When it comes to Tulsa music few artists have evolved and made their own lane as much as Dialtone. The Tulsa native has proven he’s a master of many talents, with the first talent being rap. The real shift in his career came when he also decided to take up a second skill, art. His No Parking Studios empire is one of the biggest brands in the town, and it’s taken him all over the country. But when Dialtone gets that itch to start making music again, that’s when no beat is safe. And that's exactly what's happening as seen with the release of his EP Texture Test 001. Dialtone is back in album mode and like we tweeted, “Yo Tone dropped this like to say "Don't think I still don't do this rap shit!". So, sit back and let’s dive into his latest single “Tulsa Bounce”.
“Bouncin’ thru uptown,
Anybody that knows Dialtone’s music knows that he’s more than a rapper, he’s more like Tulsa historian at times, just in the way he drops names and tells stories that are like insider trading secrets that only Tulsa people who grew up on the northside would know. These are the same stories he paints into his art. Tulsa Bounce is one of those tracks where the stories are woven into each bar. This track also highlights his mastery of rap as he shows that he can rap in whatever flow ya’ll think ya’ll favorite rapper can. And do it better. It’s almost like watching a runner set the pace of the race. When he switches flows it’s like pockets or speed bursts where he proves he’s still so ahead of the competition. One line that stands out is, “I gave up tryna convince, either you with, or get”. This line symbolizes a major shift in Dialtone’s music. He has nothing to prove, he’s put on for Tulsa since the beginning, he has a song with Charlie Wilson. What more can he do? What more does he have to prove? “The Fuck! From Round.”. Another thing to point out about this song is just the way he strings these moments together. It’s cohesive and at the same time these moments play out like different timelines in the multiverse. “Jukin, manuverin, the game what I’m fluent in, landin like superman, Goku super saiyan, what me do my dance, on you dog hoes.” We can't forget the instrumentation on the beat. Which is crazy. It’s like mixing the nostalgic sound of the pianola and the unpredictable beat making of Timberland, and last but not least, that bounce. It’s so Tulsa. So much of a feeling that if you ain’t feeling it then you just hating. Get that hate out your heart. Because Tulsa Bounce is one of them ones.
Dialtone has built a life where he doesn’t have to do rap anymore, but the sport and the competition is what he still loves. Tulsa Bounce is that love that will never go away. It’s an example of him lettin these rappers know I can still push a button and fuck up the game. “Bouncin’ thru uptown, but I can go uptown, in 4 minutes, niggas out of breath, tired of Tone winnin’. Niggas is winded, niggas is finished, niggas was timid, I made a template.".
Checkout Tulsa Bounce by Dialtone below and let us know what you think!
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Men lie. Women lie. But numbers don’t. Everyone remembers this bar from Jay-Z’s song “Reminder”. And that’s because it’s true. But to lie to someone’s face that’s a whole nuther thing. Again, both men and women lie. But the numbers don’t. And two artists that have the numbers on their side are the SAIKKO Twins, made up of SAIKKOMIKE and SAIKKO 10. Who have dropped their new single “Lie 2 My Face”.
The first notable thing about the track is the acoustic guitar. It kind of catches you off guard and makes you wonder, How can this be a rap song?”. This is giving John Mayer vibes. But as the beat drops you immediately go “Ohhh!!!,” that’s how. The 808 beat brings the track back to more of a rap infused vibe. Then we get into the bars. First up is SAIKKOMIKE. Who comes in with the chorus. It’s a real vibe that sets the tone for the whole track. It talks about staying down for someone, but they still lie to your face. One bar from SAIKOMIKE really sticks out is when he says,” And I was just writing my story, but how me and you ain’t on the same page.”
Part of being a brother is knowing how to share. In this case, it means that SAIKOMIKE and SAIKKO 10 both share the spotlight, in which both are able to shine on the track. SAIKKO 10 comes in on the track like a relay racer who takes the baton and runs around the beat. He pours so much sauce into the track that his voice creates its own beat at times while still being able to ride the track’s beat. It’s dope to see his brother and friends join in on his verse and use the same mannerisms that he uses when he's spittin' his verse. From the very first bar, he catches your attention with a clever metaphor. “All that shit was science fiction. I can even tell a better story. And now that you have my back like Jesse and Woody, a real-life Toy Story.”.
Lie 2 My Face shows how two brothers have each other’s back even when your girl is tripping. The song showcases both artists’ songwriting abilities as they seem to effortlessly weave through the track while making complex structured bars seem easy, so easy that the listener might miss it if they aren’t listening close enough. What’s most important about this track is that it makes you feel. Whether that’s a feeling of happiness a feeling of sadness, or just vibes. But that’s art. It makes you feel either way. So go listen to Lie 2 My Face by SAIKKOMIKE & SAIKKO 10 and let us know what you think about the two twins looking to take over the industry.
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Facts! Can be defined as; A thing that is known or proved to be true. So that means there’s no confusion when it comes to what is, and what isn’t. No matter if it comes from the source or it comes from a third-party. The facts are the facts. T3REZZY is out to show the world that everything he says, he stands on. And it’s with the release of his new single “All Facfs Freestyle Pt. 2” that T3REZZY is setting the record straight.
T3REZZY (also known as T3) is an artist from Tulsa, Oklahoma. He’s also invested in his craft and has went all in by dropping music and music videos, though he’s yet to put out a full length project. He’s using this to his advantage by putting out hit singles in order to create a buzz in the streets and gain new followers to his already rapidly growing fanbase. T3REZZY is an artist look out for.
For there to be an All Facts Pt 2. There obviously had to be a part 1 which you can find the video here (Click here to see All Facts)!. The difference between these tracks starts with the production. Part. 1 has more of a West Coast vibe. Also the verse is a little more aggressive and in your face. But on Part 2 has a totally different feel. The track is produced by 2Peece, a highly respected producer from Tulsa who has placements with some of the biggest artists in the game as well as placements with major brands. 2Peece delivers a beat that is similar to the Detroit Drill music that has helped create a new sound. This sound is what T3REZZY excels on.
T3REZZY has flow on the track that is laid back, showing his confidence in himself as an artist but not arrogant. There is still a hunger in each bar that culminates into some really dope quotable lines. “In these Off-White sneaks but the checks Nike” & “I remember missing meals, now we gettin seconds” are just two examples of the numerous quotable lines that are sprinkled throughout the track. There’s no question that T3REZZY is spittin’ All Facts. The song takes you deep into the mind of a hustler. Just steady on the grind. No breaks. That’s why this track not a freestyle in the sense that it’s unwritten flow, it’s more of a continuous stream of thought, that hustlers mentality, and also that’s why T3REZZY says at the beginning of the track, “2Peece I don’t need no hook for this one.” Because this one is for the hustlers. Also on the track is featured artist Kari2Dope. He goes in immediately after T3REZZY finishes his verse like a relay race. Both artists racing on the same team to get to the money. His delivery is upbeat and catchy, making him the anchor to the track just like in a relay. It’s a nice switchup from T3REZZY’s verse. It also showcases his skill and musical ability as you hear his voice ride the melody of the beat. “Two chains on me now, man this is some light shit, you can turn the lights off, and see this lit hit.”
What’s undeniable about this track is that it’s a go. It’s a dope beat. It’s dope bars. It has that right bounce. But most importantly it’s ALL FACTS! This track shows T3REZZY progression as an artist and is just a small taste of what we can expect from him and the new music coming soon. So until that full project drops we’ll be banging All Facts Pt.2. Listen to the track and let us know what you think!
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101 years ago one of the worst attacks in the U.S. took place. And for so long it was written out of history. Especially the place where it occurred. Tulsa, Oklahoma. If you’ve ever picked up an Oklahoma History book then you know that the pages are filled with stories about the Trail Of Tears, The Land Run, and other stories of how Oklahoma came to be. But not one story was told about one of the richest black communities in the world. The Wakanda before it was even thought of. The major difference being that this place was real. Black Wall Street. Written out of history books and labeled as critical race theory. The powers that be are again trying to white out the history of Black Wall Street. But history isn’t just learned in a book. For centuries people have used music to teach and remember the past. So just when the powers that be want to white out Black Wall Street an artist by the name of Dangerous Rob is using his pen to write it back in with his new single “For Black Wall Street” that features Playya 100 and Malachi.
Dangerous Rob is a veteran in the game that has performed with some of the biggest artists such as Melle Mel, LLC Cool J, Doug E. Fresh, Ice T, NWA, Too Short. And the list goes on and on. In 2006, Dangerous Rob was added as part of the Dogg Pound Next Generation. He has also delved into the business side of music and manages his own label F.R.E.E.D.A.M. Records and still produces different acts in the city of Tulsa.
That Tulsa sound comes out as soon as the track starts. It's an energetic bounce to the track that grabs your ears. The beat has so much complex instrumentation that then simplifies during the verses to leave room for the ear to experience the complex wordplay of the MCs. You might get this sound confused with that West Coast bounce popularized by Dr. Dre. But those who know. I mean really know. Are well informed that this is that Tulsa sound that the GAP Band made famous. A group from Greenwood, Archer, and Pine. Black Wall Street.
It ain't a mystery,
Dangerous Rob is one of the most well-respected M.C’s in Tulsa. Check his resume. It’s impeccable. He’s rocked some of the biggest stages and has gained the respect of some of the most legendary artists in hip-hop. But one thing that has never changed was his love for Tulsa. For Black Wall Street is another example of how hard he reps for the city. It's important to give him his flowers. First, out of respect. Second, because this track shows just how top-tier of an artist he is. His delivery on the track comes with a presence that is immediately felt. “A closed moth homie don’t get fed, A lazy hustler homie don’t get bread.”. This is that Black Wall Street mentality that the descendants have carried on. Trust me Black Wall Street still has businesses and it still has hustlers. One of them being Dangerous Rob. And just like he says in the track, he’s applying pressure.
We would be remiss if we did not mention the featured artists on this track. The first featured artist is the legend Playya 1000. Just like this verse he’s shown that he’s still very much a force on the mic. “Never knew the history of Greenwood, just knew I had to grind and get my green good.” This is Playya 1000 at his best. He raps about not being taught the history of Black Wall Street but knowing that he always knew the spirit was in him no matter if he didn’t know its origin. Something that so many Tulsans can relate to. Also featured on the track is Malachi. His soulful voice fills the track with that Black Wall Street vibe. There’s a strength and there’s so much flavor in it. That’s Black Wall Street.
Dangerous Rob is truly a king still holding his crown. As proven with this track. For Black Wall Street shows us everything we need to know about what was. But most importantly what still is. That the grind from Black Wall Street is in us. And even when we didn’t know why. It was something in us that made it so that we still couldn’t be stopped. And like Malachi sang on the bridge. This is for T-U-L-S-A. Aka Black Wall Street.
Checkout the video "For Black Wall Street" by Dangerous Rob ft. Playya 1000 and Malachi below:
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Throughout the years rappers have wanted to be basketball players. And just like rappers, basketball players have wanted to be rappers. Both rapping and basketball are very competitive, so it's no wonder why both would be appealing to one another. 24K Astall is one baller turned rapper who is here to run up the score with his new hit single "Run It Back" that features the talented Alexis Renee.
24K Astall is an artist from Tulsa, Oklahoma by the way of Oklmugee, Oklahoma. He is respected by his peers as a major player in the game that has a wide repertoire of rapping skill, business acumen, and stage presence that has helped him get on some of the biggest stages in Oklahoma. His last album 24K Everything is available for streaming on all digital platforms.
Alexis Renee leads off the track by rapping the chorus. “Run it Back up like this bitches ain’t cut like that. They even cut like this.” This is her 2nd collaboration with 24k Astall, the first being 150. With this track they prove again that they have bring a certain energy and feed off each other each time they collab. One can only hope for another in the future.
Just like the single’s artwork shows, 24k Astall is the home team and the star player on the track. He paces his way from bar to bar as to make sure that he doesn't let up any of the 2 mins and 50 seconds. Staying with the basketball theme 24K Astall has some dope basketball references tucked in the verse. “Postman. I deliver.” If you remember Karl Malone then you know his nickname was postman and that he is the 7th player on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. And just like Karl Malone 24K Astall delivers on the track. Another line “We ain’t talkin’ Nike when I’m talkin’ bout a check." it's clear that the metaphors are on par for this track. It's also important to note his presence on the track. It's a reflection of his experience in the game. It's a result of the 10,000 hours of the practice he put in. This is another reason why the bars seem easy no matter how intricate they are. He flat out shines on this track.
When it comes to 24K Astall's track "Run It Back", there’s some easy layup bars and there are also some highly skilled bars, which both are needed in the game. The track is a good win for 24K Astall and it will be interesting to see if he adds this track to an album or EP. So make sure you go run up track and see why 24K Astall is the star player.
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Track 2 Track: Everybody Knows
It’s something about a phenomenal woman. Mayou Angelau told us about them in her famous poems. A phenomenal woman has the power to command a room. She knows herself. A phenomenal woman will get the respect from the president all the way down to the pimp. Just something about her that is undeniable, something special about her that makes you think differently when you approach her. And as Dejay Williams explains in his new single. it’s something “Everybody Knows”. So let’s sit back and listen to Dejay Williams explain just what a phenomenal woman is, and what sets her apart from every other female.
DeeJay Williams is a multi-talented artist and producer from Tulsa who also goes under the alias isoundlikeme. His last body of work was in 2020 “Grown Folx”, was a 6 track EP that featured a supporting cast of artists that kept it just that. Grown and sexy. Looking to make 2022 a year of dropping music, he’s ready to open the vault and show what he’s been working on and let the world know who is DeJay Williams.
The track opens up with a sample from Adele Given’s Def Comedy Jam performance she starts with, “Do I look like a fucking lady or what?”. Anyone that knows Adele Given’s standup routines knows she’s not afraid to say what’s on her mind no matter who might be listening, she continues with, “I like being a fucking lady, especially in the 90’s. We get to say what the fuck we want.”. This not-so-subtle introduction sets the stage for Dejay Williams to tell just what “Everybody Knows.”
“Moma gave her clues on how a queens supposed to move.
The above line is just one of the ways Dejay is able to tell the truth about when you're with a phenomenal woman you can’t pull a fast one against her. She’s seen it all. And when it comes to getting at somebody, she knows the time and the place. But above all else she’s still such a fucking lady. Or as Dejay says at the end of the bridge, Boss Chick. Tameka Howard is the featured female vocalist on the track. Her words are a 1st person perspective of what a Boss Chick is. A woman who is determined and driven. A woman who can get the attention of any man. And last but not least, a Boss Bitch. Tameka sings every line with a conviction and a confidence, and don't forget sexiness, that leaves you wanting to meet this phenomenal woman.
One of the most interesting things about this track is the production. The keys bring a distinction and an attentiveness to the track while the bass chords pull against this attentiveness as to say “don’t forget I’m still about that life.”. The same thing Dejay raps about in verse 1. “Baby got class, still will whoop that ass, if anybody want it”. There are multiple lines like this that shows Dejay’s ability to paint a picture of what kind of woman he’s talking about. While at the same time effortlessly riding the beat, His timing is perfect as he is able to punctate at the right times with the beat. You can tell DeJay is not new to making music and that he knows about song structure and while at the same time being able to flow as if there are no boundaries or restrictions, which can often happen when trying to fit a rhyme into 16 bars. Also, he raps in a tone that signals that he himself has met this type of woman and has seen firsthand just how much of a fucking lady she is.
What sets a phenomenal woman apart? Is it her lips, the way she walks, the way you get lst in her eyes. Maybe it's the fact that she's independent and doesn't have any time to waste. Or that she's a Boss Chick! The answer is yes! She's all of these things and more! But most importantly like Dejay Williams says, "Everybody Knows". Just listen to his single featuring Tameka Howard and find out for yourself so you'll know her when you see her.
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Track2Track: AURI - Loves Me Like You
Introductions are everything. You only get to introduce yourself to the world one time. For an artist your first introduction is your art. For Auri her introduction to the world will be with her debut single “Loves Me Like You”. Auri is an R&B vocalist from Tulsa, Oklahoma who puts not only her talent into her music but also her life. That’s just what “Loves Me Like You” is, a life experience that is expressed through melodic undertones of love and passion in lines like, "I hope he loves me like you.". Which would seem like the female version of the Future text meme that famously ends with Future saying he cares about her and to tell her momma you said hi. It her smooth melodic voice that draws you in and her vocal range that keeps you listening.
What does it take to be known in Oklahoma? Is it a fly car? Is it million-dollar music videos? Maybe the girls? Naw it has to be the money right? Wrong! All these things are the rewards from the hard work and sacrifice that an artist has to go through to get to the top. JuvieRay is an artist that has put in the hard work, has sacrificed, and has put everything into his music, including his new single “Back From Me”.
Tina Token Types Her Revenge
by ASHLEY JONES
10 things that went over your head from Fire in Little Africa’s Reparations Music Video
By Ashley “Medley” “Tina Token” Jones
It’s Thursday, just a little past 12 PM when the intro to the world premiere started playing for the Fire In Little Africa video “Reparations”. The live chat started to get longer and longer as the comments started to come in. The excitement was at an all-time high, mainly because of the controversy surrounding the first video being shelved. St. Domonick hosted a private screening of the initial video on a building wall downtown just off 3rd st. This caused many to use their social media platform to express their anger and outrage, at times even comparing their struggle to the same narrative of being silenced by “The Man.” But now here we are, the second attempt at an official release for “Reparations”.
The countdown finally finished and the video started to play, opening with a drone shot of the city and a voice talking over a dispatcher radio. Next, the video cuts to 3-masked men in a Chevy mid-sized car parked in front of a building. As one of the masked men closes the truck, the Vuelo shark logo can be seen (Good product placement). The video then cuts to the 3-masked men fleeing the scene as alarms blare in the distance. The car speeds off with the masked men celebrating their getaway. Finally, the car stops as the masked man in the backseat announces: