Optimist: The Bay To Taipei

FreeGoldWatch presents “The Bay to Taipei.” new painting and mixed media works by Optimist, opening April 16th.

An Oakland native, Optimist’s work can be seen on the streets of the U.S. and abroad. This collection focuses on the contrasting visual landscapes of Taipei and the Bay Area, as well as the social, cultural, and geographical effects of Westernization on Taiwan. This will be his first time exhibiting a body of work in a gallery setting. There will be a limited edition zine available at the opening. Reception 7–11:00pm – safelyhome

DaVinci – “What You Finna Do”

“…after the urban renewal it was basically negro removal”

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Brand new video from Don John DaVinci for the lead single “What You Finna Do” produced by Al Jieh.  This is probably my favorite track on the album in it DaVinci speaks on the gentrification of the Fillmore District in San Francisco, CA.  An issue that everyone in a urban neighbourhood in a major city can relate to.

The Day The Turf Stood Still, out on 03.09.10

Gang Tours

Vacationing in the southern California area and looking for something to do?  Well why don’t you take a tour through the hood?  Seriously, you John Q. Public now have the privilege  to stroll through some of L.A.’s deadliest gang turfs and gawk at the locals, lapping up their despair, through LA Gang Tours…

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El Prez EPK

Vodpod videos no longer available.Coming straight out the underground Inglewoods own El Prez brings you his EPK – Past 2 Present.  In this video (created by DRG Films) he speaks on his influences and about the hustling and grinding he did to create himself a firm foundation in the west coast rap scene.

“Born out of the new hotbed of West Coast Hip Hop Inglewood, CA, El Prez is a part of the new generation of M.C.’s that are redefining the culture out of the L.A. area. After putting the Broke Million Dollar Man Mixtape, the Prez-A-Nomics EP and the critically acclaimed The Daily Show EP, Prez is plotting for a release in late ’09. After just completing the Perfect Strangers EP with Dale Danja, Prez is putting the finishing touches on Bottles On The White House Lawn.” 

La Entrada

The La Entrada Project is a collaborative art project of public art in personal spaces.

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“The project is made up of 4 murals on the new development in San Diego California that is the size of a street block. The main muralists www.crolvswerc.com are extending from the walls and joining forces with local artists and collectives to offer their skills and resources to the community. There are 10 free workshops with all material supplied, in artistic mediums that range from classics such as portraiture and photography to the current popular choices such as silkscreening and graffiti.”