|"LA" Los Angeles gang hand sign or mudra by Thai fake neo-cholos (scpr.org)|
|We graffiti and no one knows what we're doin'!|
|Wait till Cypress Hill* arrives in music stores|
|The ink is real, the meaning completely lost|
We continue the exposé below, but first let's talk about the two cities in which this phenom is spreading.
|Wait, is this bustling Los Angeles or busy Bangkok? (Gift-of-Light/flickr.com)|
There are similarities between Los Angeles and Bangkok (although lately Bangkok is bloodier and more dangerous for tourists), two places most of the world is likely to visit at one time or other.
For one, they have the same name, "City of Angels" (Spanish, Los Angeles, Thai Krung Thep).
Both are built along polluted rivers close to world-famous beaches -- Santa Monica for L.A. and Pattaya for Bangkok. And both are getting to be like Mexico City -- three hot megalopolises, endless expanses of breaking concrete, conspicuous consumption alongside shantytown blight.
Now each has costumed (uniformed) "gangstas" of the same stripe. They are hot Latin "thugs" envied by boys, admired by girls. Cypress Hill seems much to blame for this typecasting and American export. The cities are getting to be a lot like chaotic Calcutta in India (Kolkata on the Hooghly) that was old when the colonial British arrived as immortalized by Rudyard Kipling:
A Tale of Two Cities
[T]he midday halt of Charnock -- more's the pity! Grew a City. As the fungus sprouts chaotic from its bed, So it spread -- Chance-directed, chance-erected, laid and built On the silt -- Palace, byre, hovel -- poverty and pride -- Side by side; And, above the packed and pestilential town, Death looked down. But the Rulers in that City by the Sea...
- LOS ANGELES' actual name is El Rio de Nuestra Señora la Reyna de Los Angeles de Porciúncula Spanish for "The River of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels [the Virgin Mary of Guadalupe/Guan Yin Boddhisattva] of Porciúncula."
|Bhumibol Bridge in beautiful Buddhist Bangkok, like the City of Los Angeles by the bridge over our concrete-lined and graffiti-ridden Los Angeles River (HappySUN/flickr.com)|
|Protesters wave Thai flags in Bangkok|Bangkok temple, muddy river
The great city of angels,
- amorn rattanakosin mahintara yutthaya mahadilok phop
the supreme unconquerable land of the great immortal divinity (Indra/Sakka),
- noparat rajathani burirom
the royal capital of nine noble gems, the pleasant city,
- udomrajaniwes mahasatharn
with plenty of grand royal palaces,
- amorn phimarn avatarnsathit
and divine paradises for the reincarnated deity (Vishnu),
- sakkatattiya visanukam prasit
given by Sakka and created by the deva of crafting (Visnukarma).
"Latin Thugs" featuring Tego Calderon
Spanish to English translation by Wisdom Quarterly editors
LYRICS: [WARNING: violent, graphically sexual, and gang-affiliated references! Bad karma.]
- This song is slang, which is impossible to translate satisfactorily. But one gets the idea of extreme daily, run of the mill violence. These are the "teachings of the vicious" the Buddha warned about. People are4 getting caught up in endless reprisals and troubles, where hate is never able to end hate. All available lyric sites are incomplete and misleading, so we are depending on our own ears on what to translate the studio track.
[Chorus: Tego Calderon] Come out [party] with Tego./ They've arrived, the main main ones./ Cuba, Borinquen [Puerto Rico], Mexico, all of Los Angeles./ It's like up-up, go on:/ Light up the weed, but what I want is *ss./Cypress with Tego,/We've arrived, the main main ones./ Cuba, Borinquen, Mexico, all of Los Angeles!
|Racist neo-Nazi skinhead with US prison tattoos|
[Sen Dog] Latin thug, roll deep, gangster [gang member]/ Purely Los Angeles [style], southside [South Gate, the city next to Watts, their hometown] ghetto:/ Carpet, car black, and crazy [pet] dog./ Keep an eye on that fiend, because I will grab it for myself [pick it up, take it from you, steal it]./ A mofo [pinger, shooter], [you] slight little-girl,/ I will take out my ping [pistol] and [make it] sing [double entendre, make my ping sing is also make my beer (bottle) whistle; taking a shot is taking a swig]./ Can't get enough of them L.A. sluts [skunks, hoodrats, stinkers]./ Get a little wild and I eat [sex act] that [stuff]./ Listen up, good friend [companion, godfather], the big Cypress Hill/ [is] Still right here, and it still controls./ This ain't no Telemundo [Latin TV] special [spectacular]./ The homies that I roll with for real will come wet [bloody] you./[Chorus]
For anyone critical of our coverage exploring this "fringe" topic, we ask, How fringe could this violent song, this band, this movement be? Just look at it being performed live for non-Latinos.
|PR rapper Tego Calderón|
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|It's an old All Boys Club of sexist clerics and old child molesters. What are the young to do?|
|Oh, there was that Spanish Inquisition|
|Dia de los Muertos making a comeback (npr)|
If it were up to us, we would go Charismatic -- an authentic dance with "spirit" and speaking in tongues -- rather than remain in a backward, hypocritical gay child molesting factory.
And the Catholic Church knows it, at least in the Latin American community of L.A. because it allows the Charismatics to use its basements, and their numbers are growing as the numbers attending mass dwindle.