"Me found Bravery in my Bravado" this bar is taken from Kanye West's track "Dark Fantasy" which appears on his album "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy". But this bar also perfectly describes "TheGRAE" an artist from Tulsa, Oklahoma who with the release of his recent project "Live From Trytan" is looking to leave the same if not greater mark than his icon Kanye. Comparing the the two it's easy to see why Kanye West is one of TheGRAE's biggest influences, Especially after realizing that both are producers turned rappers/artists, and both come from a city where the odds of making it out of those city limits are greatly against them.
Live From Trytan is a world created by TheGRAE, a world he brings his listeners into with the first track called "C'est La Vie" which is a French word for "Such is Life". The song opens with artist Sincere Grant who sets the tone for what can only be labeled as the road map to what the album has to come to be. TheGRAE himself is able to navigate thru the track with a confidence and a surety to where he is leading the listener. TheGRAE spits: "I'm tryna blow yo mind while your bitch is blowing mine. Put my life up on the line. And put my soul into these rhymes."
Track 2 of the album "Silence is Golden" more or less continues the formula of the album. Which is collaborating with well established independent artists, combined with creatively textured beats, and lastly TheGRAE spittin bars. It's a formula that works well on the album as seen with track collaborator "Keeng Cut", who is the undisputed Flava king that spits: "I'm forever huggin on trees. They forever huggin on these, nuts this shit is outrageous, fuck it up when I be on stages, Ron Isley baby I'm contagious.." What I like about this track is how textured the beat is, it seems to build with each bar. Combine that with the fact that TheGRAE goes in on the track and you can see why this is the perfect formula for the album.
When studying planets it's natural to divide them to a north and a south, and for Live From Trytan track 6 "All The Way" is this division in the album between hip hopper and artist. The album is hip-hop but it also transcends into other genres like Pop and EDM, which is something normally an artist would do on their 2nd to 3rd album and wouldn't normally be comfortable enough to reach into a different genre. But as TheGRAE proves that he does not shy away from any challenge and he won't be confined to only one category of music. He's an artist.
The Phoenix is this mystical creature that rose from the ashes and shined in even the darkest of times. And in a way this song is fitting for not only TheGRAE but for Tulsa it's self. A city that still reveals in the ashes of it's past and the artist that is attempting to rise above it all. "I'm just a hook away from greatness, and a song away from Made it." The Phoenix is the last track of the album where TheGRAE proves that he has what it takes he has the talent, he has the work ethic, he has the Bravado. And so he rises like The Phoenix.
The Numbers: Live From Trytan has a total of 14 tracks that add up to be just under 51 minutes of listening experience. There are 6 total features on the album (Sincere Grant, Keeng Cut, Surron the 7th, Image, Keezy Kuts, and Beezy Bayb). There are 2 producers on the album (long-time collaborator 2peece who produced 8 tracks and TheGRAE himself who produced the other 6 tracks). The first track C'est La Vie is the longest track on the album at 4 mins and 36 seconds.
Live From the Trytan is TheGRAE's BONJOUR to his wold. He found a formula that worked for him and didn't shy away from doing the unexpected. He embodied it, while bodying it. He lead his listeners thru his world with his rules. And in a world that might not have been big enough for him to be him. TheGRAE created his own. So go listen to Live From Trytan and enjoy the tour.
Checkout the album "Live From Trytan" here:
On February 3rd Lacy Park hosted an event called the "5th Annual Black Wall Street Heritage & History Festival". It was Black Excellence at it's finest and it showed glimpses of the old Black Wall Street, the same Black Wall Street that is needed more now than ever. The concept of the "Black dollar" circulating around a community and seeing one purchase be the seed to a community that has been left barren after the destruction of what was once a thriving land.
But back to the event. It was a celebration, that included dancers from the local Langston Hughes Academy as well as booths from Black-owned businesses both from Tulsa and and across the state. And of course the community. It's the community that was the true celebration. It's the community that still kept hope. A hope that an artist named Written Quincey uplifted with his words. Words that cut through the tough times, words that cut through the forgotteness. These are the needed words. So listen to Written Quincey... As it was written:
The shores of Tulsa are often calm. Quiet. Unbothered. Except for one surfer named St. Domonick, who with his recent release #SSS has been making some major waves. Short for "Santos Swimming School", #SSS is an inside look into a more braggadocios St. Domonick whose love for 90s nostalgia and culture can be felt throughout the project.
From the first track "Intro" St. Domonick immediately lets it be known that he doesn't have time to be HUMBLE. Which time becomes an interesting part of this project seeing that it's only 19 mins long. It's with these 19 mins that every single word becomes that much more important, and that every song has to be able to stand out on their own. And at the same time everything has to be intentional, yet organic. Just like the waves themselves. But St. Domonick uses this to his advantage and from the first play you can tell that he is out to to prove that he is out for something greater than radio plays or likes. He's going for the THRONE. And to prove this on the track "Intro" he uses a 90's hardcore New York beat and a sick flow to leave no doubt. A track the late great Prodigy would be proud of. He raps: "Yo I'm that nigga that you came to see, like Eddie Kane, I wish it would rain and get these stains off me, because I'm filthy and deranged, you niggas ain't gone eat."
You see what I mean! St. Domonick spazzed out on the track! So I had to hear the rest the track but was quickly reminded that IT COST TO SMOKE!!
For anyone that follows St. Domonick knows that he is a fan of basketball, so it's no wonder that his track "Kawhi" would be named after the all-star San Antonio Spur Kawhi Leonard whose influence can be heard on the hook: "D that bitch up like Kawhi Leonard..." When listening to this track it became clear that St. Domonick has mastered the art of the "hook". As he uses the hook in this song to be almost like a regular verse by structuring the song in such a way that the hook becomes a main focal point in the song, which is a common theme seen throughout the project.
Track 4 is strategically placed as the 3rd track of the project. Wait hold up! Yea your reading that right. The track titled "Track 4" is actually the 3rd track on the project. Again the conciseness of the project is deceiving. The album is so concise that I literally tried to convince myself that I was actually on the 4th track. This is a testament to how great the project is in that a person can play the album straight through without skipping a song.
Conspiracy Theory 1: The title SSS has showed up in St. Domonick's catalog before as the 3rd track on his album ORPHIC. Could this be a clue like in that movie Inception and from that track spawned #SSS the album?
St. Domonick also puts his acting abilities on spotlight on his track "INTERLUDE", which also lowkey features a supporting acting performance and background track by fellow Tulsa artist Keeng Cut. Listen as these two have a crazy dialogue about ordering from the TNT Wangs drive-thru and a $32 bill that St. Domonick and friends rack up.
The project has only one credited feature called 5050 which features fellow CT$ member and longtime collaborator Hakeem Eli'juwon. Hakeem who has collaborated with St. Domonick on songs such as "No Spark" and "Rockin' Pennys", contributes a verse and also spits the chorus. And though these two have two distinct styles, it's easy to see why these two artists work well on a track. Hakeem spits: "I got talent but hard work will surely top it, I took King as an example it was knowledge."
From the dope cover art, merchandise, to the promotion of this project St. Domonick has set his self apart and created a simple and clean #SSS campaign.
#SSS is the project that proves St. Domonick has mastered the art of the wave. To an onlooker it seems like the album may be short, just like watching a surfer riding a wave. But to the surfer that's actually inside the wave, all sense of time is lost. Only the Experience matters. And although the project is only 19 mins long it's the experience that St. Domonick is able to create that makes the listener get lost in each track rather than the time. So what's the perfect wave? To a surfer the wave lasts just long enough to want to find that wave again, and to the listener #SSS lasts long enough to want to hear the tape again. So whether surfer or listener #SSS is the experience of what can only be considered as THE PERFECT WAVE!! And finding the wave is the best part of the experience.
So listen to St. Domonick's #SSS and it's entirety here:
Also to purchase his limited edition #SSS merch here: www.umbratulsa.com
The 2004 Detroit Pistons won the NBA championship with arguably the greatest back court of all time Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton. Chauncey ran the court and saw the plays developing before they even happened, while Richard out worked everyone on the court. But what truly made this duo so great was the magic they created when both were on the court. They knew their game and they played it well. Two rappers Dial Tone and Hakeem Eli'juwon are reminiscent of this duo on their track 'Get On Up'.
I know what your thinking damn..... Why would you do that? Why invest in crypto? It's speculative..... I say fuck you it's my money. Or in more laymen’s turns, I am only invest whatever feels comfortable to ME. Not a penny more. So let's get to the fucking story already.
Plus it's plenty of rappers investing in crypto right now like; Future, DJ Khalid, and a rapper who is all about his business Nipsey Hussle. Who went to a city in Amsterdam that is cryto friendly. Crazy...
In this new digital age of content, music, and media it can be easy to be left behind. There are so many new artists and so many new albums that drop in one season. This makes it almost impossible to consume it all, let a lone choose an album of the year. Even more is the fact that there are so many variations of a release such as; singles, EP, LP, album, mixtape, compilation, greatest hits, and most recently playlist. And with all these variations and new content being dropped it's easy to see how an artist can feel the pressure to release new music. This has been even more of a concern now that artists now can push a button and have content pushed out to millions of listeners. But what happens if the pressure is too much and that album you promised and have been promoting for 3 months gets pushed back? Here's a few examples:
The Otsutsuki Brothers are back! You know Norega and Omelli. This time they are dropping a visual to their smash hit Fast Cars (read our review here.) This song has definitely become a fan favorite and the energy from this track is undeniable, especially in the club. So it was only right that the Otsutsuki Brothers drop a visual for this record.
What you do it fo? This is the question Steph Simon has been asking himself as the time to the premiere of his Moviementary (movie documentary) “Live From the Tisdale” draws closer. A question that the movie tries to give insight into just how difficult an answer this is. The moviementary centers around Steph Simon’s live performance titled “Live From the Tisdale” which you can find my review here. Also accompaning Steph is his band The Rowlands, which the name of the band is a story within itself that is discussed a little in the moviementary.
But basically from me I just recognized myself as a king of myself, a king of my decisions, the king of my being....
We are all born with intuition, a feeling, a knowing. But many of us far too often don't act on this because of the fear of not knowing. But for King Spencer it's this fear that helps to fuel his decisions and it's his intuition that helps to steer them.
Click here to read more about King Spencer....
The story and the origin of the Otsutsuki Brothers is unknown which leaves many questions unanswered. Are they apart of a secret society? Do they speak Japanese? No body exactly knows these answers yet, but what we do know is Japanese or not everybody wants "Fast Cars". And the "Otsutsuki Brothers" are no exception. Their single "Fast Cars" is better than any Fast And Furious sequel and it's filled with just as much action.