A-1, hailing from San Francisco, California, is a rapper who lives and creates music by a simple code: THURL, which stands for Think, Hustle, Understand, Really Live/Love. A-1 is a versatile artist known for his ability to touch hearts with meaningful storytelling, entertain with legendary tour van freestyles, and deliver emotionally charged bars and wordplay. His lyrics span a wide range of topics, from partying to politics, deep love and meaningful relationships to game-spitting and braggadocio. A-1’s music is a testament to his artistry and his dedication to the craft.
“Dear Mr. Bourdain” is a lyrically dense song that delves into the themes of mental health, fame, depression, and suicide. It takes the form of an open letter addressed to the late TV celebrity and chef, Anthony Bourdain. A-1 has been working on this song in bits and pieces since Bourdain’s tragic death in 2018, and it’s now being released to the world. The track is noteworthy for its lack of explicit content and concludes with a positive message, providing a thought-provoking perspective on these complex issues.