Reminiscent of the strangely shaped metal container that returned Captain Tony Nelson from space in the opening credits of the 1960’s sitcom I Dream Of Jeannie, rapper Towkio recently rode a burst of helium straight into infamy. In a bid to generate publicity, the performer elevated himself to 100,000 feet above the ground to “drop” his new album earlier last month.
The rapper, Preston Oshita, originally from Chicago, jumped into a spacesuit, climbed aboard a helium-filled hot air balloon, and ascended straight into the stratosphere. The 25-year-old had pre-released a few teaser tracks prior to the debut of the full album which was recorded under the title WWW..
Towkio’s representative said she and his team were not fans of the stunt and were even concerned for his safety. In a text right before his launch, he texted, “I am solidifying my legacy. Whatever happens, after today is history, make sure the world knows my story.”
In a recent interview, the rapper said that he did his due diligence in researching the pros and cons of the experience and that he wasn’t scared to try it. He said, “It takes a lot of helium, but it’s the most efficient way to get into the atmosphere because you don’t have to use thrust. It takes you up 100,000 feet, and at a certain point, the helium balloon pops and then you parachute down.”
On the day the album was expected to be released, he posted several videos on his social media accounts demonstrating what was happening in the hot air balloon at the time. What would generally be a gondola or basket for hot air balloon travelers to ride in, was, in this case, a small metal enclosure that saw the vocalist safely ensconced inside.
At the conclusion of his escapade, he posted the following, “WE DID IT!!! WORDS CANNOT EXPLAIN HOW I FEEL RN. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE IN MY LIFE I LOVE ALL OF YOU! THANK YOU GOD! I LOVE U. THANK YOU FOR ALL UR PRAYERS CUZ THAT WAS THE SCARIEST/ MOST BEAUTIFUL THING IN MY LIFE. THIS IS ALL GODS ALIGNMENT. WHAT I SEEN TODAY WILL CHANGE MY LIFE FOREVER. THANK YOU FOR ALL UR ENERGY, WE JUS DROPPED A SPIRIT BOMB OM THEY ASS!! I love y’all so much so glad to b home. RECAP VIDEO ASAP!!
According to sources, as of late, Towkio has started to rise in popularity even earning himself the support of fellow rapper Kanye West.
Generally, hot air balloon rides offered commercially don’t ascend higher than a thousand feet or less and will not require participants to ascend encased in a tiny metal box. Typically hot air balloons use heated air alongside the principle of buoyancy to stay afloat throughout the journey.
Conversely, tethered flights consist of the pilot allowing for the balloon to elevate to no more than a hundred feet while safely anchored to three or more stationary points.