"You put that King up in front of my name and you gonna say it with pride."
King Spencer for mayor! Some may think this is a bold statement given his inexperience in politics. However, politics doesn't mean change. As Barak Obama put it "Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." Change is what King Spencer didn't wait for. Change was what he became. Never was this more apparent than at his 6th Annual Hoop2Help AllStar Game fundraiser that happened at the Salvation Army West Mabee Boys & Girls Club.
Hundreds came out to support. Not only to support, also to have fun, and also contribute to a vision that was King Spencer's. Anyone that knows King Spencer knows that when he has a vision it's more like reality. Because no matter the obstacle he always made what seems like the impossible, possible. That's a tribute to "DEDICATION. HARD-WORK. PLUS PATIENCE." A line King Spencer not only quotes but has lived by. The dedication being to Tulsa and his Tulsa Progression brand. The hard-work he has put into his craft that has taken him around the world. Plus patience to see his dreams through some of the most trying times.
Back to the event. The Hoop2Help event was filled with high-flying dunks. Three pointers from each side raining in the hoop. There were celebrity interviews from artists like Cutty Forever, De-Whisper, Jeezmino, Ayilla, Tizzi, and too many others to name. This was all exciting and entertaining. Though one had to think. What was on King Spencer's mind? He was in a million places all at once. Yet was he really there? The mission for so long had been to save this building. To many though the Salvation Army West Mabee Boys & Girls Club was not just a building, but a community. More importantly it was a safe place for the kids. Kids that otherwise would have to go clear across town to get anything that seemed even remotely close to this oasis. Then again, this was theirs. For generations the Salvation Army West Mabee Boys & Girls Club served the kids in the community. It fostered not only athletes, but it also nurtured young creative minds that would go onto to be the change they would seek. This is the legacy that King Spencer fought so hard to keep. He himself being a product of The Salvation Army West Mabee Boys & Girls Club knows first hand the impact it can have in a young person's life. This was the real mission of the Hoop2Help. From the crowd turnout and volunteers it was clear to see this is also the impact of King Spencer.
Tulsa and supporters from other parts of the country were all responsible for us being able to raise $6500 this year for the West Mabee. We appreciate anyone who made it out and thank you all for the infinite support. Let’s continue to build on community, the foundation that starts us off. Thank you West Mabee for having my back and allowing these types of things to take place.
Not every vision comes true. Even though the efforts of King Spencer and friends and family were to help save the Salvation Army West Mabee Boys & Girls Club, they fell short of the goal. And now doors have closed. But just because one door closes doesn't mean that there won't be another. For now where that destination is, is still yet to be seen. And for King Spencer the mission isn't over. But that's Dedication. And instead of waiting for it King Spencer continues to be the change that we need for Tulsa. And on the behalf of Tulsa we say Thank You King Spencer!
Recently we were on the road with World Culture Music for their Tour De' Culture tour this past month. The cities included Oklahoma City as well as a Texas run of Abilene, Dallas, and Houston. The first stop was Oklahoma City at the Hubbly Bubbly Hookah & Cafe where World Culture Music opened the night with some dope performances. But the main event was a live performance from rapper Chris "The God MC" Cain. And inbetween sets Chris "The God MC" Cain answered some questions about his life and his music from artist Jacobi Ryan. Listen up!
I know what your thinking. "I thought this was a place for rap to be shared and explored and annotated.". To which I would say is still very true. It's been a labor of love crafting out the perfect post and recreating the exact feelings and expressions that came with hearing a song for the first time. But we are so much more than a blog site. My vision for this has never been just to be a blog site. We are also a fashion site that sales merchandising (check the About page). We also do consulting and executive producing. In the end we are a brand. A name that is distinguishable and that holds weight. And dropping music has always been the vision for the Tulsa Lines Brand.
So how did this come together? A year ago I had the idea that Tulsa Lines should be a platform that was so influential and cultivating that it would become the voice for Tulsa music. And dropping music should be one facet to help with that. So when it comes to how the single came about, an artist I had worked with and wrote articles about before named DIALTONE, also put out the idea that Tulsa Lines should be dropping music. This is when the ball started rolling. He had just recorded the perfect summer anthem but wanted it to be released different from anyway he had before. This is where he saw Tulsa Lines as the perfect opportunity.
So on July 19th we went live with our first single called "Not Like Me" by DIALTONE that features Atlanta rapper Ruby G. It's now available on all major streaming platforms. Check it out and let us know what you think.
The single is also on Apple Music, Spotify, And TIDAL. Basically all major music streaming platforms. Please like and share but most importantly, JAM IT!
The World's Most Interesting Man. Some would say they miss the old guy that was always dressed in suits and told tall tales. But to those that know Keeng Cut know that he we wasn't even close. Keeng Cut, artist, entrepreneur, and also most would say trend-setter. But even that would be an understatement to his influence and cultural impact. Nearly a year ago he introduced the world to Flavio Cûtore, a smooth, fly, and debonair who is polar opposite to the rapping Keeng Cut. But now with the release of Keeng Cut's latest release "Stay Flavored My Friend", Keeng Cut learned that both could co-exist on the same project and if anything else it would be fully flavor!
We are back! Your favorite podcast "Tulsa Lines Podcast" with another guest comedian\entrepreneur Demetrius "Juice" Deason. He's recently partnered with Russell Westbrook and Tyler Locket to bring to Tulsa the Why Not? comedy show that will be here July 11 at the Cain's Ballroom. We were excited to sit down with him and get the rundown on the event.
Be true to your word because your word is your bond. Your word is all you have after you take away the cars, the houses, the jewels, and the money. Most importantly your word is what you are remembered by. Some of the greatest thinkers and leaders are more remembered for their words then what they accomplished. The power of words have been known to start the bloodiest of wars, while also having the power to crown a victor without a single bullet being fired. So when it comes to music it's no wonder why artists make millions of dollars. The power of song lyrics especially in rap music has started wars as well as created social change.
In Hip Hop being an entrepreneurship is what is your foundation. Long before the Gary Vaynerchuck's came along and made entrepreneurship cool. Hip Hop was paving the way. Independent artists like Master P have told stories of selling $500,000 worth of tapes out of the back of their trunks. Something that has now been re-categorized as "Pop Up Shops". This entrepreneurial spirit has now spread across the world as many workers are finding that with stagnating incomes and rising costs of living that having a separate side hustle is no longer a nice-to-have, but a life line. It's with this new knowledge that from rappers, to actors, to everyday workers are finding ways to BOSS UP.
Sports have a crazy way of instilling core values that you might ever notice until you are truly tested. Sprinkled inbetween the 100-yard sprints and the agility drills are core life lessons. It teaches you what's your breaking point, as well that you have the ability to go further than you ever thought you could go. You learn discipline. You learn commitment. You learn brotherhood. And most of all you learn about yourself. Demetrius "Juice" Deason is an athlete who has been through thousands of drills. Ran thousands of 100-yard sprints. And has had these core values tested. All these things helped him become a star collegiate athlete. But what he didn't realize is that even after his basketball career had ended that he had been training for a completely different stage his whole life. And the spotlight couldn't be any brighter.
Click here to read about Demetrius "Juice" Deason's story.....
The 4th Annual World Culture Music Festival is THIS WEEK!!!! This year we have a crazy lineup. Also this year Tulsa Lines will have it's own stage Saturday May 25th at the INNER CIRCLE VODKA BAR (PATIO).
Here's the Schedule:
9:30 pm - 4Chianno
9:55 pm - Foolie & Creo
10:20 pm - Irai Ouree & Saze (Almighty)
10:45 pm - You.th
11:05 pm - M.C.
11:20 pm - 1135 pm - Hakeem Eli’Juwon
11:35 pm - St. Domonick
12:00 am - Soufwess Des
12:20 am - David Puffin & Bam Beezy Bayb
12:45 pm - DeX Kwasi
DJ Bigg Rich
Here's a quick playlist to get you familiar with the artists:
A few things to note.
- Address: 410 N Main St Tulsa, OK
- $10 Cover charge at the door.
- You must be 21+ to Enter.
For many years the producer was a behind the scenes role that was always there but never quite got the notoriety that was as equal as the artist. Fast forward to 2019 and you'll see a completely different musical landscape where the producer shines just as bright as any artist or any business mogul. SeriouslyK5ive is an producer with a slew of hits and a catalog that has reached across the world and back. Meet the man behind the hit single "2U".
Click here to get to know SeriouslyK5ive...