, but yet the most difficult. How does someone planning a future in the music business prepare oneself for this?

Big Amp: You have to stay prayed up, and be mentally strong, committed, and persistent. Prepare first by being honest, and doing inventory in the mirror with your skill set.

LOUDD: There are 3 elements that make just about anything successful, and that’s a goal, a plan, and a team. Tell us how the Gainesville Music Summit can prepare a future artist for success?

Big Amp: Gainesville Florida Music Summit can help you prepare by introducing you to some of the other entrepreneurs outside of your market. Also, it will give you tips and access to people who make a living doing what you aim to do. It will motivate and encourage you get to achieve your goals, and you will see that your dreams are within reach with knowledge.

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LOUDD: How important is it for artists, promoters, managers, venue owners, and the media to have a connection that intertwines with the community?

Big Amp:  We should have connection network, and be involved in our community. There are different ways not just monetary. We have to invest time effort because we can’t just do business and take and never give back. That’s like planting, but never watering a flower, what good can come from that? The community will support you, but it has to be a two way street.

LOUDD: Tell us some of the weakness that a person in the industry may have, and how can they correct them?

Big Amp: Not being able to take creative criticism for one, being under prepared, and lazy. Having no understanding of business problems, and solutions can be very destructive to your dream. Consider the source. Plan, prepare, and expect greatness. Nothing can fix lazy but an altering life experience. Please people, if you don’t understand business put some on your team who does968832_560100087362041_97015226_n

LOUDD: What are some of the names that will be giving us some knowledge about the music industry?

Big Amp: There will be very fundamental panels, as well as a few special guests, Blizm w/K-100 Radio, Tony Go Hard, DJ Rell, and many more. The public will be catered to with plenty of knowledge.

LOUDD: What do you want everyone that attends the Gainesville Music Summit to go home with?

Big Amp: I hope everyone walks away with a sense of urgency to succeed, and more contacts. Motivation with a plan to do better, and an execution game to follow through.





The weekend of Aug 30th marks the one year Anniversary of Level Nite Club, and to celebrate this momentous event Loudd Magazine had the pleasure of chatting with Owner/CEO Torry Farley about what this past year with Level has been like for the burgeoning entrepreneur.

Former owner of Status Night Club, Farley is relieved to have made it through year one with Level. He stated that it is a defining moment in his career because most businesses fail within their first year; he is convinced that this next year will be better than the last. The shining moment of the entire year was working with Elite Management Group and that his biggest goal for the club is to make Level as synonymous to Gainesville, like King of Diamonds is to Miami


Carrying a true entrepreneurial spirit he gives a platform for the Indie scene hosting MADE Mondays and Woman Crush Wednesdays as outlets for the independent artist. He wants to see the indie scene grow and hopes to put Level and Gainesville on the map for any artists trying to make a name and build a brand for themselves. Loudd Magazine will officially be hosting the next Indie artist showcase at Level and Farley is very excited about this particular event, being an artist himself, he said that the Indie showcase will be a great event for the Artists here in the city. This will be a great opportunity for the artists since they will be vying to win their spot to open up for one of the acts coming to Level this semester; Iceberg, Yung Scooter, Santa Maria, and Ty Dollar Sign (who will be performing Oct 10th), just to name a few.


Farley placed an emphasis on business and community collaboration. He supports outreach programs such as The Flossie B Walker Foundation and The Circle that, hosts a canned good drive every Sunday with donations/contributions being given back to the community. In order to establish more business collaborations in the city, Farley looks to the opening of Venue (located directly across the street from Level) he has a high amount of respect for “Jay Littles”, and his team and would jump at the chance to do business with them.


One God, one goal, one destiny, is the mantra that guides his goals for Level Nite Club, and he doesn’t want Level to be just another club, he wants to broaden the horizons and make Level an all encompassing venue for the city of Gainesville. That’s evident by the acts he has lined up for the One Year Anniversary celebration on Aug 30th 2014. The entire club will be open with live performances and of course game-day festivities. This event will be one for the city and Loudd Magazine will be present making sure we get a glimpse of the Indie-Artists performing that night.

There will be a lot of business for Level coming in this next year and Farley has high hopes to expand the Level demographic, with plans for a Foam Party partnering up w/ Santa Fe and UF, Techno w/ Dada Life, and a Glow Party. He has plans to make Level Nite Club the hottest spot in the Gator City.


If you are interested in planning an event at Level, they can be contacted at 352-363-6869 or you can check out their FaceBook Page click the link below.


LouddPSA: Team Up with Timbaland!!


Do you have an original track that you want to share with the world?

Do you think you have what it takes to spend a day in the studio Grammy Award Winning Producer Timbaland??

Put your skills to the test in the ‘Team Up With Timbaland’ Song Contest Presented by Lenovo and Microsoft

Here’s how it will work, The contest, which started Aug 27th, is open to individual, aspiring music artists who are 18 years and over and legal U.S. residents. Your submission must be of an ORIGINAL SONG. To submit, simply provide either a SoundCloud audio link or YouTube video link to your song. Your original song can be with or without lyrics and across any music genre.

There will be Two Rounds of Judging. Round One will be based on a combination of votes from the general public and judging by Timbaland. Up to five finalists will be selected. In Round Two those finalists will be given a music challenge by Timbaland to determine the Grand Prize winner.

Grand Prize includes a Two-night stay in Miami, a 6 hour recording session with Timbaland, VIP Tickets to Coachella 2015 and a $500 American Express Gift Card!

Submission Deadline is Sunday September 28th @11:59pm Pacific Standard Time.

For complete entry details and contest rules go to the contest website:


Post your entry in the LouddMagazine Facebook page so we can vote for your track!


LOUDDScenes: Homegrown Music & Arts Festival @TheCMC

Tomorrow August 23, The Civic Media Center and Library will be hosting The Homegrown Music and Arts Festival, which will start promptly at 6pm.


Sponsored by Bang Bang Suckas and Rx, this festival will feature some of Gainesville’s finest homegrown artists, and emcees!

Here’s the Line-up of all the Artist’s and Emcees performing

On the indoor stage there will be live Hip-Hop hosted by Bang Bang Suckas featuring

On the outdoor patio there will be EDM hosted by Rx featuring DJ’s

There will also be Art on display featuring the local talents of
Ras Justo, Travis Johnson, Rachel Sommer

Cover is $5 Before 10PM & $7 After

And of course we love a party with a purpose this festival will also give awareness to the Vote on the Second Amendment to allow the use of Medicinal Marijuana here in Florida.

For more information Check out the Facebook Event page for links to each artist, DJ, and also more information about the Vote on the Second Amendment!