Everyone loves a remix. It’s like having a second opportunity to hear your favorite artist spit another verse. Who wouldn’t want to hear it? But even more a recent trend has been that the remixed single builds onto the original so that it sometimes becomes more of a series or an episodic collection of tracks that are well-known in an artists’s catalog. Kendrick Lamar’s The Heart series is one example of this, the latest being The Heart 5. Big K.R.I.T has his My Sub series, now on part 5 with his single Big K.R.I.T. "Ballad Of The Bass (My Sub V) . Even Jay-Z got did it with his Dead Presidents series and ththe list goes on. And for those familiar with Keeng Cut’s catalog know about the Screw Cool series, the latest release being Screw Cool 3 where he proves that you can evolve as an artist without sacrificing yourself. Let's take a look back at this dope series of tracks.
Keeng Cut is an artist from Tulsa. His unique style, flow, and stage performance brought a breath of fresh air to the Oklahoma hip-hop scene. Crowned the ‘Flavor Keeng’, his fashion sense matched with his extravagant raps have everyone biting the flavor. Whether rapping or singing Keeng Cut’s versatility has proved to be an asset, with his signature ad-lib “OOPS” it's clear that he is doing it his way.
Tryna put Glover in this broad,
It’s important to revisit the 1st Screw Cool track released in 2014. It was very player, very southern. The track has a soulful sample produced by fellow Tulsa artists and producer Rive Era. The record seemed to come at a transitional time in Keeng Cut’s career. Being formally known as Khampa Trillman, Keeng Cut was the next step in the evolution of the artist. On the track Keeng Cut had a 1st person perspective of how Tulsa is and once was. Reminiscing on how the old school players used to shine and bring out the fancy cars. On the track he also gives advice that the real players could feel. It’s the authority in his voice and the vivid raps that give you this feeling of authenticity. Keeng Cut has seen and lived it. Check out the video below:
It would be another 2 years before Keeng Cut would drop the surprised follow up track in the series “Screw Cool 2”. The 2nd track in the series featured a crooning Keeng Cut showing his versatility by way of rapping as well as by singing on the track. A notable difference on Screw Cool 2 is Keeng Cut rapping to a female companion and being someone she can console in. Undoubtedly still player. His gift of gab emerge in each bar making the track more like a conversation. When it comes to the production. The track seems a little more jazzier. Still very player but a lot smoother and intimate. A reach may be that this track was Keeng Cut experimenting with his new moniker Flavio Cutatore. Listen to Screw Cool 2 below:
I can turn an idea into dollars baby,
And last but not least, we get to the latest track in the series, Screw Cool 3. This track comes 6 years after Screw Cool 2. Again this track is representative of a pivotal point in his career and potentially in light of an upcoming album. Produced by fellow artist and Houston producer George Young. The beat fits right in line with the smooth player-like feel that the series is known for. You can hear the subtlety of the organ’s keys, similar to the subtle bars that are tucked in the track. It’s easy to get lost in the vibe of the track and miss some these quotable bars by Keeng Cut. The important thing about the series is that each time there’s something new that is brought to the table. One added element is YungxHalloween's crying guitar that at times echoes as it blends into the beat. Keeng Cut’s keeps true to the essence of the song as he starts out with his signature “Ohhh, Ohhh, Opps, Opps, Opps", The song is still very much a trip thru Tulsa. This time his ideas have progressed as he speaks about his growth as a person. Now promoting health both mentally and physically. His dreams now manifested. One of his dreams being Screw Cool on the radio, It was not only a memorable point in his career, but it showed that staying down with Tulsa was the right path.
I asked Keeng Cut about the last line in the song where he says “C Jim is the reason that I made Screw Cool.”. This is what he had to say:
"I basically used to call him Screw Cool Shawty in reference to DJ Screw being “cool” that’s where the term Screw Cool came from."
The Screw Cool series shines in Keeng Cut’s catalog. It’s important to Oklahoma hip-hop and each track is an archived moment in Keeng Cut’s career. Will there be more versions in the coming future? One can only hope. Until then like Keeng Cut says, “baby, I’m Screw Cool”.
Listen to Screw Cool 3 below:
Le Cordon Bleu (translated as "The Blue Ribbon) is one of the best culinary schools in Paris. Chefs from all around the world travel for the chance to be apart of the tutelage and prestige from a school that has been known to produce some of the best chefs in the nation. But do you have to go to such a prestigious institution to be considered a world-renowned chef? Not for Keeng Cut! His recent project "Snackin' with Flavor" showcases his ability to put together some amazing dishes that can only be described a divine experience that few are worthy of. Let's take a seat and order from "Snackin' with Flavor".
Diamonds on my writst and Diamonds on my hand,
Many can imitate it, but no one can duplicate the flavor that is Keeng Cut. Even Keeng Cut created a new flavor with the artist Flavio Cútatore. Coming off his album Flavio Cútatore and his EP Stay Flavored My Friend, many people wondered. Would his next album "The Flavorpiece" be a rap album? Or would it be a R&B follow-up to Flavio Cútatore? But as soon as you pressed play on the track "Stainless" let you know that this was Keeng Cut and he wasn't leaving no room for guessin'. He was spittin'.
Flava Man. Flava Man. Do you want to dance? Hell Naw. Hell Naw. I can't give you a chance. Can you finish this line. Probably not. Not even Shazam got this right. And this sums up just how badly promoted this song was. It was Evergreen content that had the chance to be big. But some would say could you really blame it for being underwhelming promoted? This song was buried deep down in a long tracklist of songs that were hits themselves that included some unforgettable verses. Not to mention how this soundtrack bridged two cities. Tulsa and Oklahoma City. These two cites are always in competition, well at least that's always been the narrative. But anyone who is really in the scene knows this couldn't be further from the truth, as artists like Steph Simon and Chris "The God" MC Cain collabed on a track called "Love Affair". Who could also forget the "Chosen Few" project from Dialtone and Grand National that proved that both cities not only work together but equally want to see each other win. Because a win in either city would mean a win for the state. But this was 2020!
The World's Most Interesting Man. Some would say they miss the old guy that was always dressed in suits and told tall tales. But to those that know Keeng Cut know that he we wasn't even close. Keeng Cut, artist, entrepreneur, and also most would say trend-setter. But even that would be an understatement to his influence and cultural impact. Nearly a year ago he introduced the world to Flavio Cûtore, a smooth, fly, and debonair who is polar opposite to the rapping Keeng Cut. But now with the release of Keeng Cut's latest release "Stay Flavored My Friend", Keeng Cut learned that both could co-exist on the same project and if anything else it would be fully flavor!
Flavio Cútatore is back and he is "Cuttin Up" with his latest hit single you guessed it "Cuttin Up". But what you didn't guess is that his alter ego Flavio Cútatore could put out hits just like Keeng Cut, and his way. With Flavor, You've heard Flavio Cútatore on hits such as "Marathon Lady" and "NFMC" but it's this song right here! This song here!!! That's going to push him over the top. Check out the Flavor for yourself as he ends the verse with so much flavor.
Cry Baby Hill was an experience to say the least. Remember the SURVIVOR'S GUIDE: CRY BABY HILL? Well hopefully you were prepared for it. But enough of that, here's a little recap to what went on for those who weren't there. There were Hundreds of people, a crazy bike race, plenty of alcohol and of course the main reason LIVE MUSIC.
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.
There is a funny thing about train tracks and how they can sometimes become a sort of divisional line for a city. For Tulsa, these same type of tracks have divided the city and left both sides to diverge into two completely different worlds. And for anyone coming from the north side, crossing these tracks means 2 things: 1) This is a completely different world than what you have grown accustom to. 2) You instantly are separated from the idea of being 'normal', your differences are amplified, and your history of being excluded and estranged has only propelled the feeling of being of not that world, but ALIEN. This same message is being told in Surron the 7th's song "918lien".