This week’s episode was recorded live in Oklahoma City at Hubbly Bubbly and features rapper Jacobi Ryan. Jacobi is from Lawton, Oklahoma. He chats with Brandy regarding his upbringing in the military town and describes the racism he experienced. Jacobi was an exceptional basketball player who played AAU ball growing up. He graduated from Eisenhower High School and went on to play at Seminole State University and Oklahoma Baptist University. He discusses how basketball heavily influenced his life. He applied the same foundations and principles he learned from basketball to the rap game. Jacobi frankly reveals his life experiences and struggles he faced, such as performing in empty venues and even living out of his car.
Jacobi shares that he fell in love with hip hop after hearing Puff Daddy and The Family’s No Way Out album. He began taking rap seriously after graduating from college. Jacobi goes into detail regarding his journey into the Oklahoma hip hop scene. He paid his dues and laid the groundwork to make a name for himself in Oklahoma City. He explains how he had to let his ego go to be successful. He manifested meeting Dr. View, which further led to working on both the Curriculum of the Mind and the Space Program projects. Jacobi gives insights regarding the recording process and what it was like to perform within the academic world.
In 2019, Jacobi set out to drop one song every week. This set the bar for artists in Okc. He draws a connection to listeners by being brutally honest within his music and openly conveying his pain. Jacobi Ryan is a versatile artist who refuses to be boxed in. He can effortlessly give you a club record one week and a profoundly emotional one the next. His wordplay is unmatched. Jacobi has the innate ability to paint pictures through music vividly with a calm yet mature presence on the mic. The streets are anticipating new music from Jacobi Ryan, and he plans on releasing at least three projects in 2020. His merchandise will be available soon, so be on the lookout!
This episode is very inspiring and shows the beauty of the struggle as Jacobi Ryan states in his song Apple Stock, “I been staring at the rainbow. Rain leaves but the pain don’t. Different episode same show; it’s the beauty of the strength though.”
Jacobi Ryan’s music featured in this episode:
Apple Stock- 0:00
So Independent (feat. Jacobi Ryan, Beety & Deezy)- 45:52