In 2020 there has not been much to celebrate. That would be a lie. You alive. It's not quite YOLO. But it is live life to the fullest. One of the best things that has come out of 2020 was my interview with The Juice Radio Show. It's a local radio show in Tulsa that is apart of the Bobby Eaton radio broadcast. What's so great about it is that it's totally grassroots. OR out the mud. No waiting for major sponsors. No waiting for big radio studios. Just the DIY spirit and the support of the TOWN. That's what makes it so special. So when I got the call about Tulsa Lines doing an interview. I jumped at the opportunity to be apart of the show and see it's greatness up close and in person.
Listen to the interview below:
Also here's the YouTube version.
Thanks again to The Juice Radio Show for the opportunity. It was amazing to see the next generation of artists and media in their element. It kind of let me know that Tulsa will be OK. Make sure to listen to the Juice Radio Show every Thursday.
To watch the full episode go to:
Also make sure to follow them on Instagram: @thejuiceradioshowtulsa
"You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain." These words sum up Bash The Rappa's career. At his highest of highs, he was the underdog on the come up from a town that supported him and peers that both admired and envied him. But what happens when you start winning too much? America loves underdogs and they love a winner, but what America doesn't like is someone who wins too much. America doesn't like to see David turn into Goliath. That's when you become the villain. And for Bash The Rappa the price of his success was his transition from the hometown hero to now the villain. But how did he become the villain? This is a question Bash The Rappa sets out to explore in his new video "Letter To The Town".
"All that fake support,
This song is refreshing. In a way it humanizes Bash The Rappa. Not to say that he's never put his feelings on a track. But this feels like a different side to Bash The Rappa that is not often publicized and is mostly seen on the B-side of his projects. This track is important because many people think that to be a villain means to not also feel, to be numb to it all. But just like in the movies, when you see their origins story, you see get a glimpse into why the character is the way they are. But unlike the movies, the outcome can last longer than the 2 hour screening or as Bash raps, "It's really deeper than a song nigga"..
When it comes to bringing this video to life it's only one videographer that could pull it off. And King Spencer delivered. The video starts out from an interview from a No Plugins interview where the question is asked why he's seen as the supervillian. And one of his replies being "It's crazy cause I paved a way." This is when you realize that Bash The Rappa really is a trailblazer. The flashbacks to older videos showcase the time and the effort that he's put into his craft all while reppin' Tulsa. This video was as humbling for Bash The Rappa as it was for the haters who saw Bash The Rappa as the villain. He's apart of the town culture and the scene but it's taken time for people to learn how to support it's own. Even so, some people would ask that for an artist that has accomplished so much and looks like he is well on his way. What he possibly need from the town? His simple reply would be, "I don't need much, I just need 'em to believe".
Make sure you watch Bash The Rappa's new video "Letter to the Town" below:
"Feel a way we riot. Feel a way we hittin' Kapernicks."
In these 2 bars the word "feel" gives each bar power. Because to feel, is to be alive. Toree T. is an artist from Tulsa that is bringing that feeling back to hip-hop. Every bar. Every syllable. But most importantly every song has a message that listeners feel. Of course she's a dope emcee that can at any moment flex her lyrical muscles, but that wouldn't be what's needed in music right now. Especially when people need music that will make them feel what's really going in the world, Toree T. decided she couldn't be silent, she would tell the story the best way she knew how. Let's get to know Toree. T.:
1. What got you into rapping? My dad, sister and I were messing around rapping one day and came up with something pretty dope. In that moment, I realized my ability to stay on beat and my strong voice, especially for a 6 year old. Shortly after, I ended up performing in a talent show and it was crazy how great the feedback was. I fell in love with being on stage, and from there is when I realized rapping was a passion.
2, How would you define Toree T.? I would define Toree T. as an ascending woman that aspires to be a light to everyone that encounters her energy. A classy creative, a voice that speaks for many, and an uplifter that encourages people to walk boldly and confidently in their truths.
3. If someone never heard your music before what one song would you suggest they listen to? I’d suggest they listen to “Real Onez” because I feel like most people can relate, or “Mine” for more of a r&b/hip hop type vibe. Major s/o to WeThatSound and Dmusiq on producing/mixing and mastering the track and my girl Elona for killing it on the vocals.
4. What is #ToreeTTuesdays? On Tuesday’s I post content with a visual/message behind it. Toree T. Tuesday’s won’t be limited to just rapping a verse, there’s no telling what you’ll get on a Tuesday but best believe it’ll be something to look forward to!
5. What's next for Toree T. in 2020? Really just continuing to create, growing my fan base, getting performances lined back up, and I’m also working on a project. The creating never stops, make sure to stay tuned. Check me out on all streaming platforms, as well as toreetmusic.com to stay updated on the latest content.
Thanks again to Toree T. for taking time out of her day for the interview. Make sure you follow her social media and lookout for #ToreeTTuesdays and all her upcoming projects.
The doc knows best. There's a reason why when doctors talk that people listen. Whether it's for health, wealth, or wisdom, having a doctor around puts everyone at ease. From Dr. Vivien Thomas to Dr. Dre, the greats have always left their marks on history. So when Tulsa and Oklahoma City was in need of a project to help solidly the Oklahoma hip-hop scene and showcase the two cities ability to work together and create a cohesive hip-hop project, the universe yelled, "Is there a doctor in the house?". Dr. View was the doctor to answer this call with his project called "(IN)VISIBLE MAN", which can only be described as so Tulsa, so Oklahoma City, so Oklahoma, but most importantly so Hip-Hop! Let's sit sit down and get to know the doc they call Dr. View.
1) What's one album that you believe has the best production? I can’t just pick one, and I think that speaks to the sounds that you hear on (IN)VISIBLE MAN, but here are a few: Kanye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, The Dream’s LoveHate, Big KRIT’s Return of 4Eva, Rick Ross’ Teflon Don and Roy Ayers’ Vibrations.
2) Many people don't know that you really have your P.H.D. can you speak about your educational background and why you wanted to get a P.H.D.? Yeah, I have a PhD in Higher Education Administration. I’m a first generation college graduate that worked at the university level for almost 7 years. It was important to finish because there is a very low percentage of Black people that have terminal degrees. But I knew I had to complete the degree on my own terms, which my dissertation was in the form of a hip hop album. Fast forward, the education still remains in my music. You’re gonna get dope production, classic bars and some soul that will edify you. That’s the formula.
3) What do you want people to get from (IN)VISIBLE MAN? I want people to understand that I see them. I understand their struggle of trying to make it in a world where they feel invisible, or no one really tries to grasp their stories or motivations for living. I want people to recognize that art imitates life and (IN)VISIBLE MAN is a direct correlation to the shit we endure everyday. This is the soundtrack of the times. It’s something for everyone. Lastly, I want everyone to know that the album consisted only Oklahoma artists and was a homage to Ralph Ellison, who wrote the iconic book, Invisible Man. I’m letting the world know that Oklahoma has been and will continue to be dope.
4) What's one song on the album you suggest everybody listen to? All of them. It’s not an album, it’s an experience. Each song is connected to the next. I want people to just press play, close their eyes for 45 minutes and go to a place. And allow the music to speak to them. I promise it will.
5) What's next for Dr. View in 2020? I’m one of the executive producers for Fire in Little Africa, which is a compilation album in commemoration of Black Wall Street. That project drops in February 2021, but I have a project with St. Domonick coming soon called 25 Lighters, a project with Thomas Who? coming soon called Dr. Who?, and my hip hop collective, The Space Program, is currently developing a project. Lastly, the Chopstars out in Houston (OG Ron C & DJ Candlestick) chopped and screwed (IN)VISIBLE MAN, and it sounds crazy.
Thanks again to Dr. View for taking time out of his busy day to talk with us. Definitely look out for his up-coming projects. But in the mean time make sure you go jam "(IN)VISIBLE MAN" now streaming everywhere!
This is the first single off the project called "93 Rockets | 88 Compton"
With 420 right around the corner we thought it would only be right to interview Mr. Kusher himself.... Keezy Kuts. His recent release of "Pre-Rolled 2" can only be described as a smoker's delight as each song seamlessly transitions through the "highs". This EP is the perfect sequel in the "Pre-Rolled" series. Take a listen to our interview with Keezy Kuts.
"I know I really love you,
Throughout history the royal throne has been occupied by kings and also by queens. And as history has proven that some of the most successful rulers were queens who helped make empires that have been studied and marveled at to this day. It's something about a queen that you gotta respect. Queens move with a power and a grace that commands the attention of any room. But don't take their femininity for weakness. Some of the most ruthless rulers were queens who at a moments notice would slit a man's throat without blinking. And we not even going to talk about their ability to take a man's heart out of his chest and laugh as it beats slowly in her palms. Right now is the right time to go for the crown as a new challenger named Bambi is looking to show that she has what it takes to reign over the game and take her rightful seat at the throne.
1. What do you think is the biggest hurdle for a female rapper? For one I think the whole separation of female is obviously a hurdle. I just said the other day in a joking way that I'm just a male rapper with titties. So let's not put gender in there, ha. Anyways. The biggest hurdle for a female rapper is being heard and being taken serious in general. Especially if your not talking about sex, but even if you're talking about sex it's what they look for. If you're talking about anything other than sex then it's like "Ohh she tryna be smart". It's a catch 22. Your tryna be thi,s and I'm tryna be that, and if it's sexual. Then ahh yea, I'm waiting on that next time you gonna tell me about suckin' some dick or somethin'. Don't nobody care unless you suckin' or ridin' or something. So I think a hurdle is being taken serious with your material, whatever it is.
2. What separates you from other artists? Personally, I'm very versatile. I know I'm technically a baby in the game because I don't have enough out on platforms to listen to. But when I get there you will see that I am a rapper, I an R&B artists, I can do contemporary or whatever. I can hop on a lot of beats no matter how different they sound, as long as I like the beat, I can do it. Then you just never know what's gonna come out of my my mouth. Half the time I don't so, there's that.
3. Your song Fuck I look like what did you want listeners to get from that track? Fuck I Look Like was a self-love thing. I was writing it because I had been through some things. Like I knew I was wasting time, and it's a thin line between wasting time and being patient in a lot of cases, and I had dealt with some things that really didn't convey that I loved myself. Or that I loved myself enough to know that that should've been rejected automatically. When your self-love is high enough, a lot of things get rejected, you don't even have to worry about things getting that far. But of course when you're in love and it's long term, you start dealing with stuff and your really lose sight of what is being patient and what's wasting time. So you end up dealing with a whole bunch of stuff.
Basically with Fuck I Look Like I want people to remember like anything that you feel like your not being loved, anything that feels like disrespect, anything where it feels like you can't communicate with that person is settling. AND WE ARE NOT SETTLING! Pretty much that's the whole hook. "Lovin somebody who don't love me, let you talk anyway you wantin', not letting you know what it is." That's it! Anything that makes you feel like you are being less than loved you need to bounce.
4. What’s a line from the track that you think goes over people’s heads? I don't think anything is so complex in that song that it should go over people's heads. I think the line that hit's me the hardest when I listen back is when I said, "I know I really love you, but you might just be lonely, I can't be sexting you, if you don't even know you want me". That was kind of like something to think about.
5. What’s next for Bambi in 2020? Long as we ain't quarantined all year I'm making my way to genres that will show my versatility. And ratchet music. LOL!
Thanks to Bambi for taking time out of her busy day. Make sure to follow her on her social media below:
"Pull up in like 20,
Words. Words are so powerful that they have started wars. Men have risked everything and have even died over their word, their word being their honor. In the streets they say "Your word is your bond". Because for many their word is the most valuable thing they posse. And no one knows the power of words better than a poet. Sneak The Poet has shown his mastery of diction while also gaining respect from his peers in the process. Let's get to know Sneak The Poet!
1) What got you into music? I’ve always been a music lover and a fan of hip hop. But I didn’t get into music until my 3rd year at TU. I was riding down 75 and heard Biggie’s “Suicidal Thoughts” for the 1st time and that was it. I wrote my first rap during class the same day. I was already experimenting with poetry at the time.
2) You are an artists as well as a vidographer. How do you decide which to put your energy into? I’m an artist period. I started off as an actor. I’m actually a professionally trained actor, I received my degree in Theater and Minor in Film Studies. In a sense I started doing all of it at the same time once I decided I didn’t want to act anymore. I wanted to play more of a director/writer/producer role. Music kind of just came naturally. It’s a tough balance because hip hop influences my films. But I’m definitely consider myself a filmmaker. I’m working on a few big projects at the moment. But hip hop is me, forever, so that won’t ever change.
3) Last year you dropped a project called "Strictly 4 My Ninjas". What message were you trying to get across with this project? “Strictly 4 My Ninjas” is my 1st project since I moved back from Seattle. So it’s sort of a re-introduction to Sneak. Sonically it’s a blend of lo-fi and jazz rap. I like to think of it as the rise of the “cool blerd”. Real Ninja shit, you know. A lot of stuff I rap about, wasn’t cool to talk about 10 years ago.
4) What's one line off the project that you think goes over people's head? Idk about going over heads but one of my favorite bars is from Saturday Night “Pull up in like 20, she said what took u so long? Told her I’ve been chasing this money, but what’s all this bread if I can’t get me no honey?” I just like that bar. It’s real simple. But I feel simplicity hits harder sometimes than a lot of spiritual-miracle rap. It’s like what’s all this grinding for if I don’t reap the benefits of my hard work?
5) What's next for Sneak The Poet in 2020? Man I have big plans this year, a lot I can’t talk about just yet. But I am working on a few big scripts that I’m sourcing funding for. I’m also shooting videos for some of Tulsa’s dopest talent. New music SOON. Like really soon. I really feel like this year is going to be special. The energy is right.
6) You posted a video of you doing a chyper with DJ Somar. How did that come about? It was a promotional video for a Lessons in Fresh show at Fassler Hall. My first rap show ever was a Lesson and Fresh show at Soundpony like 6 or 7 years ago and Somar was the DJ.
Thanks to Sneak The Poet for taking time out of his busy day. Make sure to follow him on his social media below:
Instagram: @sneakthepoet (https://www.instagram.com/sneakthepoet/)
Twitter: @sneakthepoet (https://twitter.com/sneakthepoet)
Youtube: Sneak The Poet
It's fuck the law because I really don't respect it,
Consistency. For Domo this one word has helped define his career, because throughout it all few artists have shown the consistency that he has. His ability to drop project after project shows his consistency to feed his ever growing audience which is one of the reasons why his fanbase keeps growing. In this social media age it's Domo's consistency that is also giving him a leg up on the competition having delivered on visuals at a pace that is almost unmatched in both quality and consistency. Lastly it's his consistency to his sound that has helped in cut through the noise and survive the waves of Lil Baby's, Da Baby's, and any other variations of baby in between. Domo has proved that staying true to yourself as an artist and having consistency can get to the being the one next up. Let's get consistent with Domo.
1) Who is Domo? Long story short. I’m from Muskogee but I grew up in Tulsa,Ok. I started to play around with music when I was 14. I probably started taking it serious around 16. It’s crazy because I didn’t have a rap name or anything. Me and my cousin Cooluh was brainstorming one night in the studio and he came up with “Domo”. At first I was like hell nah! Haha but it slowly started to catch on and then soon everybody was calling me “Domo”. It’s been a long journey since then. I’m somebody that likes to be in the mix but also in the cut.. Probably rolling something up.. Or sippin on something.. Maybe both.. Who knows!? I love my city tho man. I really love how it’s starting to blossom with so much untapped talent and energy. It’s only a matter of time. It’ll happen soon.
2) What's been the hardest part about building your musical career? Everything... Its a process. Staying organized and prepared really helps. Also a solid team and foundation. There has to be more than one key play maker on your team for sure. Everybody has a part to play. Things can get ugly sometimes but you gotta roll with the punches! it’s beauty in the struggle tho.
3) Last year you released a 4 track EP called "At Midnight". What did you want listeners to get from that project? “At Midnight” was definitely something for me. I usually drop full projects with 10 - 14 tracks so I wanted do something short and hard this time around. I’ve never did anything like that until now so It was a learning experience in itself. I definitely will be dropping another one soon.
4) What's one line on the project "At Midnight" that you think goes over people's heads? “Put My Foot Inside Ya Neck!” because I’m really about to turn up and put my foot down. In the words of Trinidad James “ Don’t Believe Me Just Watch”.
5) What's next for Domo in 2020? Collaborations! I don’t do too many Collabs but It’s still a handful of artists I wanna reach out to and work with. I’m also sitting on 5 projects. I’m just getting the sounds and sonics right before I start to release them all. I got 1 of them dropping in a month or so...
Thanks to Domo for taking time out of his busy day. Make sure to follow him on his social media below:
ITS A REASON IM HERE,
Oasis. Many men travel thousands of miles searching for their peace, their land, their oasis. For Dialtone the journey has led him across the map traveling from state-to-state and from city-to-city. What he found out is that his oasis was closer than he thought. It was right here in Tulsa. Anyone whose heard the album knows that his album Oasis was an ode to the city. The musicality of the album reflected the new Tulsa sound that has traveled around the world and back. This in turn will help him do the same. Let's get to know Dialtone, the artist who found his oasis.
I know no name bulletproof,
The legend of the 30 dollar copy. Anyone who has been out to a hip-hop event in Tulsa lately has seen a tall bearded individual moving throughout the crowd. One by one individuals line up to greet this bearded fellow giving various handshakes and taking selfies. His jacket swaying heavily from the wrapped and concealed $30 copy. It's an amazing sight to see this bearded figure named 1st Verse make his way through the crowd. It only takes just one pause between handshakes and a swift motion to his jacket reveals the legendary $30 copy of his album VSXO. If your lucky enough to see this transaction occur be appreciative, because in this day of impersonal digital streaming 1st Verse is defying all marketing plans and is going platinum..... his way.