Children Of The Funk Presents: Yelir's Big Birthday Bash
Dregs One, First Dirt, Heat
1710 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA, 94103
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
Every once in a great while, God-given talent and geographical proximity combine to form a kind of perfect storm of artistic expression, a superhuman movement that shocks the world. Cubism, for example. Or the Wu-Tang Clan. After all, John Lennon and Paul McCartney are both musical geniuses, but what’s extraordinary is that they were in the same band. With George Harrison. When they were in grammar school. I mean, seriously, what are the odds on that? Well, my friend, all I can say is brace yourself, because it’s happening again. The tide is turning. The planets have aligned. So take off your haterpants, put on your gold chain, and get ready to love rap again—Rec-League is in the building.
Hip hop started out as a way to organize and uplift the community – with a mixture of civil rights and creative expression, Dregs One is an artist who is doing just that. And as an influential emcee/producer and a community organizer in the movement, he “can’t help but be aware.”
“I’m tired of the gangster rap bling bling fantasy that they show on TV,” he says. “We can’t lose sight of what’s real.”
His newest project, The Wake Up Call, illuminates the street politics of California’s Bay Area, taking listeners on a journey into the Frisco haze with his jazzy beats and eloquent rhymes. Coming from a background of graffiti, freestyling and beat-boxing he credits his creativity to the diverse style of his rap group, the Gas Mask Colony.
Dregs One has made a name for himself in the Golden State appearing on numerous releases and music videos, and touring in other parts of the country. With a passion for justice and a dedication to rapping about issues that plague inner-city youth like homelessness, drug use and violence while sampling artists such as Sade and the Doors, Dregs One is changing the world with his mic and turntables.
First Dirt started as an idea. It has transformed and evolved into a movement, a lifestyle, and a group. First Dirt is a collective of 3 hip hop emcees (Timothy Rhyme, 60 East, Rymeezee) and 3 producers (Leksbeat, Phil The Pain, Nay The Producer) hailing from all over the nation. This fact gives the group a unique blend of music and personalities. Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Boston are all areas where the First Dirt flag resides. What makes this team stand apart from the rest is their philosophy and approach. Rhymesayers Ent. artist told Timothy Rhyme back stage at Rock The Bells something that has forever left a stain on the groups sound. He said that they need to make music that is so open that it makes us uncomfortable to make it. That gem has already transformed this group into a musical must for music lovers across the board.
Born and raised in San Francisco's Sunset District, Heat is a lyricist, writer and youth educator that uses his talents and voice to provide guidance and understanding to an audience often forgotten in today's hip hop world.