By L. L. Coffman
Special to The Sun
When locally based rapper Kulprit D booked his May 29 performance last month, he thought its primary purpose was to celebrate the release of his new 23-song mixtape, “Summer Nights In Highland.”
Today, a week after tornadoes devastated the area, the CD-inspired show at the American Legion, 121 N. First St., in Guthrie has a much bigger objective: tornado relief.
“This show is many things all wrapped into one — no pun intended,” said the event’s headliner, Kulprit D, 19. “It’s an album release party, it’s a show to kick off summer and it’s an outlet for kids who need something to do in a small town. It helps promote other local artists, and now, it’s a benefit show.
“The American Legion in Guthrie has provided us with a great place to have a show and I’m very excited to put it on,” added the rapper, a 2012 graduate of Guthrie High School who well remembers the deadly EF-5 tornado that hit Guthrie and damaged his own home in May 2011.
Thus, after seeing Mother Nature’s latest devastation, the decision to make his upcoming concert a benefit for tornado relief was a natural one. “All my merchandise profits and any cash donations from the door will be given to the tornado-recovery efforts in Moore,” he said.
In addition to Kulprit D, the benefit show also will feature performances by local rap artists Ketsuban, Cadency, Driven Ambition and Bru Swain. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the music starts at 8 p.m. Admission is $5 per person to the ages 16 and up concert.
As for the original impetus for the show, Kulprit D’s indie “Summer Nights In Highland” offering, which was recorded at Gutrock Studios in Guthrie this year, was a year in the making in the songwriting department. The mixtape is the follow-up release to the artist’s debut rap release, “Stay Working At Greatness,” or “SWAG,” that hit No. 1 in fall 2012 on the musician’s local ReverbNation Rap chart.
The new album, Kulprit D explained, contains “songs that I wrote after I had found my own style and got comfortable with recording. Also, I had more things to write about; I had a lot of memorable experiences during the summer that ‘SWAG’ was being recorded, and that inspired me to write.”
Additionally, he added, his new mixtape demonstrates his improved beat-making skills.
“On ‘Highland,’ I have fine-tuned my beat-making skills. ‘SWAG’ had a handful of remixes and beats I didn’t make, but even the ones I did make could have been better quality,” he said. “On ‘Summer Nights In Highland,” there are 18 tracks on which I made the beat, and the beats are high quality and unique because I worked really hard to make them professional and different.”
To learn more about Kulprit D’s latest project, including where it can be downloaded online, or the May 29 benefit show, visit his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kulprit-D/156488054368081?fref=ts.