Ese Pato Loko - Street Therapy... Sessions For Life's Lessons
Street Therapy... Sessions for Life's Lessons (20:23)
East Side Ride: "This is how we-ride, Lost souls, Misol Tribe from the East Side. Where we put that MiSOL movement right at you, no need to blind side. Where we stay high, keep the mind fried. Where they still gang-bang, and the kids die. Drive-bys, walk-byes, it's a way of life. Instincts To Survive's how we getting by. This is everyday life down in Boyle Heights, see the ghetto bird's lights each and every night. In The Streets it's a game of do or die, Lost souls", Tizok always down to ride... East Side
Ese Lil' Pato always showed Boyle Heights love and was proud of his lil' part of town. He said, "I represent myself with my familiar grounds and don't have to put down any other places to make me feel prouder. I'm happy being me... content. That's Brown Pride! I have nothing against the West side, North, nor any other side. In fact, when we hear someone putting it down for theirs, and representing themselves because they're happy being them without having to tear down others, then we highly respect them. If only more people lived like that. It makes absolutely no sense to find reasons to beef when there are haters at all angles, and nine-times-outta-ten they come from within your own peeps..."
When asked what the attraction was about gangs, Pato paused reflectively and said, "We always liked that old black and white movie called Bugsy Malone. The one with young Scott Baio and all them kids. It was our favorite gangster flick from our childhood." (The beginning of his song Down and Out comes on). "It was a popular movie because the cast was a bunch of children driving around in a minituare fantasy world where there was no adult authority. They took care of things themselves, and handled their problems in the streets by shooting harmless cream pies at their enemies. Just a whole lot of fun, a big party really. That's the misconception enjoyed by this generation- Its been romanticized and glamourized, but it's a deadly game."
He pointed out the part in the movie where the main character rallies the poor juveniles in an orphanage. "He calls them to action with strong words, 'You don't have to sit around complaining about the way your life has wound up! You don't have to sit around depressed about the way that luck deceived you!..' That was Bugsy Malone motivating his peers that were down and out to stand up and do something to improve their lives. That's exactly what we've been trying to do in the projects, with our music and art," explained PaTito. "A lot of people are born into bad environments, unfortunately, that's something beyond their control. It doesn't seem fair, but even in the most dismal situations, the Lord seems to find a way to bless those children with just enough ability or talent to make it out. It's a gleam of hope and a safety-line thrown to people in a pit of despair. We encourage everybody to find their safety-line, and help others. 'We, as one, should up, up, up and out!'."
Album cuts to that old Beat Street movie. The part where the stranger is playing the drums in the basement, all unexpected-and you hear,"Yoo! Yooo!"
"What the hell are you doing down here?"
"He's about this hiiigghh" (Dub One starts tweakin' it)
"Este esta Loko" Take note of how the master DJ contorts the song like if it was vinyl and he was plastic man sound-bending the audio 'til it says, "Ese Pato Loko" That was intentional.
"My brother Dubb (whom we affectionately call Chato) is such a dope mix DJ and beat smith, truly One of the best all-time. But people don't even realize he posseses an awesome rhyme-slinging style. He busts sick flows like no one I know. Listen to him on Do What I Do". That's the one Pato called the funky worm song:
It Takes Skills to Do What I Do, In the City that kills, I stroll through Evil Side of Lost Angels, Boyle Heights. Where I could take your girl or take your life!...
"On Try To Creep, also, my brother is the Dubious emcee on the hook... illest bars around, Sun. I think it was because we were so passionate about music, that we were able to appreciate all different types, genres, and styles of songs. We were able to incorporate different 'feelings' from music and combine them in a way to create our own ambience. Everybody calls our music hip-hop, and that's cool. Even though we've used bits and pieces of a vast audio library / archive everything from Steppenwolf to Seal. The Beatles song Yesterday inspired me to make a song called Why Did You Go because the words meant something special to me. I'm honest with my expression because it comes from down in my soul. I poured out my heart on a track to my parents that passed away in the mid '90s. It was therapuetic for me because I was dedicating a message from here (on Earth) to them in Heaven. It was important for me to let them know that they were always on my mind and in my heart - never forgotton."
Pato indicated that his desire to give his very best made him a perfectionist with his music. On Nothing to Lose he pointed out that when he says,"... put food on my platter." It sounded like he said, "Bladder" which is another catch phrase he used in the PJs. It bothered him until he rerecorded it recently and smoothed out the rough edges. "Big Gracias to Malok a.k.a. Metadoen, the Multi-media specialist and long time ally of I.T.S. for making that happen". Other than that, the only other thing Pato wanted to do was add his best friend Azul's verse on Keep Pressing On. "Even though, Azul and Darkman come out on Welcome Outside (another track on the album), I like his verse on Keep Pressing On. Plus Azul has been such a big influence to us, he's been a pillar of knowlegde In This Sacred Circle. His contribution has meant a lot to me". (20:23)
This ends the first part of the review. We will need to continue the review because there is still a lot left to say. David shared so much of himself and mere words can't express the pain of losing him. All we can do is refuse to be silent and allow his message to die. So please listen to his album. Download it and share it with your friends. Talk to people about it. If anything good can spring out of this tragedy, his brethren hope that his words reach the lost souls that need it most. If someone is at a crossroads in their life and are unsure about a bad decision, or if they feel that the weight of the world is becoming unbearable and are looking for positive direction, tell them to listen to this album. It could be a life-saver...
It's That Serious,
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