With 2 successful hip-hop music festivals, a critically acclaimed album, sold out music documentary screening, and the lists goes on. Steph Simon has continuously done what has never been done before. One would think is there any more "Upside" left for him to achieve. But for Steph Simon what he's already accomplished doesn't even compare to what he has planned for next. It's with this attitude that Steph Simon drops his latest video "Upside".
I'm an unapologetic genius,
The track "Upside" is Steph Simon's first single off of his long anticipated album #bobws. The track features fellow Tulsa artist J. Friday, an artist who has seen success and has developed a cult-like audience. It's artists like J. Friday and Steph Simon who have foregone the "move to a big city" formula and have chosen to stay in Tulsa and "Take Care of Home Base". A decision that that seems to be working in their favor and on their terms. One of the first noticeable thing's about the track is producer Papa's use of the GAP Band sample "I Don't Believe You Don't Want To Get Up and Dance (Oops)" which he puts his own spin on, This is truly the new Tulsa sound.
The video was shot by director King Spencer who was able to capture what Tulsa is. While the mansion in the video is the subtle but significant symbol in the video. The Brady mansion, which was formerly owned by a former KKK member has since been purchased by a black owner Felix Jones. So to see kids, rappers, and people who are real pillars in the community all enjoying themselves is truly a win for a side of town that has waited long enough. This shows the new Black Wallstreet. And that with the right help it will be around for years to come. So this is the upside of Tulsa. But wait.. it wouldn't be a party without a Soul Train line.
So watch the video Steph Simon's video "Upside" and let's know what you think:
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“Why do you rap and love hip hop?” “I just feel like me when I am rapping,” he said. It was during an interview with Whip Key Media that Deezy explained why he got in to hip hop(Interview here). After reading the article you get a feel for “why” or rather “who” Deezy is. And it’s this same narrative about his love for hip hop and why he loves it so much that can be heard throughout his music. As a an artist his successes have been his, and just so his failures have been his as well. But through it all he has kept swinging fences. And It’s with his latest single “Rollin’” that Deezy is taking his next at bat in hopes of delivering a home run hit.
Deezy is a rap artist from OKC who strives to set the standard for lyricism in the ever changing hip-hop culture. Now apart of the Guerrilla Breed Collective, Deezy looks to leave his mark on the hip hop community as well a legacy that will be remembered.
The track “Rollin’” features 2Much and Lee’Ru who collectively form the group Split Personality. And just like Yin and Yang these two’s distinct style are what separates them and at the same time brings them together to make a cohesive sound. Getting into the production for “Rollin” it has a really aggressive element to it that is also high energy. All three artists are able to match this aggressive feel in their delivery and more importantly their bars. The verses feel like a full out lyrical assault. Even more impressive is the fact that each verse brings something unique. Comparing the verses the artists featured on the track are truly able to hold their own, creating sort of a competition of who can deliver the hardest bars. But bars aren’t the only thing hard about this track, it’s actually the chorus that helps bridge everything together and keeps the feel of the track going. Although be it short, the chorus becomes sort of a chant drawing the audience and the listener to participate and match the tone of the song. So that’s it right? Not exactly. I couldn’t leave you without some bars!! Checkout Deezy spittin':
I don’t be lovin’ these hoes,
We look forward to seeing Deezy at the 3rd Annual World Culture Music Festival where he will be performing on the #GOTSTEEZE stage at the World Culture Music Festival happening June 1st at the Yeti bar. Lookout for his latest single “Rollin’” until then here's a snippet of Deezy's verse.
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Nobody answers restricted calls. That's because rarely are they from people you actually want to talk to. From bill collectors, to prank calls, to crazy exes. Trust me, it's just better not to answer them. But at the same time. What if that restricted call is your shot? What if it was the one call that could change not only your life but also the people's lives around you? Would you answer now? AF Quari is an artist hoping that his latest single "Restricted Calls" will be the hit that will have record labels calling to take his career to the next level.
AF Quari is a rapper from Tulsa, Oklahoma who is part of the group AFNF (All Family No Friends). His uptempo high energy music and new wave flow is helping to make him an artist to look out for in 2018.
From the very first listen the track is infectious. It has that new wave sound and feel. I like how AF Quari switches up his flow from a sing-rap flow to just pure raping. It shows his versatility as he has found a sound that fits him. It also helps that the production (produced by Isaiah-Lamonte) creates pockets where the artist is able to have lots of flexibility in which he is able to switch up flows and cadences. The surprising part about the track is that it is only 1 minute and 58 seconds, but at the same time that is what makes this track so great. The fact that it's long enough for you to catch a vibe, but not too long so that you don't get fatigue from repaying the song. Here's a line from the second verse that made me double back.
I'm like Andre, we just made 3K,
Nobody knows when or where you will get you shot, but I have a feeling if AF Quari keeps making songs like this. This shit right here... Than it's no doubt that Restricted or not the labels are gonna be calling. And with all that being said. In short, it's a HIT!!
So checkout AF Quari's latest single "Restricted Calls and let us know what you think:
To find out more about AF Quari's and his music follow him on social media:
Facebook: @Dahaquari Royal
SoundCloud: @AF Quari
YouTube: @All Friends No Family Quari
In 2016 Monica and Missy Elliot’s #SoFarGoneChallenge took over the internet. Thanks to the challenge going viral rappers from everywhere uploaded their best cover version of the song. Artists like Chance the Rapper showed that even celebrities we’re getting in on the challenge (read the story about Chance the Rapper’s #SoFarGoneChallenge here.). An artists named 95 has also stepped up to the #SoFarGone Challenge with his version of the song.
95 is a rapper from Tulsa Oklahoma who has gained respect of his peers while destroying a few with his battle rapping. He is also one-part of the collective group CT$ (Cost to Smoke).
The track #SoFarGoneChallenge appears on his 2017 released album entitled “95 Lighter$” which is a 10-track project that showcased 95’s talent on a selection of classic songs. When it comes to the #SoFarGoneChallenge track 95 puts his own spin on it and delivers a lot of quotable lines and life lessons. And at the same time he lets it be known that it still "Cost To Smoke" and includes a popular line fellow CT$ member from St. Domonic. Here's a lesson 95 spits on the 2nd verse:
Keep it to yourself what you know,
So checkout 95’s #SoFarGoneChallenge and let us know what you think:
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Friday Night Lights! It's more than a game but a moment in time where some of the best athletes compete. But even before any of that. Before the lights, before the fans, hell before the practices. It's the TRYOUT. Tre Trezzz is a rapper who's tryout has started with the drop of his latest single "Medicated".
Tre Trezzz is a rapper from Tulsa, Oklahoma who is one part of the collective group MBUN (which stands for "My Bother's Up Next"). Although he has only started rapping a few months ago it will be his talent, competitive nature, and love for the game that will determine if he has what it takes to make it in this game..
Like a young point guard Tre Trezzz is raw talent. He has the type of talent that you just give the ball to and let them go. You can see this in his verse as he is able to fit a lot of words into one bar. And it sounds like he didn't try to overthink his verse which is why his flow just naturally fits the track. Here's a few bars that stuck out.
Nerd-ass niggas only tough through the net,
But Tre Trezzz isn't the only one showing he can spit as Lomay is also featured on the track. Lomay also a rapper from Tulsa, has a flow that complements the previous verse and gives the track a different feel and dynamic. His rhyme scheme at the end of his verse shows his skill.
But I ain't hit the court,
Just listening to the track you can tell that Tre Trezzz knows the formula for a hit. The track has a nice bounce to it and gives off a raw street feel. His flow and delivery make him present on the track in the sense that you know it's his track. But one of the best things about the track is the hook. This is where Tre Trezzz truely shines. Similar to an athlete that knows how to score, it's effortless. And anyone who knows anything about a hit, knows that it's not a hit without a hook. Although be it the song is only 1 minute and 47 seconds this is a TRYOUT! That means we see the potential. The raw talent is there. The actual practice of rapping and getting in the game takes development, something we look forward to seeing from Tre Trezzz.
Checkout his video "Medicated" below:
To keep up with Tre Trezzz make sure to follow his social media:
YouTube: @TreTrezzz TV
SoundCloud: @Tre Jones
My name Littles no 'S' bruh I use a dollar sign.
"Think I'd better let it go." Words from Teddy Pendergrass's hit single "TKO". On the track Teddy talks about letting go of a woman that wasn't good for him. A lesson that would lead to a hit and a #2 spot on Billboard's Hot R&B chart. Lee Littles is an artist looking to create his own hit while paying homage to Teddy Pendagrass with his remix to TKO.
LOOK UP in the sky! Issa a bird! Issa plane! Issa album by David Puffin'. With a 4.20 release date "Issa", (a 10-track EP by David Puffin') isn't about flashy click bait album titles but rather letting the music RUN IT UP. Known for his high energy and weed inspired lyrics David Puffin looking to make his music reach as many people as the plant he celebrates. So here it is 'Issa', the review;
4/20, practically a national holiday of the most high. All across America people are celebrating and enjoying this holiday and on a Friday. But if your still needing a little inspiration Keezy has the perfect song to spark to with the release of his song "Go 4 What You Know". The song is so chill and perfect for setting the right vibe for elevating your mind. And after a long week of working, moving through traffic, and hopefully not getting stopped by the cops you deserve this smoke break as Keezy explains it:
The album TCTAS will have it's 5th anniversary party this Friday 4/20 at the Fassler Hall bar in downtown Tulsa. So it's only right that we review this classic project by the one and only Verse, (a,k,a 1st Verse). For those that haven’t figured it out yet TCTAS stands for "The City That Always Sleeps", an appropiate title for a city that has seen great talent shunned away because of the stigma of being "local". But as Verse shows with this album that you can only sleep on him for so long.
Jay-Z dropped one of the craziest tracks on which he airs out the family laundry on. You know. "Family Feud". And ever since then rappers have been following J's lead by spittin their own rendition of the track (Checkout the article "Family Feud: The Instrumental Rappers Are Using for Therapy"). Not to be left out M.C. has a few words for the state of rap in Oklahoma of which it would only be right that he use "Family Feud" for his track "Part Two".