12 Sep EP66: Steph Simon
Steph Simon grew up to the sounds of police sirens, rodeos, and church organs. It’s no wonder that he raps about Holy Ghost and Hova quotes over soulful beats. The rising artist was born and raised in North Tulsa and he’s determined to return Tulsa’s narrative to the splendor of Greenwood’s Black Wall Street through entrepreneurship and group economics rather than First 48 episodes. His sound has developed over the years with projects dating back to 2015. Stepping into rap with a Southern DSR flow, over time, life, loss, and lessons have refined his sound to one that is uniquely Steph Simon’s. His latest album, Born on Black Wall Street is a coming of age journey to being happy with who he’s become. Brandy talks to the father and community leader about Diamond Dick Rowland, the racist assault at a Tulsa beauty supply, turning an old KKK sanctuary on its head, and the economics of streaming services for an upcoming or independent artist. With samples from Steph Simon’s latest work dropping throughout the episode, you’ll likely be looking for the download link before it’s over.