All Things Work Together Tour
Aha Gazelle, 1K Phew
423 N Main St.
Tulsa, OK, 74103
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 7:00 PM
This event is all ages
Watch & Listen
“History does not happen in a straight line…” -Barack Obama
Neither does hip hop nor its prolific breakout rhymist/activist/author/voice of conscience Lecrae.
Never afraid to move the needle, few would argue that his much anticipated Columbia Records debut album (due out this summer) comes at a pivotal moment for the artist, as hip hop’s torrent now moves to him.
Surging or insurgent - depending on your point of view - he’s blessed with a visionary verbal arsenal and an abiding faith that’s piloted a unique career trajectory defying the typical hip hop storyline. ‘The system may not have planned for this,’ wrote Vibe about Lecrae, ‘but it’s definitely coming around.’ “More caught than taught,” is how the artist describes his incredible journey that includes two Grammys, a history-making #1 album with his masterful 2014 offering, Anomaly (topped multiple categories, including the Billboard 200 and is RIAA Gold certified), and a compelling live resume, most recently notching a headlining 2016 ‘Destination’ tour which Lecrae says was about “real unity, not pretend unity.” He continues to thoughtfully engage the culture, reeling off a NY Times Bestseller (last year’s riveting memoir ‘Unashamed’) and a breakthrough spoken word performance at the BET Hip Hop Awards last fall that had the twittersphere heralding his arrival as truth-telling firebrand. BET hailed it as an “epic poem,” of “necessary affirmations.”
Lecrae relishes his purpose-driven career arc as inspired ‘catalyzer’ - going “from artist to architect” on the new album, widening the close-knit comfort zone of Reach Records (the label he co-founded) by partnering with Columbia Records and expanding his creative outreach. “I sought influences and collaborators I never imagined I’d have the opportunity to work with,” he says. The patient growth process was born out of a “gumbo” of more than 50 songs, “some to just get off my chest,” he says - “I don’t know if they were all meant to be heard but I know they were meant to be written.”
One song that has already seen the light of day is the powerfully uplifting “Blessings,” (featuring Ty Dolla $ign) which iHeartRadio chose for their ‘On The Verge’ platform which connects breaking artists with new listeners. Lecrae cites a refreshed perspective throughout the making of the new album after surviving one of the most tumultuous years he’s experienced since his turbulent teens. Among the hardships was the passing of his longtime friend and collaborator DJ Official, some “painful personal” ramifications after the publication of the unvarnished ‘Unashamed,’ trusting friendships that went south, and chronic social media sparring from those attacking Lecrae for his candid and heartfelt perspective in response to the heartbreaking social justice issues making headlines in 2016. “Some people felt that maybe I shouldn’t be articulating the pain when it comes to the structural and systemic issues that have created barriers and disparity in regard to race,” he says. “But I came out of it feeling more confident in making this album then at any other time in my life.”
With trusted friend and Grammy winning producer S1 serving as a key production contributor, Lecrae says it was healing for him to weave some of the more nuanced, complex themes of the new album and come out the other side. “It’s about giving hope to people that they can overcome the fear and the insecurity when things do fall apart,” he says. “The before and after of it all. It may get ugly in your life, but there’s a point of rediscovery where the fear can actually drive the faith and restore you. Sometimes you have to acknowledge where you are at before it can get better.”
Such authenticity has been the hallmark of his 7 studio albums and multiple mixtapes, now nearing the 2 million mark in sales, with the acclaimed artist winning a Billboard Music Award, multiple BET, Soul Train, and Dove awards and even an Honorary Doctorate of music to go along with his 2 Grammy wins. Past signature songs like the ultra-relatable “Church Clothes,” and the prophetic, multi-perspective of “Welcome To America” revealed a Lecrae exploring the plight of the disconnected in all of us. Critics have praised the sociological component of his work and his heightened sensitivity toward the disenfranchised.
On the upcoming album, Lecrae hints he’s still mindful of the outsider role that’s enabled him to work the edges of hip hop stardom, but also conscious of the world coming into his space, now. “I don’t fit in to any one category,” he says. “The BET performance showed I can compete on the highest level and demolish it. I’ve already proven I’m part of the hip hop narrative. On this album I’m taking liberties.”
Raised in New Orleans, one of America’s most vibrant musical cities, Aha Gazelle grew up admiring the wide range of acts native to his Louisiana hometown. From PJ Morton and Lil Wayne to Jay Electronica and Frank Ocean, the city’s diversity, or musical-jambalaya, significantly shaped William G. Fields Jr. into the artist he is today.
The burgeoning rapper, producer and singer-songwriter learned early on he could excel without having to conform to stereotypical imagery. After deciding to lead with his own unique style and urbanity, Aha Gazelle is showing you can make an impact through art, quite simply, by being yourself.
“It’s important for the kids coming up to see they can be successful without resorting to negativity,” Aha Gazelle explains. “I want you to walk away like, ‘Man. I feel empowered, I turned on this song and now I’m going to go tackle life ‘cause I know I can do it.’”
Aha has a way of drawing listeners in with his approach and distinctive sound, one he describes as “manicured, but but not manufactured.” An amalgamation of authenticity, artistry, savviness and flash, it’s hard not to take notice of the 6’6” tall, 250 pound lyrical heavyweight, who emanates confidence throughout his music and every time he walks into a room.
While attending school at the historical Grambling State University, Aha began to hone his craft drawing from his New Orleans roots and education. Once Free Barabbas and Trilliam arrived in 2015 and 2016, respectively, Aha’s buzz started to grow organically garnering more than 1M collective streams and landing him a recording contract with Reach Records.
This summer, the Atlanta-based independent record label will release Aha Gazelle’s mixtape Trilliam 2, the second of a three-part series that has a story woven throughout the three projects. The lead single, “Momma House,” which spiraled into Spotify’s US Viral Top 50 chart upon release, is an up-tempo, club-ready track that features the nimble rapper examining the duality of life.
He explains, “It’s almost like looking at both sides of the coin and saying, ‘Yeah. I’m still with my moms, but at the same time, there’s a lot of good things that happened.’ I ain’t have no bills. I was chasing my dream. It’s optimism on another level.”
That optimism, excitement and exuberance permeates throughout Trilliam 2. On the sonically stark yet celebratory “Keep It In The Family,” Aha Gazelle raps about how his parents raised him right, living without fear, and keeping a tight circle around him at all times.
“That record’s so much bigger than my immediate family,” he says. “We’ve got this mindset of, ‘Oh. I can do it myself.’ That’s cool, but at some point you have to have a team, brothers, people just in your corner, on your side. Even people that may not have their mother, their father, their family may be an uncle, their grandma or grandpa, their auntie or cousins.”
His relentless drive is the focus of the hard-hitting “Twentylemhunnidmillion.” With his lyrical heft, he alternates between braggadocio and his quest to achieve greatness. As a nod to fans, the 8-track project decorously wraps with “Vegeta,” a song inspired by Aha Gazelle’s favorite Dragon Ball character, which previously appeared on Free Barabbas and altered the trajectory of Aha’s career.
But Aha understands he’s only just beginning his journey and that the real work lies ahead.
“Every time you make it to the top of a level, you’re going to want to go to another level and you start right back at the bottom of that next level,” Aha Gazelle details. “I really don’t think like I’m at the top yet, but I’m at the top of a certain level. When you get there, there’s always going to be something else to strive for.”
$20.95 - $159.00
Lecrae’s New Album, All Things Work Together, is available now and to celebrate the album release, we’re offering you special savings on Lecrae concert tickets!
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'Hammer Time' Party Experience $159 (ONLINE ONLY)
'Blessings' Meet & Greet $99 (ONLINE ONLY)
'I'll Find You' Fan Package $59 (ONLINE ONLY)
A Portion of all VIP proceeds to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
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