These opening bars are from Jay-Z's self-criticizing song "Kill Jay Z" that described the killing of his ego. Which was a very strong bold statement. To fall on the knife and be reincarnated as a new you. So when artist Dialtone decided that he himself needed to kill the name Dialtone, it was a shock to everyone. Just coming off an amazing year that had seemed to be capped by amazing music and the vision of No Parking Studios coming into fruition, So hearing this track was very surprising, yet not totally. For anyone who has followed his career has seen this gradual transition in the works for the last few years. His music had a more focused sound that he delivered on each time. Dialtone of the past had always rapped about Tulsa and having things, but now his words seemed more intentional. His verses seemed more quotable. He had even taken up art. This is where the lines started to blur, Can Dialtone, the Hartford legend, be an artist? Would his old neighborhood friends what he was creating? The box of Dialtone would be troubled with these questions. But the artist Tone's Beach would already have his place and a clear vision of how to get there.
And I was never the perfect ki-d,
The church has always been a staple in the black community. For generations it has been a place of not only worship, but has also been a place of family, community, values, and overall a place that prepared you for living a Holy life. And anyone who has lived on the northside of Tulsa knows that church is a way of life. Especially on a Sunday. Sunday is The Lord's day, and in north Tulsa this means churches are filled with family and friends who are all coming to hear The Word. The church is more than just a building, It's sacred land. One church that's a symbol of northside churches is the Praise Center Family Church located between North Peoria and MLK right on Apache. It's here that local rapper Steph Simon chooses to shoot a scene from his video Silver n' Gold which features fellow artist and churchgoer Dialtone. The two actually went to church together and have a long time friendship and have numerous collaborations together. But it's 45 seconds into the video that you hear Steph Simon disrespect this sacred land as he raps, "starring at the baddest bitches off in the serv-ices".
You throwing up big C’s but you ain’t a Crypto
At 1:24 on his track Mr. Robot. Dial Tone raps the lines, “We out for this Crypto. You throwin up big C’s but you ain’t a crip tho.” It’s lines like these that are deeply ingrained into the bars of Dial Tone’s latest album “Tones Beach”. Crypto for the later part of 2017 became a trend. Something that saw success just as quickly as it saw failure. But for Dial Tone this new form of currency and technology was never a fade or a trend. For him it meant a new way to play the game, especially for a game that was designed for him to lose. For him it meant ownership. Something that Dial Tone has been rapping about since his earliest projects. And now his latest project “Tones Beach” will be sold for crypto.