Those words, composed by the late Tupac Shakur, remind us that a thing of beauty –no matter how dirty and tattered, no matter how rugged and flawed –can thrive. That it can push its way through even the tiniest cracks in the concrete in even the darkest corners of the world and find the sunshine and nurturing it needs to grow and prosper.
It was those words that breathed life into Dirty Rose, the dynamic three-man R&B group that sprang up from Houston’s and Miami’s toughest neighborhoods, to create a sound that is melodious, innovative and inspiring.
“Initially we came up with the name Dirty Rose because it describes us best do to our music, “says group member Zandric.” It’s like finding something beautiful with some edginess or rough ends to it. It’s not just a rose, it’s dirty. That definitely describes us as for as our sound, our image and how we were raised. It’s the same as Tupac’s poem.”
And Dirty Rose’s sound is as much an oxymoron as their name. Says Chase, “You can hear the ‘hood and the roughness on the beats and the vocals, but it’s still R&B music. It’s still soft and loving. Our image too -we’re easy on the eyes, just three guys with street appeal that everyone can relate to.
Chase, 26; Zandric, 27; Devin, 26. Chase and Zandric grew up in Houston’s southwest side, 3rd ward, greens point area. Devin grew up in Miami. They all worked odd jobs while continuing to perfect their craft. Eventually they approached fellow Houston native Bryan Michael Cox, the prolific producer who has crafted hits for superstars like Usher, Jagged Edge, Janet Jackson, Jessica Simpson, B2K and BowWow. B. Cox was taken not only by the group’s talent, but by their story as well. “The whole circumstances of how they came together and the struggles they’ve been through is what intrigued me,” he says. “I feel they have the concept of struggle and it comes through in their vocals. They got their strips. By far there is not a group out here singing like them and I’m hearing that all across the board -even from the haters. They’re staying true to what they know and that’s what I want them to do.”