The Mingo Trail is comprised of two segments that run through Tulsa. It's on this trail that you'll see real nature. The trees vast and tall run along the trail. The wild life birds, squirrels, and pitbulls that have gotten loose. And then theirs the junkiez. Their trails of of broken glass bottles and syringes litter the ground as they lay unresponsive from their last fix. It's best to just not fuck with them. Adam The God is doing just this with the release of his latest video "I Can't FW Junkiez".
Adam The God is an artist from Tulsa, Oklahoma that is known for his colorful flow and his love for the city. It's on stage that he shines just as bright as the gold grill that he rocks. One part of the T-Town Boys, Adam The God and the T-Town Boys have been blazing their own trail and gaining a loyal fanbase along the way. It's local favorites like "Lipton" and "Oklahoma Natural Gas" that have helped Adam The God gain notoriety and an artist to look out for in 2019.
The track was produced by RXG7RKINT which starts out with a harp which becomes the main focal part of the beat. The harp has a very distinct sound that has been used throughout hip-hop in songs like The Clipse's "Ride Around Shining" and more recently Jay Critch, Famous Dex, and Rich The Kid's song "In My Coupe". But it's the hard hitting bass that brings the beat back to hip-hop and together creates the perfect trap symphony. Adam The God is clearly the conductor as he able to bend and contort words in a way that fills up bars in a puzzle piece of words that only he could solve and fit together. His skill and rapping ability has gotten him the respect from his peers rappers and from the culture. To put it simply. He's a rappers rapper. The track shows his ability to have fun and show his personality. But its lines like "I been runnin game and yea know I double lap em", that shows his ability to drop a dope bar.
The video was shot by King Spencer and takes part on the eastside of Tulsa. It's Adam The God in his element as seen in the pictured spray paint tag of on the Mingo Trail. Tulsa is in his blood and is on his back as he rocks local artist GxThree t-shirt and a King Spencer's "Tulsa Progression" t-shirt. It's this support he has for the city that is also reciprocated from his fans, his peers, and the venues. And just when you think the video is over and the song is going into the third chorus, the track slows as the purple drankin Houston Chopped & Screwed music begins to play. DJ Screw would be proud.
Checkout "I Can't FW Junkiez" below:
To find out more about Adam The God follow his social media below:
Facebook: @Adam The God "TwocupShakurTTB"
SoundCloud: @Adam The God
I know what your thinking. This is one of those crazy posts. Your partially right. But this is more of a warning to those that make crazy posts, to be cautious and to remember that the internet doesn't give out passes for real life. But also it's true, don't let social media get you fucked up. And to help you I've created a guideline to help you not get fucked up from social media.
What's the real problem? The real problem is when "influencers" complain about getting SoundCloud links in their comments or getting DM's from strangers with links to their music. My beef isn't that they say how much they hate it. It's that when asked how to do it the right way they never have a reply, just sarcasm and passive aggressive responses. I recently had a twitter conversation with an influencer who screen-shotted someone who had DM'd them a SoundCloud link. Which is the wrong response for someone who clearly wants help. Instead they should've simply replied with a, "If you really want to talk about your music checkout this video" or "Please submit your music to this website?" . But they instead tried to use their platform to bash the artist. And In my book that automatically makes you lame. That means you have no empathy and your hiding behind your "internet persona".
But it ain't my job: My response is: Why the fuck is it not? These influencers are doing what they love to do. They're taking expensive trips and hanging with stars and going to lavish parties in the Hamptons. All fun right? But what about these senders of these SoundCloud links? Most likely they're working some job that they hate. They're putting the money that they do make from that same job back into their passion and hoping that just one connection, one reply will help them get out of their situation. Sometimes the decision can be hard. Send this SoundCloud link or say "Fuck it" and go rob people or go sell rocks instead. The latter is the easiest of them to do. I personally would rather listen to a SoundCloud link than get robbed at gunpoint by a kid who probably gave up on their dreams. But that's just me.
Like Jeezy says in his interview with Everyday Struggle to:
"These kids are trying to figure their lives out. These the same mutherfuccas that would be robbing your ass if they didn't have no outlet."
"Who you helping? Who you looking out for? Who are you putting in a position to help the next cat that's gonna come?"
We all screwed 'cause we never had the tools: How can you expect someone to act in a certain way if they never knew how in the first place. Most these kids never took formal business writing classes. They was tryna survive. So exuse them if they don't have the correct business etiquette. Or don't use the upmost professionalism when they are messaging you. The might've been 5 minutes from robbing you but decided to see if they get a reply from this one message that they put their hopes into. That you so effortlessly just ignored or even complained about. And for that you do deserve to get fucked up.
So why not give these kids the tools they need? People who don't want to help someone in need is usually insecure in their position and in life. The people that are truly confident in their position are the ones who see the benefits in helping out other artists. There's been plenty of examples how one small gesture has helped someone years down the line. When the pendulum swings and you aren't as hot as you once were, sometimes it's this small gesture that the now person with clout remembered that can lead to opportunities in the future. It's also an opportunity for you to create content that you can use to help promote your brand via your personal courses and webinars.
I do give them the tools it's $79.99: If you do in fact give people the tools and nobody knows about it then you probably ain't marketing yourself right. Theirs things your not doing to further your reach. But if your first response to someone who needs knowledge and the right tools to succeed is to blast them with your $79.99 course than your material probably sucks anyway. So "Fuck your Sales Funnel".
I don't want to help anyone at all: Your human. You have the right to stay to yourself and post "cat memes" all day. But if you go on a social media platform and aren't willing to help and actually be social then why are even on social media. Set your profile to private . Turn your comments off. And enjoy your cult.
The only way to not get fucked up on social media: Don't be a lame and post passive aggressive posts about hating that someone needs help. Don't act like the platform that you have has created some sort of unbearable burden on you. Instead be willing to help those that are truly in need. That's the only way to not get fucked up on social media or your chain snatched.
And in year 2019 Jeezy is still putting on for his city:
Travis Scott's AstroWorld Tour "Wish You Were Here Tour 2" will be in Tulsa on Feb. 8th. That's right Tulsa, Oklahoma will have a rap artist who is Grammy nominated headlining the BOK Center. For the many hip-hop lovers this is a dream come true. A dream that wouldn't have happened 5 years ago. Because at that time it was perceived that there wasn't a "Hip-Hop" audience here. Especially with artists like Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga selling out the BOK Center each time they stopped by. But what the BOK and other venues that were not in-tuned with the scene there was a storm brewing and it's name was Hip-Hop.
Venues like Sound Pony and The Yeti opened it's doors to Hip-Hop artist and took a chance on a genre that was mostly seen as not having a market here. This chance paid off in a major way as these venues thrived on nights that would normally be dead. The off nights of Monday's gave birth to open mic nights like "The Situation", where Hip-Hop was the main genre but it included R&B, poetry, dance, electronic, and other arts. Lessons in Fresh became a staple show known for bringing together the four elements of Hip-Hop and educating the people about it's origins.
Oklahoma rapper, he a local rapper
So why go to local shows? Because it's proof that there is a market for the genre. It's not until venues start seeing the dollars flow elsewhere that they are willing to invest in booking bigger Hip-Hop artists like Drake or Wiz Khalifa. But if all you do is travel to bigger cities like Dallas or Kansas City than you are investing in other cities nightlife and continuing to help them build a scene that you "an outsider" will never truly be apart of. Booking companies want to see that the cities have an audience that is willing to spend money on ticket and the first place to look is local shows as a gauge for how much of a fit the city would be for certain artists. The BOK Center has been voted multiple years as the best venue in the U.S, so the lack of venue is not the problem. It's the lack of people coming to the local shows.
But he a local rapper. True, but as Chris "The God MC" Cain states that big name artists are local rappers where they come from. And everywhere they go they make sure to let it be known that their city is a good place to have a show, evening going as far as throwing festivals and bringing the bigger artists to their cities. If you do the same artists will make sure to tell other artist to come to Tulsa and see the Hip-Hop scene.
Circulate! In Steph Simon's track "Diamonds" he has a line that goes "Circulate, Circulate, money moving like a hundred ways fuck around and buy a bank." That's true to any local artist. Supporting local artists also means supporting local businesses. From buying t-shirts from artists that are printed at local t-shirt shops. To local graphic designers that create posters that artists use for promotion. Investing in local artists is also investing in your community. Because unlike the big artists in other cities, local artists pay rent here, eat at local shops here, and pay taxes here. (Let's not get into paying taxes in cities you tour in.)
We have some amazingly talented artists that put their time, their money, and their passion into creating a scene that is mimics an Atlanta or a Chicago. But at the same time we also have the potential to be something more, something greater. Something Hip-Hop. As seen on the track "Love Affair" (read the review here) that features both artists. So come to a local Hip-Hop show and support your scene and your people. Or move to Dallas.
Checkout the video "Love Affair" below:
2018 was a crazy year! So much music was dropped. I bet you don't remember that Drake's "God's Plan" was released this year. Or that J. Cole dropped KOD. Nas even dropped an album this year using Kanye's 7-song album format. Newcomers like Lil Baby dropped their first album. While artists like Lil Yachty set out to prove that there's no such think as a Sophore slump. Migos setout to prove that they can still make hits. We remembered Mac Miller and XXXtentacion who both dropped projects that are helping to keep their memories alive. What a year for music!
I remember listening to Wiz Khalifa's Kush & Orange Juice and just how good of a project it is. It has stood the test of time as a classic project. It was a complete body of work and it was the songs and the skits that kept you coming back to the project. Tracks like "Skit #1" where Wiz Khalifa played a radio personality inspired me have my own show. But for my show we're asking callers what was the Best Rap Album of 2018.
Here's Part 1:
As you can see this is not as easy as it seems. But we have 2 more callers who have an opinion about the Best Rap Album of 2018 in are part 2.
Here's Part 2:
Thanks for everyone that called in.
Make sure to follow their social media below:
Part 1: Callers
Caller #1: Dial Tone (Instagram: @tonesbeach)
Caller #2: Nicole Jocleen (Instagram: @nicolejocleen)
Part 2: Callers
Caller #1: DJ Ali Shaw Instagram (@beautifulwon)
Caller #2: Meezo Instagram (@meezomitchell)
Paige Howard. A movie that was written and shot by the Oklahoma City team Daily Devotion became more than just a movie. The Christmas Eve premiere was shown in a local theater room in Oklahoma City. And by the end of the movie it was clear that more was on the line than awards and accolades. There are still real life consequences. Consequently it was when you really stopped and looked around the room that you noticed the people who were genuinely happy to see each other, and genuinely proud of the team of people that had put so much into a project. As the movie ended and the applause from the audience began, it was nothing but love that filled the theater room. This was an important moment in time. This same feeling is most felt on the Paige Howard Soundtrack that became more than just a soundtrack. It became a celebration of the bridge that was built between Oklahoma City and Tulsa, the perfect "Love Affair".
When Grand was rappin like Spitta,
Love Affair is the last track off the "Paige Howard Soundtrack" that tells the tale of two cities bridging. Along with a video video that showed scenes from the Paige Howard movie as well as the two cities coming together as one. Chris "The God MC" Cain one of the best storytelling MCs from way of Oklahoma City starts out the track by comparing the different styles of Oklahoma artists, and shows by the end of the verse that Tulsa and Oklahoma City have more in common than they even knew. And Tone was rappin' like Nas too.
But there's two sides to every bridge and for Tulsa it's Steph Simon. Steph Simon is also one of the best storytellers in his own right. He continues to tell the story of how Tulsa and Oklahoma City have came together and built a family.
From Eastside to the Northside,
If I had to sum up "Love Affair" into one word it would be reminiscent. Two of the best storytelling reminisce on how we got here. Whether traveling down I-44 or Route 66 the track proves that the two cities were never that far from each other. We were always paying the same tolls. And it's comparisons like Bobo's Chicken and TNT Wangs that are sprinkled through both verses that show that we were never that different. The only complaint I could have about the song is that it's short. But maybe that's OK because there is still so much story between Tulsa and Oklahoma City to be written. It's truly a "Love Affair".
Checkout the video "Love Affair" below:
Lookin like legacy, she lookin like phedamines,
Hakeem Eli'juwon is back with his latest video "5:30" off his 5-track project "PLACID" that was released earlier this year. Anyone that knows of Hakeem's work knows that he has the ability to put out multiple projects in a single year that only rivals artist like Curren$y who shocked the world last your with the release of 12 projects in one year, and didn't slow down this year either by releasing at multiple projects this year. Hakeem Eli'juwon has dropped projects this year including a recently released 5-track project called "Trill Status" and has been featured on numerous tracks including Keezy Kuts song "Michelangelo" (read the article here)
The track 5:30 is produced by B Young who starts out the production of the track with a low somber horn that slowly picks up wher it is then accompanied by a hard hitting snare and a lightly strummed harp. The special ingredient added to the production of the track is the "Chirp" which is often associated with the Motorola Nextel Walkie-Talks that have been immortalized during the early 2000s for it's utility in the trap profession. Fitting for Hakeem's style and the subject matter of this track. Hakeem Eli'juwon is great at painting the picture of the hustler/player that has chosen to make his own path through life, and even with the darkness of his past there is an optimism in this track of him wanting to achieve more as he speaks of "greatness" and "lessons through growth", and "achieving his goals". It's as if he has a vault of stories and 5:30 is just one of the many that he has locked away waiting for the right beat to unlock. The video is created by SeriouslyK5 and surprisingly this is his first video. Surprisingly, because is was shot and edited pretty well. There are numerous solo performance scenes of Hakeem which is fitting seeing that this is more of a personal track. Add a classic car for some b-roll shots and you have a solid video that gives the track room to breathe while at the same time complementing each other.
Checkout Hakeem Eli'juwon's latest video 5:30 below:
Now are we consumers,
Alkaline Water. Is it better for you? Is it just another well-marketed sugar water? Well the jury is still out. But when it comes to Keezy Kuts latest video Alkaline there's no question the benefits of this track.
The video was shot by director DJ Kold, who also shot Keezy Kuts last video "Michaelangelo" which featured fellow Tulsa artist Hakeem Eli'juwon (read the review here..). This time Keezy Kuts is solo on the track but still brings some friends along for the ride. Keezy Kuts and DJ Kold have built a rapport that shows in the video. This tag team duo are slowly producing some of Keezy Kuts's best videos to date.
Alkaline is one of Keezy Kuts shorter songs being that it's only 2 minutes and 13 seconds. It's also the lead single of Keezy Kuts up coming 4-track EP Kush and Water that is NOW available on all streaming sites. It's Keezy's signature freestyle and witty wordplay that really stands out on this track. As he jumps from topic to topic from being on Alkaline water and Keto, to his support for local brands by mentioning Pade Tea, Keezy Kuts is drippin down Pine. Being that Meet The Kushers was the way Keezy started the year, Alkaline is a hell of a way to end the year.
Old school shoes probably rockin' Scottie Pippens
Checkout Keezy Kuts latest show Alkaline below:
What A Time To Be Alive! No time more than now has artists and celebrities lives been on display. This can be attributed to some of our favorite social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and SnapChat. Here's a quick history lesson of how we got here: Wayyyy back in the day before social media existed there were only newspapers and magazines that gave you a small glimpse into what really was only what the artists wanted you to see. Then there came TV shows like MTV and BET that showed you a glimpse even more into artists and gave you an idea of artist's mannerisms and personas as approved by their publicists and PR team. But the problem with both of these methods is that it often took a while for news to break because only after being funneled by program directors and show schedules. That's all changed with the introduction of social media. Celebrities and artists are now beamed to millions of screens and with the push of a button anything from pictures, to words, to videos can be shared instantly. And if you know anything about the internet then you know that once somethings on the internet then it's there forever. Ask Kevin Hart.
These celebrities and artists at one time seemed so distant, now their so accessible. So you may be asking yourself how can I talk to this artists? OR how can I pick their brain apart? Will they listen to your mixtape? Social Media probably won't help you with getting your mixtape listened to. But your in luck if your wanting to ask your favorite celebrity that one question that you've been to ask. Thanks to Instagram's feature "Instagram Questions Sticker".
They say you miss 100% of the shots you don't take. Same is true for the questions you don't ask. The smart phone has become a lifeline now, especially for artists. Those cross country flights are long and taxing making this a time for artists and celebrities to try to connect and get the most out of their audience. So ask away, it might just be your lucky day. Also artists and brands are using this new Instagram feature to help them collect data and to improve engagement.
Here's just a few ways celebrities and brands are using the "Instagram Questions Sticker":
It's important to not just ask any question you want to get value out of the exchange. It's OK to take a second to come back to the post while you come up with the perfect question. But be quick, the story is only there for 24hrs or until they delete it. Even so, if you don't have anything important to say, saying something is still a good way to keep that line of communication open and can set you apart from all the other thousands of followers.
So what are you waiting for? Ask away. And if you want to get more engagement from your audience. Use the "Instagram Questions Sticker". Or as the youngsters say. Let me see somethin'.
And it wouldn't be Tulsa Lines if we didn't give you somethin to vibe to. So here is 50 Cent's "21 Questions":
Throughout music it's taken more than words to pack stadiums. Simply words is not enough. It takes something more. Something that moves you. Something that sweeps across the nation. And that has people of all ages talking. I'm talking about feeling. That Feeling as sang by James Brown and other great R&B vocalists expressed the feelings of the people. And it would be these people that would spend their hard earned money to relive the first time they heard some of the most iconic voices and vocal performances. Chris Richardsson is an artist looking to become a great and his latest single "Feel Good" is step in the right direction.
Covert Run is a band from Chicago that considers their style of music to be Alternative/Pop which can be heard in the tracks they select. The band consists of three members Daniel Kremer, Jack Lorenz, and John Penrod. And as you can see from their pictures above these musicians take their craft serious. So lets get to know the group a little.