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.
Chris Richardson is an R&B artist born in Houston that now resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Natural-born talent is what he brings to the table, from being able to hit a wide range of notes, to songwriting, to delivering a worthwhile performance, Chris Richardson is on his way to becoming the star that the music industry has been waiting on.
The song Feel Good is almost like a choreographed waltz that incorporates precision notes. Chris Richardson delivers a very expressive vocal performance. Even thought the track is only 3 minutes and 7 seconds soo much feeling is being conveyed, it's as if his feelings come thru the track. The young artist shows he's a student of the game and paying homage to two of the biggest R&B records by incorporating lines from Usher's "Nice and Slow" and Silk's "Freak Me". With his song writing ability and vocal talent it won't be long til he will also has records that other artists cover.
So checkout Chris Richardson's latest track "Feel Good" below,
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.
Why do you make music? To bring people together, bring people closer to life, and to make the world a better place.
What do you want people to get from your music? We want people to get a better understanding of what it means to experience.
What's the meaning behind your debut single Floating? Floating is a combination of multiple experiences and feelings around certain events. The line "Floating" in the chorus is really meant for the listener to just figure where and when in their life they are "Floating" and what that means for them.
Now that you know a little bit more about Covert Run. Let's get into their debut single "Floating". The instrumentation of this track is what really sticks out. From the melodies to the chords down to the strumming of the guitar on the track seems very detailed and purposeful and really speaks to their musicianship. The chorus comes in like an explosion of sounds that are as powerful as the crashing waves described in the song. If I had to make a comparison to a something I've heard on the radio I would compare this track to Owl City's smash hit "Fireflies". I say this because of the nursery-like tone that the track starts with, to the building of the energy that is leads into the chorus. And having your song compared to a No. 1 hit is not bad, To be clear this "Floating" has the potential to be that smash hit for Covert Run.
Swear you said you went out flyin baby wait,
So check out Covert Run's debut single "Floating" below:
Life's a Progression! And no other artist has pushed this more than vidographer, traveler, fashion designer, and entrepreneur King Spencer. From his humble beginnings of shooting his own videos, to now becoming one of the most sought out videographers, King Spencer has done it his way. And has become his own boss in the process. It's his hustle and his drive that keep people watching to the very end of his videos for his signature tag. Progression on me. Progression on 3.
You put that King in front of my name and you gone say it with pride.
We had the opportunity to interview King Spencer last summer and ask him just how he got his name"
How did you come up with the name King Spencer? King Spencer. That's a great question bro. See my real name is Jayohn Mckinney. But I went into this whole crazy 'roots' kind of thing, self-awareness kind of self-understanding kind of thing. It's really too deep for me to get into in one interview. But basically from me I just recognized myself as a king of myself, a king of my decisions, the king of my being and I just felt that I should make that clear so that people understood that. And Spencer is my dad's last name, and I was born out of wedlock so I took my mom's last name. I just felt like I should carry on my dad's last name cause my parents are married, but I just ain't paid to get my last name changed yet. (Read the rest of the interview here!)
The Ford Freestar (originally called the Windstar) is the second minivan designed by the Ford company, that marked the transition from rear-wheel drive to front-wheel drive. But what does a mini-van have to do with a rap video? Good question. King Spencer dropped a video called "Ford Freestar" that will explain everything!
The song is produced by Maywood's World and features a soulful sample that helps give King Spencer room to do what he does. King Spencer has a polarizing voice that when heard expresses a hunger and a drive to be great. Lines like "You missing out because opportunity can change you", shows that he's a hustler, and explains why artists like Nipsey Hussle are his mentors. To live your truths. That's what this video shows. It's true that King Spencer does ride around in his momma's van. What's also true is that he has been to over 50+ states in a single year. It's true that he has a Cricket cellphone. It's also true that he has his own t-shirt line called Tulsa Progression. It's also true that he has over 11,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel. These are the truth's of King Spencer that he holds self-evident.
So if your still wondering why King Spencer called his video Ford Freestar just ask. OR better yet just listen closely.
Long as this Cricket stay chirpin,
Cold. Icy. No Feelings. Or simply FROZEN. It's hard to feel the feeling when there is none. The point being that your heart and all feelings are numb is and the only expression is no expression. But somehow the feeling of no feeling can still be felt in music. Whether it be Omarion's "Ice Box" or Kanye West's "Heartless", the feeling in the songs are the same even if the name of the song is different the. And as LonelyBands explains it. How are you to feel when your feelins are FROZEN?
Tell me how I'm 'posed to feel when my feelins are frozen,
What sets LonelyBands apart from other singers is that he has a very soulful voice that is years beyond his age. But what really captures your ear is the pain, the pain in his voice reflects his experiences of life of which is highlighted on this track. The song Frozen touches on things like death of his grandmother, depression, and survival. One thing that also stands out about this track other than LonelyBands voice is his flow. This isn't your average singer who is showing off his vocal range on a song that has no substance. LonelyBands's flow is more of a stream of conscious thought that depicts image after image of LonelyBands life. And it's the second verse is what really makes LonelyBands comparison to a rapper solidified. Artists like Tory Lanez and Chris Brown who have shown this same dual musical talent of being able to both sing and rap are examples of how much of a talent LonelyBands is.
Checkout LonelyBands latest video "Frozen".
Where real niggas will hate you for no reason,
I be throwed Mike Vick,
Old school cars bending corners, pre-rolls, and expensive water not too many rappers can pull these images together, but for Keezy Kuts this was all the mold he needed to create what is "Michelanglo".
Keezy Kuts is a rapper from Tulsa, Oklahoma. The self-proclaimed 'Kusher' has embraced his stoner fanbase and has created a growing Pre-Rolled brand that his fans and supporters have gotten behind.
Michelangelo is the 4th track off Keezy Kuts latest project "Meet The Kushers". which featured numerous single's such as "Go 4 What You Know (read the article here)"), "Counting Sheep" and the interlude "Cone" that left everyone wanting more. But even with all of these singles Michelangelo stands out as an undeniable hit that was made possible through the collaboration of Hakeem Eli'juwon. It's Keezy's smooth flow combined with Hakeem's street talk that makes this collaboration work.
Gotta make sure it's a wuap in my denim coat,
Collaboration was a vital part of making both the track as well as the video. Keezy Kuts collaborated with producer Lucky Slevin to help make the song the hit that it is. On the video production side Keezy Kuts collaborated with videographer DJ Kold to help bring this hit to life. These artists created the mold for their respective lanes. That's why it's fitting that the first line be "RAP GAME MICHELANGLO".
Checkout Keezy Kuts latest video "Michelanglo".
It's November and cuffin' season is upon us. That chic or dude that you been texting all summer might just go ghost on you because they decided to cuff their other side piece. But if your the lucky one to be cuffed then be ready to do everything that comes with it. This means showing up to family functions, having to buy gifts, and you still might have New Years and Valentine's Day if it's still 'real'. But cuffin doesn't mean monogamy. Just be careful. Nothing can be more dangerous than a scorn woman. Karma Jonez is one artist who is warning any man looking to have her heart to "Be Careful" and her latest video explains exactly what she means.
You wanna hear a scary story? The 1st of the month is Thursday and you don't get paid til next Friday. Scary enough? The truth is, it's Halloween! The scary movies, haunted houses, and trick or treaters have waited for this one day to celebrate the things that go bump in the night. But who am I to spoil the story when You.th can tell a much better story. His his latest EP "Ghost in Blood" is a tale from the Town that will quench your Halloween thirst.
They say "The most beautiful thing you can wear is confidence." Whether your out in traffic or performing in a music video, confidence can be the defining trait of two people wearing the exact same thing. Or the guy who gets the chick with only a $10 outfit from Targets vs. the guy in the Armani suit who goes home alone. Confidence is a major key. And no where else is this better exhibited than in Chubbs Perry video "Lookin Good".