Psycho De Mayo with The Psycho Realm

Since 1989, Sick Jacken and Big Duke of the Pico-Union, Los Angeles have been reporting first-hand accounts of their neighborhood with hip hop lyrics. With sound as their medium, the duo, known as The Psycho Realm, act as civilian journalists–reporting what they see on the streets to their listeners. If there are two things the group wishes to accomplish, as they’ve publicly stated to LA Weekly in 2012, it’s to empower those who live in gang-infested neighborhoods and enlighten those who don’t. For instance, in “Enemy of the State” from A War Story Book I, a couple of the lines are “Caught in a battle with crooked-ass cops / Heat we feel on crazy / Gang infested L.A. streets / We see the red concrete stains / And street platoons feel pain / Real soon times will change.” The lines are reminiscent of Bob Dylan’s 1964 hit “The Times They Are a Changin,” which stood as an anthem for social and political overhaul.

Tue., May 5, 7 p.m., 2015

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