Two police detectives stepped from the front door of a house near N.W. 36th Street and May Avenue as I arrived to interview rappers C.B. Dub and Infamous. Before I could ask what was happening inside, one issued a stern look and held his fingers to his lips, dictating silence.
"Cut!" bellowed from inside the house. The detectives laughed and waved me through the door while cast members from "China White," a feature-length crime drama directed by Delando Grant, waited for the crew to set up the next shot. The film is just one project being produced by an emerging local community of musicians, filmmakers and producers joining forces to promote creativity in the urban metro.
Oklahoma City's C.B. Dub (Marlon Thomas) and Enid's Infamous (Travis Young) are both dropping full-length albums at 8 p.m. Saturday at Bricktown Live, 103 Flaming Lips Alley, and the pair is working with Grant to produce a documentary on the budding city rap scene. C.B. Dub is soundtracking "China White" and has been hosting networking parties in the metro in hopes of fusing the splintered hip-hop scene.
Infamous' new album, "The Days of Infamy," blends rock and rap " a mix that resulted out of necessity, he said, since it was the only way to get on stage when he first started performing.
"When I started five years ago, they weren't even doing hip-hop in Bricktown. I had to work with rock groups," he said. "I would have to sneak in and convince them to let me do a verse on their song, and over time, that turned into a set."
C.B. Dub self-produces his music and said he skewed his new album, "Revenge Is So Sweet," for a radio-ready, female-friendly sound, which includes the savvy club track, "Dis Is Da Life." The rapper admitted that he's not above taking a major-label deal if the right one comes around, but that he isn't going sit on his hands in the interim.
"Def Jam hollered at me while I was in Little Rock, but a couple years have passed and I still haven't heard from Russell Simmons," he said. "I'm not going to wait on them or run around trying to get their attention."
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