"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.
Hundreds came out to support. Not only to support, also to have fun, and also contribute to a vision that was King Spencer's. Anyone that knows King Spencer knows that when he has a vision it's more like reality. Because no matter the obstacle he always made what seems like the impossible, possible. That's a tribute to "DEDICATION. HARD-WORK. PLUS PATIENCE." A line King Spencer not only quotes but has lived by. The dedication being to Tulsa and his Tulsa Progression brand. The hard-work he has put into his craft that has taken him around the world. Plus patience to see his dreams through some of the most trying times.
Back to the event. The Hoop2Help event was filled with high-flying dunks. Three pointers from each side raining in the hoop. There were celebrity interviews from artists like Cutty Forever, De-Whisper, Jeezmino, Ayilla, Tizzi, and too many others to name. This was all exciting and entertaining. Though one had to think. What was on King Spencer's mind? He was in a million places all at once. Yet was he really there? The mission for so long had been to save this building. To many though the Salvation Army West Mabee Boys & Girls Club was not just a building, but a community. More importantly it was a safe place for the kids. Kids that otherwise would have to go clear across town to get anything that seemed even remotely close to this oasis. Then again, this was theirs. For generations the Salvation Army West Mabee Boys & Girls Club served the kids in the community. It fostered not only athletes, but it also nurtured young creative minds that would go onto to be the change they would seek. This is the legacy that King Spencer fought so hard to keep. He himself being a product of The Salvation Army West Mabee Boys & Girls Club knows first hand the impact it can have in a young person's life. This was the real mission of the Hoop2Help. From the crowd turnout and volunteers it was clear to see this is also the impact of King Spencer.
Tulsa and supporters from other parts of the country were all responsible for us being able to raise $6500 this year for the West Mabee. We appreciate anyone who made it out and thank you all for the infinite support. Let’s continue to build on community, the foundation that starts us off. Thank you West Mabee for having my back and allowing these types of things to take place.
Not every vision comes true. Even though the efforts of King Spencer and friends and family were to help save the Salvation Army West Mabee Boys & Girls Club, they fell short of the goal. And now doors have closed. But just because one door closes doesn't mean that there won't be another. For now where that destination is, is still yet to be seen. And for King Spencer the mission isn't over. But that's Dedication. And instead of waiting for it King Spencer continues to be the change that we need for Tulsa. And on the behalf of Tulsa we say Thank You King Spencer!
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.
The only way to explain a Johnny Polygon show is to say that it's a Poly-Sided Experience. On one side you have the fans. Fans are what every artists needs, and I'm talking more than your grandma or your girl or the homies, I mean real fans. Within Tulsa there have only been a few select artists that have been able to develop a fan base quite like Johnny Polygon, and these aren't just your typical hip-hop fans...