Spark. Is a very complex concept. The perfect variables have to happen for such a relatively small thing to happen. Even more interesting is that spark can be both a negative and a positive. Spark a fire,and it means destruction, it means pain. But spark a mind and the light can be so bright that it can help heal the destruction caused by the former. OmaleyB's track "Kerosene" is the spark that has the power to change the history of a city.
Black Wallstreet. The story has become a tale of sorts that has been coupled with terms like "Black Excellence", "Black Entrepurnership", and "Black Unity". What people don't tell about in the Black Wallstreet story is the fact that Kerosene was the accelerant used to burn down the city. This is also why OmaleyB chose this as the title. Imagery of pouring out kerosene from a gas can puts everything into perspective as the stats of lives lost, business gone, and a community left to rebuild bring a sense of gravity. But also breaking through this gravity is OmaleyB's voice, that seems to lift to the sky and give hope. The same hope that has helped the northside continue. The hope that is sometime is the only thing people have left.
My citie's on fire,
They see me on the issue,
If the images of kerosene being poured out is meant to show us how much we have lost. Images of a Ford Mustang and a mansion shows us what we can still attain. As OmaleyB meets fellow Tulsa artist Steph Simon standing in front of a mansion. Many would probably look at the mansion and say it's just another MTV Cribs mansion. But knowing the history of the previous owner of that mansion to it's current-day owner shows that there is still hope to rebuild. Which is exactly what Steph Simon does. Building on the foundation that OmaleyB started, Steph Simon speaks about how the rebuilding process is started. The city and the verse is on fire.
Tupac talks about sparking the mind that will change the world. And maybe the song won't spark the mind. But maybe the song Kerosene is meant to be the fuel that will keep this spark not only growing but unstoppable.
Checkout the video to OmaleyB's song Kerosene ft. Steph Simon below:
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.
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".
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With 2 successful hip-hop music festivals, a critically acclaimed album, sold out music documentary screening, and the lists goes on. Steph Simon has continuously done what has never been done before. One would think is there any more "Upside" left for him to achieve. But for Steph Simon what he's already accomplished doesn't even compare to what he has planned for next. It's with this attitude that Steph Simon drops his latest video "Upside".
What you do it fo? This is the question Steph Simon has been asking himself as the time to the premiere of his Moviementary (movie documentary) “Live From the Tisdale” draws closer. A question that the movie tries to give insight into just how difficult an answer this is. The moviementary centers around Steph Simon’s live performance titled “Live From the Tisdale” which you can find my review here. Also accompaning Steph is his band The Rowlands, which the name of the band is a story within itself that is discussed a little in the moviementary.
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.
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...
It's a little after 1AM and the Jabee concert had just wrapped up. The crowd had been standing on there feet for hours and it seemed like the night was over, but not quite yet. But like Jay-Z said "After the party, it's the after party", which the bouncers made sure that everybody was on 'THE LIST', of which I was surprised to be on (perks of the game)....