Just a little over 2 years ago on July 6th,2010 First Dirt artist 60 East lost his Father to Esophagus/Lung Cancer. Shortly after 60 began to pursue his dream of making it in the music industry. Less than 30 days after his Father’s death 60 had 2 industry jobs, and his first solo show. "I used all the anger from my dad’s death and turned it into fuel to pursue my dream. When I was in High School both my Grandfather and one of my best friends got murdered and I lost it. I used all that anger against the world. I started doing drugs and getting into trouble and to this day I am still suffering from the consequences. When my dad died I decided I could use all this anger and fall deeper into the negative pit or I can use it for something positive...and that’s exactly what I did" said 60. "After that I started doing any and everything. Open mics, meetings, promoting, everything and I started slowly seeing results". Less than a year later 60 East wins Krush Promotions "Hottest Up and Coming Artist Award" for 2011 and captures the eye of Record Label First Dirt.
The dedication song which is titled "Making Me a Man" was produced by one of 60's producers named "G-Dub" or Greg Woods of Sacramento, CA who committed suicide earlier this year. "It really hit me when I heard he was dead. He was so young and talented. I’m just glad I got to work with him and even after his death I still continue to write to his beats" Said 60. As we got deeper into the conversation about the song, 60 explained that the song was not scheduled to be released on Father’s Day. He explained "I woke up that morning still drunk from the night before.”Chuckles"
Since the passing of his Father I couldn’t help but notice the sudden interest in Cancer. From the Livestrong tattoo across his right forearm to the Livestrong Bracelet to his involvement in the community I asked 60 to explain. He replied "Growing up I looked at Cancer and AIDS as ghost because I had never came across anyone with either disease so to me they didn’t exist. It’s just not something kids think about. Ever since my dad died I have became very big on Cancer Awareness. Since the song has been released I have been receiving a lot of feedback from local churches and other awareness groups that want me to come talk to kids and perform for them. I am not looking for any payment or recognition for this song I just want to do my part in raising cancer awareness to a demographic that may not get as much attention as others."
60 announced that the song was not scheduled to be on his next project "The Jumpoff EP" but said it most likely will be on the project. He has posted the song for free all over the Internet. If you would like more information or would like to help get his song to any Cancer related organization you can contact him at: