An OC Gang Soundtrack Through Five Cholo Rap Songs

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Cholo rap in OC exists even if nobody is willing to acknowledge, much less write, about it. This ain't gangsta rap; it's straight-up gang rap. There's no real music videos nor commercial aspirations to speak of. With the advent of YouTube and other forms of social media, Mexican gangs have penned songs repping their respective hoods that act like sonic placas in cyperspace. Lyrically, that translates to "us vs. them" themes that say "fuck all enemigas," deride rivals as lames and vow to protect their barrios from them through violence, if need be. It ain't hate music: while white-power bands rail against all minorities, cholo rap only concerns itself with its immediate gang and cop enemies. But it's not always about body counts: sometimes, the homies just want to sing about parties and rucas and all the great things in life--just like almost every other musical group in history.

And with that, we present a sample soundtrack of OC cholo rap through five songs. It's by no means comprehensive and the videos are listed in no particular order. (We're sure the comment section will probably have something to say about whose "most hated," etc.) There are more diverse beats and rhymes bumpin' in the barrios. We'll get to that next, but for now, the list...

South Side Huntington Beach - "Beach Boy"

Save for KDAY nostalgia, G-funk may not dominate the radio airwaves anymore, but it lives on in the realm of Cholo Rap. That's the backdrop to "Beach Boy," a song that reps for the South Side Huntington Beach Playeros gang. And the rappers are letting you know they went all out on this one saying, "I never met a beat / That I didn't smack / I'm goin' all out with no halfway tracks / Fuck slack / Cuz that don't cut it / Listen to my shit / But you don't gotta love it."

Santa Ana West Myrtle Street - "Dead End Locos"

If it isn't G-funk, then it's just straight-up funk. In this case, it's the unmistakable sounds of Zapp & Roger's "Do Wa Ditty" (A group apparently hipsters in SanTana have just discovered). Want a brief summary of OC gang life in this quick track? After dissing his enemies as tamales, the rapper does a roll call: "Musica, dinero, heinas, drugs and cuetes."

La Habra Monos - "Locked Up in a Cell"

Doing time in la pinta is another part of the life and is the focus of "Locked Up in a Cell." In Cholo Rap, law enforcement is something that comes up over and over again. In this track the rapper hits on that saying, "Saludos to the homies / In the penitentiary / It's hard to believe / But that's the way it's gotta be / Locked up in a cell / Still standing like a G," later adding, "Fuck the DA / And the system / Got put on lock / Fuck a crooked ass cop / patrolling the block."

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23 comments
Yolanda Alejandre
Yolanda Alejandre

Great an article about the music created by members of the same gang who held up my son by knife point for his bike.

amezola3
amezola3

Good article, something I've never seen published. I don't think it promotes the lifestyle, but instead discusses what is really going on. For instance, everyone knows what a Mariachi is, but how many of you know what a Banda or Chirrines are? You can't judge what you don't know.

Brett Bremer
Brett Bremer

I did juvy time with takers town, and they were punks, I did some time with westside myrtle as well, and all I know, is they are real dudes. I don't bump cholo rap, but I respect OC music. More power to them, BC they are stepping up creativity, I know cholo rappers, and they are dope. Its an outlet, more peaceful then these dudes hurting people, fuck it. OC is OC skater, surfer, emo, hipster, punk rocker, stoner, metal head, doesn't make a fuck. Its still our home, its real life shit, more power to you, keep repping, fuck south county, this is north county, the real Orange County

Jason Roberson
Jason Roberson

This artical is laughable even by this comicrap rag's standards. To try and claim that one gang's violance and racism is any different from anothers is ridiculous. Keep pushing your atzland agenda while claiming everyone else is racist.

OC Weekly
OC Weekly

What does 'Stavo have to do with this? Sorry, son, but he don't swing that way ;-)

Desirée Martinez
Desirée Martinez

How would people not know???? If you have ears and you drive around you're gonna hear it...

Jay Lukes
Jay Lukes

Gustavo, just go full La Opinión and get it over with.

Von Henchy
Von Henchy

no shock - we have plenty of cholos....

Chris Rock
Chris Rock

Ryan Risetter are u bumpin the fulas bounce

dubyadawg
dubyadawg topcommenter

HB was by far the best track.

gabrielsanroman
gabrielsanroman topcommenter

@niggaplease420 Don't think I actually forgot about them, but since they actually put out albums, that'd be considered a different sub-genre of Chicano Rap.

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