The Never Ending Battle... Press Release
Sirens sound, warning something has gone wrong on our city block. They split concrete like aftershocks, reminding us that we live in a war zone and that the death toll is rising. Flying through the red lights they push us aside, forcing us to think about the string of cries that call one after the other, Why...
Fifth Battalion is accustomed to the war, they have survived its random aim and verbal hail. They have set up their production studio in the heart of the battle lands without fear or hesitation. A simple invitation went out to all who dare to dream of a better way. The call was answered by LA�s Underground prophets. One by one they stepped to the Mic. One hypnotic track after another they set their stories free.
In a city where street signs divide like crime scene tape, there is little hope that people could ever find common ground. THE NEVER ENDING BATTLE is that common ground, it is the backbeat of a movement lead by the souldiers themselves to take back their streets, their names, their dignity and live life with a sincere respect for one another. To invent a brotherhood and sisterhood that only speaks the language of stubborn optimism and bitter truth is the real that comes along when a ear lands on the new landscape of war. Imagine the tide turned from bloody red to deep purple, the shrill of pain now a bass line catching speed as it picks up the bodies left behind and guides them toward the center of hope.
Consider the birth of hip hop, also brutal, rock with its growing pains, reggae with its fist always in the air and poetry with its constant breath of truth. Consider the whole sound of all nations at the table, spitting perspective in a way that demands reflection, inspires creation and bonds stranger to stranger. Consider the length of time you drive to work or take to read the paper, the endless reel of bad news, all those sirens going off in your head. Consider answering their call, participating in a sound that could change the destiny of a city. Consider it time to END the battle.
Executive produced by: 5th Battalion , O.T.W., and Digital Aztlan
THE TWELVE STEP PROGRAM FOR THE NEVER ENDING BATTLE
Step one breath deeply
Step two crack the plastic seal
Step three insert the medicine wheel
Step four hear with an open mind
Step five shake your ass, bob your head, shed a silent tear for your hommie that ain�t here
Step six buy a copy for your neighbor
Step seven request your favorite track on your favorite radio show
Step eight breath deeply
Step nine send one to a random name in the phone book
Step ten buy one for your moms
Step eleven spin it again
Step twelve pass this letter on
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12737 Glenoaks Blvd. #22
Aztlan Book's and Art
1433 North Montebello Blvd.
The Hot Spot
548 South Anahiem Blvd.
6400 Sunset Blvd.
7646 Greenleaf Ave.
11211 East Washington Blvd.
Sounds of Music
4956 East Whittier Blvd.
East L.A., Ca
Imix Book Store
5052 Eaglerock Blvd.
Casa del Pueblo
1498 Sunset Blvd. #2
Echo Park, Ca
5111 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, Ca
266 Stonewood St, F47
Downey, CA 90241
Montebello Town Center
2008 Montebello Town Center
Montebello, CA 90640