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#dregs one

This song was written when I was living in Oakland, California. I lived a lovely, diverse corner of East Oakland where the sun was always shining and it was a perfect break from living in the fast-paced, foggy city of San Francisco. Mornings I would rise, open my blinds to the sun, observe the scenery outside of my house, roll a Backwood, and bump beats. When Ill Sugi sent me this beat it matched the vibe perfectly and this song is special to me because it captures that time in my life.

Ill Sugi is the homie from Tokyo, Japan who is a big listener of Bay Area hip-hop. He’s been sending me beats for years and when he came out to San Francisco to visit we decided to start working on an album. This song will not be on there, but keep an eye out for more info on our project, "Universal Language" coming very soon.

Lyrics:

Intro:
Life
Here in Oakland, Calfiornia
By way of San Francisco
All the way to Japan
Does it relate with you?
I dunno…

Verse 1:
Sun beams through my window, pot holes in my street tho
Pothead got the backwoods rolled
Bailed to the sto’ for one mo
Early morn weather warm it’s all good maaaayne
25 years of life, not 25 years to life
It’s more to life than war and strife
But y’all don’t get it do ya?
The weed smoke drifted through the air like the whisper of a rumor
The aroma meant creative content comin’ closer
To reality, being made as we speak
Levels get tweaked, this is the peak
Of a perfect moment indeed
Just look inside my heart and write down what I see
Third eye vision, clear and pristine
Shakin’ up my neighbors house with the beat
Mybad- (laughs) ayee-
I turn it down then back up again, cuz…

Hook:
It’s a drought on real shit lately
Feel like the whole world gone crazy
Change the world so the world won’t change me
It’s been a drought on real shit lately
It’s a drought on real shit lately
Feel like the whole world gone crazy
Change the world so the world won’t change me
It’s been a drought…

Verse 2:
Yo
I find the inspiration, in daily struggle and temptation
Negative bank statements, bummy dressin’ tummy achin’
Fare inspector evading at the train station
Runnin’ late hopin’ I make it
Making mixtapes hopin’ I make it
The whole city hopin’ I make it
I know the songs dope when I make it
Kinda like life, what I make it
Fake shit is makeshift and shape-shifts into the same shit
That been created to make man complacent
And bad bitches obey him
AKA enslavement, here on inner city pavement
Mental plantations, cotton pickin’
Instagrammin’ twit-pickin’ food
Forgot about the starving children, oops
Turn off the boob tube, come a little closer to the truth
I’ll give it to you from the booth

(Hook)

Verse 3:
Educated motivated light skinned black man
Used to get picked on, white boy with a tan
Now I let the sun warm my skin
Absorbing vitamin D through my melanin
Manifesting the vision of a ancient Egyptian
But this is just East Oakland
And I’m just drivin’ around with my schedule wide open
Hopin’ I get into something before something gets into me
My phone rings like it’s meant to be
To spend the afternoon with a queen, yes sirree
She attracted to my realness
And when we getting down together thats when we really building
Why lay with a woman who’s unfit to have your children?
Think about it young brothers
Ima give it to you straight like none other

Like none other, look

Outro:
Love ya woman, feed ya kids
That’s the fly shit
Readin’ books, exercise
That’s the fly shit
Payin’ rent, paying bills
Thats’ the fly shit, thats the fly shit, yeah that’s the fly shit
Being loyal to your friends
That’s the fly shit
Stayin’ out of jail
Havin’ fun and livin’ life
Thats the fly shit, thats the fly shit, yeah that’s the fly shit

Dregs One on the track
That’s the fly shit
Ill Sugi on the beat
That’s the fly shit
Frisco’s in the house
That’s the fly shit
Tokyo’s in the house
That’s the fly shit, what

This track is all about the other side of the World Cup. If you didn’t know, there have been protests and turmoil in Brazil because many of the country’s citizens are suffering in the middle of all these games. $16 billion was diverted from public funds by the Brazilian government and used to cover the costs of hosting the events. Over 250,000 people were displaced and their homes destroyed to build new soccer stadiums. Child prostitution is on the rise as youth in poverty are forced to sell themselves to tourists. The police have attacked and arrested peaceful, non-violent protestors. There’s definitely an ugly side to these games.

This has been on my mind lately, so I decided to write out and record my feelings about this issue. I don’t mean to be negative or stop anyone from enjoying the World Cup, but I feel like this stuff is just good for people to know about and consider when watching the games.

Lyrics:
Houses get destroyed, they knockin down walls
Let them eat cake feed the kids soccer balls
16 billion in a nation of millions
That care more about the World Cup then helping the children
What we need is education
We what we need is preservation
Of the culture & tradition carried on by the natives
The goal ain’t to score points for big corporations
The players just livestock on a big plantation
Fans throw bananas from the stands
That land at the feet of displaced Africans
Kings & queens turned to beggars and peasants
Fightin for survival in the dirty favelas
The situation need to be solved urgently
That requires real love beyond capital currency
It’s been more holocausts since Nazi Germany
Ask the Palestinians what they goin through currently
It’s kinda like my own hood where the cops profile
And pull pistols out on a teenage child
The kids run wild sniffin glue in the streets
Selling off their innocence, foreigners from overseas
Paying to abuse pedophiles and predators
Rooting for their team to beat competitors
Countries colonized gon break the chains
And fight the colonizers, beat em at they own game
Here at home the crowds chant U S A
They believe in Obama they don’t believe in Ghana
I believe in healing to ease the trauma
And refuse to give FIFA a single solitary dollar
For overpriced products made with slave labor
No World Cup fever just World Cup anger

Produced and recorded by Brycon

Mixed and mastered by D-Wiz

Watch/share this video myself & Hungrie Ones recorded at Carnaval last weekend. Like I said, that event was the perfect display of Frisco culture & unity and the exact type of vibe I wanna present at Slim’s on June 7th!

SATURDAY JUNE 7TH @ Slim’s IN SAN FRANCISCO. TAKE BACK OUR CITY.

Performances by:
Dregs One
Telli Prego, Heat & Big Vic
Legends Live Forever
EVENODDS
Plus special surprise guests
Hosted by Equipto
Deejay Sean G & Children of the Funk.

Live art by JOKER ICP.KHY
Community speakers on evictions, police brutality, and community organizing
Proceeds going to POWER (People Organized to Win Employment Rights)

ALL AGES!
Doors open @ 8pm // show @ 9pm
Cop presale tickets at http://www.slimspresents.com/events/2014-06-07/dregs-one/

JUNE 7TH AT SLIM’S IN SAN FRANCISCO. WE ARE TAKING BACK OUR CITY.

Performances by
Dregs One
Telli Prego, Heat & Big Vic
Legends Live Forever
Evenodds
Plus special surprise guests
Hosted by Equipto
DJs Sean G & Children of the Funk

Live art by JOKER ICP.KHY
Community speakers on evictions, police brutality, and community organizing
Proceeds going to People Organized to Win Employment Rights (POWER)

All ages!
Doors open at 8pm, show at 9pm
Cop presale tickets at http://www.slimspresents.com/events/2014-06-07/dregs-one/
JUNE 7TH AT SLIM’S IN SAN FRANCISCO. WE ARE TAKING BACK OUR CITY.

Performances by
Dregs One
Telli Prego, Heat & Big Vic
Legends Live Forever
Evenodds
Plus special surprise guests
Hosted by Equipto
DJs Sean G & Children of the Funk

Live art by JOKER ICP.KHY
Community speakers on evictions, police brutality, and community organizing
Proceeds going to People Organized to Win Employment Rights (POWER)

All ages!
Doors open at 8pm, show at 9pm
Cop presale tickets at http://www.slimspresents.com/events/2014-06-07/dregs-one/

JUNE 7TH AT SLIM’S IN SAN FRANCISCO. WE ARE TAKING BACK OUR CITY.

Performances by
Dregs One
Telli Prego, Heat & Big Vic
Legends Live Forever
Evenodds
Plus special surprise guests
Hosted by Equipto
DJs Sean G & Children of the Funk

Live art by JOKER ICP.KHY
Community speakers on evictions, police brutality, and community organizing
Proceeds going to People Organized to Win Employment Rights (POWER)

All ages!
Doors open at 8pm, show at 9pm
Cop presale tickets at http://www.slimspresents.com/events/2014-06-07/dregs-one/

Tonight in San Francisco!
Tonight in San Francisco!

Tonight in San Francisco!

NEW VIDEO: Style Exercise #1 - Crowd Control

Basically just doin’ me in my natural habitat. Filmed in about 1 hour on about 3 blocks. If ya like it, comment and share. If ya don’t like it, hey, that’s ok.

Parental advisory: This music video contains explicit raps, graffiti, pigeons, and Korean food.

3 years after the “The Wake Up Report: Gentrification”

About 3 years ago I wrote, filmed, and edited a video about gentrification in SF. I wanted to raise awareness in my own community, nationwide and even internationally about what was going on. I never thought that the problem would have gotten this much worse by 2013. Sometimes I think about this and it almost bring me to tears. I live in Oakland now and I hate coming to SF, it’s expensive just to visit. I get crammed into a sardine can BART train, or pay $6 toll and sit in awful traffic on the Bay Bridge, and I look around and at all these faces and almost never see anyone familiar. 

San Francisco is now Babylon. The city culture used to be based on community, on diversity, on peace and happiness like the hippies preached when they came in the 1969 Summer of Love. Of course there was always the gap between the really rich and the really poor neighborhoods, but so many people were able to come together within that gap. They are the ones who helped make this city so wonderful that people from all over the world wanted to live here. But now SF culture is based on greed, selfishness, and hedonism. Whereas before you had hippies, artists and community-minded folks flocking to the Bay Area, now you have people who don’t have seem to have much interests besides following trends, making money, drinking, and running through SF like it’s their own personal playground. This is really symptomatic of the kind of sick American personalities based in ignorance, privilege and entitlement that seem to be predominant in most of the 50 states these days. I don’t want any part of it. 

One time another SF native and I were walking near the Embarcadero on a crowded Sunday morning. We looked around and realized that the only other black people in the area besides us were homeless. That’s probably quite proportionate to the general city population- the only neighborhood that hasn’t had a drop in its black population is the Tenderloin and 6th St./SoMa area, where most housing for homeless folks is located. This is all part of the plan: the war on drugs, the epidemic of street violence, the prison industrial complex, the constant cycle of poverty- all of that shit has been working like a charm. People always tell me it’s a class issue, not a race issue, but if you’re black or brown you’re born into those types of conflicts. We inherit them. Our ancestors were exterminated and enslaved and the same tactics used on them are more or less being used on us. If you read comments on news articles or social networks, people act like all the minorities just floated away and are now living on some magical island or something. Actually, I take that back, they don’t really seem to care where we’ve gone at all. They just praise how much safer and cleaner certain neighborhoods have become. Well if the city managed to clean up those neighborhoods, why couldn’t they have done so when they were mostly populated by people of color? 

Once I was on 4th and Mission, where graffiti used to be pretty common, and I noticed there wasn’t a single sticker posted or tag on the walls. The streets and gutters were spotless. Now, head on over to BVHP and tell me where you can find the same quality of street cleaning. It’s very obvious that the city government is deliberately ignoring the needs of certain peoples and communities while bending over backwards for others. Meanwhile, they will blame and criminalize the residents of those communities for responding to the unlivable conditions that the city itself established. 

Another time, I was walking in the actual Mission District, 15th and Mission, and I noticed huge condos being built and advertised. RIght away I thought, “Oh hell nah! We gotta do something to stop this!” Just then I realized that the developmental planning on those condos had probably started years ago; that all the permits were in place; that the time do something about it had long gone. This is consistent with all the other issues and actions related to gentrification. The more research I do, the  more I realize that this has plan has been in place for decades. It goes back to redevelopment of the Fillmore and the creation of the “Western Addition;” it goes back to government shutdown of the Hunter’s Point shipyard and the transformation of that area into a toxic waste dump; it goes back to the military internment of Japanese citizens during WWII; it goes back to the massacre of Native Americans by miners and mountain men during the gold rush; and all the way back to when conquistadors touched down from Spain and forced the Ohlone people into the Mission system. 

Almost every turn of events related to city politics in the last 50 years has led us to this. The closure of public schools, gang injunctions, metered parking on Sundays, tickets & citations no one can afford, sit-lie laws, the courtship of the America’s Cup, and the endless development of high-price housing- they are all part of this tangled web. 

Maybe this sounds extreme to some but now I relate to those Native Amercians. I relate to the Palestinians. I relate to anyone that’s had their homeland taken from them by people who look at you and everyone like you as inferior. These yuppies, hipsters and tech-types don’t care about struggles of poor, working class people. If anything they are disgusted by poverty; they look at homeless people as a nuisance, young black men as a fear, and outspoken Latina women as a threat. They are conveniently sheltered from us in nice Victorian homes we used to populate, and watch us from shaded outdoor patios at expensive trendy restaurants. To be an outsider in your own home is a terrible experience that I don’t wish on anyone.

Unfortunately this experience is not limited to San Francisco. What’s most disturbing is that this cycle of gentrification is common nationwide. My patna from New York laments about how whack Brooklyn has become. My homegirl from South Central LA is shocked to have white neighbors for the first time in her life. Even my folks in Asheville, North Carolina talks about how trendy hipsters have invaded the town. So, now I pose the question: what exactly can we do?

The sad answer is that, at this point, I simply don’t know. Honestly most of me has given up on San Francisco. I love living in Oakland, and these days that’s where I prefer to spend my time- something I never thought would be the case. But I know in my heart that I can’t just sit idle and start over here. Even if it was possible for me to fully abandon SF, I know that Oakland is experiencing the same type of change as we speak. I’m afraid that just as I get settled here, the Oakland natives that I know and love will be replaced with more of these modern-day colonizers. I’ve already seen it happen in just the short year and a half I’ve lived here. I don’t want to just lie down and accept it.

I want to be face-to-face with Mayor Ed Lee, look him in the eye and force him to address these truths I want to gather the displaced and soon-to-be-displaced residents of SF and force city politicians to give us a real answer. I want to call out some of the authors and publishers in the SF Chronicle on their biased articles. I want them to see, understand, and embrace how the true heart and soul of San Francisco is really living. I want to see some of these media and tech giants that have found success in our city use their massive revenue to help families and working-class people keep living here. I want people of privilege to empathize with our struggle instead of calling us lazy or accuse us of not working hard enough to keep up. More than anything, I want the same thing I wanted 3 years ago- I want the people who can really step up and do something about this to wake up- that means YOU.

Peace y’all, it’s been a minute since I shared some of my solo work so I wanted to upload this joint off “the STYLE tape.” As of right now, the only way to hear that mixtape in its entirety is to cop the CD, but I wanted folks to check out this track.

I wrote this song last year in 2012 a few months after I moved from San Francisco to Oakland. This song is basically about my new life across the Bay, but it also deals with the concept of getting older and how the world keeps on changing. In our lives we are always caught up thinking about time; worrying about the future, regretting the past, and trying to make use of the present. This song is about me letting go of all that, accepting everything that’s happened to me and everything that’s presently happening; and being open to wherever life takes me. I brought my raps to Hella Records, recorded them in just a few minutes with TD Camp, lit up a chop and dipped home on 580 with a PYT in the passenger seat and the new song on full blast. It has definitely been part of the soundtrack to my life, hope you enjoy. 

Cookie Beats App: Live from the School House with Dregs One (by UpBeet Games)