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 wars the bloodiest of wars, while also having the power to crown a victor of wars without a single bullet being fired. So when it comes to music it's no wonder why musicians make millions of dollars. The power of song lyrics especially in rap music has started wars as well as created social change.
Nipsey Hussle was a gift to us all. He did so much during his short time here. His lyrics to inspire is what made one of the biggest impacts in music. And it's his lyrics that will help keep his spirit alive. One of the greatest things about the internet is the ability to look any artist's lyrics. The site Genius (formerly known as Rap Genius) takes it a step forward and allows annotations and interpretations from fans who sign up to contribute to the site. The Wikipedia of music lyrics if you will. But what happens when these lyrics are flat out wrong? Usually another contributor can edit the lyrics putting the right lyrics in. This is exactly what I found with Nipsey Hussle's "Stay Loyal" Interlude.
The very end of the track Nipsey goes into a speech about Mailbox money, but looking at the lyrics it's a clear misquote that original contributor has written. Not only that, the author fails to even finish the rest of the speech. See the originally posted lyrics below:
What's the intention what's cool, whats braggin rights?
How could someone so egregiously get his words wrong? Where was the check and balance? I took it as my personal mission to make sure that Nipsey's words were as they were spoken. Here's what Nipsey really said.
But, what's the intention?
Not only was this part of the interlude wrong, but the whole interlude was wrong. Even more there were numerous people posting about how wrong these lyrics are. Here is the whole interlude in it's entirety. Feel free to tell us about any errors.
Why does this matter soo much? Because in a world where your word is your bond. In a world where you are remembered by what you say. This means everything. For Mailbox Money this one part summed up the economic model of what the record company have been doing for years to artists. Giving artists an advance, while they wait to pay themselves on the backend with the equity that the artist's album sales and merchandise prodces. OR as Nipsey said Its hip hip topd o that way.
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.
Rick Ross is one artist who known for his signature "Boss" ad-lib, but he is also known for his real life boss moves as an owner, brand ambassador, and investor. Rick Ross shows how he has taken everything he's learned from the hard knocks and applied it to business meetings high atop New York sky risers. Watch this episode of "Side Hustle" as Rick Ross talks about how he has "Boss'd Up".
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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...
Beethoven's 5th Symphony. No composition musically has compared to this piece of art. The first 4 notes are as recognizable as the golden arches that sit high above approaching cars signaling that McDonald's is near. The visual that these golden arches give McDonalds are the same visual that these note give the Beethoven's 5th Symphony. In just 4 notes the listener's brain is able to process and unfile a memory of the song. It's the first 4 notes of SoufWessDes's song "Tap In" that has the potential to make the this song just as recognizable. The main difference being that SoufWessDes is the conductor of the symphony and is making the whole world "Tap In".
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.
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.
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: