And the view from the rocking chair improves/But I have yet to see a team fucking with the crew/Near and far, I saw it all, wide-frame/Everything with wings ain't a plane, mayne/Endo get rolled up like car windows/Avoiding the policemans, them Carl Winslows/The wind blow and change, and I am not mad/All garbage bag rappers need to find a style fast/It's written all over niggas like a Dapper Dan/Survive rough lands, cactus plants growing in desert sands/Alive I stand, left for dead, though a nigga didn’t die/I got highed up so I could autograph the sky, fool/
Why would anyone ever get a key to downtown? Especially the Louisiana native Curren$y. He is set to perform at Cain’s ballroom on August 20th (Doors open at 8pm). For anyone that knows smoking culture knows that Curren$y is one of the pioneers of stoner rap and a champion for the cannabis world. His 3 part-mixtape series Pilot Talk showed the evolution of an artist with almost 2 decades on the mic, getting his first deal with Master P’s No Limit Records, and an early roster of Young Money/Cash Money Records. The Stoned Immaculate artist was even been signed to Dame Dash’s DD172 label. Curren$y truly is an artist that has seen the ups (one being on the Freshman cover of XXL) to the downs (Having Dame Dash sell his music without his permission.). But to see his performance is to be engulfed in the audio dope that spills from every bar. He’s one of the few rappers that can start rapping a song then hold the mic out to the crowd and hear every word, every pause, every inflection perfectly replayed. When they say all you need is 1,000 true fans, Curren$y is the artist who has taken this blueprint and build a career off it.
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But should Curren$y get a key to the downtown Main St.? No but the other artists that are performing on the same stage with Curren$y SHOULD! Artists Dialtone, 1st Verse, Keezy Kuts, Clutch Barz, Doc Free, and Bezel 365. These are the ones that really deserve a key to the downtown Main St. These are the artists that have spent years building a rap scene in Tulsa. From the shows that used to have only 3 people in the crowd, to now a whole festival that saw thousands cheering them on as they looked out onto what Tulsa hip-hop scene has grown to become. It’s their music that’s now being played on the local radio stations. And it’s their talent that had Motown knocking at their door to get a piece of that Tulsa sound. They even brought uncle Charlie home. And choose to stay in Tulsa right downtown they have proclaimed that hip-hop will have a place downtown. Right where Black Wall Street was. They built downtown into a hip-hop scene that not even the major city like Cali or New York City can say. If you don’t believe me check out the World Culture Music Festival.
So come to Cain’s on August 20th and come see some artists from right here in Tulsa, get the key to the city. They are Tulsa. They are Main St. And when the Jets are gone, it’s going to be them still here. Still reppin Tulsa. And Still yellin’ Everything IS US!
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What an event! I'm talking about the Listening Party for 2Peece's EP "Sometime in June". The event was held on September 29th at The Black Wall Street Gallery. The host, 2Peece was dressed sharp to the letter T. Smiling as always, he was noticeably excited about letting everyone to hear about this amazing journey he's been on. So let's get into the event and the project called "Sometime in June".
This episode of Tulsa Lines Podcast we were at 2Peece's Listening Party for the "Sometime In June" EP.
We were able to interview a few artists: @the2peece) and host Duke Durant (@therealdukedurant)
One of the special gifts of the night from 2Peece was a customized bag of chips with the "Sometime in June" cover art. When you turn the bag around you notice that the ingredients of the chips are the actual names of the songs featured on the project. Also featured on the packaging is a picture of 2Peece as well as a QR Code that allows for you to go straight to the album for purchase. This was truly out of this world packaging.
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The thing about a good song is that it attacts not only listeners but it also attracts other artists. So when 1st Verse invited artists to come on stage and spit some bars to his song "All Of The Players", you could see the artists salivating to get on the mic. But anyone that knows 1st Verse knows that his lyrical assault and smooth delivery is a hard act to follow. But for the ones that did step on stage they proved just that they too are hard acts to follow.
Many artists look down on a free show because it means for them that their art isn't being rewarded. So why do a free show? In many cases there are benefits to doing free shows, for example, exposure to a wider audience. The huge halftime Superbowl performances are for free, so are award show performances like the MTV Music Awards and the Grammy's. the hopes though is that you have access to a bigger audience that will then convert into fans. But what many don't know also is that you can actually be paid even when the venue says it's a free gig. The word of the day is Performance Royalties.
Alexander Hamilton. I met him. If you look at his Wikipedia pages you may be wondering how did I meet Alexander Hamilton when he died in the 1800s? Firstly, anybody can write anything on Wikipedia. But also people do curate the pages for accuracy. So yes! It's true he did die in July 12, 1804. But it's also true that on September 1st, 2019 I did meet Alexander Hamilton. But not only that, I relived his life. How you might be thinking? Through the musical play "Hamilton". Inspired by the 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton by historian Ron Chernow. Writer Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote a musical that included music, lyrics, and a book. What's most significant about this play is that it is hip-hop. The play also incorporated other musical styles like R&B, pop, soul, traditional-style show tunes. But for the most part this was Hip-Hop's. This was for the culture. By the culture.
"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.
We Made It! Friday! Let the champagne pour and the glasses fill. But before you do all that. Checkout another Tulsa Cypher by King Spencer. But this time it's the ladies turn. And they're out to prove that anything a man can do, that a woman can do just as well. As DJ Ali Shaw presents #FemaleSpittaz. So with a fist raised in the air these women show us all how it's done. OR as Tea Rush puts it, "You know how we go!".
It's Friday! You made it. I made it. We all made it! Those days are gone of hurrying home from school on Friday to catch 106 & Park's Freestyle Friday competition. Where stars were made. OK maybe not stars. But at least it was a platform for artists to get their 15 minutes of fame. Who could forget Jin?
"YOU BETTER LOSE YOURSELF IN THE MOMENT." This is from the chorus of Eminem's "Lose Yourself" that played at the end of 8 Mile as character Jimmy "B-Rabbit" Smith, Jr. walks back to finish his shift at his job after defeating rival MC and reigning champion Papa Doc. 8 Mile is a classic MC battling movie that is always brought up during any rap battle. So it's no surprise that the very beat used in the freestyle scenes of the movie would also be used during Lessons in Fresh Freestyle Battle that happened at the Tulsa owned and operated Chimera. The two competitors were Mr. Burns (aka Earl Hazard) and Bezel365. Both competitors are revered rap battlers that have been known to rip apart their competition. But what would happen when they went neck to neck?
The 2nd Annual World Culture Music Festival........ A hell of a good time. And if you weren't there then there's only 3 acceptable reasons for not. 1) You were sick. Not like ohhh I got a headache, but like I can't move at all sick. 2) You couldn't find a babysitter. (Even though you had a month to prepare, but I get it life happens). 3) You didn't know. Fuck that. That ain't acceptable. You seent that shit.