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:
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".
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)
Alkaline Water. Is it better for you? Is it just another well-marketed sugar water? Well the jury is still out. But when it comes to Keezy Kuts latest video Alkaline there's no question the benefits of this track.
Throughout music it's taken more than words to pack stadiums. Simply words is not enough. It takes something more. Something that moves you. Something that sweeps across the nation. And that has people of all ages talking. I'm talking about feeling. That Feeling as sang by James Brown and other great R&B vocalists expressed the feelings of the people. And it would be these people that would spend their hard earned money to relive the first time they heard some of the most iconic voices and vocal performances. Chris Richardsson is an artist looking to become a great and his latest single "Feel Good" is step in the right direction.
Covert Run is a band from Chicago that considers their style of music to be Alternative/Pop which can be heard in the tracks they select. The band consists of three members Daniel Kremer, Jack Lorenz, and John Penrod. And as you can see from their pictures above these musicians take their craft serious. So lets get to know the group a little.
Cold. Icy. No Feelings. Or simply FROZEN. It's hard to feel the feeling when there is none. The point being that your heart and all feelings are numb is and the only expression is no expression. But somehow the feeling of no feeling can still be felt in music. Whether it be Omarion's "Ice Box" or Kanye West's "Heartless", the feeling in the songs are the same even if the name of the song is different the. And as LonelyBands explains it. How are you to feel when your feelins are FROZEN?
It's November and cuffin' season is upon us. That chic or dude that you been texting all summer might just go ghost on you because they decided to cuff their other side piece. But if your the lucky one to be cuffed then be ready to do everything that comes with it. This means showing up to family functions, having to buy gifts, and you still might have New Years and Valentine's Day if it's still 'real'. But cuffin doesn't mean monogamy. Just be careful. Nothing can be more dangerous than a scorn woman. Karma Jonez is one artist who is warning any man looking to have her heart to "Be Careful" and her latest video explains exactly what she means.