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?
Cry Baby Hill was an experience to say the least. Remember the SURVIVOR'S GUIDE: CRY BABY HILL? Well hopefully you were prepared for it. But enough of that, here's a little recap to what went on for those who weren't there. There were Hundreds of people, a crazy bike race, plenty of alcohol and of course the main reason LIVE MUSIC.
Everyone hates going to the grocery store. There’s long lines. There’s slow checkers. And it’s always packed on the 1st and the 15th. But 24k Astall with some help from his friend David Puffin turn a trip to the grocery store into a non-stop turn-up in their video Caillou. That’s right Caillou not some vegetable you’ll find in the produce aisle. Caillou (pronounced KY-YOO), is a cartoon character that has crazy adventures, so it's only right that 24k Astall and David Puffin have an adventure of their own.
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.
A cymbal taps lightly as it blends smoothly into the background. A bass kick starts followed by a few light hits of a snare. That's how you let the beat build. The cymbal clashes as a piano comes in soo soulfully playing along with the drums. But this still doesn't feel like the main ingredient, not just yet. A funky electric guitar pierces through the beat. That's that main ingredient I was searching for. Now this feels right. This feels familiar. The crowd starts to cheer and clap. Then he starts to rap, "Check. I can see my old school, use to be a young Hawk. my girl was a Miller Driller, that's where it all started...' I start to sing along having heard this song before.
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.
Tulsa has talent, nobody can say it doesn't if you don't belive me check it out yourself. (And if you know any artists you would like to see we are always taking suggestions.). So now your a fan. But are you really a fan? Don't just think buying from local artists is about putting food on there plate, it's bigger than that. Supporting your local artists is pivotal into investing in your local arts. But if you don't want them it, another city might.
"Versace, Versace, Medusa head on me like I'm 'Luminati." Everyone remembers this smash hit by Migos in the fall of 2013. More importantly everyone remembers the beef it sparked about artists saying that everyone in the game had jacked their flow. But are they the ones who really started created this flow? As the saying goes. "It ain't about who did it first, it's about who did it last." Hip-hop has been the biggest example of this, especially since the criteria for best rapper depends on who's the hottest this last year, hell last week, But definitely not who did it first. Hip-hop, like boxing is a young mans sport, and throughout the years our memory about who did it first or who is the greatest has gotten just as fuzzy.
WHAT YOU THINK I RAP 4? I bet you can probably finish this line without even thinking about it. But what's your answer? Not Kanye's. But your real answer. When you go to work everyday do you know what your working for? When you start your car are you thinking? Is this what I'm really working for? Bezel 365 is a rapper who is answering this question for himself on the track "Rap 4".