Friday 18 Apr

Dustin Prinz - Eleven

Few musicians take the time to master their instrument in the way that Oklahoma City singer-songwriter Dustin Prinz has; he’s a guitar virtuoso in every sense of the word, and Eleven gives him the chance to show just how far he can push that skill.
04/15/2014 | Comments 0

Horse Thief – Fear in Bliss

Listening to Horse Thief’s previous release — the haphazardly melodramatic Grow Deep, Grow Wild — felt like a chore. Whatever potential the Oklahoma City folk-pop act demonstrated on the EP was obscured behind a formulaic, contrived and ultimately hollow cloud. But it at least offered a glimmer of promise for a band consisting of, frankly, five pretty talented dudes. Critics saw it; the band’s management saw it; its current label, Bella Union, saw it; and its increasingly fervid fan base saw it.
04/08/2014 | Comments 0

Colourmusic — May You Marry Rich

There’s always a sense of danger when debuting songs in a live setting and playing them well. Without having heard the studio versions, expectations are set according to the live incarnations. But capturing the breadth of free-flowing atmosphere and sheer volume on a disc, vinyl or digital file isn’t the easiest thing to do, especially for a band as vociferous as Colourmusic.
04/01/2014 | Comments 0

Em and the MotherSuperiors — Churches into Theaters

As titles go, Churches into Theaters is an apt descriptor for the debut album from Oklahoma City rockers Em and the MotherSuperiors. It’s a reverential record, one that shares the gospel of classic rock, blues and soul but embraces the need to refashion it for modern times, channeling The Dead Weather, Grace Potter and Cage the Elephant along the way.
03/25/2014 | Comments 0

Rachel Brashear — Revolution

Rachel Brashear’s second EP, Revolution, starts with a kick to the shins.
03/18/2014 | Comments 0
Home · Articles · Music · Music · Soundcheck: Beetyman —...

Soundcheck: Beetyman — Underdog

Matt Carney September 28th, 2011

It’s refreshing to hear earnest backpack rap at a time when some of the most topically vile, base and offensive music in the genre’s history (read: Odd Future) is what’s buzzing.

That said, another quality GRP FLY-sporting rapper’s emerged from the fertile Oklahoma City ground that produced Jabee, Josh Sallee and aDDLib. Beetyman hails from the east side, as he informs us on his aptly named debut LP “Underdog,” a record full of optimistic brass samples that surround a genuine, young talent.

Per the album title, most of Beetyman’s metaphors and concepts skew sports (“run the city like a marathon, I break that tape,” “like the Patriots in the Super Bowl with no cleats,” “coaching like Mo Cheeks”), and DJ Chips’ production features a lot beats and sample arrangements that are heavy with soft-rock synthesizers. It’s a fresh combination that, if continued, will undoubtedly produce success on the local and regional levels.

My only wish for Beety (and this will come as he matures and continues to work at his craft) is to continue to develop his technical game (a la Sallee) and the authority of his vocals. Despite B’s quality, endearing verses (“I write as a way to heal my scars”) on “Choices,” mentor Jabee shows up and owns the track with his more assured and emphatic delivery. But that’ll come with time. I’ll be waiting. More like anticipating.

To stream or purchase “Underdog,” check out —Matt Carney

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5