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Fire In Little Africa Podcast

Fire In Little Africa Podcast

By Fire In Little Africa
The Fire in Little Africa podcast is a deep dive into the #EverythingIsUs culture that is Tulsa hip-hop. In this weekly podcast presented by Woody Guthrie Center and Bob Dylan Center®, hosts Ali Shaw and Doc Free sit down with Fire in Little Africa artists, Tulsa community leaders and national voices for conversations on music and culture.
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Episode 77: Talking ‘North Tulsa Got Something To Say’ with Oilhouse
In this episode Doc and Ali sit down with the legendary Oilhouse hip-hop collective (1st Verse, Surron the 7th, Pade, Doc Free) about their song which is our newest single ‘North Tulsa Got Something To Say’ Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple to support the podcast! To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:08:33
May 19, 2022
Episode 76: Talking 'Young and Free'
In this episode, Doc and Ali catch up with the artists behind Fire In Little Africa's "Young And Free."  Watch the new 'Young and Free' music video on YouTube. Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple to support the podcast! To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
58:29
March 20, 2022
Episode 75: Sam Flowers
Sam Flowers is an operations assistant for Woody Guthrie Center with deep roots in the Tulsa hip-hop scene. Sam is a historian with a wealth of knowledge about music history, activism and social justice and a deep love for the Tulsa hip-hop community. He has been an ambassador for Fire in Little Africa throughout 2021, educating guests of the Woody Guthrie Center and sharing his passion for the project with hundreds of people. In this episode Doc and Ali catch up with Sam to discuss his work, his passion for music, history and community, and his experience with the Fire in Little Africa project. Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple to support the podcast! To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:38:55
December 20, 2021
Episode 74: Atoria J
Atori J is a stylist and creative entrepreneur from Tulsa. She has served as the primary stylist for Fire in Little Africa music videos, photo shoots and more. She is a NY Times published fashion stylist and works as an independent stylist in Tulsa through her company Atoria J Styling. In this episode Doc and Ali chat with Atoria about her experiences working with FILA artists throughout 2021 and her journey as a personal stylist. Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple to support the podcast! To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:23:15
December 09, 2021
Episode 73: Nanci Fletcher
Nanci Fletcher is a singer from Brooklyn, NY. Nanci is known as the ‘songbird of Death Row Records’, and appeared on Dr. Dre’s ‘Keep Their Heads Ringing’ and has worked with the likes of Tupac, Snoop Dogg, ice Cube, Warren G and more. She appears on our new single and video ‘Party Plane’ featuring Steph Simon, Dialtone and Charlie Wilson. In this episode Doc and Ali catch up with Nanci on Zoom to talk about her incredible role in hip-hop history, her family ties with St. Domonick and her work on ‘Party Plane’. Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple to support the podcast! To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:17:22
November 11, 2021
Episode 72: Talking ‘Party Plane’ with Steph Simon, Dialtone, Papa and Jimmie Joe.
In this special episode, Doc and Ali sit down with the creators of ‘Party Plane’, the next single from our album out now on all streaming platforms. Steph, Dialtone, Papa and Jimmi Joe connect to discuss the collaboration with Charlie Wilson, the upcoming music video and more.
01:42:01
November 02, 2021
Episode 71: Quraysh Ali Lansana
Quraysh Ali Lansana is an award-winning poet, author, educator and entrepreneur from Enid, OK. He earned his MFA from New York University and has published numerous poetry books and articles. He is the creator of TriCity Collective, an organization that creates media content and educational materials focused on social justice and creative expression. Quraysh and his team developed the Fire in Little Africa educational curriculum, which will begin rolling out into schools this fall. In this episode, Quraysh sits down with Doc and Ali to talk about his origin story, the Fire In Little Africa curriculum and much more. Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple to support the podcast! To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:23:10
October 05, 2021
Episode 70: Fivish
Fivish is a photographer and entrepreneur from Tulsa. He's the lead photographer for Fire In Little Africa and has numerous other projects ongoing in Tulsa. He took every FILA artist portrait and countless other shots from throughout the project.  In this episode, Fivish sits down with Doc and Ali to discuss his experience with FILA, how he got started in photography and a lot more.  Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple to support the podcast! To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
57:20
September 28, 2021
Episode 69: Lawrence Leon
Lawrence Leon is a rapper, singer and entrepreneur from Tulsa. A Tulsa-native, Lawrence spent time living in Atlanta but moved back shortly before #FireInLittleAfrica. Thus far in 2021 he has released two singles - Eeriversible and Pallas - with more singles on the way. He appears on the Fire in Little Africa song ‘Regardless’ featuring Young DV and Jacobi Ryan. In this episode, Ali and Doc chat with Lawrence about his experience with the Fire In Little Africa album, his friendship with Steph Simon, his journey in Atlanta and a lot more. He also explains the spelling for his new single, Pallas.  Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple to support the podcast! To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:33:36
August 03, 2021
Episode 68: Papa
Papa is a producer, rapper and entrepreneur from North Tulsa, now based in Virginia. One of the OG’s of Tulsa hip-hop, Papa has been involved with the scene for over a decade. As a producer he made multiple records on @stephxsimon ‘Born on Black Wall Street’ and ‘Visions From the Tisdale’ and @tonesbeach ‘Oasis’ and ‘Intellectual Property’; and he is a favorite producer among many other FILA artists. On the #FireInLittleAfrica album Papa co-produced ‘Party Plane’ and makes a rare appearance as a rapper on the first verse of ‘Brunch at the Brady’. In this episode, Doc and Ali talk to Papa about his role on the Fire In Little Africa album, how ‘Party Plane’ came together, his favorite restaurants in Tulsa and a lot more. Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple to support the podcast! To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:44:59
July 27, 2021
Episode 67: Sterling Matthews
Sterling Matthews is a poet, author, teacher and entrepreneur from Tulsa. Known for his incredible written poetry and vocal performance, Sterling has for years been a collaborator with FILA artists like Omaley B, Jerica, and Steph Simon. He appears on the #FireInLittleAfrica song ‘Drowning’. In this episode, Doc and Ali talk to Sterling about his origin story of becoming a spoken word artist, his contributions to Fire In Little Africa and his thoughts on the fight for reparations. They all also dig into his family’s history on Greenwood as well as his personal definition for “Everything Is Us.” Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple to support the podcast! To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:41:50
July 20, 2021
Episode 66: Jacobi Ryan
Jacobi Ryan is a rapper, graphic designer, podcaster and entrepreneur from Lawton, OK. Known as one of the most respected artists in Oklahoma, Jacobi is a frequent collaborator of multiple #FireInLittleAfrica artists and a member of @drview1’s  #TheSpaceProgram. He appears on the #FireInLittleAfrica song ‘Regardless’. In this episode, Doc and Ali talk to Jacobi about his experience with the Fire In Little Africa album as well as his upcoming project. They also discuss the fight for reparations, education around the Tulsa Race Massacre and much more.  Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple to support the podcast! To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:25:26
July 13, 2021
Episode 65: Tea Rush
Tea Rush is a singer and entrepreneur from Tulsa. She is the creator of Rush Fest, her signature R&B festival which returns THIS WEEKEND to @four.seven.three. She is also the creator of Mi Tea Lounge which sells herbal tea and natural beauty products at a variety of Tulsa retailers. She appears on the #FireInLittleAfrica song ‘Creme of the Crop’. In this episode Doc and Ali catch up with Tea Rush to talk about what people can expect from Rush Fest this weekend, her experiences with #FireInLittleAfrica, and her many entrepreneurial pursuits. Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple to support the podcast! To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:23:41
July 06, 2021
Episode 64: Tizzi
Tizzi is a singer, rapper, actress and entrepreneur from Tulsa. Known as one of Tulsa’s brightest stars, Tizzi has released a string of singles as a singer/rapper in addition to modeling, acting and other creative forms. This Saturday, July 3rd she will be holding a special event called the Know Why Affair. She appears on the #FireInLittleAfrica song ‘Creme of the Crop’. In this episode Doc and Ali catch up with Tizzi to talk about all things #FireInLittleAfrica, her upcoming music video and album, and her relationship with Kanye West. Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple to support the podcast! To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
54:14
June 29, 2021
Episode 63: Tony Foster Jr.
Tony Foster Jr. is a singer, songwriter and entrepreneur from Oklahoma City. He is featured on FILA songs ‘Our World’, ‘Soul Glow’ and ‘Top Down’. In this episode, he connects with Doc and Ali to discuss Fire In Little Africa, his music career, his thoughts on reparations and a lot more.  Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple to support the podcast! To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:23:30
June 22, 2021
Episode 62: Talking "Elevator" with Steph Simon, Hakeem Eli’Juwon and 2peece
On this episode of the Fire In Little Africa podcast, Doc and Ali sit down with Steph, Hakeem and 2peece to discuss all things ELEVATOR. They dig into the meaning of the song including dissecting the lyrics and how the song was made. They also discuss the details of the video shoot and the motivation for making it the lead track on the album. You can watch the music video for ELEVATOR here. Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple to support the podcast! To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:08:34
June 11, 2021
Episode 61: Greg Robinson II Returns
Greg Robinson II is an activist and community leader from Tulsa. In this episode, he sits down with Ali and Doc to recap the events of this weekend as Tulsa reached the 100 year anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre. They also talk about Greg’s favorite tracks from Fire In Little Africa, the fight for reparations, and share ideas about where activism in Tulsa goes from here. JusticeForGreenwood.org Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple to support the podcast! To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:12:03
June 02, 2021
Episode 60: Am're Ford
Am're Ford is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, performer, teacher and consultant. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Central Oklahoma and a Master of Music in Music Composition from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Am’re serves at the musical director for the #FireInLittleAfrica live show, and the arranger and conductor for the Dr View (IN) Visible Man live performance. In this episode, Doc and Ali chat with Am’re about his work with #FireInLittleAfrica at the intersection of classic music and hip-hop. They discuss his contributions to the FILA song ‘Drowning’ which also features Parris Chariz, M.C. and Sterling Matthews. And they discuss what people can expect from the live shows he put together for Black Wall Street Legacy Fest this weekend. Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple to support the podcast! To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:04:27
May 25, 2021
Episode 59: Xanvas
Xanvas is a producer, engineer and singer from Tulsa. A member of the World45 collective, X is known as one of the top producers on the town. He produced four tracks on our upcoming Motown records debut: City of Dreams, Drowning, P.O.D., and Brunch at the Brady. His new project with St. Domonick ‘New Jim City’ dropped Friday May 14 on all streaming platforms. In this episode Doc and Ali catch up with Xanvas to see how he is feeling less than two weeks away from the release of #FireInLittleAfrica. They get his take on the legendary recording sessions, our deal with Motown, and the songs he produced for the album. And they discuss his new Belly-inspired concept album with Vuelo that just dropped. Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple to support the podcast! To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:29:30
May 18, 2021
Episode 58: Talking "Shining" with Steph Simon, Dialtone, Ayilla and Jerica
On May 7, we released the lead single and video for ‘SHINING’ from our album out later this year on Motown/Black Forum records. The song features Steph Simon, Dialtone, Ayilla and Jerica; and is produced by Dr. View. On this special episode of the FILA podcast, Doc and Ali sit down with Steph, Tone, Ayilla and Jerica to discuss all things SHINING. They dig into the full backstory on the song including dissecting the lyrics, when and how the song was made, and of course the incredible music video by Boomintree. Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple to support the podcast! To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:04:23
May 11, 2021
Episode 57: Creo
Creo is a rapper, singer and entrepreneur from North Tulsa. A self-described ‘astral body sent to earth to help people feel love’, Creo defies genre labels with his progressive hip-hop sounds. Creo is a member of the BlaXcdanna Mafia artist collective and the owner of BlaXc Wave Music, his independent record label. In this episode Doc and Ali connect with Creo to get his perspective on everything from music to the metaphysical. They discuss his FILA song ‘Watchu On’ with PWAP and other songs he worked on during the FILA sessions. And they go deep on the new project ‘You’ll Know Later’ Creo is set to drop this month with FILA super producer 2 Peece. Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple to support the podcast! To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:24:46
May 04, 2021
Episode 56: Everything Is Us
On this episode of the Fire In Little Africa podcast, we curated some of our favorite answers to our final question each week: “What does 'Everything is us' mean to you?” We hope you enjoy this change of pace, and Doc & Ali will be back with our regular format next week. Here's timestamps for each guest: Steph Simon (1:00) Verse (5:05) Greg Robinson II (6:36) Damion Shade (8:43) Parris Chariz (11:21) Jerica (12:03) Sneak the Poet (16:16) Suarez Republic (19:14) Dr. Tiffany Crutcher (22:01) Combsy (24:08) Doc Free (26:13) Kojo Asamoa-Caesar (27:58) Surron the 7th (32:08) MC (35:24) Trey Thaxton (36:36) Bezel 365 (38:03) Buddy Rodriguez (39:52) Written Quincy (41:46) Thomas Who? (43:18) Ausha LaCole (44:44) Ali Shaw (46:21) Steph Simon (49:39) Chris Davis and Dr. View (52:58) Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple to support the podcast! To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:00:37
April 27, 2021
Episode 55: Pade
Pade is a videographer, rapper and entrepreneur from North Tulsa. A member of Tulsa’s legendary Oilhouse Collective, Pade is one of the true OG’s of Tulsa hip-hop. These days he is more often found behind the camera than on the mic, but he still drops bars when he needs to (including on the #FireInLittleAfrica album cut ‘North Tulsa Got Something to Say’). He is also the founder of Tulsa’s favorite beverage company #PadeTea and the CLTRE video network. In this episode Doc and Ali connect with Pade to discuss his perspective on #FireInLittleAfrica as both a videographer and a rapper and how far Tulsa has come since he started rapping.  They talk about his ‘Sounds of FILA’ series, which features a different artist every Sunday on our Instagram and YouTube page. And they discuss the video he is directing for our single ‘Elevator’ which will release next month. Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple to support the podcast! To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:21:46
April 20, 2021
Episode 54: Omaley B
Omaley B is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and entrepreneur from North Tulsa. A true Black Wall Street business owner, Omaley runs a music school in the Historic Greenwood district in addition to stock trading and various other endeavors. His album ‘Unsung 1921’ is a classic in the Town, and one of the first albums to directly address the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre with music. In this episode Doc and Ali connect with the Tulsa legend to discuss Fire In Little Africa and his many other creative and business pursuits. They discuss the importance of community and the role it plays in the culture of Tulsa. And they get his reaction to his song ‘June Riot’ being featured recently on ABC’s Soul of a Nation. Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple to support the podcast! To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:35:53
April 13, 2021
Episode 53: Dr. View and Chris Davis
Dr. View and Chris Davis are co-executive producers for Fire in Little Africa, along with Steph Simon, Dialtone and St. Domonick. View is a producer, DJ, educator and community organizer originally from Longview, TX. He is the manager of Diversity and Education outreach at Woody Guthrie Center and received the 2019 Bobby Wright Dissertation of the Year Award for the Association for the Study of Higher Education. Chris Davis is an entrepreneur and artist manager who serves as FILA director of marketing and communications. A graduate of Carver Middle School, Booker T. Washington High School and the University of Oklahoma, Chris has been working with artists in the Tulsa hip-hop scene since 2016. Chris is the co-organizer of World Culture Music Festival which this year is part of Black Wall Street Legacy Festival centennial weekend in Greenwood. In this episode, Doc and Ali connect with two of the Fire In Little Africa executive producers to talk about the project and everything that led to the Motown deal. They discuss the Tulsa hip-hop community and what makes it special. And they discuss the movement behind the Fire in Little Africa music as View and CD share the vision for the project and what it means for Tulsa. Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple to support the podcast! To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
02:17:25
April 06, 2021
Episode 52: Jacc Spade
Jacc Spade is a producer, mixing engineer and entrepreneur from North Tulsa. Known as one of the most respected engineers in the game and an all around legend in Tulsa, Jacc Spade has been running his own studio since the earliest days of the Tulsa hip-hop scene. He has mixed countless classic Tulsa hip-hop records, most recently Dr. View’s (In) Visible Man, Dredastacca - Voice of the Trap 2, and of course Fire in Little Africa. In this episode, Ali and Doc catch up with Jacc Spade on Zoom for a deep dive into the Fire In Little Africa album coming May 28. They discuss Jacc’s long career in the Tulsa hip-hop scene and he shares stories from through the years. And, he discusses a life changing car accident and the impact it has had on his life. Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple to support the podcast! To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:15:21
March 30, 2021
Episode 51: Felix Jones and Steph Simon
Felix Jones II is a former Dallas Cowboys first round draft pick running back, and current owner of the Skyline Mansion and co-owner of Skyline Star records with #FireInLittleAfrica co-executive producer Steph Simon. Felix graduated from Booker T. Washington High School before playing for the Arkansas Razorbacks and then entering the NFL. The Skyline Mansion is the former Brady Mansion — in 1921 it was the home of Tate Brady who was once viewed as a founding father of Tulsa before being outed as a KKK leader who helped orchestrate the Tulsa Race Massacre. In this episode, Ali and Doc catch up with Felix and Steph to learn how they went from being childhood friends to business partners on a record label. They discuss their monthly Skyline Market featuring local entrepreneurs and creators which returns this Saturday March 27 11am-4pm. Finally they get Felix’s thoughts on #FireInLittleAfrica and the fact that much of the album was recorded in the Skyline Mansion. You can listen to Steph Simon's first appearance on the FILA Podcast here. Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple to support the podcast! To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:31:05
March 23, 2021
Episode 50: Ali Shaw
Ali Shaw is the Production Director for Perry Broadcasting’s KJMM-FM & KGTO-FM as well as On-Air Personality and host of The Weekend Rewind with Ali Shaw Saturday mornings on 105.3 KJamz. She is an Associate Producer for Focus: Black Oklahoma, and FILA podcast co-host affectionately known as ‘Mama Tulsa’. In addition to hosting our podcast, Ali is a member of our community engagement team and works individually with several FILA artists. In this episode we celebrate episode 50 (!) of the FILA podcast by turning the tables on Ali for a special episode in which she is interviewed by Doc Free and special guest Ayilla. They discuss Women's History Month and the inspiring stories of the women of Fire In Little Africa as Ali shares some of her favorite Tulsa hip-hop memories. And of course they get into the story of how Ali became ‘Mama Tulsa’. Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple to support the podcast! To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:37:27
March 16, 2021
Episode 49: Medisin
Medisin is a producer, engineer, singer, musician and songwriter from Tulsa, now based in Miami, FL. He has released an impressive body of work as a solo artist, like 2018’s 539 / 918, in addition to mixing and mastering albums like Steph Simon’s ‘Born on Black Wall Street’ and Parris Chariz ‘2045’. He is one of the mixing engineers for the #FireInLittleAfrica album. Fresh off their first listens to the album, Doc and Ali connect with Medisin to discuss their favorite songs and hear his perspective as a mixing engineer. They discuss his perspective on the Tulsa hip-hop scene and how much has changed since he moved to Miami three years ago. And they preview some new music Medisin will be dropping very soon. Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple to support the podcast! To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:23:42
March 09, 2021
Episode 48: Serae Avance
Serae Avance is a photographer, visual artist, creative director and entrepreneur from Tulsa. Known as one of the most talented creative professionals in the Town, Serae is involved with a variety of projects outside of being an official FILA photographer and social media manager. She created the Oklahoma Fashion District Network, the Creative Souls Collective and the Empower Her event series. Later this month Serae’s work will be featured in a new exhibit at Philbrook Museum titled Views of Greenwood. In this episode, Doc and Ali connect with Serae and get her unique perspective documenting the historic #FireInLittleAfrica recording sessions as a photographer. They discuss #WomensHistoryMonth and the work Serae does highlighting and amplifying the voices of women in Tulsa. And they discuss Serae’s passion for community and the importance of bringing people together. Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple to support the podcast! To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:35:24
March 02, 2021
Episode 1 of Fireside with Dr. View: Victor Luckerson
Fireside with Dr. View is a podcast featuring Fire in Little Africa Executive Director Stevie ‘Dr. View’ Johnson, PhD, in conversation with national leaders in activism, academia and culture centered on the movement behind the Fire in Little Africa music. Fire in Little Africa is a multimedia hip-hop project inspired by Black Wall Street in Tulsa, OK presented by The Woody Guthrie Center and Bob Dylan Center®. In this first episode, Dr. View sits down with renowned journalist Victor Luckerson to talk Justice for Greenwood, the search for mass graves and more. Victor’s work about Tulsa has been featured on The Ringer, The New Yorker and numerous other national platforms. Early last year, Victor moved to Tulsa to cover the events leading up to the Tulsa Race Massacre centennial and has written extensively about current events in Tulsa and the history of Greenwood in his great newsletter, Run it Back. Future episodes of this podcast will appear on its own feed — Fireside with Dr. View. Episodes will be released every other Friday. Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple to support the podcast! To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:01:17
February 26, 2021
Episode 47: Ausha LaCole
Ausha LaCole is a singer and songwriter from Tulsa. Despite being on the scene for a relatively short period of time, Ausha has quickly built a reputation as one of the top R&B vocalists in the state. Earlier this month she dropped her debut EP ‘Spent’ which is available on all streaming services. In this episode, Doc and Ali connect with Ausha via Zoom to talk about her East Tulsa upbringing and finding her true voice. She shares her spiritual outlook and talks about her process of learning to know and love herself. And she shares her perspective on #FireInLittleAfrica and talks about how she found her way into the Tulsa hip-hop scene. Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple to support the podcast! To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:21:22
February 23, 2021
Episode 46: K.O.
K.O. is a rapper and singer originally from Enid, OK now based in Oklahoma City. The self-proclaimed ‘Illest Bitch Alive’ has dropped 3 albums since 2018 creating significant buzz in the OKC hip-hop scene. Her most recent project ‘In The MeanTime’ dropped earlier this month and features Jabee, Bambi and more. In this episode Doc and Ali sit down with K.O. to talk about her role on Fire In Little Africa and Tulsa's hip-hop scene in general. They talk about how her upbringing in Enid and pervasive sense of spirituality impact her artistry. And they discuss her creative influences and the trajectory she sees for her career. Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple to support the podcast! To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:09:06
February 16, 2021
Episode 45: Venita Cooper
Venita Cooper is an entrepreneur who owns Silhouette Sneakers & Art in the heart of the Greenwood district. ‘Coop’ has been a staple in the Tulsa hip-hop and art communities since her store opened, and it continues to be an important space that brings people together. In this episode, Doc and Ali catch up with Coop via Zoom to talk about everything music, sneakers and culture. They discuss the important intersection of sneakers and hip-hop, and what it means to her to have her store in the heart of Greenwood. And they discuss #FireInLittleAfrica and what she hopes the project will do to amplify the voices of the artists involved with the project. Follow Silhouette Sneakers & Art on Instagram. Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple to support the podcast! To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:16:23
February 09, 2021
Episode 44: Thomas Who?
Thomas Who? Is a rapper and entrepreneur from East Oklahoma City. Known as one of the top spitters in Oklahoma, Thomas is currently in the middle of his ‘Who’s Day’ campaign — releasing new music every Tuesday in 2021. He is also a member of The Space Program collective and was featured heavily on Dr. View’s 2020 album (In) Visible Man. In this episode, Thomas Who? connects with Doc and Ali via Zoom to discuss his role in Fire In Little Africa and some of the songs he worked on for the album. They examine the power behind his philosophy as an artist and his desire to connect with people on a soul level. He also gives his goals for the album and how it might change what it looks like to be an artist from Oklahoma. Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple to support the podcast! To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:03:23
February 02, 2021
Episode 43: Yung Qwan
Yung Qwan is a rapper, singer and entrepreneur from North Tulsa. Qwan was recently named the 2020 ‘Best New Artist’ by Indy Pot Media. His most recent project ‘Iamyungqwan’ was released last fall on all major streaming services. In this episode, Yung Qwan connects with Doc and Ali via zoom to discuss his journey as an artist and what it means to him to be included on #FireInLittleAfrica. He talks about growing up in North Tulsa and how that molded him into the man and artist he is today. And he discusses his relationship with FILA artists like Steph Simon and Hakeem Eli’Juwon and the importance of having mentors. Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple to support the podcast! To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:21:49
January 26, 2021
Episode 42: Pharoahe Monch
Pharoah Monch is a rapper from South Jamaica, Queens, NY. Known as one of the dopest underground rappers of the 1990s, Pharoah Monch released three acclaimed projects with the duo Organized Konfusion and has had a prolific solo career since then. Pharoah Monch has collaborated with hip-hop legends like 50 Cent, Mos Def, Black Thought, J Dilla, Ghostface Killah, Talib Kweli and many more. In this episode, Doc and Ali connect with the hip-hop legend via Zoom to get his thoughts on #FireInLittleAfrica, the Tulsa Race Massacre and Black Wallstreet. They discuss the translation of raw emotion to music, and how that can be a therapeutic way to “exorcise” our feelings during this tumultuous time. Pharoahe also describes the concept behind his new supergroup TH1RT3EN’s debut album ‘A Magnificent Day For An Exorcism’ and the lead single ‘Fight’ which features Cypress Hill. A Magnificent Day for an Exorcism drops on Jan. 22. Follow him on social media: Twitter | Instagram Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple to support the podcast! To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
45:37
January 19, 2021
Episode 41: Written Quincey
Written Quincey is a spoken word artist, educator, event host, father and entrepreneur. Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple to support the podcast! To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:14:10
January 12, 2021
Episode 40: Phil Armstrong
Phil Armstrong is the project director for the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission. In his role, Phil oversees much the the 2021 centennial activities as well as the new Greenwood Rising museum under construction at Archer & Greenwood. During our recording weekend, Phil’s office at the Greenwood Cultural Center was flipped to a recording studio to make songs for the project. In this episode, Phil connects with Ali and Doc to set the tone for what is in store for Tulsa in this historic year. He talks about some of the activities and events that will draw thousands of people to Tulsa this summer; and he shares details on what people can expect from the Greenwood Rising museum. And, Phil gives his thoughts on the importance of the #FireInLittleAfrica album and documentary and the cultural impact he believes the project will have. For more information on the Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial visit https://www.tulsa2021.org. Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple to support the podcast! To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:24:24
January 05, 2021
Episode 39: Buddy Rodriguez
Buddy Rodriguez is an actor, comedian, host and DJ from Tulsa. Buddy is known as a multi-talented showman in Tulsa, and he is the voice of our podcast intro among many other things. His new weekly show on Tulsa’s OK No. 1 91.1 FM radio airs Saturday nights at 10pm. Buddy is one of the lead actors of the TV series Blerds which is available for streaming on the Tubi TV service. In this episode, Buddy connects with Ali and Doc on Zoom to process everything that was the year 2020 and to look ahead at what is in store for 2021. They discuss Buddy’s many creative pursuits and what he is focused on heading into the new year. And they discuss Buddy’s perspective on the FILA sessions which he experienced as a special guest at Skyline Mansion and Greenwood Cultural Center. Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple to support the podcast! To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
02:39:27
December 29, 2020
Episode 37: Bezel 365
Bezel 365 aka Lucius Porter is an entrepreneur, chef, event host and emcee originally from New Orleans, LA. He is the owner and founder of Leroux Kitchen which is known for authentic cajun and creole cooking and homemade daiquiris. As an artist, Bezel is a member of the World Culture Music collective and his newest single ‘God’s Timing’ is available now on all streaming services. In this episode, Doc and Ali connect with Bezel via Zoom to discuss his journey as an artist and entrepreneur. They go deep on New Orleans culture and trace his path from Louisiana to Oklahoma; and Ali shares her list of favorite ‘Bezel-isms’. Finally they talk about his experience with the #FireInLittleAfrica recording sessions and some of his favorite moments from the weekend. Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple to support the podcast! To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
02:11:56
December 15, 2020
Episode 36: Chris The God Mc Cain
Chris The God Mc Cain is a rapper, father and entrepreneur from East Oklahoma City. A major figure in the OKC hip-hop scene for nearly two decades, Chris is one of the most respected hip-hop artists in the city. His new album ‘Arrived’ was released last month and features Steph Simon, Keeng Cut, Grand National, Ray June and more. In this episode, Chris connects with Doc and Ali via Zoom to learn more about his artist journey and creative philosophy. He goes in depth on his experiences growing up on the East side of OKC and discusses a major initiative he created combining his loves of hip-hop and basketball. And Chris talks about #FireInLittleAfrica weekend and shares some of his favorite memories from the recording process. Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple to support the podcast! To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:45:12
December 08, 2020
Episode 35: Trey Thaxton
Trey Thaxton is an entrepreneur, visual artist and creative director based in Tulsa. Trey is known as one of the dopest graphic designers and visual artists in Tulsa, and oversees the visual branding for #FireInLittleAfrica. His company Goldmill designed the FILA logo and website, as well as our fall clothing collection which is available on our website and at Silhouette. Trey also created the 19&21 Shop which features the popular ‘Greenwood Ave’ clothing brand. In this episode Trey connects with Doc and Ali via Zoom to talk about his role designing the visual brand identity for #FireInLittleAfrica. He discusses the new FILA fall clothing drop and the inspiration for other visual elements of the brand. And he also details his vision for the future of Greenwood and the new Black Wall Street. GreenwoodAve.com 19and21.com Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple to support the podcast! To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:24:40
December 01, 2020
Bonus Episode: Fire Fridays - Hakeem Eli'Juwon & St. Domonick X Live at Mercury Lounge
Equal parts showcase, live collaboration and residency, ‘Fire Fridays’ is a collaboration featuring some of Tulsa’s top musical talents. Every Friday from October through the end of the 2020, different Fire in Little Africa artists are performing their own catalogs with COMBSY as their backing band LIVE at the Mercury Lounge. Tickets to this very special series of shows can be purchased at MercuryLoungeTulsa.com. This performance took place on Oct. 24, 2020. If you'd like to watch the performance, you can do so on the Fire in Little Africa YouTube channel. Special thanks to Costa Upson at Mercury Lounge for running sound for Fire Fridays. To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
45:34
November 30, 2020
Episode 34: Shyheim
Shyheim is a rapper and entrepreneur from North Tulsa. The youngest artist selected to participate in the FILA sessions, Shy Guy has already established himself as a leader in the next generation of Tulsa hip-hop. His debut album ‘Shy Guy: The Midwest Masquerade’ was released last month to universal acclaim and is available on all streaming platforms. In this episode Doc and Ali go deep with Shyheim on his new album’s sonic landscape, lyrical themes and artwork. They talk about the important of being in a hip-hop community and having strong mentors to look up to and learn from. And they discuss the #FireInLittleAfrica sessions as Shy shares some of his most memorable experiences from the weekend. Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple to support the podcast! To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
53:42
November 24, 2020
Bonus Episode: Dr. View X Greenwood Art Project (Gilcrease Museum Facebook Live)
Fire in LIttle Africa executive producer Stevie ‘Dr View’ Johnson, Phd. chats with Greenwood Art Project Coordinator Jeff Van Hanken in a special Gilcrease Museum Facebook live event. In this dialogue they discuss the Greenwood Art Project and go in depth on the FILA album and recording sessions. Recorded 11/20/2020. You can watch the video version here.
52:37
November 23, 2020
Episode 33: Joe & Billy Bruner
Joe Bruner is a musician, engineer, producer and entrepreneur from Tulsa. His father, Billy Bruner is a Tulsa singer, musician and Tulsa music legend known as the ‘Prince of Tulsa boogie. Billy Bruner’s single ‘Black Women Smile’ features production by Joe Bruner and a guest verse from Dialtone. Joe Bruner has worked extensively with a long list of FILA artists, and most recently was the recording engineer for Dialtone’s new album ‘Intellectual Property’ available at NoParkingStudios.com. In this episode, Doc and Ali sit down with the Bruner fam for a history lesson on the North Tulsa music scene of the 1970s. Billy shares stories about playing clubs with music icons, and going to school at Booker T. Washington with Charlie Wilson and playing shows with GAP Band. And, Joe shares his perspective on the Fire in Little Africa recording weekend, where he notably operated a studio in the basement of the Skyline Mansion. Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple to support the podcast! To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
02:01:35
November 17, 2020
Bonus Episode: Fire Fridays - Dialtone X COMBSY Live at Mercury Lounge
Equal parts showcase, live collaboration and residency, ‘Fire Fridays’ is a collaboration featuring some of Tulsa’s top musical talents. Every Friday from October through the end of the 2020, different Fire in Little Africa artists are performing their own catalogs with COMBSY as their backing band LIVE at the Mercury Lounge. Tickets to this very special series of shows can be purchased at MercuryLoungeTulsa.com. This performance took place on Oct. 16, 2020. If you'd like to watch the performance, you can do so on the Fire in Little Africa YouTube channel. Special thanks to Costa Upson at Mercury Lounge for running sound for Fire Fridays. To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
37:37
November 13, 2020
Episode 32: m.E
m.E. aka Mr. Burns aka Earl Hazard is a rapper, singer, photographer and entrepreneur based in Tulsa. Originally from Tallulah, LA, Burns is known as one of the Town’s top emcees and one of Tulsa hip-hop’s original pioneers. His new project ‘Birdie Tape’ was released last month and is available on his Bandcamp at thinkiknowhomeis.bandcamp.com. In this episode, Burns sits down with Doc and Ali to discuss his body of work, his mental health journey and his creative philosophy. Burns shares stories about his meetings with hip-hop royalty like Rakim and MF DOOM and what he has learned throughout his career. And he discusses the Fire in Little Africa sessions and some of his favorites parts of that experience. Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple to support the podcast! To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
02:10:29
November 10, 2020
Episode 31: M.C.
M.C. is a rapper and entrepreneur based in Tulsa. A member of the World 45 collective, M.C. was first known for his Town Apparel clothing brand (though he has since parted ways with the company.) His new project ‘It Is What It Is’ dropped last month and features Young Sentro and Parris Chariz. M.C. is set to perform with COMBSY for #FireFridays on November 6th, 2020. In this episode, Doc and Ali chat at length with M.C. and get his take on everything from #Election2020 to the importance of tapping into your creativity. They discuss the World 45 collective and what it means to have a solid team around you. And he shares his thoughts on #FireInLittleAfrica and the bigger message behind the music. Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple to support the podcast! To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
02:10:06
November 03, 2020
Episode 30: Surron the 7th
Surron the 7th is a rapper and entrepreneur based in Tulsa. One of the original members of the Oilhouse collective, Surron has been active in the Tulsa hip-hop scene for nearly a decade. This month he released a new project called ‘Send Prayers’ which is available for $7 on his website isartaudible.com. In this episode, Doc and Ali go deep with Surron on his origin story and the evolution of Tulsa culture over the past 10 years. They discuss his vision with his new website and merch launch and why most of his music is not accessible on streaming services. Finally they talk about his participation in Fire in Little Africa; and Surron and Doc comment on their emotions around the discovery of human remains in a mass grave at Oak Lawn cemetery last week. Songs featured on this episode: 918lien (1:12), Firmament (44:57), Vamanos (1:20:16) and Woodgrain (1:48:09). Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple to support the podcast! To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:51:07
October 27, 2020
Bonus Episode: Fire Fridays - 1st Verse X COMBSY Live at Mercury Lounge
Equal parts showcase, live collaboration and residency, ‘Fire Fridays’ is a collaboration featuring some of Tulsa’s top musical talents. Every Friday from October through the end of the 2020, different Fire in Little Africa artists are performing their own catalogs with COMBSY as their backing band LIVE at the Mercury Lounge. Tickets to this very special series of shows can be purchased at MercuryLoungeTulsa.com. This performance took place on Oct. 9, 2020. If you'd like to watch the performance, you can do on the Fire In Little Africa YouTube channel. Special thanks to Costa Upson at Mercury Lounge for running sound for Fire Fridays. To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
45:37
October 23, 2020
Episode 29: Kojo Asamoa-Caesar
Kojo Asamoa-Caesar is a husband, father, son of immigrants, and educator who is the Democratic nominee for United States Congress in Oklahoma’s District 1. Kojo is the first Black nominee from OK-1, and the first ever Ghanaian-American nominated for United States Congress. After graduating from law school in 2013, Kojo moved to Tulsa with Teach for America and taught kindergarten and third grade before becoming the founding principal of Greenwood Leadership Academy in 2017. Earlier this year Kojo’s wife Onikah opened Fulton Street Books & Coffee, and the couple welcomed their first daughter, Hadassah Eden, into the world. In this episode, Doc and Ali connect with Kojo to learn about his journey from being the son of immigrants to being a nominee for congress. He shares his vision for OK-1 and discusses the important issues at stake in the November 3rd election. And they discuss #FireInLittleAfrica and how Kojo soundtracks his daily life with hip-hop including Steph Simon, Dr. View and more FILA artists to keep him motivated during the campaign. Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple to support the podcast! To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:23:43
October 20, 2020
Bonus Episode: Fire Fridays - Steph Simon X COMBSY Live at Mercury Lounge
Equal parts showcase, live collaboration and residency, ‘Fire Fridays’ is a collaboration featuring some of Tulsa’s top musical talents. Every Friday from October through the end of the 2020, different Fire in Little Africa artists are performing their own catalogs with COMBSY as their backing band LIVE at the Mercury Lounge. Tickets to this very special series of shows can be purchased at MercuryLoungeTulsa.com. Special thanks to Costa Upson at Mercury Lounge for running sound for Fire Fridays. If you want to watch the performance, you can do so here on the Fire In Little Africa Youtube channel. Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple to support the podcast.
41:46
October 19, 2020
Episode 28: Doc Free
Doc Free is a rapper, DJ and FILA Podcast host who has played a pivotal role in the development of the Tulsa hip-hop scene over the past 10 years. He is a member of the Oilhouse collective and was among the first artists in Tulsa to perform at venues like Soundpony. Doc is a member of Clean Hands and is the host and co-founder of Lessons in Fresh, a monthly party that celebrates the 4 elements of hip-hop. He currently has weekly DJ residencies at Heirloom Rustic Ales and Cellar Dweller. In this special episode, Malimotives joins Ali Shaw to dive into Doc Free’s origin story. Doc knows a lot about a lot of things, and they touch on everything from comic books to HBO’s Watchmen to the deepest mysteries of the universe. And of course, they discuss the evolution of Tulsa hip-hop over the past decade and the trajectory the scene is currently on with #FireInLittleAfrica.  Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple to support the podcast! Songs featured in this episode: Lessons (0:53), Vegan Weekend (12:08), Don’t Nobody Owe You (33:42), Marshall Maintenance (1:02:19) and HoneyCombBop (2:05:49). To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
02:10:10
October 13, 2020
Episode 27: Chris Combs
Chris Combs is a guitarist, composer and entrepreneur who has been a staple in the Tulsa music scene for the past two decades. Chris was a member of Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, a legendary band that achieved significant success locally and nationally in the early 2000s. His current band COMBSY is known as some of Tulsa’s best musicians and for our #FireFridays series they are playing with a different FILA artist every Friday night until the end of the year at Mercury Lounge. In this episode, Doc and Ali go deep with Chris on the history of Tulsa music and how he came to fall in love with the Tulsa hip-hop scene. They discuss the 2011 Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey album ‘Race Riot Suite’ and what inspired Chris to lead that production. And, they talk about #FireFridays and the legacy of diversity and integration in Tulsa music that has been present through the years even while the rest of the city has been deeply segregated. Click here to read "The Nightmare of Dreamland" by Lee Roy Chapman. Songs featured: A1 Versus (1:31), Black Wall Street (22:44) and Cosmic Trigger feat. Steph Simon and Keeng Cut (1:20:48). To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:23:44
October 06, 2020
Episode 26: 2Peece
2Peece is a producer, songwriter and entrepreneur from Tulsa. Known as one of the most prolific producers in Tulsa, 2peece has produced tracks for dozens of Tulsa rappers, including Steph Simon, St. Domonick, Jarry Manna, Keezy Kuts, Ayilla, Tizzi and more. In addition to working with local artists, 2Peece and his father started a company called Music Man licensing music to score TV shows and films. 2Peece’s debut self-released project ‘Sometime in June’ hits streaming Wednesday, Sept. 30. In this episode Ali and Doc link go deep with 2Peece to learn how he became one of Tulsa’s elite hitmakers. They chop it up about the music he listens to in search of samples of work with, and what producers have inspired him throughout his life. And they discuss the #FireInLittleAfrica sessions and 2Peece’s perspective running a studio room at the Greenwood Cultural Center and Skyline Mansion. You can browse 2Peece's Producer Spotlight playlist here on Spotify. Songs featured in this episode: Loaded (3:16), Silver N Gold (33:11), Lemon Kush (50:52) and Body (1:42:25). To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:44:59
September 29, 2020
Episode 25: Jarry Manna
Jarry Manna is a rapper, singer, animator and entrepreneur from Tulsa. Jarry’s brand of new wave clean hip-hop has amassed him a significant fanbase.  He averages over 30,000 monthly listeners on Spotify and last year released three projects in the ‘Legends of a Lotus Waver’ series. When he’s not making music, Jarry is an incredibly talented animator and recently did the visual for the St. Domonick x Dr View track ‘Dopeman’. Jarry is also the co-founder of hip-hop news company Indy Pot. In this episode Ali and Doc link with Jarry for a long and wide-ranging conversation. They discuss his many creative pursuits and the inspiration he takes from Donald Glover. They talk about his entrepreneurial drive and his personal connection to Black Wall Street. And of course they discuss the #FireInLittleAfrica sessions as Jarry recounts his experience with the weekend. Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple podcasts to support the podcast. Songs featured: Tarzan (1:11), Top Side (42:52), Stone Cold Stunner (1:33:10) and Flight (2:02:23). To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
02:05:08
September 22, 2020
Bonus Episode: Breakout Fest 2020 - Fire in Little Africa Panel
Recently, Fire In Little Africa was asked to participate in a virtual event called Breakout Fest, which was a really dope gathering of creatives all over the country sharing and connecting in a virtual space. As a part of that event, our own Doc Free hosted a panel conversation about Fire In Little Africa, featuring Damion Shade, First Verse, Jerica Wortham and Dr. View.  If you'd like to watch the video version of this discussion, you can do so here on the Fire In Little Africa Youtube channel.  Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple podcasts to support the show! To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:10:51
September 18, 2020
Episode 24: Young DV
Young DV is a rapper and entrepreneur from Tulsa. Known for his deep voice and lyricism, DV has been a fixture of the Tulsa hip-hop scene since 2013. A member of the World Culture Music collective, DV’s 2019 album Cheyenne Park Radio solidified him as one of the town’s top emcees and he has only kept his foot on the gas since that release. Already in 2020 he has released two full-length projects on streaming services, No Pressure and We Just Livin’, and his new project Landshark hits streaming this Friday, Sept. 18. In this episode, DV meets up with Doc and Ali to talk about DV’s grind and being one of the hardest working rappers in Tulsa. They discuss his prolific 2020 releases and what he has in store for the future. And they discuss the #FireInLittleAfrica recording weekend and a particularly special session that took place in the basement of the Skyline Mansion. Songs featured in this episode: The Truest (1:02), The Grind (25:51), Haters Mad (45:37) and Born Widdit (1:06:36).  Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple podcasts to support the show! To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:09:42
September 15, 2020
Episode 23: Ray June
Ray June is a rapper, singer, entrepreneur from Oklahoma City. While his music is a progressive blend of rap and r&b, Ray makes his mark on Oklahoma City community with more than just the music. His non-profit Swat Meet Inc. creates programs for kids in the areas of music production, educational development, recreational development and more. In this episode Ray connects with Doc and Ali via Zoom to discuss his journey as an artist and entrepreneur. They discuss the impact his non-profit is having in the OKC area, and how he uses his music as a tool to uplift and inspire. Finally they talk about the #FireInLittleAfrica sessions and his experience getting to work closely with some of his favorite Tulsa artists like T-Mase. Songs featured: Bounce (1:28), Move (26:09), Flight 1143 (44:18) and No Breaks (1:11:09).  To learn more about Swat Meet, visit https://www.swatmeetinc.org Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple podcasts to support the show! To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:14:03
September 08, 2020
Episode 22: Dr. Tiffany Crutcher
Dr. Tiffany Crutcher is a community leader and justice advocate who served as the senior campaign advisor for the Greg Robinson for Tulsa Mayor campaign. Dr. Crutcher founded the Terence Crutcher Foundation after her twin brother was murdered by Tulsa police in 2016. The mission of the Terence Crutcher Foundation is “to engage the community, law enforcement, and policymakers in creating and sustaining an approach to prevent, identify and address issues of inequity pertaining to minority communities in Tulsa, Oklahoma and around the country.” In this episode, Dr. Crutcher chats with Ali and Doc about the Greg Robinson mayoral campaign and where we go from here in the fight for equity and justice for all. They discuss the @justiceforgreenwood movements and the case for reparations for descendants of the victims of the Tulsa Race Massacre. And of course, they talk about the role Tulsa hip-hop has to play in activism both local and national. TerenceCrutcherCoundation.org JusticeForGreenwood.org Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple podcasts to support the show! To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:15:14
September 01, 2020
Episode 21: Keezy Kuts
Keezy Kuts is a rapper, father and entrepreneur from Tulsa. Keezy is also known as Kusher T. Washington and celebrates his love of cannabis in his music, like his 2018 album ‘Meet the Kushers’. He co-founded hip-hop news outlet Indy Pot Media and in 2020 opened his flagship independent barbershop, Keezy’s Pit Stop. In this episode Keezy chats with Doc and Ali about launching his barbershop business during the pandemic and embodying the Black Wall Street mindset by creating independent businesses and showing support for #BlackOwned. They also discuss his health journey which includes weight loss and an extended hiatus from cannabis, which Keezy recommends to other heavy users. And they discuss his participation in #FireInLittleAfrica and what he took away from the sessions that will stick with him for life. Subscribe and leave us a review on Apple podcasts to support us! Songs featured: Dab Pen (1:28), Nintendo (21:04), Neverland (1:02:33) and Pre-Rolled All Day (1:23:07). To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:27:28
August 25, 2020
Episode 20: Yoh Phillips
Yoh Phillips is one of the most talented and well-respected hip-hop journalists in the game. He is a senior writer for @DjBooth, co-host of the Sumn’ to Say podcast and the author of ‘The Best Damn Hip-Hop Writing: The Book of Yoh’. He visited Tulsa in March for our recording sessions and wrote about his experience in a DJ Booth article: “A New Black Consciousness: Is There Music for the Hashtag?” For episode 20, we wanted to do something special so we sat down with Yoh for an extended conversation about the music industry, hip-hop and all the ways the world has changed since his visit to Tulsa. Not only is Yoh a true student of the game, he is wise beyond his years and he spit wisdom all throughout this episode. We can guarantee you will learn something new in this episode and you will finish it feeling inspired. Follow Yoh on Twitter here.  You can purchase Yoh's book, ‘The Best Damn Hip-Hop Writing: The Book of Yoh’ on Amazon. To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
02:41:14
August 18, 2020
Episode 19: Krisheena Suarez & iamDES
Davonte and Krisheena Suarez are a multi-talented married couple who comprise the Suarez Inspired Republic label. Known as one of the top vocal talents in Tulsa, Krisheena studied musical theater and opera at TU and just released her debut R&B project ‘T.Y.S.’ on streaming platforms last month. Davonte aka iamDES is a rapper and entrepreneur originally from Los Angeles known for weaving nostalgia and pop culture references into his music, as on his 2018 album Saturday Morning Cartoons & a Box of Cereal. In this episode Doc and Ali chat with Krisheena and Des via zoom about music, marriage and maintaining creativity in the pandemic. They discuss the Fire in Little Africa sessions and what makes the Tulsa music scene so special. And they go in depth on Krisheena’s new project and her process of transitioning from the rigid world of opera to the free-flowing creativity of hip-hop and R&B. Songs featured: Elephants in the Room (1:13), Woman (39:08), In All Your Ways (43:48), Living Single (1:10:13) and Last Dragon Affirmation (1:25:07). To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:27:49
August 11, 2020
Episode 18: Sneak the Poet
Sneak the Poet is a filmmaker, rapper, actor and entrepreneur from North Tulsa. Sneak spends most of his time behind the camera documenting the Tulsa hip-hop scene and shooting music videos, including on the #FireInLittleAfrica documentary team. After studying film at The University of Tulsa, Sneak delved into music and released his debut album ‘88 Musik’ in 2016. In this episode we get into the story of how Sneak went from being a poet and actor from North Tulsa to a filmmaker and rapper. We discuss the influence of eastern spirituality and art on his music and Sneak and Doc Free go deep on their favorite anime films. Finally Sneak talks about being part of the FILA documentary team and what it was like to participate in the project as both a videographer and a rapper. Songs featured: One For All (0:53), 88 Muzik (19:38), The Struggle (1:04:10) and Spirit Bomb (1:31:06). To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:33:42
August 04, 2020
Episode 17: Jerica Wortham
Jerica Wortham is a spoken word artist, author, entrepreneur and project director for the Greenwood Art Project. Jerica created J’Parlé Literary Magazine and J’Parlé Live, which consistently produces some of the best creative events in Oklahoma. She is also an executive producer for the comedy web series Blerds and an organizer of Rush Fest among many other creative, business and community service pursuits. In this episode Doc and Ali discuss how Jerica is able to balance all of her creative and entrepreneurial pursuits and how she became an artist in the first place. They also dive deep into details on the Greenwood Art Project and what we can expect from the artists associated with it. And they discuss Jerica’s participation in the Fire in Little Africa sessions and how she came to be on a song with Steph Simon, Dialtone, and Ayilla. You can read more about Jerica in a recent New York Times profile: 'Through Art, I Hope We Can Make One Tulsa'. You can watch episodes of Blerds at Blerdswebseries.com. To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:17:47
July 28, 2020
Episode 16: Parris Chariz
Parris Chariz is a rapper and singer based in Tulsa. One of the most streamed artists in Tulsa, Parris’ music has racked up millions of plays on Spotify alone. His new album ‘2045’ was released July 17 to rave reviews, and features #FireInLittleAfrica collaborators Chasing Ryan, M.C., and Medisin. In this episode, recorded remotely via Zoom, Doc and Ali go deep with Parris on how he went from basketball star to rapper and founder of the World 45 artist collective. They talk about his faith in God and why he chooses not to curse in his lyrics, as well as using his music to tackle issues like depression and anxiety. And they get his thoughts on the Fire In Little Africa sessions and what he took away from that experience. Songs featured on this episode: Static Shock (2:46), Lately (22:29), Die For Me (36:42), Type Mean (58:19) and The Light (1:12:31) To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:15:26
July 21, 2020
Episode 15: Malachi Burgess
Malachi Burgess is a producer, drummer, audio engineer, singer and entrepreneur. One of the most respected musicians in all of Tulsa, Malachi is active not only in the Tulsa hip-hop scene but is tapped into Tulsa’s jazz, rock, folk and experimental music scenes as well. When he’s not making music, Malachi is involved in a variety of entrepreneurial pursuits. In this episode, he sits down with Doc and Ali to discuss his origin story in music as well as his experience as a producer over FILA weekend. Malachi and Doc also talk about the "grieving" process of not being able to perform during the pandemic and about how they draw inspiration from other area artists who are finding new ways to connect with audiences.  Songs featured on this episode: 2020 Visual (2:23), Girl Girl (19:59), Blackman (43:48) and Gorgeous (1:07:04). Follow Malachi on Instagram here. To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:10:48
July 14, 2020
Episode 14: The Vampire Youth
The Vampire Youth is a rapper, singer and vampire from Tulsa. Youth’s identification with this subculture began in his private life and is central to his musical identity. He channels his energy into dark, sultry hip-hop and R&B music on his standout debut My Deceased & I. Youth’s use of vampirism as a means of self-expression is clearly connecting with people, as his shows are consistently packed with fans rocking his merch and singing along to every word. In this episode, recorded on May 29th, Youth shares his thoughts on the state of our nation just four days after the murder of George Floyd. They also go deep on his origin story, and how vampirism helped him restore his life force and express complicated, difficult emotions. And finally they discuss the #FireInLittleAfrica sessions and what Youth took away from that experience. Songs featured on this episode: Elevator (1:09), Compulsion (7:48), Moves (24:53), K.I.P. Wavy (34:20) and Coffin Music (48:34). Thanks to LoveMore Hookah for sponsoring this episode and allowing us space to record. To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
51:38
July 07, 2020
Episode 13: Jabee
Jabee is an Emmy award winning rapper, entrepreneur and activist from Oklahoma City. His new album ‘The World Is So Fragile And Cruel, I’m Glad I Got You’ features Wale, Lil B the Based God, Statik Selektah and more. The album was released June 26 and peaked at #3 on the iTunes hip-hop charts. Jabee is also a partner at Tower Theater in Oklahoma City, among other business endeavors and partnerships. In this episode, Jabee sits down with Doc and Ali to talk about his hip-hop origins and how they led him to partnerships with the OKC Thunder and some of the biggest names in hip-hop. They discuss his activism and the fight for equity and justice both in his music and in the Oklahoma City community. And, they discuss his involvement with #FireInLittleAfrica and the importance of having the entire state come together on a project of this magnitude. Tap in on your favorite podcast platform, and make sure to leave us a review on Apple podcasts. Songs featured: Stephanie (2:53), No Allegiance (22:28), Monument (35:01), Clic (1:00:08) and Praying Hands (1:13:22). Follow Jabee on Twitter here. To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:15:18
June 30, 2020
Episode 12: Damion Shade
Damion Shade is a multi-talented creative and social justice force in Tulsa. By day, Damion is a criminal justice policy analyst championing a wide array of progressive social causes and is a freelance journalist covering politics and culture. By night, he is one of the most talented musicians in Tulsa — rapping, singing and playing multiple instruments across a variety of bands and musical projects. Most recently he has been performing as Damion Shade & The Boom Bap Chorus, a ‘supergroup’ of some of the most talented instrumentalists in Tulsa and one of the most jaw-dropping live shows in town. Damion’s debut hip-hop album ‘Walt Whitman’ is expected to drop in July. In this episode, Damion sits down with Doc and Ali to collectively process the events of the past couple of weeks in Tulsa. Damion co-hosted the Tulsa Juneteenth online ‘Block Party’ and shares stories from the celebration, including meeting and interviewing some of the celebrity guests on that program. Finally, Damion drops serious knowledge around criminal justice activism and important ballot initiatives that everyone should be aware of. We hope you enjoy this episode with one of Tulsa’s most brilliant minds. Songs featured: Float (1:26), The End (15:25), When the Quiet Comes (40:16) and Motormouth (1:22:33).  To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:26:10
June 24, 2020
Episode 11: Ayilla
Ayilla is a singer, songwriter, entrepreneur and as of March, 2020 - a mother. Ayilla began performing in Tulsa in 2018 and has developed a following for her moody neo-soul R&B. After her singles Ms. Mary and POV became town favorites, she released her debut EP Crazy As We Are in 2019. That project raised her profile and solidified her as one of the top artists in the city. In 2020, she opened her first business - LoveMore Hookah in the Kendall Whittier district, which was also the recording location for this episode. In this episode Ayilla talks about #GeorgeFloyd and other current events and leaning on her spirituality in challenging times. She also discusses her experiences with the Fire in Little Africa recording sessions and how she gave birth to her first child just a week before the session and still participated fully and even performed that weekend. Finally, Ayilla discusses and previews a song from her highly anticipated new project, The Witch, expected to drop this summer. Songs featured: Salient 369 (0:54), Lose Your Love (10:08), You Lie (27:20) and Ms. Mary feat. Lonely Bandz (55:49). Follow Ayilla on social media: Instagram | Twitter To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
59:31
June 16, 2020
Episode 10: Greg Robinson II
Greg Robinson II is an activist and community leader from Tulsa who organized the ‘We Can’t Breathe’ protest in Brookside on May 30, 2020. Greg currently serves as Director of Family and Community Engagement for Met Cares Foundation. A graduate of Booker T. Washington high school, Greg previously worked on presidential campaigns for Barack Obama in 2012 and Hilary Clinton in 2016. He also worked on Kathy Taylor’s 2013 Tulsa mayoral campaign and North Carolina senator Kay Hagan’s 2014 campaign. In this episode, Ali and Doc go deep with Greg on building a movement with activism and hip-hop. They discuss how he organized a protest with over 1,000 people in just a few days, and how that protest led to a meeting with Mayor Bynum and an end to Live PD, among other things. He talks about how Dr View’s (IN)Visible Man album has been his soundtrack since it dropped in May, and how #FireInLittleAfrica can be the soundtrack to the movement nationwide. Greg drops knowledge, wisdom and inspiration all throughout the episode, so get ready to get fired up.  Songs featured from Dr. View’s (IN)Visible Man album: 93 Compton | 88 Rockets (1:03), Swish (6:18), Open Eyes (26:51), Cut Dead (44:25), Riverside (58:50) and Sam Fletcher (1:14:51). To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:18:43
June 09, 2020
Episode 9: Chasing Ryan
Chasing Ryan is a producer, singer and rapper from Tulsa and a member of the World 45 artist collective. Although only 22 years old, Chase has already produced tracks for the likes of St. Domonick, Parris Chariz, M.C. and Verse, and released an impressive solo album in 2019, ‘Mood.’ Last year he moved to Atlanta to pursue his dreams, and that journey was the subject of a recent DJ Booth profile.  This podcast was recorded on May 15, before the murder of #GeorgeFloyd shook our nation. If you know Chase, you know that his joy and positive energy lights up any room he enters, and this podcast session was no exception. In the episode, he discusses his adventures in Atlanta and details his “Risk & Faith” life philosophy. We will continue to process what is unfolding in our world and discuss the role of #FireInLittleAfrica in activism in future episodes and other content on this platform. For now, take a mental break and get to know one of the brightest young talents in the Town, ChasingRyan. Songs featured on this episode: God’s Hands (0:42), Aaliyah (22:50), Wrongs vs Truth (41:20) and Town (57:04). To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:00:43
June 02, 2020
Episode 8: Playya 1000 and The Deeksta
Playya 1000 and Deeksta are a legendary MC-producer duo born and raised in the heart of North Tulsa. They found international success in the early 1990’s with their hit song ‘Sunday Afternoon’ and are known as Tulsa’s first hip-hop artists. The duo achieved extreme popularity overseas and even performed sold out shows in Japan. Playya and Deek are still active in hip-hop and have recently started releasing new music every Sunday with their series ‘G-Funk Sundays’. Playya 1000 is also known as Freddy Fri the hip-hop motivator and his YouTube content has racked up millions of view. He released his first book ‘Make Everyday a WINSday’ in 2020. In this episode, Playya 1000 and The Deeksta talk about how they started making music, how ‘Sunday Afternoon’ blew up and how they have managed to stay relevant after so many years. At one point an anecdote about dealing with racism early in their careers evolved into a longer conversation about #AhmadArbery and race in America today. Make sure you follow us on @Spotify and support us by leaving a review on @apple podcasts. Songs featured: Sunday Afternoon (0:53), Go Play feat. Tony Mason (30:03), Bout That Life feat. Leah Joelle (38:26), All Love feat. Steph Simon (58:00), Switch (1:12:23) and Sunday Afternoon (1:22:51). Follow Playya 1000 and The Deeksta on social media: Instagram | YouTube To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:28:20
May 26, 2020
Episode 7: Keeng Cut
Keeng Cut is the ‘Flavor King’ of Tulsa, founder of the @worldculturemusic, creator of @Favorednflavored and co-owner of TNT Wangz. Keno is in a lane all his own as a rapper and his R&B jams are unique, funky, soulful productions. His album Flavio Cutatore featured his hit ‘Cuttin’ Up’ which racked up streams all over the world. No matter what genre he is dabbling in, Keeng Cut’s music inspires the listener to practice self-care and be the best version of themselves. Flavor is injected into everything Keeng Cut touches, from his food truck, to his music, to his clothing line. Already in 2020 Keno has released ‘Snackin’ with Flavor’ to rave reviews and his next full-length Flavors Only is scheduled for the fall of 2020. In this episode, Keno sits down with Ali and Doc to talk about his musical evolution, his many businesses and brands, and his personal philosophy. They also go in depth on his ‘Flavor Lingo’ and discuss the origins of phrases like ‘Oops 3X’, ‘World Culture Music’, and ‘Jims’. He discusses his formative years developing as an artist, all the way up to his newest project Snackin’ With Flavor featuring production by DJ Noname. Songs featured: Stainless (0:35), Better Every Day (16:57), Cuttin Up (28:53), Fried Salmon (36:35), Fiesta on Jense (40:53) and Tulsa Food Trucks (1:09:44). Follow Keeng Cut on social media: Instagram | Twitter | YouTube To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:13:43
May 19, 2020
Episode 6: Verse
1st Verse is one of the true OG’s of the Tulsa hip-hop scene. He helped build the foundations of the scene that thrives today first as a solo artist, then with the influential Oilhouse collective and finally with World Culture Music. His 2013 album ‘The City That Always Sleeps’ is a Town classic featuring many #FireInLittleAfrica artists, and his 2019 album VSXO is already developing a lore of its own. As of May 2020, Verse has sold over 350 copies of that project at $30 each, which speaks to both Verse’s stature as an artist and the support of the community in Tulsa. In this episode, Verse sits down with Ali and Doc to discuss the early days of Tulsa hip-hop, VSXO and the $30 copy, and the importance of self-love in getting through challenging times. They dive deep into the meaning behind some of his most notable tracks, and explore the connection between hip-hop artists like Verse and folk icons like Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie. They finish the conversation with a discussion about #FireInLIttleAfrica and an emotional performance he gave during FILA recording weekend. Songs featured: Sooner State (1:27), Pizza and Cookies (16:56), Dawari (39:01), Backseat Driving (51:36), Put on the Damn Cape (57:46), Find Yo Self (1:04:48), ATP (1:10:40) and VSXOASIS (1:26:14). Follow Verse on social media: Instagram | Twitter To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:29:41
May 12, 2020
Episode 5: Hakeem Eli’Juwon
Hakeem Eli’Juwon is one of the most respected artists in Oklahoma. Not only does his voice immediately cut through the noise on any song he shows up on, his songs range from street anthems to love songs to motivational rocket fuel. His Native American ancestry gives him a uniquely Oklahoman perspective and he is an expert on the tribal history of the state. In 2020, Keem has been focused on business, releasing two full-length projects on streaming services, Captain and YNGLYF Creative Group. In this episode, Hakeem sits down with Ali and Doc to talk about his path of overcoming life’s challenges to become one of the best rappers in Oklahoma. They also go deep on how his Native American heritage inspires him as an artist, working with artists from Oklahoma City, and the importance of Fire in Little Africa as a whole. Songs featured: Smaller than a Dot (1:00), Seminole (9:17), On My Own (18:29), Manifest (33:13) and What a Time (38:49). Follow Hakeem Eli’Juwon on social media: Instagram | Twitter To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
41:40
May 05, 2020
Episode 4: St. Domonick
St. Domonick (aka Vuelo) is a lead artist and executive team member for Fire In Little Africa. Dom’s swaggy balance of style and substance has earned him a large and diverse fanbase. Dom rose to prominence with a string of dope Soundcloud mixtapes and continues to raise the bar for artistry and live performance.s a true auteur and meticulously crafts each of his projects to explore a specific theme or aesthetic. His ability to expertly craft a project with regard to theme and flow make him an asset to the Fire in Little Africa executive team. His debut full-length Aurora is scheduled to drop in 2020, along with his anticipated UGK project with Hakeem Eli’Juwon. In this episode, St. Domonick sits down with Doc and Ali to chat about his origin story as a rapper (8:40), his unique approach to artistry when crafting his albums and his Vuelo streetwear brand. They also go in depth on his role in the Fire in Little Africa project and how he learned about the Tulsa Race Massacre thanks to another Tulsa hip-hop artist (37:57). Songs featured: New York (0:46), Gold (12:04), Lucid (23:18) and Spread Your Wings (44:12). Follow St. Domonick on social media: Instagram | Twitter To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
46:39
April 28, 2020
Episode 3: Dialtone
Dialtone is a lead artist and executive team member for Fire in Little Africa. Dialtone is not only a rapper but a creative visionary making waves all throughout the Tulsa art scene. While Dialtone consistently puts out music that raises the bar, he still finds the time to create incredible works of visual art and regularly holds special gallery nights and pop-up events under the brand No Parking Studios.  His 2019 album Oasis became an instant classic in Tulsa upon release and features a distinct sound crafted by Fire in Little Africa producers Papa and Joe Bruner. Dialtone is a member of the World Culture Music collective. In this episode, Dialtone meets up with Doc and Ali to discuss his hip-hop origin story, growing up in North Tulsa and his expansion to visual art with No Parking Studios. They also go in depth on Tone’s role in the Fire in Little Africa project and how meaningful the project is for Tulsa. Stay tuned after the episode to hear Dialtone’s single “Individuals [Feat. Jay Worthy]” from his album, Oasis. Follow Dialtone on social media: Instagram | Twitter To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:06:03
April 21, 2020
Episode 2: Steph Simon
Steph Simon is one of the lead artists and a member of the executive team of the Fire In Little Africa project. A Tulsa native, Simon often refers to himself as ‘Dick Rowland’ or ‘Dicky Ro’ and says he channels the spirit of Rowland in his rhymes. He’s also the creator of World Culture Music Fest and is currently partnering with a North Tulsa school to create and implement a new hip-hop education program. In this episode, Steph meets up with Ali and Doc to dive deep into how his music career has evolved over time (5:55). They discuss everything from the importance of Oil House, to rap battles at the Sound Pony, and through Steph’s album, Visions (38:45). Steph also talks about how Born on Black Wall Street was a precursor to FILA and how he’s tried to take a leadership role in the Tulsa hip-hop scene (51:00). Finally, stay tuned after the podcast to listen to Steph’s track “Upside” off his Born on Black Wall Street album (1:16:15). Follow Steph Simon on social media: Instagram | Twitter To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:20:27
April 11, 2020
Episode 1: Dr. View
On this episode, Stevie “Dr. View” Johnson joins the show to discuss the origins of the Fire in Little Africa project, moving to Tulsa and a lot more. Dr. View is the Executive Producer of Fire in Little Africa, and the manager of education & diversity outreach for the American Song Archives, which encompasses the Woody Guthrie Center and Bob Dylan Center®. He earned his Ph.D from the University of Oklahoma in education administration in 2019. In the episode, he talks about everything from how he got involved in creating this project (22:30) to the importance of recording the album in Greenwood and at the Skyline Mansion in Tulsa (37:55). He also explains some details about his own creative process (51:15) and how he first learned about the Tulsa Race Massacre (1:05:15). Follow Dr. View on social media: Instagram | Twitter To learn more about Fire In Little Africa: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify FireInLittleAfrica.com
01:16:57
April 11, 2020
Episode 0: Fire in Little Africa
In this episode, we set the foundation for the Fire In Little Africa project with some history about Tulsa, Black Wall Street and the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.  The full documentary featured in this episode can be found here: https://youtu.be/3BHtKh6dluY Special thanks to Hannibal Johnson for use of this footage.  For more information on the project, visit Tulsa2021.org.
21:03
April 11, 2020