Generations is a one-night celebration of the Bay Area history of Filipino influences. The party, presented by Red Bull Music, comes to Berkeley’s UC Theatre on December 7th.
The event, headlined by rapper P-Lo, tells his story as a founding member of the hip-hop record production collective, HBK Gang. P-Lo worked his way from producing, more in the background, to becoming a successful solo artist who broke through the “Asian rapper” stereotype.
Generations will also host additional performances by Oakland’s ALLBLACK, Filipina independent artist Jess Connelly, and rap party/DJ Crew Another Party Fam. The party shines a spotlight on the Bay Area’s Filipino influence and diverse communities of first-generation artist immigrants. Each artist’s inspirational story and experiences will be highlighted; illustrating how they continue to push both musical and cultural boundaries.
HBK Gang, based in Hercules and the San Francisco Bay Area, was founded by P-Lo, Iamsu!, Chief back in 2008. It helped pave the way for Bay Area artists like Kehlani and G-Eazy. The Bay Area has always been a melting pot for diverse cultures and communities, frequently leading and breaking popular music boundaries. The region is also home to a number of influential Filipino figures such as mobile DJ crews and the Invisibl Skratch Piklz.
Red Bull Music is a 20-year old program that hosts festivals, education workshops, collaborations with artists and local communities worldwide.