The Urban, Ambition and Determination


The Rap game is too soft these days. One artist dares to step up and bring it back to the aggressive days of Rap. Born in 1992 in Redwood City and currently based in Fremont, CA, Irvin Dina (The Urban & Mr. Flipside) is the next generation of Filipino rap artists to come out of the Bay Area. Starting out as a poet in 2003, he did not know he would soon change his sightings on to the art of emceeing. Dina was heavily influenced by the New York Hip-Hop scene while listening to rappers such as 50 Cent, Nas, Rakim, and Run-DMC. There he learned to turn his poetry into music slowly but steadily.

In 2009, he released his first mixtape, “Urban Nation Vol. 1,” and then in 2011 released “A Reflection.” The Urban then released his “FLIPSIDE” mixtape in 2015 after years of experimentation and flows. To this day, “ambition and determination” are his favorite words and he keeps on moving every day.

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