Last year, HNHH and TuneCore partnered up to launch the extensive "Heat Seekers" contest, an eleven-week showcase designed to highlight some of the game's best unsigned talent. After a lengthy search and plenty of submissions, Mr. Lightupp was ultimately declared to be the winner. Now, we're back with another edition of the "Heat Seekers" challenge, picking up with our new format designed to highlight some of the twelve competitors. After all twelve are revealed, the winner will be chosen from there. Should you be interested in trying your luck, you can submit your own music right here

With Tye Harris setting things off last week, now is the time for Dallas' own Big Dawg Johnson, otherwise known as Big Hud. No stranger to putting in work, Big Dawg has crossed paths with several notable rappers, including on his most recent single with Too $hort and BeedA Weeda -- not to mention his work with Chance The Rapper, OMB Peezy, Rittz, Yelawolf, Yella Beezy, Scott Storch, and more.

Now, Hud is looking to continue his ascent, bringing his Southern influence to the fold on standout tracks like "Wipe The Slate Clean." Drawing inspiration from the game's top moguls, Big Dawg's ambitions are matched only by his potential.  If you're looking to get a better understanding of Big Dawg Johnson, his music, his goals, and those who helped shape him, we've got an exclusive Q&A for your benefit below. 

HNHH: Where are you from? How has your home influenced your sound and style?

Big Dawg Johnson:I’m from Dallas, Tx. My sound was heavily influenced by southern artists like T.I. & UGK & Future.

Describe your sound in three words.

Feel Good Music

How old are you? Does age matter in music?

Age doesn’t matter as long as you can relate & get your message across to your targeted demographic.

What's the last album you listened to?

Dej Loaf new project It's A Setup. My production team actually produced a record on it called “Technical Foul”.

Name your top three biggest influences.

Too Short, Diddy, Master P all for mogul & pioneer reasons.

Name your dream collaboration.

To Rap on a Dr. Dre/Scott Storch beat.

If you could only listen to one album for the rest of your life, what would it be?

UGK's Riding Dirty.

What's your favorite hip-hop sub-genre at the moment?

Drill Rap. RIP Pop Smoke.

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