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Lawton-born rapper to open for Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

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With roots in Lawton, rapper Jacobi Isham - aka "Fresh" - to open for hip-hop group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony on Sunday.
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OKLAHOMA CITY --- A local rapper from Lawton will perform an opening set for famous hip hop group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony at the Tower Theatre in OKC on Sunday, January 7 at 8:00 P.M.

Oklahoma Baptist University graduate Jacobi Isham, 27, known as “Fresh” on stage, works as a financial advisor in Oklahoma City and said growing up in Lawton gave him the motivation to pursue his dreams as a hip hop artist.

“I’m so grateful and proud to be from Lawton, yo.” Isham said. “The fact that we always seem to get overlooked in the Southwest part of Oklahoma is a big factor.”

Isham said that the rest of Oklahoma places a negative perception on Lawton, which gave him the chip on his shoulders he needed to gain new experiences. Isham received an associate’s degree from Seminole State and moved on to achieve a B.A. in Business Administration from OBU before relocating to OKC in 2013.

Running his own financial planning practice since 2016, Isham uses his music to make a positive impact on the youth in Lawton and the rest of Oklahoma.

“My vision is to use my platform as a hip-hop artist to empower people with financial literacy and wealth building,” Isham said. “Create and Own is the motto.”

As a headliner for Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Isham -A.K.A. “Fresh”- will perform an original 30-minute opener. It was a friend reaching out to him that opened his eyes to the opportunity. The concert needed a talented, local rapper with a set long enough to fill the spot.

“She asked if I wanted to open for Bone Thugs,” Isham said. “I sent her one of those “duh” GIFs and she connected me.”

Isham said he doesn’t like to put his music in a box but describes it as “Authentic.” He said he doesn’t like giving advice because he doesn’t want to give out the impression that he’s on a level above anyone else.

“I’m just trying to figure it out like everyone else,” Isham told Red Dirt Report. “There’s power in saying I don’t know. Most people are scared to admit and acknowledge that because it makes us uncomfortable. But I’ve found the most accurate direction is discomfort.”

He said the only advice he would give young up and coming Lawton artists is to find out who you are and keep learning yourself.

“It’s hella uncomfortable to get to know yourself and find true self-awareness…But I believe it’s worth it. Trust you and only you. Listen and verify. Your discretion is everything.”

Isham said he was hyped when he first found out about this opportunity, being his first time performing at the Tower Theatre and sharing the stage with a group as famous as Bone Thugs-n-Harmony but is big on managing his expectations.

“It’s a once in a lifetime thing that I don’t take for granted in the slightest bit,” Isham said. “But I also understand that people are there to see Bone Thugs. And I’m here to continue building like I’ve been and pay my dues while trying to earn a few more believers.”

At the end of the day, it seems “Fresh” is more focused on impacting the community he came from than anything else.

“I want to be to the youth of Lawton what I didn’t have growing up,” He said.

“I want to show them that someone who looks like you, talks like you, into the same music as you can be both a Hip Hop artist and a financial advisor.”

Isham encourages anyone who wants to hear his music or connect with him to check out his website.

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