Why is the Hearth in Little Africa undertaking vital to you?
It’s vital as a result of it’s a chance to inform untold, buried histories which have affected lots of people — not simply Black of us, however the white individuals too. I simply assume it’s a chance for us to essentially sit and attempt to heal our traumas and hopefully create some social commentary. Clearly, hip-hop is the automobile, however I believe moreso it’s only a instrument for us to essentially sit down and perceive how we will talk successfully. I believe Hearth in Little Africa will not be even a undertaking anymore. It’s a motion, and that’s simply me saying it principally on the evolution of what I’ve seen. Now we have actually made one thing out of nothing in a pandemic, and we’re nonetheless shifting alongside and I’m beginning to discover that the group facet is the important piece of how this factor has been in a position to be sustained over time. I simply assume that is vital. Clearly, it’s 100 years (because the bloodbath), however it is a chance for us, as town of Tulsa and the state of Oklahoma, to carry ourselves accountable and have actual conversations round race, but in addition discover hopefully some methods of how we will come collectively and make this state and make this nation a greater place. I believe the bloodbath and issues which have been occurring in Tulsa the previous couple of years, and clearly just lately with the mayoral election, had been actually only a small microcosm an instance of what’s occurring in America. I believe with something, Black tradition has at all times been round these conversations. Tulsa hip hop is part of that and actually, for my part, is the driving drive for this sort of cultural motion. I believe it’s a important piece. This isn’t simply an album. It’s not a undertaking. It’s a motion, however it’s additionally a legacy undertaking. We’re actually asking ourselves what we wish Tulsa or Oklahoma to appear to be 100 years from now and the way does this undertaking converse to that?