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Elegy to ROOT DOWN and FIRECRACKER!

Looking back on two of LA's finest underground jams.
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The tale of Tony ValadeZ..

“I got into a lot of trouble but never got caught. I think art changed my life. I remember roaming the halls listening to Blackmoon, Del, Hiero, and KRS ONE."...
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Heroes of Hypocrisy

Only an organized effort by all people of the world can bring about world peace. Our leaders are too busy trying to be heroes--Preaching piety, but practicing hypocrisy....
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Gangs of Los Angeles

Murder! The number of homicides (600+) in 2002 Los Angeles was almost twice the figure seen just two years ago.. The post-riot unity has faded away.....
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getunderground

Article from The Book Los Angeles....
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fueled by the whim of a synapse

...interview with outsider artist thh70......
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The 5 elements of HiP-HoP

MC"S taught me about world corruption Black Power, Pride, Self Destruction MC'S got free speech MC'S can still teach MC'S the voice of the youth when we speak.....
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Notes from LA's Underground --- 2001

Everyday in LA offers the gamut…7 days a week you can hit the streets.. Night clubs, open mics, art openings, museums, Premieres, film festivals, CD Release parties, AA meetings… Sunset Strip to Chinatown…How do you want it? Underground or glamourous, jiggy or artsy, pious or sexy......
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I am alive in Los Angeles!...

I am alive in Los Angeles! I am alive in Los Angeles here in the wild wild west. As the warm wind hits my face I walk across stained concrete. I cry tears of joy on Flower Street.....
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Underground Poet of the month - Ratpack Slim

Ratpack Slim, nobody writes more poems than him....
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Visionary Vanguards -- Manifesto..

The emerging superstars of the new American avant-garde are visionary vanguards bringing headcharge questing for satori through art, music & poetry......
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Spiritual landscapeS

In these times of jihad, Jerry Springer & catastrophes, people are searchin'.. All forms of spirituality are flourishing. Especially nontraditional forms like the Pentecostals, psychics, astrologers, tarot card readers & other purveyors of the paranormal......
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PoP

Pop! Pop! Pop! Popular culture, paparazzi Popular operas MTV.. Longevity is fleeting in the Age of icon backlash.....
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Daft Punk ---- Discovery

When you hear their pounding music you’ll recognize it, but if you saw Daft Punk in person you’d never know. They make their public appearances dressed as robots....
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CARNE ASADA & KARAOKES: LA's KOREATOWN

Step into the arcade at Wilshire & Alexandria in Los Angeles' Koreatown to see the new face of the Pacific Rim. Black, Latin & Asian kids take turns dancing on the new interactive video game "Dance Station 3DDX."...
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PhiLLip MaRtIn & Afro-Blues Pop Poetry

Phillip Martin never sleeps. As a renaissance artist -– poetpainter -- the muse keeps him busy. His Afro-Blues-PoP-Poetry is a response to his daily life....
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Twilight On Franklin

PALM TREES ARE SWAYIN' in the wind as the sunset begins It's Twilight on Franklin. Valet parkers grin checkin’ Hollywood women. It's Twilight on Franklin....
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Dancin' Times

Los Angeles club culture is burning like a Firecracker. People are loving the euphoria...
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The New Age Renaissance

The 21st Century man will be more magnanimous than any man in previous history...
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Density

Density entwines webs of parallel existence thick in the heart of the inner city...
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Central Cali's Coast Crescendo

Carmel conifers amidst cliffside cabins, moist mist in Monterey...
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The Los Angeles Cultural Renaissance

The cultural renaissance is here in Los Angeles. It's ART: music dance spoken word painting photography: creativity propelled with gravity....
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The Spirit Joins the FlesH

The Spirit Joins The Flesh So All Elements Can Positively Mesh Time & Space Is A Treble Clef From The Deepest Darkest Depths Of The Egyptian Breth I Confess The Need To Address The Higher Laws Of Cause & Effex...
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Dedication to BeSSkePP --- I had a dreaM about hiP HoP

I had a dream about hip hop it wont stop it don’t stop What gotcha doing the pop lock body rock? check the props that need to be given to disco reggae punk rock...
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I've Seen the BesT Minds of My Generation

I've seen the best minds of my generation. It hurts its so beautiful That universal, soulful, multicultural Emerging worldwide tribe people....
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Larry Jaffe: Dialogue Through PoetrY

The Silver Lake district of Los Angeles has it's own facility of the DWP. Only rather than the Department of Water and Power, it's the Department of Water and Poetry. The ringleader is Larry Jaffe....
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Besskepp: Poet with an MC Mentality

Besskepp is a poet with an MC mentality. Right now! Raised on hip-hop but still literary. Back then!...
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Nothing Matters But the MusiC

I want my freedom! I need my freedom! Gotta have my freedom! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Sky-high 20 floors above Hollywood......
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Jay-Z: Hustler or Hero?

Is Jay-Z a hustler or a hero, a renegade or a capitalist, or both? The jury is still out. For now he remains the "king of hip-hop."...
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image mike sonksen Mike Sonksen, also known as, Mike the Poet, is widely acclaimed for his live performances, contributions to international publications & legendary city tours. Poet, journalist, historian, tour guidteacher, he's published in the L.A. Citybeat, O.C. Weekly, New Angeles, L.A. Weekly & many others. This 3rd generation L.A. native graduated from U.C.L.A. in 1997. His book I AM ALIVE IN LOS ANGeLES! has been added to the curriculum of several universities & received rave reviews.