San Francisco MC A-1 just released a new track, “Summertime Sadness”, where he rhymes over a Ryan Hemsworth remix of Lana Del Rey’s track of the same name. This isn’t the first time A-1 has rapped over a Lana Del Rey sample – “Now You Do” from The Thurl Tape uses Flosstradamus’ “Lana’s Theme” as its beat. While “Summertime Sadness” is well, very sad, Thurl Tape has a some more lighthearted material that does a great job complementing his sometimes serious lyrics.
A-1 has been gaining momentum over the past year, being named to the 2012 Thizzler Bay Area Freshman 10, releasing some great videos, and playing as many shows as possible. His most recent Bay Area gig was a sold out show at the Fillmore opening for fellow San Francisco native George Watsky.
This Friday, A-1 has his first headlining show outside of San Francisco at the New Parish in Oakland. Below, stream or download the “Summertime Sadness”, watch a great video of A-1 playing with a live band at Different Fur Studios, and get the full details on the Oakland gig.