(n) Broadly defined as someone who creates
a new buzz on the street
for a new sound, artist, album, beat, fashion, or concept. Usually used to describe DJs, producers, songwriters, rappers, and lyricists who introduce influential
songs, beats, albums, and/or mixtapes which take hold in the marketplace.
(v) To create a new buzz on the street
for an up-and-coming sound, artist, album, beat, fashion, or concept which becomes influential
in the music
Originates from Billboard's "Heatseeker" chart which tracks successful
artists who have
never appeared on the Billboard 200 chart.
1. After the release of their genre-busting ghetto-rock
album, and their subsequent signing
to a major label, Kongcrete became the music scene's most sought-after heatmakers.
2. At Hot97, Funkmaster Flex's ability to pick out the next
has made him a respected heatmaker who can make and break
the careers of rising artists.