Thursday, December 3, 2009


Ambitious features focus on young adults that are creating their own paths for success. I feature noteworthy individuals who are trailblazers in their craft of choice. I highlight their stories, first and foremost to recognize people of our generation who are doing positive things, and furthermore in hopes that their stories inspire someone else.
This week's feature belongs to Rodney aka "Hot Rod on the Track". You may be familiar with that infamous phrase on one of Memphis' own #1 hits "5 Star Chick" by Yo Gotti. This is the man behind the beat. He is a young man, focused, and from what I know has a great work ethic that is sure to get him far. Get to know him.....

Who is "Hot Rod"? What makes you AMBITIOUS?

I am someone who works hard and is very humble. I do what I have to do to succeed in life.

What made you decide to produce music?

I figured, if I could think of a cool beat in my head, then I could make it in real life. It was not easy, and some of my early work was straight trash. After a while, I got the hang of things and kept working at it. People began to suggest I sell my beats. After posting my work on myspace, I landed my first gig working with 8Ball & MJG's group, Da Volunteers. That is how my career started.

How did the track "5 Star Chick" come about?

My freshman year of college, I cut a math class. I remember because I woke up late for a test and decided not to go. On that fall morning (LOL) the 5 star beat was born. If I went to class maybe I wouldn't be doing this interview. Who knows? But, for the record, all the people who love doing music, GO TO CLASS!

What can we expect from you next?

We are still in the works for some major opportunities. I have a few things laid out on the table, as far as placements. We are moving at a steady pace and making sure we make the right moves to benefit our future. So all I can really say is be on the look out. But trust me there are a few surprises in store, I just ask that you be patient. (LOL)

What is your ultimate goal?

My ultimate goal as a person is to mold my daughter into the woman I know she can be. As far as my music, I want to eventually start my own label and teach artists or producers along the way. Hopefully, I will have gained all the knowledge I need by then.

What artist(s) would you definitely want to work with in the future?

One artist in particular, I would definitely want to work with is Beyonce. She took the female R&B game by storm. She has great music and she is definitely going down in history as one of the greats.

What advice would you give to up & coming producers or anyone trying to break into the industry?

Most important, BE INDEPENDENT, remain humble at all times, and be prepared at all times. You don't know what great situation may arise. If you are looking for a different route, try to attend some DJ retreats with your work, or a few Indie award shows. There are new artists looking for music. Another thing I would like to give, my own words of advice, don't make music your only option. It is not for everyone, some will make it, others wont. Have a plan to fall back on. Go to school, get a degree, because music is not promising. It can be here today and gone tomorrow, then what would you be left with?

Who influences you?

The two most influential people who have changed my world, are my fiance Jamaica Hedrick, and our lovely beautiful daughter, Jamaya. They have been here through it all, the ups and the downs.

What do you want people to know most about you?

From a musician's point of view, I want aspiring producers to know that just because you make a hit, doesn't mean you are "ON". A lot of people from the outside looking in think my life is in lights. But, I am still working hard to make it. This is only the BEGINNING!

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  1. I think that u r doing a very good job on ur ambitious blogs.. it really let's us as ur readers get to know these people.. I think this blog is always great for the ppl you are interviewing because they get "exposed" more.. I would like to tell u and hot rod both to keep up the good work and u guys are really makin "us" look good.. u guys r doing something positive.. keep it up.. and look forward to more tracks as well as blogs..

  2. HOtRod on the track!!! Your One Of The Best Producers In da Game Right NOw!!! You Broke Gotti's career with your 5 Star song..and Ima 5 Star Chick :)