Rush Fest. If you've ever heard of it, then you know some of the amazing talent that has performed there. This year was no short of that. What's so unique about Rush Fest? It's a musical festival, right? Island themed right? What's so different between this festival and Hanson Fest? My answer is that this festival is for Tulsa. It shows the multi-versatile artistry that Tulsa has. From art in the form of paintings to the live musical performances. To the celebration of local vendors. And last but not least. Kode Ransom. (Read our previous article on Kode Ransom called Kode Ransom: His Message Through His Eyes)
A first glimpse look at Kode Ransom. He's a cool laid-back dude. Just watching him in a room there is never a moment that he's not talking to someone, whether that's to talk about music or just to say hello. That's because once you meet Kode Ransom you instantly feel his genuine spirit and his powerful words. I say the lyrics to the most ratchet song and make it sound like a speech from the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakan. At times it seems as if he has the pressure of Tulsa's Black future on his shoulders, but he still carries the whole weight of a people without breaking a sweat. And we ain't even gotten to his talent. His songwriting abilities have helped him become one America's most dangerous, because he has the ink of Malcolm (X) and Martin (Luther King J.R.) and a pen that has helped him write for big name acts such as B.O.B.. while going viral for songs such as Brenda's Baby 1. He has his on IMDB page for goodness sake.
To watch Kode Ransom perform is to see greatness. Especially when he performs his poetry. He carries on in the footsteps of the greatest poets, while at the same time creating his own footsteps of greatness. And greatness is what what we witnessed that night. The island themed 473 bar, though packed felt like a snow globe spotlighted on Kode Ransom and isolating him in this moment of time. It felt like time stood still in a shaky world. His words hit hard in relatable cadences that brought black people home, that projected that pride in our community. He spoke in that forgotten code. We felt his words, we felt the message, we felt the bars and metaphors. The only thing we didn't feel was the time. To a writer. That's bliss. He spoke in a tongue that activated the crowns of kings and queens and gave us for that very moment the power to say we gonna be alright. and the boldness to say we can do better. The world needs more of this.
I remember approaching Kode Ransom and asking him if he ever thought of doing a poetry book. He said yes. But who knows will he or won't he. Until we know the answer, enjoy the artist that is Kode Ransom: