For all of you at 01:47 hopefully we can provide you with some helpful information.
In response to the question: “How can I be down?” or “How can I be IN Gurp City?”
The simple answer is: By checking out this blog, you already are.
To dispel the myths:
GURP CITY IS NOT A RAP GROUP OR A GANG. There’s no Apache-line to cross. You do not get jumped in. No president or leader brings you on stage and grants you membership. We have no hierarchy, other than that the City of Chico is god, of course (ha).
We are not members of anything; we are FRIENDS, first and foremost.
GURP CITY IS MORE LIKE THIS CONVERSATION:
Gurpo1: “Hey, look what I made. ”
Gurpo2: “That’s ill.”
Gurpo1: “You made anything lately?”
Gurpo2: “Yeah, peep.”
Gurpo3 (hopefully a girl): “Here have some beer.”
Gurpo2: “I’m bored, let’s throw a retarded event to celebrate the dope shit we made.”
Gurpo1: “We’re not going to make any money.”
Gurpo2: “So, we’re gonna pay to get drunk and have FUN anyway, might as well pay to do it our way to our own shit. I hope people show, but it doesn’t really matter ’cause we’ll be there drunk as fuck and rockin’ our shit.”
Gurpo1: “Word, let’s do this, I hate my fucking job.”
Gurpo3: “Have sex with me.” (hopefully, usually not, but hope exists)
Nobody is excluded.
Show us yours (which is as simple as posting a link on the Message Board), we’re already showin’ you ours. And, that doesn’t mean you don’t have to be good, but that’s up to you and the personal taste of every individual.
Artists who are inspired by or simply enjoy each others work naturally gravitate towards collaboration (music, shows, artwork, going to lunch, etc.), and that requires NO MEMBERSHIP. It just happens. Just like people naturally become FRIENDS and do what they can, when they can, to support one another’s endeavors.
The term “Gurp City All-Star” is meaningless. Ask an infinite amount of people to name the “Gurp City All-Stars” and you get an infinite number of different answers. Its all a matter of an individual’s preference whether it be fan, promoter, or familia etc… There will never be any kind of ceremony where you will be anointed, given your “chain,” or secret pin.
THIS IS NOT LIFE OR DEATH. We do this to briefly take our minds off the stuff we have to take seriously and be responsible for (like paying rent and feeding our families). We do this to entertain each other and, for some of us, to maintain our sanity. We don’t expect to make money off this. We often pay to do it; that’s how much we love it. If other people are entertained as well, that’s even better, but that’s like sprinkles on the donut. That being said, if you are looking to get paid, gain recognition, and/or do “serious business” this probably isn’t the place for you. We are in no position to “hook” anybody up. We are broke, and it’s hard enough finding the time and money to get our own shit out. As far as getting product out, everybody here is individually DIY, because we believe if you don’t do it yourself, you don’t do it at all. If you want your shit out, put your shit out, if you want it on Gurp City, post a link on the Message Board, tell us where we can buy it, who knows, we might just like it. Check out some of the artists currently affiliated with Gurp City and you’ll catch the vibe. This isn’t about global domination and it’s not really about telling people we’re “real” and they’re “fake” unless it’s in the context of a braggin’ rap of course (ha); it’s very simply about having FUN and getting better at making better and better shit and finding better ways to get it to the interested public. Our main pursuit is to let people know that when they want to find out about Bay Area and Chico underground they can come to www.gurpcity.net and find out our take on it. So, please spread the word. Quite frankly, the best way to be down is to get involved and participate in helping to get the word out.
And if you want a shirt, buy one. Everyone you see wearing one bought theirs.
Sorry to be lame and didactic, but we thought we had to clear the air and let the truth be told. Now resume drinking and acting a foolâ€¦