The battle between right and wrong can often be blurred. In an era where there are so many sources for news, the facts can depend on who you ask. But what about when your on both sides of the argument? Are you both right and wrong? Or are you a victim of perception? This is what Jacobi Ryan tackles in his latest single "Hated". Being a multi-racial artist in a majority "urban" genre means that Jacobi Ryan like other multi-racial artists are forced with the decision to choose a side. Drake similarly tackled this issue in his track You and the 6 where he spits the line, "I used to get teased for being black, and now I'm here and I'm not black enough." The feelings seem mutual with Jacobi Ryan as he starts out both his first and second verse with a statement about his blackness.
"I'm mixed with black and white, I wish it didn't matter,
Jacobi Ryan is an artists from Lawton, Oklahoma who has an incredible lyrical skill and a powerful delivery that can't be denied. In his music are a reflection of the times and the hope for change. This includes the awareness of the social issues and humanitarian efforts that have labeled him as 'Conscious Rapper', which is both a gift and a curse. Gifted are the abilities to stay grounded in your truths and speak out against injustices without the fear of backlash. Curse because you are then always the one being called upon to speak on social topics whether you want to or not. But through it all he intends to get his message out to the masses.
The track "Hated" cannot be easily summed up. It is complex and layered with generational wounds that then weaved into the familiar use of the snare and bass kick drums. The outer layer of the track are the lyrics that describe the issues that are going on in the country. Which perspective comes into play. On one side he spits about the problems that Reganomics caused for generations of blacks, while on the other side and in the next bar he spits that "we" (black people) could've made better choices. This is where we start to see just how real the prison of perception is. Perception can be everything even the Jacobi's delivery can be seen from two different sides. From his white side his delivery may be considered militant at times as seen in his mention of slavery and Reganomics. While his black side may consider his delivery as him venting from the frustration of having to overcome obstacle after obstacle. This is the truly an internal battle. But as the chorus ends and the beat fades, Jacobi Ryan breaks into a spoken word performance of a Bob Marley quote where he lets it be known that he stands for the side of the "Creator".
To be "Conscious" is to be well-read, to think for yourself, and to fight for the people. All things that hardly sell and hardly make the radio. But "Hated" is the hardly that it takes to open a dialogue that can change the world. But as Jacobi says:
Everything ain't within a click how these computers run it.
Make sure you checkout Jacobi Ryan 's latest video "Hated".
A few snaps, melodic vocals, and a snare drum is all the artist David Townsend needs to create a vibe. Guided by his smooth vocal tone and melodic flow of which he uses to navigate the beat. Also guiding is his senses and experiences that account for tempo changes and musical bridges. In the track "One Night" David Townsend alludes to being the "bad guy" that is at fault for turning a good girl bad. He jumps in and out of the track similar to merging in and out of traffic. Something that takes a lot of skill of which David Townsend's vocal performance proves that he's an experienced driver. And to his woman's satisfaction, she is in good hands. Of which he knows and says "That still can't nobody else do it better". What's also most entertaining about the track is that it's ever-changing. It starts with a quick up-tempo feel but then at the end slows down to more of a cruising speed. A more slowed down vibe where David Townsend concentrates more on an ad-libbed freestyle that expresses his feelings more than any structure or rhythmic pattern could. This is the meaning of "One Night".
85 on the highway,
Checkout David Townsend's track "One Night" below:
St. Domonick the brand is back with his single "Blue Magic" to remind his competition that "Santo runs the town". Fresh off his hiatus St. Domonick makes sure it's known that his presence represents his return and thus his crown. Few artist can take the sort of break that St. Domonick has and still have the same impact as someone who has been dropping music all year, But then again we are talking about St. Domonick. The rapper that is beyond his years in knowledge and skill is impressive and was first discovered on his breakout EP Orphic. The dual personality of Santo Vuelo and St. Domonick are often in a power struggle and is evident on this track as Santo, the braggadocios alter-ego of St. Domonick makes sure that he is fully acknowledged on the track while also screaming out. "Bitch I'm From Tulsa"
St. Domonick's first win with "Blue Magic" is that it appears on all major streaming sites. Though St. Domonick's verses are not a stranger to sites like Spotify and Apple Music, they have mostly been features on others' tracks. Making the upload of Blue Magic his first piece of music that is his solely. The second win for St. Domonick is that he came back with fire! So many times artists take a break and almost disappoint their fanbase with some weird experimentation like Nas's album for instance. But this East Coast born MC makes sure to represent his brand on a track that is filled with scenes from Denzel Washington's "American Gangster". Which was a biopic about the drug kingpin Frank Lucas. In this track St. Domonick is using this as a metaphor for the verses that are as addictive and are as pure as the blue substance that helped Frank Lucas amass millions and have the respect of his people and his peers. And although St. Domonick has seen great success and accolades he still stays grounded as he ends his second verse reppin' CT$.
Make sure you stream St. Domonick's new track "Blue Magic" below:
The Superbowl is approaching fast. What does that mean? Millions of advertising dollars will be spent by big name companies looking to monetize off there being so many eyes watching big screen TVs during the game. This is where advertising agencies really make their money from vendors like Doritos to, M&M's, to the Coca-Cola and Budweiser. Last year Sports Illustrated reported that companies on average spent $5 Million in advertising dollars toward a 30-second placement during the SuperBowl. With over 100 million estimated viewers it's no doubt that this is a good investment to get the most impressions. We'll get to that word later.
Who has 5 million laying around? 5 Million is hard enough for a person to gross better yet have a marketing budget for. So how do you compete against these big companies? You run Facebook and Instagram ads during the Superbowl. Adweek reported that their will be an estimated 170 million social media impressions during the game. Your advantage is that big name companies aren't investing in mobile advertising yet, this makes the price of running social media ads during the Superbowl not only feasible but a way to get in the game where there are the most eyes watching or the most impressions.
Impression, sometimes called a view or an ad view, is a term that refers to the point in which an ad is viewed once by a visitor, or displayed once on a web page. The number of impressions of a particular advertisement is determined by the number of times the particular page is located and loaded.
Like I said the price is very low when it comes to creating an ad on Facebook and Instagram. If you just spend $1 per day on Facebook ads, you will get in front of 4,000 people that wouldn't have seen you otherwise. This was not even conceivable before the social media boom that has taken place. But it won't last longer as the dinosaurs of the marketing department of the big name companies retire and the new kids who are on social media all day start getting real power to spend marketing dollars. Then it's over!!
The Superbowl is almost here. So run an ad on Social Media and see what it can do for you.
Imagine if Travis Scott would've dropped "Sicko Mode" during the Superbowl on Social Media. It would be well over a billion views:
The Mingo Trail is comprised of two segments that run through Tulsa. It's on this trail that you'll see real nature. The trees vast and tall run along the trail. The wild life birds, squirrels, and pitbulls that have gotten loose. And then theirs the junkiez. Their trails of of broken glass bottles and syringes litter the ground as they lay unresponsive from their last fix. It's best to just not fuck with them. Adam The God is doing just this with the release of his latest video "I Can't FW Junkiez".
Adam The God is an artist from Tulsa, Oklahoma that is known for his colorful flow and his love for the city. It's on stage that he shines just as bright as the gold grill that he rocks. One part of the T-Town Boys, Adam The God and the T-Town Boys have been blazing their own trail and gaining a loyal fanbase along the way. It's local favorites like "Lipton" and "Oklahoma Natural Gas" that have helped Adam The God gain notoriety and an artist to look out for in 2019.
The track was produced by RXG7RKINT which starts out with a harp which becomes the main focal part of the beat. The harp has a very distinct sound that has been used throughout hip-hop in songs like The Clipse's "Ride Around Shining" and more recently Jay Critch, Famous Dex, and Rich The Kid's song "In My Coupe". But it's the hard hitting bass that brings the beat back to hip-hop and together creates the perfect trap symphony. Adam The God is clearly the conductor as he able to bend and contort words in a way that fills up bars in a puzzle piece of words that only he could solve and fit together. His skill and rapping ability has gotten him the respect from his peers rappers and from the culture. To put it simply. He's a rappers rapper. The track shows his ability to have fun and show his personality. But its lines like "I been runnin game and yea know I double lap em", that shows his ability to drop a dope bar.
The video was shot by King Spencer and takes part on the eastside of Tulsa. It's Adam The God in his element as seen in the pictured spray paint tag of on the Mingo Trail. Tulsa is in his blood and is on his back as he rocks local artist GxThree t-shirt and a King Spencer's "Tulsa Progression" t-shirt. It's this support he has for the city that is also reciprocated from his fans, his peers, and the venues. And just when you think the video is over and the song is going into the third chorus, the track slows as the purple drankin Houston Chopped & Screwed music begins to play. DJ Screw would be proud.
Checkout "I Can't FW Junkiez" below:
To find out more about Adam The God follow his social media below:
Facebook: @Adam The God "TwocupShakurTTB"
SoundCloud: @Adam The God
I know what your thinking. This is one of those crazy posts. Your partially right. But this is more of a warning to those that make crazy posts, to be cautious and to remember that the internet doesn't give out passes for real life. But also it's true, don't let social media get you fucked up. And to help you I've created a guideline to help you not get fucked up from social media.
Travis Scott's AstroWorld Tour "Wish You Were Here Tour 2" will be in Tulsa on Feb. 8th. That's right Tulsa, Oklahoma will have a rap artist who is Grammy nominated headlining the BOK Center. For the many hip-hop lovers this is a dream come true. A dream that wouldn't have happened 5 years ago. Because at that time it was perceived that there wasn't a "Hip-Hop" audience here. Especially with artists like Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga selling out the BOK Center each time they stopped by. But what the BOK and other venues that were not in-tuned with the scene there was a storm brewing and it's name was Hip-Hop.
2018 was a crazy year! So much music was dropped. I bet you don't remember that Drake's "God's Plan" was released this year. Or that J. Cole dropped KOD. Nas even dropped an album this year using Kanye's 7-song album format. Newcomers like Lil Baby dropped their first album. While artists like Lil Yachty set out to prove that there's no such think as a Sophore slump. Migos setout to prove that they can still make hits. We remembered Mac Miller and XXXtentacion who both dropped projects that are helping to keep their memories alive. What a year for music!
Paige Howard. A movie that was written and shot by the Oklahoma City team Daily Devotion became more than just a movie. The Christmas Eve premiere was shown in a local theater room in Oklahoma City. And by the end of the movie it was clear that more was on the line than awards and accolades. There are still real life consequences. Consequently it was when you really stopped and looked around the room that you noticed the people who were genuinely happy to see each other, and genuinely proud of the team of people that had put so much into a project. As the movie ended and the applause from the audience began, it was nothing but love that filled the theater room. This was an important moment in time. This same feeling is most felt on the Paige Howard Soundtrack that became more than just a soundtrack. It became a celebration of the bridge that was built between Oklahoma City and Tulsa, the perfect "Love Affair".
Lookin like legacy, she lookin like phedamines,
Hakeem Eli'juwon is back with his latest video "5:30" off his 5-track project "PLACID" that was released earlier this year. Anyone that knows of Hakeem's work knows that he has the ability to put out multiple projects in a single year that only rivals artist like Curren$y who shocked the world last your with the release of 12 projects in one year, and didn't slow down this year either by releasing at multiple projects this year. Hakeem Eli'juwon has dropped projects this year including a recently released 5-track project called "Trill Status" and has been featured on numerous tracks including Keezy Kuts song "Michelangelo" (read the article here)