The Valley’s longtime tradition of underground hip-hop is returning to its roots at a new monthly party, The Rhythm The Rebel, at Rebel Lounge.
“There’s a lot of really good underground hip-hop out there that’s more just for listening, that sets a mood or a vibe so people can just hang out, and I think what we were trying to do was create something along those lines,” says David Dimmick, better known by his stage name, Fact135.
Dimmick, along with fellow local artists, fully committed to making The Rhythm The Rebel unique, right down to picking a venue that has not been a regular site for hip-hop in years.
“In order to give the party its own separate feel, we thought it best to move it someplace else. The Rebel Lounge was once The Mason Jar, and we’ve all been going to shows there for years. And it just had a nostalgic-type feel to it that reminded us of the time that we were doing more things like this early on in the scene,” he says.
Since then, the scene has matured, according to Dimmick.
“You just don’t see a lot of it anymore, a lot of focus on underground hip-hop. Everyone is more into the club nights and things like that, so we just wanted to remind people of the feeling we had when we all got into this,” he says.
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Dimmick and others involved with The Rhythm The Rebel helped create Blunt Club, the long-running hip-hop night hosted at different locations around the Valley for years.
“At Blunt Club, the focus is more on getting people dancing. We still get to utilize and play underground music, but we have to watch that the BPMs are higher and it’s more like a dance party,” he says.
This new passion project, on the other hand, is about broadening horizons. Unless you're a hardcore crate-digger, there's probably a lot coming out that you haven't heard.
“We’ve gotten so far away from having outlets for that type of music," he says.