Penitentiary Chances

Penitentiary Chances


Best known for the successful underground album "From The Barrio With Love", the Darkroom Familia returns with a highly anticipated movie & soundtrack "Penitentiary Chances", After releasing one of the first hardcore Raza rap albums, The Darkroom Familia began getting fan mail from all parts of the country. Chicanos from everywhere were sending letters wanting to know more about the Darkroom artists. For the first time, Latinos were releasing songs for the Raza (the Latino race) and not just for certain territories. Barrio kids could relate to the songs whether they lived in the San Francisco Mission district or the dangerous Barrios of Phoenix and East L.A. Chicano artists have always had a reputation for rapping to oldies or salsa beats only. While the Chicano artist was trying to make songs for his people, the Chicano youth were out buying CD's from E-40, Too Short, Ice Cube and other black artists. The Darkroom Familia members didn't want to do the same as others. They didn't want to have salsa, or oldies or the typical Chicano music backing up their lyrics. They wanted beats that would make anybody nod their head whether Black, White, Asian or Chicano. It was a perfect match- Chicano lyrics talking about the experiences of being brown with Universal drum tracks backing it up - beats any rapper, whether Black or Brown, would want to flow to. The Chicano experience is similar to the Black experience, but the gang culture goes farther back and the drug culture goes deep. Chicano gangs are the oldest gangs with their own culture instilled in the youth. Some Chicano gangs have up to 6 generations in them. It is not uncommon for the Grandfather, Father and Son to belong to the same Barrio and gang. When Chicano rappers write lyrics, they must be more careful than the Black artists for the reason to the Mexican Mafia's and Familia's strong hold of every Barrio across California. Deep rooted in the Chicano culture is respect, survival and not backing out of anything even if it means death. With Mexico now being the biggest drug importer/exporter come the reality in the Darkroom Familia's drug dealing lyrics. It's a culture where drugs are an everyday example of making a living. Chicanos everywhere have uncles, cousins or even parents that are major drug pushers backed up by the Mexican Cartels to sell drugs to all the people of the United States. Mexican parents listen to Mexican groups, or Norteno bands such as Los Tigres Del Norte or Los Tucanes, which glorifies the drug dealing lifestyle. The songs go back to the fifties with lyrics about shootouts with Federales, smuggling drugs and murder or about revolutionary heroes like Pancho Villa or Emiliano Zapata. It is not uncommon to hear these groups play in concerts with families dancing to these types of lyrics. Now with THE DARKROOM FAMILIA releasing the movie and soundtrack "PENITENTIARY CHANCES" on DOGDAY RECORDS, they hope to finally open doors to their music to all rap fans nationwide. The Darkroom Familia is a group of artists made up of rappers, producers, photographers, movie producers, writers and promoters. Most of all they are family, FAMILIA.


Title: Penitentiary Chances
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