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:
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.
Go listen to "Run It Back" by 24K Astall below:
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.
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”.
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:
Scary Hours turned into scary bars when OTS J Huncho dropped his new video "Freddy Krueger". Just like the character Freddy Krueger, OTS J Huncho's voice and wordplay strikes fear into it's victims. It's no coincidence that when you hear OTS J Hunch counting that it's his victim's final tune they hear. Throughout the track there are many clever and witty bars that give an incite to his Tulsa OTS J Huncho roots. "I done seen fiends play with that needle, they skin turn red like they went to Union". Tell me that ain't a bar. To be honest his lyrical skill is unexpected. Especially on a track with such a hard-hitting drill type of sound to it. But when he spits it's no doubt that he has bars. He walks down on his ops with lyrical clips that leave no witnesses.
WHO YOU LISTENING TO? I always get the question. What new artist am I listening to? To be honest this is usually a hard question because it can come down to a matter of what mood I'm in. Sometimes I want to hear conscious rap. sometimes I want to hear trap rap. But if you would ask me as of recently, I think the answer would be an artist I recently discovered by the name of, Chip Kip. His video "Legit". Was a fresh sound and his ability to switch up flows proved that he had been perfecting his craft. Just looking at his discography most notably his recent album titled "Best in the World" was a bold statement. I think that bravado is what makes his music really good. The album showed a boldness and a successful formula that has helped his music continue to evolve and get better. His latest song "Pound Man" is another evolution in the artist Chip Kip!
The top is always lonely. Steph Stove tells just how lonely it is with the release of his single "Lonely At The Top". The swank track is like a 1st person view from an artist that has weathered the storm. Which he is in an actual storm, in the video it shows Steph Stove walking around a snowy downtown Tulsa in his Jordan Retro 3's. Some sneakerheads may be thinking the audacity of him to rock his J’s in the snow. But that’s exactly the type of confidence that’s needed to be at the top. That includes not caring what people think and most importantly doing things the way you want.