Memphis gets its ‘shine on’ at Lyfe is Dope

(Photo: Dalisia Brye)
For Ohmari “Oso Born Legend” Coleman, Lyfe is Dope was a “pretty major” opportunity to perform before a hometown crowd.
(Photo: Dalisia Brye)

Lyfe is Dope celebrated another year bringing local talent and artwork to the forefront in Memphis during its fourth annual jam session at the New Daisy Theatre. Ten acts were selected from more than 100 submissions to perform for a sold-out crowd.

The first act of the night (Nov. 22) was Memphian Ohmari “Oso Born Legend” Coleman, who was ecstatic about his participation in the event.

“I’m very honored to be here,” Coleman said. “Memphis has so much talent and I’m very lucky and blessed to be a part of this platform. When I was selected, I knew this would be pretty major for me.”

Created in 2013 by K97’s DJ DNyce and bassist David Parks, the event is known for highlighting Memphis’ arts and music culture, including dance.

This year, “jookin,” an underground form of dance created in the early 90s on the Memphis scene, was brought by the Memphis Jookin Community. Lydia Yates, the first lady of MJC, wowed the crowed as she danced to classics by artists that Memphians consider legendary.

The night continued with sets from several local DJs, who were selected to perform a three-minute routine with music of their choice. Duo DJ Toonz, a set of twins, dedicated their session to popular West Coast music.

The three-hour event featured “Alive Paint,” which allowed attendees to see live acrylic artwork being etched to music by Top 40 Under 40 honoree Jamond Bullock. A body painting show followed, premiering the Lyfe is Dope fashion line for the first time.

“I come every year and it’s been getting bigger and better,” said attendee Tasha Rainer. “As a lover of music, I’m glad this is a good way for Memphis to get their shine on despite all the negativity. Dope is truly an understatement.”