The shores of Tulsa are often calm. Quiet. Unbothered. Except for one surfer named St. Domonick, who with his recent release #SSS has been making some major waves. Short for "Santos Swimming School", #SSS is an inside look into a more braggadocios St. Domonick whose love for 90s nostalgia and culture can be felt throughout the project.
From the first track "Intro" St. Domonick immediately lets it be known that he doesn't have time to be HUMBLE. Which time becomes an interesting part of this project seeing that it's only 19 mins long. It's with these 19 mins that every single word becomes that much more important, and that every song has to be able to stand out on their own. And at the same time everything has to be intentional, yet organic. Just like the waves themselves. But St. Domonick uses this to his advantage and from the first play you can tell that he is out to to prove that he is out for something greater than radio plays or likes. He's going for the THRONE. And to prove this on the track "Intro" he uses a 90's hardcore New York beat and a sick flow to leave no doubt. A track the late great Prodigy would be proud of. He raps: "Yo I'm that nigga that you came to see, like Eddie Kane, I wish it would rain and get these stains off me, because I'm filthy and deranged, you niggas ain't gone eat."
You see what I mean! St. Domonick spazzed out on the track! So I had to hear the rest the track but was quickly reminded that IT COST TO SMOKE!!
For anyone that follows St. Domonick knows that he is a fan of basketball, so it's no wonder that his track "Kawhi" would be named after the all-star San Antonio Spur Kawhi Leonard whose influence can be heard on the hook: "D that bitch up like Kawhi Leonard..." When listening to this track it became clear that St. Domonick has mastered the art of the "hook". As he uses the hook in this song to be almost like a regular verse by structuring the song in such a way that the hook becomes a main focal point in the song, which is a common theme seen throughout the project.
Track 4 is strategically placed as the 3rd track of the project. Wait hold up! Yea your reading that right. The track titled "Track 4" is actually the 3rd track on the project. Again the conciseness of the project is deceiving. The album is so concise that I literally tried to convince myself that I was actually on the 4th track. This is a testament to how great the project is in that a person can play the album straight through without skipping a song.
Conspiracy Theory 1: The title SSS has showed up in St. Domonick's catalog before as the 3rd track on his album ORPHIC. Could this be a clue like in that movie Inception and from that track spawned #SSS the album?
St. Domonick also puts his acting abilities on spotlight on his track "INTERLUDE", which also lowkey features a supporting acting performance and background track by fellow Tulsa artist Keeng Cut. Listen as these two have a crazy dialogue about ordering from the TNT Wangs drive-thru and a $32 bill that St. Domonick and friends rack up.
The project has only one credited feature called 5050 which features fellow CT$ member and longtime collaborator Hakeem Eli'juwon. Hakeem who has collaborated with St. Domonick on songs such as "No Spark" and "Rockin' Pennys", contributes a verse and also spits the chorus. And though these two have two distinct styles, it's easy to see why these two artists work well on a track. Hakeem spits: "I got talent but hard work will surely top it, I took King as an example it was knowledge."
From the dope cover art, merchandise, to the promotion of this project St. Domonick has set his self apart and created a simple and clean #SSS campaign.
#SSS is the project that proves St. Domonick has mastered the art of the wave. To an onlooker it seems like the album may be short, just like watching a surfer riding a wave. But to the surfer that's actually inside the wave, all sense of time is lost. Only the Experience matters. And although the project is only 19 mins long it's the experience that St. Domonick is able to create that makes the listener get lost in each track rather than the time. So what's the perfect wave? To a surfer the wave lasts just long enough to want to find that wave again, and to the listener #SSS lasts long enough to want to hear the tape again. So whether surfer or listener #SSS is the experience of what can only be considered as THE PERFECT WAVE!! And finding the wave is the best part of the experience.
So listen to St. Domonick's #SSS and it's entirety here:
Also to purchase his limited edition #SSS merch here: www.umbratulsa.com
In this new digital age of content, music, and media it can be easy to be left behind. There are so many new artists and so many new albums that drop in one season. This makes it almost impossible to consume it all, let a lone choose an album of the year. Even more is the fact that there are so many variations of a release such as; singles, EP, LP, album, mixtape, compilation, greatest hits, and most recently playlist. And with all these variations and new content being dropped it's easy to see how an artist can feel the pressure to release new music. This has been even more of a concern now that artists now can push a button and have content pushed out to millions of listeners. But what happens if the pressure is too much and that album you promised and have been promoting for 3 months gets pushed back? Here's a few examples:
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.
But basically from me I just recognized myself as a king of myself, a king of my decisions, the king of my being....
We are all born with intuition, a feeling, a knowing. But many of us far too often don't act on this because of the fear of not knowing. But for King Spencer it's this fear that helps to fuel his decisions and it's his intuition that helps to steer them.
Click here to read more about King Spencer....
The story and the origin of the Otsutsuki Brothers is unknown which leaves many questions unanswered. Are they apart of a secret society? Do they speak Japanese? No body exactly knows these answers yet, but what we do know is Japanese or not everybody wants "Fast Cars". And the "Otsutsuki Brothers" are no exception. Their single "Fast Cars" is better than any Fast And Furious sequel and it's filled with just as much action.
Google Image Search "Tulsa Rappers" and this is what you'll get. And learkin in somebody's comments is an argument I've heard too much. ALL TULSA RAPPERS SOUND THE SAME. This has been an age old argument from the beginning of MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram just search for it. And the sad part is that most of these people that say this are from Tulsa. HOW SWAY? How? But nobody talks about the job these people are doing. Nobody comes to to their job and say "You answer the phone like every other call center rep", or "You take care of old people like every other hospice worker/nurse". OK, Enough of the ranting. But I challenge you to give me an opportunity to explain my why this is a common fallacy. Cause you gone learn today:
Mixtapes don't sell... connections do. Go to any corner store or even any hip-hop bar and your guaranteed to get at least one person asking you to buy their mixtape. I'm not knocking their hustle, it takes balls to ask a stranger to buy something, and if your going into the salesperson and sales is your profession than it's a good way to gain experience. But if your profession is hip-hop than your hustle should be selling connection and not selling your mixtape.
I am guilty. But before you judge let me explain of what. I am guilty of making things 'convoluted'. See I just did it again. I have at times used these complex big words in an effort to one-up Shakespeare himself. But then I realized something. I realized that at the end of the day who cares if you can use these crazy big words or not. What's the point of using fancy big words if nobody understands you? What's the point if nobody gets your point?
Its 11:53 PM, a tall lanky figure approaches the stage to a crowd full of art and music enthusiasts. As the figure approaches he is greeted by various people giving him daps and handshakes as to show their admiration. The crowd surrounds the stage. The music comes on and St. Domoniick grabs the mic.
Busta Rhymes was in a feather suit for a 2.7 million dollar video but I bet that you don't know one verse from that song. Though people still wear feather suits, what they don't do is pay 2.7 million for a music video. Long gone are the flashy cars and big mansions and the million dollar budgets, but what happens when all the flashing lights and pyrotechnics are gone? What happens when ain't no more Big Pimpin'? I'll tell what happens, the message does the shining. And Kode Ransom is proving just this with his recent videos called “Big Crutch” and “Brenda’s Got A Baby (Reboot)”. So sit back and watch Kode Ransom tell these two powerful stories.