Mr. Clark, who goes by the artistic name 1st Verse, is an accomplished Tulsa-based hip-hop artist and community organizer with decades of experience in lyrical artistry, beat production, live performance, DJing, touring, marketing, and social activism through hip-hop. He is a charter member of the Tulsa collective Oilhouse, and has been a part of the World Music collaborative, as well as the 2021 Fire in Little Africa mixtape and social movement.
Verse comes to TSAS as part of a partnership with the bART Center for Music after successful programs at many schools and non-profit youth organizations in Tulsa. He is famous for both his artistry and teaching ability in the classroom. Verse lives in Tulsa with his partner and three children, and spends his time creating, performing, and studying hip-hop as an artform.