"Me found Bravery in my Bravado" this bar is taken from Kanye West's track "Dark Fantasy" which appears on his album "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy". But this bar also perfectly describes "TheGRAE" an artist from Tulsa, Oklahoma who with the release of his recent project "Live From Trytan" is looking to leave the same if not greater mark than his icon Kanye. Comparing the the two it's easy to see why Kanye West is one of TheGRAE's biggest influences, Especially after realizing that both are producers turned rappers/artists, and both come from a city where the odds of making it out of those city limits are greatly against them.
The shores of Tulsa are often calm. Quiet. Unbothered. Except for one surfer named St. Domonick, who with his recent release #SSS has been making some major waves. Short for "Santos Swimming School", #SSS is an inside look into a more braggadocios St. Domonick whose love for 90s nostalgia and culture can be felt throughout the project.
A cymbal taps lightly as it blends smoothly into the background. A bass kick starts followed by a few light hits of a snare. That's how you let the beat build. The cymbal clashes as a piano comes in soo soulfully playing along with the drums. But this still doesn't feel like the main ingredient, not just yet. A funky electric guitar pierces through the beat. That's that main ingredient I was searching for. Now this feels right. This feels familiar. The crowd starts to cheer and clap. Then he starts to rap, "Check. I can see my old school, use to be a young Hawk. my girl was a Miller Driller, that's where it all started...' I start to sing along having heard this song before.
From the very first key attack, a pianists must be able enough to manipulate not only the volume but mostly importantly create an experience. This skill is often called touch or technique. For the job of a pianists is more than just playing notes. The pianists must be able to provoke the full spectrum of human emotions seamlessly and effortlessly. Keeng Cut is showing the the world with his formal introduction "World Culture Keys" that he has what it takes to move the world.
With the year just starting there are many anticipated games being released this year. And If Magnum was a game, then it would surely be making an argument for best game of the year. And Dial Tone is proving that he is just the player to take you thru every mission. From the Intro track "NASA" Dial Tone provides the tunes for you vibe to while you select all of your gear from the start menu. The second track "Tom Selleck" is named after the famous actor (who is best known for his TV role as a private investigator in the show "Magnum") and has a minimalistic sound perfectly layered. You can tell that the mad scientists Papa (also a fellow District artist) cooked this this beat up in the lab just for Dial Tone.
In a city full of sprinters the competition to be the first rapper to blow out of Tulsa is thick. One young rapper named Hakeem Elijuwon is proving that he is destined to carry the torch. With his latest 17 track project "#MogulMinded", Hakeem is clearly making a statement and stepping up to the runners block in a race filled with already local legends.