"You put that King up in front of my name and you gonna say it with pride."
King Spencer for mayor! Some may think this is a bold statement given his inexperience in politics. However, politics doesn't mean change. As Barak Obama put it "Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." Change is what King Spencer didn't wait for. Change was what he became. Never was this more apparent than at his 6th Annual Hoop2Help AllStar Game fundraiser that happened at the Salvation Army West Mabee Boys & Girls Club.
Hundreds came out to support. Not only to support, also to have fun, and also contribute to a vision that was King Spencer's. Anyone that knows King Spencer knows that when he has a vision it's more like reality. Because no matter the obstacle he always made what seems like the impossible, possible. That's a tribute to "DEDICATION. HARD-WORK. PLUS PATIENCE." A line King Spencer not only quotes but has lived by. The dedication being to Tulsa and his Tulsa Progression brand. The hard-work he has put into his craft that has taken him around the world. Plus patience to see his dreams through some of the most trying times.
Back to the event. The Hoop2Help event was filled with high-flying dunks. Three pointers from each side raining in the hoop. There were celebrity interviews from artists like Cutty Forever, De-Whisper, Jeezmino, Ayilla, Tizzi, and too many others to name. This was all exciting and entertaining. Though one had to think. What was on King Spencer's mind? He was in a million places all at once. Yet was he really there? The mission for so long had been to save this building. To many though the Salvation Army West Mabee Boys & Girls Club was not just a building, but a community. More importantly it was a safe place for the kids. Kids that otherwise would have to go clear across town to get anything that seemed even remotely close to this oasis. Then again, this was theirs. For generations the Salvation Army West Mabee Boys & Girls Club served the kids in the community. It fostered not only athletes, but it also nurtured young creative minds that would go onto to be the change they would seek. This is the legacy that King Spencer fought so hard to keep. He himself being a product of The Salvation Army West Mabee Boys & Girls Club knows first hand the impact it can have in a young person's life. This was the real mission of the Hoop2Help. From the crowd turnout and volunteers it was clear to see this is also the impact of King Spencer.
Tulsa and supporters from other parts of the country were all responsible for us being able to raise $6500 this year for the West Mabee. We appreciate anyone who made it out and thank you all for the infinite support. Let’s continue to build on community, the foundation that starts us off. Thank you West Mabee for having my back and allowing these types of things to take place.
Not every vision comes true. Even though the efforts of King Spencer and friends and family were to help save the Salvation Army West Mabee Boys & Girls Club, they fell short of the goal. And now doors have closed. But just because one door closes doesn't mean that there won't be another. For now where that destination is, is still yet to be seen. And for King Spencer the mission isn't over. But that's Dedication. And instead of waiting for it King Spencer continues to be the change that we need for Tulsa. And on the behalf of Tulsa we say Thank You King Spencer!
I know what your thinking. "I thought this was a place for rap to be shared and explored and annotated.". To which I would say is still very true. It's been a labor of love crafting out the perfect post and recreating the exact feelings and expressions that came with hearing a song for the first time. But we are so much more than a blog site. My vision for this has never been just to be a blog site. We are also a fashion site that sales merchandising (check the About page). We also do consulting and executive producing. In the end we are a brand. A name that is distinguishable and that holds weight. And dropping music has always been the vision for the Tulsa Lines Brand.
So how did this come together? A year ago I had the idea that Tulsa Lines should be a platform that was so influential and cultivating that it would become the voice for Tulsa music. And dropping music should be one facet to help with that. So when it comes to how the single came about, an artist I had worked with and wrote articles about before named DIALTONE, also put out the idea that Tulsa Lines should be dropping music. This is when the ball started rolling. He had just recorded the perfect summer anthem but wanted it to be released different from anyway he had before. This is where he saw Tulsa Lines as the perfect opportunity.
So on July 19th we went live with our first single called "Not Like Me" by DIALTONE that features Atlanta rapper Ruby G. It's now available on all major streaming platforms. Check it out and let us know what you think.
The single is also on Apple Music, Spotify, And TIDAL. Basically all major music streaming platforms. Please like and share but most importantly, JAM IT!
The World's Most Interesting Man. Some would say they miss the old guy that was always dressed in suits and told tall tales. But to those that know Keeng Cut know that he we wasn't even close. Keeng Cut, artist, entrepreneur, and also most would say trend-setter. But even that would be an understatement to his influence and cultural impact. Nearly a year ago he introduced the world to Flavio Cûtore, a smooth, fly, and debonair who is polar opposite to the rapping Keeng Cut. But now with the release of Keeng Cut's latest release "Stay Flavored My Friend", Keeng Cut learned that both could co-exist on the same project and if anything else it would be fully flavor!
For many years the producer was a behind the scenes role that was always there but never quite got the notoriety that was as equal as the artist. Fast forward to 2019 and you'll see a completely different musical landscape where the producer shines just as bright as any artist or any business mogul. SeriouslyK5ive is an producer with a slew of hits and a catalog that has reached across the world and back. Meet the man behind the hit single "2U".
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Commercials are all around us. We listen to them in cars on the radio and on Spotify. We watch them on TV and on YouTube. The most interesting part is that over half of these commercials have some type of music. Sometimes popular chart-selling music and sometimes just a simple jungle, but nonetheless it's still music. Brands recognize that music is needed to help market their products, and nothing has proven to have better results than incorporating rockstars. Let's face it. What's better than being perceived as being friends with a rockstar? And don't forget the crazy yacht parties. Zack Thrash has a song called "Rockstar" that has the potential to be commercially in a commercial.
Spark. Is a very complex concept. The perfect variables have to happen for such a relatively small thing to happen. Even more interesting is that spark can be both a negative and a positive. Spark a fire,and it means destruction, it means pain. But spark a mind and the light can be so bright that it can help heal the destruction caused by the former. OmaleyB's track "Kerosene" is the spark that has the power to change the history of a city.
Basketball has always been synonymous with music. Whether you wanted to be like Mike Jordan or Killer Mike, what makes one great is also what makes the other great. Competition! Both are highly competitive whether that's dunking on an opponent or dropping a diss track. So when The Tulsa Voice sponsored a fiction writing contest I too wanted in on the competition. Inspired by the recent release of 2 Chainz's album I already had the perfect title. "Rap Or Go To The League". Here's the story:
Anyone that knows Verse knows that he has slick wordplay that cuts the beat like a samurai sword. On the beat Verse has not only dominated his competition but he has surpassed them to a level that few artists ever achieve. Legend. The legend of Verse is heavily intertwined with the Tulsa hip-hop scene. It was no surprise that his competition be ecstatic about his absence from music. But their comfort during his absence would also be their downfall. Verse is back. OR as Jay Z said it; "When I come back like Jordan. Wearin' the 4-5, it ain't to play games with you". And just like Jordan, Verse's latest single "Moor Flex" proves that he ain't playin'.
In every bad relationship there is a point where you come to the realization. Fuck it! Some would say before you reach this point though there is a period where your waiting to exhale from holding in everything. The bottled up emotion, the pain, the lies, can physically, mentally, and emotionally consume you. It's not until your standing in your driveway watching a car engulfed in flames that you truly get to exhale. Bambi is an artist couldn't wait to exhale on her track called "Fuck I Look Like".
Desperado. The iconic movie of the outlaw Antonio Banderas that sang about tales of his past while also wooing females in the process. Little was known about this traveler, other than his guitar and the tales that he sung. In Tulsa there is an artist by the name of Lonely Bandz who himself sings of the tales that has captured his audience and attract a female fan base that is infatuated with outlaws. His latest single "Fantasy" is another one of these tales that speak on his experiences of both betrayal and heartache.