sTORY BY ELLESSE RODRIGUEZ, ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT REPORTER
Trending around the world, demolishing cities that resemble New York City and producing the most renown movie scripts and song lyrics of our time, I’m talking about the state of Ohio.
“Ohio is for Lovers” is merely a memory from the early 2000s as many artists are emerging from underground to mainstream, and the most popular movies are being filmed in the Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus regions, which are cities and towns that mock “original hollywood-like” cities.
Underground rap artists, singers, athletes and performers are on the rise from all over the state.
Take a look into what’s been happening in Ohio.
Some of the biggest movies have found themselves being filmed in the heart of Ohio’s best skylines.
“The Avengers” is Ohio’s biggest film bringing in more than $1.5 billion, The News-Messenger’s Craig Shoup stated. Clevelands skyline is main stage for these action-packed scenes where Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, The Hulk and Black Widow take out an entire alien militia.
Who would have known that the Fast and Furious movie series would take over the world, and each one arguably better than the last. Fast and Furious 8 or “Fate of the Furious” releases on April 14, with it’s backdrop in Cleveland.
Other movies of note that have shot in Ohio include but are not limited to: "The Shawshank Redemption" (1994, starring Morgan Freeman, Tim Robbins), "Rain Man" (1988, starring Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman), "Carol" (2015, starring Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett), "Goat" (2016, starring Nick Jonas) and the upcoming film "The Old Man and the Gun" (2017, starring Robert Redford, Casey Affleck, Sissy Spacek).
Just like any other profession, a lot of work is required to make it big in the music industry. Wright State University’s, Lucien Wright III, also known by his stage name “Soulucien” has shown the kind of consistency and creativity it takes to brand yourself in a competitive market.
“Wherever you are, I feel like it’s hard to get into the music business. You can be in California and never become a professional music artist or you can be from North Dakota and win multiple Grammys for your works of art,” Wright said.
Recently, Soulucien performed at One-Eyed-Jack’s during their Hip Hop Friday performance.
As Dayton is nearing the surface of birthing another artist, here’s what you can expect from Soulucien.
”To me, it’s all about your work ethic, who you know, your personality, your fans, the music business knowledge you have and the faith you have in yourself,” Wright said.
That’s to say that there is a possibility that being from Ohio can boost your chances at becoming mainstream. Kid Cudi set trends coming from the Northeast side of Ohio following his discovery by Kanye West. Machine Gun Kelly (MGK), also from Cleveland, was signed by Diddy and has recently come out with two back to back hit singles this year including: “At My Best” with Hailee Steinfeld and “Bad Things” featuring former Fifth Harmony singer, Camila Cabello.
There is no denying that Ohio breeds some of the most monstrous athletes of this generation.
Defending the Land with the help of the Cleveland Cavaliers might be Lebron James’ main mission in life, or maybe it’s being a good husband and father to his kids either way, he loves his home state and he’s one of the world’s legendary and iconic basketball players of our time. All Hail, King James!
But, it’s not just Lebron making a name for himself in the game of basketball, or even in the sports industry. Golden State Warriors, Stephen Curry along with his brother Seth Curry who plays for the Dallas Mavericks are two brothers that are hungry and dedicated to the sport with fire in their shot, and are also from the Akron area - step aside Lebron!
Stephen Curry told The View’s, Paula Faris, “No disrespect to Lebron, I want to be the first to bring the championship to that area.”
EDITED BY SERENITY MCKENZIE, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF