With 2 successful hip-hop music festivals, a critically acclaimed album, sold out music documentary screening, and the lists goes on. Steph Simon has continuously done what has never been done before. One would think is there any more "Upside" left for him to achieve. But for Steph Simon what he's already accomplished doesn't even compare to what he has planned for next. It's with this attitude that Steph Simon drops his latest video "Upside".
I'm an unapologetic genius,
The track "Upside" is Steph Simon's first single off of his long anticipated album #bobws. The track features fellow Tulsa artist J. Friday, an artist who has seen success and has developed a cult-like audience. It's artists like J. Friday and Steph Simon who have foregone the "move to a big city" formula and have chosen to stay in Tulsa and "Take Care of Home Base". A decision that that seems to be working in their favor and on their terms. One of the first noticeable thing's about the track is producer Papa's use of the GAP Band sample "I Don't Believe You Don't Want To Get Up and Dance (Oops)" which he puts his own spin on, This is truly the new Tulsa sound.
The video was shot by director King Spencer who was able to capture what Tulsa is. While the mansion in the video is the subtle but significant symbol in the video. The Brady mansion, which was formerly owned by a former KKK member has since been purchased by a black owner Felix Jones. So to see kids, rappers, and people who are real pillars in the community all enjoying themselves is truly a win for a side of town that has waited long enough. This shows the new Black Wallstreet. And that with the right help it will be around for years to come. So this is the upside of Tulsa. But wait.. it wouldn't be a party without a Soul Train line.
So watch the video Steph Simon's video "Upside" and let's know what you think:
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