Dwayne “Heat” Williams
HEAD OF BPG MEDIA
Dwayne “Heat” Williams was born in the city of Newark, New Jersey, but would move to the city of Philadelphia, PA. In Philadelphia, it all began when Dwayne “Heat” Williams’s parents entered him in a child competition at the age of 4 for a local celebrity, Captain Noah. Dwayne won 1st place which led him to several appearances on the Captain Noah show which aired on WPVI channel 6 in Philadelphia, PA. Dwayne’s love of the camera and stage made him instantly fall in love with the entertainment world. Dwayne knew as a child this was the life he wanted for himself.
Dwayne’s parents, Charles and Barbara Williams introduced Dwayne to his first instrument which was a six-string acoustic guitar. He took lessons for a few years but lost interest in playing. After the guitar, Dwayne was introduced to the saxophone but found it difficult to play due to lack of breath and wind. Finally, his parents introduced him to an electric piano keyboard which Dwayne fell in love with, and soon began learning to play his melodies by ear. Dwayne’s love for music had grown from making up his melodies to writing his lyrics and singing his original songs. As time went on, Dwayne and his family moved to historic Lawnside, NJ where he was in a few local singing groups he started with a few childhood friends: Richard Pollitt, Joel Still, and Eric Coard. Due to his friends loving sports more and not taking rehearsals seriously, this didn’t turn out as well as planned.
Dwayne then got into another local singing group with Ryan Gibson and Booker Ricks. They rehearsed and met several people but never went anywhere so he gave up on singing.
He then got his first taste of hip hop in Lawnside, NJ when he heard the Sugar Hill Gang album that his older sister, Carlene Williams, had bought. He fell in love with how they would put together words that rhymed and told stories. Then he came across other rappers like Melle Mel and the Furious 5, Cold Crush, Spoony Gee, and so on. Rap then became a part of his life as time went on, listening to Philly locals such as Jewel Tee, MC Breeze, Scholy Dee, Jazzy Jeff, and The Fresh Prince, Steady B, Tuff Crew, and more. He knew that was what he wanted to do with his life.
Dwayne met one of his closest friends Michael “Freeze” Moore, a producer, who was a production partner of another producer and DJ named Chuck CHD. They had a crew called the E.A.D. Posse. They produced Dwayne’s very first rap songs called “The Ultimate” and “Do What You Gotta Do”.
Dwayne then created a group with an old friend, Ricky Coles, in which they recruited Derrick “MC Grand” Fullard and Michael “Freeze” Moore, which led them to become the group called “Too Strong”. Dwayne had a cousin name Lou “Big Lou” Cummings who had a friend in the music business named Nate Banks who had a label called Sho Jazz with his father. Too Strong was offered a contract but declined due to discrepancies in the contract.
Very frustrated by how they were treated, Dwayne had gone to Mr. Fullard who was Derrick’s father and a very prestigious black businessman who owned several Burger King franchises, asking if he would be willing to invest in the group having their own record company and helping to cut their first major record. Mr. Fullard told Dwayne to do his research, come back with a business plan, show him all the numbers, and if he could do that, he would consider it. Dwayne did just that and that’s when the label 1st Class was born. They were able to cut a few songs, with one called “Too Strong” after the group name, which was rapped by Dwayne and Rick. The song was played on a local radio station and things began to start moving from there.
The producer of the group Mike “Freeze” Moore had an idea for a beat that he wanted to put together after he and Dwayne were riding in his car, listening to an old record called “Get Lifted”. They thought it would be dope to use and took it Chuck CHD to begin dealing the record. They received financing from Mr. Fullard and went to a studio called the Byrd’s Nest to do the initial recording with Dwayne and Rick, penning the original lyrics. Creative differences arose and Dwayne was told that he was being released from the group he originally started.
Dwayne then formed a new group with his godbrother and singer/ rapper Kendall “Coup DeVille”, and soon after, Cooper and Dwayne began writing songs together. They had a unique style. They then added a producer and dancer named Lynnwood Brown who would later leave the group to enlist in the armed services. Because of this, they ended up losing their producer and things came to a brief standstill until they ran into a long time friend and producer of Dwayne’s, Reggie Riggs, whom he met at Sho Jazz Records. Reggie produced for all of the Sho Jazz artists, the most well known being Nikki and Rap n Scratch. Dwayne and Kendall ended up driving to Camden, NJ to meet with Reggie, sit down and listen to his tracks. Once, he turned on the music, Dwayne and Kendall began rapping and singing, and instantly, the chemistry was born. Reggie joined the group as the producer and DJ, and the new three-man group, “Comin’ From The Archives”, was born. The very first song they recorded was a song that was originally produced by Lynwood called “Talking”, but was later reproduced by Reggie. They recorded their second song which was called “Popcorn MC’s”, a diss song to all rappers trying to go commercial at the time.
Dwayne’s long-time friend and mentor, Cosmic Kev, was DJing at a local Drexel University radio station called WKDU which aired every Sunday with his partner AJ Shine at the time. Dwayne played the “Pop Corn MC’s” record for Cosmic Kev, who instantly loved it. That same Sunday, Cosmic Kev played the song on WKDU and he said the phones started ringing. Kev continued to play the record and also began taking a further interest in the group.
“Comin’ From The Archives” then met a young lady named Tammy Riley, an acquaintance of Dwayne’s who had also listened to their song on WKDU. She expressed interest in managing Comin’ From The Archives and soon began to set up road dates for the group. Off to their very first show in Charlotte, North Carolina, the group also had the opportunity to meet the legendary Akon. While Akon loved and wanted to work with the group, this was unfortunately not brought to fruition due to future circumstances. Later, the group ended up meeting an attorney named Calvin, who co-owned a label called Bell Towers. The group ended up signing with Bell Towers, with Cosmic Kev hired as the A&R. Comin’ From The Archives then added a fourth member, Lyfe, an old friend of Dwayne’s. Lyfe brought another type of unique flavor and lyricism to the group that had made them even stronger. The group did several shows, and even became the first hip hop group to perform at the legendary jazz Clef Club of Philadelphia, PA. After many songs and tours, the group ended up breaking up due to life circumstances.
Dwayne and Cosmic Kev ended up becoming closer over time. At a time when the mixtape game was incredibly popular, Cosmic Kev was getting paid to make personal mixtapes for people, based on requests. Both then bought duplicator cassette machines and decided to go into business together, pushing mixtapes. As Kev’s popularity grew, his mixtapes had gotten stronger. He landed a 1 hour set on the Thunderstorm with Colby Colb and DJ Ran. During that time, the business began to expand. Cosmic Kev and my from Terrence “Hot Runner TL” Lovelace began talking about our future at Kev’s kitchen table in his house. Kev felt he needed a managerial and I told him I would do it and also help Hot Runner TL who was a producer place tracks, and Kev and I would represent him.
Kev then came out with his biggest critically acclaimed mixtape the “Best of Beanie Siegel” which had the streets on fire and people talking even more about Siegel. By then Hot Runner TL and I were making a name for ourselves placing tracks he produced sometimes with hooks written by me to Smiff n Wesson, Lil Kim, Junior Mafia, Charli Baltimore, Major Figgis, and so on. I would also land Cosmic Kev appearances on MTV with Star and Bucwild and the Basement with Big Tigga several times as well as magazine interviews in the Source and a few others. We would begin becoming heavy club promoters and have all the street team accounts for every label along with our team Raymond “Brock” Brockington and Quincy “ Q Deezy” Harris. We even through Cosmic Kev the biggest birthday bash in the area during that time and had all the clubs we touched on fire. I began working for Ruff Nations management company with Evan Gusz called Management Freaks, co-managed a singer/ writer with Lance “Un” Rivera, a rap artist with Mama’s Boy Mike McArthur and Jerome Hipps, and the same artist with Selim Bob. Dwayne also consulted for Judgement Records for Joe Nicolo and later ended up landing a job with Chocolate City Music / Def Jam doing radio promotion and Russell Simmons Music Group / Def Jam as Promo Coordinators and A&R.
Guided the careers of fRe$H aka Short Dawg formerly of Young Money Entertainment, now on TRU, Gudda Gudda of Young Money Entertainment and Mizgin of Paper Music, and booked shows for Jae Mills formerly of Young Money Entertainment, T-Streets of Young Money Entertainment
A&R Consultant for DJ/Platinum Producer DJ Clinton Sparks with placements on Kat Deluna, “Waves”, Marc E. Bassy, 2 placements, and World Featuring Walshy Fire & Clinton Sparks “Show You Off” Remix and Clinton Sparks featuring Marc E Bassy.
Placed 8 fRe$H aka Short Dawg songs in “The Running Russell Simmons” reality show, starring Russell Simmons.
A&R of the Waist Deep soundtrack starring Tyrese Gibson, Meagan Good, and The Game in 2006 but not credited. Instrumental in the signing of the female group Black Buddafly A&R the single Bad Girls for the Waist Deep soundtrack Instrumental in the signing of Short Dawg Instrumental in the signing of the artist Dro from Watts
Instrumental in developing the 1st mobile app in history with the likeness of a recording artist that drove consumer traffic to artist recordings while consumer played videos on their cell phone which was featured on MTV by Rosenberg called Frankenstein
Dwayne then met twin producers by Lamar and La’Nelle Seymour who went by the name Drum Up. Dwayne “Heat” Williams became their manager and helped them navigate the deal for Lil Wayne’s biggest single to date “How to Love” which they produced the track. He then helped them negotiate a huge publishing deal with the single along with Michael McArthur, Jerome Hipps, Angelique Miles, and his attorney Stephen Pina with Leotis Clyburn and Big John Platt at EMI Publishing. That was the beginning of him being on his way as a strong music business negotiator, 220k publishing deal with EMI and 100k deal with Lyric Financial for the 4xs platinum single “How To Love” by Lil Wayne off the “Carter 4”.
Now Dwayne is the CEO / CVO / Partner for the BPG Media Foundation Media and The Blue Print Groups. He, Jean Nelson, Brad Rubens, and Gee Roberson opened up the film division for The Blue Print Group called BPG Media. Dwayne along with Time Temper played the major roles in the partnership between BPG Media and Foundation Media Global. Dwayne has created a music Television Show called Signing Power which he is an Executive Producer. The show has been picked up by NBC/ Universal. He is also the Executives Producer for The Bid Movie which he played a significant part in landing the distribution deal for and Producer and casting agent for two major upcoming movies called “The Come Up and “The Get Back” through GVN Releasing / Sony.