Commercials are all around us. We listen to them in cars on the radio and on Spotify. We watch them on TV and on YouTube. The most interesting part is that over half of these commercials have some type of music. Sometimes popular chart-selling music and sometimes just a simple jungle, but nonetheless it's still music. Brands recognize that music is needed to help market their products, and nothing has proven to have better results than incorporating rockstars. Let's face it. What's better than being perceived as being friends with a rockstar? And don't forget the crazy yacht parties. Zack Thrash has a song called "Rockstar" that has the potential to be commercially in a commercial.
The song starts out slow with a light lullaby-like melody. But as the beat builds so does Zach Thrash's presence on the track. And at it's peak their is an intensity to the track and a directness that Zack delivers in his verse. Bass. It's the driver of the track and steers both Zack Thrash's delivery as well as the tempo of the track. It's hard to ignore the bass that provides a disruption to the previous soothing lullaby. Learn from the successes of others. This is free advice that Zack Thrash used as he incorporated elements of the hook from Gucci Mane's and Plies hit single "Wasted". A song that has been remixed numerous times, also showing up on Lil Wayne's mixtape series "No Ceilings". But getting back to Zack Thrash's song "Rockstar". The song is relatively short. Clocking in at 2 minutes and 3 seconds. It's easily shorter than the average commercial break. But just like the commercials in these breaks Zack Thrash puts lots of content in to so little time. Even switching his flow towards the end of his verse to a more up-tempo flow helps him to change course and pack more words into a short amount of time. This also causes the listener to switch gears and listen closer so not to miss anything. But even so the song is more vibe than it is him exercising lyrical skill of metaphors and similes. But anyone that knows Zack Thrash's music knows that he can do both. Don't forget he's a ROCKSTAR.
Checkout Zack Thrash's latest single "Rockstar".
Spark. Is a very complex concept. The perfect variables have to happen for such a relatively small thing to happen. Even more interesting is that spark can be both a negative and a positive. Spark a fire,and it means destruction, it means pain. But spark a mind and the light can be so bright that it can help heal the destruction caused by the former. OmaleyB's track "Kerosene" is the spark that has the power to change the history of a city.
Black Wallstreet. The story has become a tale of sorts that has been coupled with terms like "Black Excellence", "Black Entrepurnership", and "Black Unity". What people don't tell about in the Black Wallstreet story is the fact that Kerosene was the accelerant used to burn down the city. This is also why OmaleyB chose this as the title. Imagery of pouring out kerosene from a gas can puts everything into perspective as the stats of lives lost, business gone, and a community left to rebuild bring a sense of gravity. But also breaking through this gravity is OmaleyB's voice, that seems to lift to the sky and give hope. The same hope that has helped the northside continue. The hope that is sometime is the only thing people have left.
My citie's on fire,
They see me on the issue,
If the images of kerosene being poured out is meant to show us how much we have lost. Images of a Ford Mustang and a mansion shows us what we can still attain. As OmaleyB meets fellow Tulsa artist Steph Simon standing in front of a mansion. Many would probably look at the mansion and say it's just another MTV Cribs mansion. But knowing the history of the previous owner of that mansion to it's current-day owner shows that there is still hope to rebuild. Which is exactly what Steph Simon does. Building on the foundation that OmaleyB started, Steph Simon speaks about how the rebuilding process is started. The city and the verse is on fire.
Tupac talks about sparking the mind that will change the world. And maybe the song won't spark the mind. But maybe the song Kerosene is meant to be the fuel that will keep this spark not only growing but unstoppable.
Checkout the video to OmaleyB's song Kerosene ft. Steph Simon below:
When music and movies meet something powerful happens. Emotions are that more intense. Tue story is that much more relate able. The moments are that much more powerful. As the music moves the crowds it's clear that these two go hand and hand. They are one and the same. For those who have seen the "US" movie the song "I Got 5 On It" now has a different feel.
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Basketball has always been synonymous with music. Whether you wanted to be like Mike Jordan or Killer Mike, what makes one great is also what makes the other great. Competition! Both are highly competitive whether that's dunking on an opponent or dropping a diss track. So when The Tulsa Voice sponsored a fiction writing contest I too wanted in on the competition. Inspired by the recent release of 2 Chainz's album I already had the perfect title. "Rap Or Go To The League". Here's the story:
Anyone that knows Verse knows that he has slick wordplay that cuts the beat like a samurai sword. On the beat Verse has not only dominated his competition but he has surpassed them to a level that few artists ever achieve. Legend. The legend of Verse is heavily intertwined with the Tulsa hip-hop scene. It was no surprise that his competition be ecstatic about his absence from music. But their comfort during his absence would also be their downfall. Verse is back. OR as Jay Z said it; "When I come back like Jordan. Wearin' the 4-5, it ain't to play games with you". And just like Jordan, Verse's latest single "Moor Flex" proves that he ain't playin'.
This is the last line of J. Cole's song 1985 (Intro to "The Fall Off"). What's not shown is the line before this one that says, "Just remember what I told you when your shit flop". Together these lines express the bad stigma that has been cast on the careers of numerous artists of the Love & Hip Hop franchise.
In every bad relationship there is a point where you come to the realization. Fuck it! Some would say before you reach this point though there is a period where your waiting to exhale from holding in everything. The bottled up emotion, the pain, the lies, can physically, mentally, and emotionally consume you. It's not until your standing in your driveway watching a car engulfed in flames that you truly get to exhale. Bambi is an artist couldn't wait to exhale on her track called "Fuck I Look Like".
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Desperado. The iconic movie of the outlaw Antonio Banderas that sang about tales of his past while also wooing females in the process. Little was known about this traveler, other than his guitar and the tales that he sung. In Tulsa there is an artist by the name of Lonely Bandz who himself sings of the tales that has captured his audience and attract a female fan base that is infatuated with outlaws. His latest single "Fantasy" is another one of these tales that speak on his experiences of both betrayal and heartache.
The battle between right and wrong can often be blurred. In an era where there are so many sources for news, the facts can depend on who you ask. But what about when your on both sides of the argument? Are you both right and wrong? Or are you a victim of perception? This is what Jacobi Ryan tackles in his latest single "Hated". Being a multi-racial artist in a majority "urban" genre means that Jacobi Ryan like other multi-racial artists are forced with the decision to choose a side. Drake similarly tackled this issue in his track You and the 6 where he spits the line, "I used to get teased for being black, and now I'm here and I'm not black enough." The feelings seem mutual with Jacobi Ryan as he starts out both his first and second verse with a statement about his blackness.