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.
For a general who has seen many wars, coming home is something never to be taken for granted. But at the same time coming home can be just as hard as the same wars you just left. For when you come home the same burdens of life like getting a job, paying bills, supporting your family, the things that you left while away at war can become the war. For Pade, a general and Tulsa legend, coming home has been only half the journey, the other half he has been working to make this the "Best Year Ever" or as he has titled his album #BYE.