They don’t really care about us…

July 12 2010 . 04:15am

What about sunrise
What about rain
What about all the things
That you said we were to gain.. .
What about killing fields
Is there a time
What about all the things
That you said was yours and mine…
Did you ever stop to notice
All the blood we’ve shed before
Did you ever stop to notice
The crying Earth the weeping shores?

Aaaaaaaaaah Aaaaaaaaaah

What have we done to the world
Look what we’ve done
What about all the peace
That you pledge your only son…
What about flowering fields
Is there a time
What about all the dreams
That you said was yours and mine…
Did you ever stop to notice
All the children dead from war
Did you ever stop to notice
The crying Earth the weeping shores

Aaaaaaaaaaah Aaaaaaaaaaah

I used to dream
I used to glance beyond the stars
Now I don’t know where we are
Although I know we’ve drifted far

Aaaaaaaaaaah Aaaaaaaaaaaah
Aaaaaaaaaaah Aaaaaaaaaaaah

Hey, what about yesterday
(What about us)
What about the seas
(What about us)
The heavens are falling down
(What about us)
I can’t even breathe
(What about us)
What about the bleeding Earth
(What about us)
Can’t we feel its wounds
(What about us)
What about nature’s worth
(ooo,ooo)
It’s our planet’s womb
(What about us)
What about animals
(What about it)
We’ve turned kingdoms to dust
(What about us)
What about elephants
(What about us)
Have we lost their trust
(What about us)
What about crying whales
(What about us)
We’re ravaging the seas
(What about us)
What about forest trails
(ooo, ooo)
Burnt despite our pleas
(What about us)
What about the holy land
(What about it)
Torn apart by creed
(What about us)
What about the common man
(What about us)
Can’t we set him free
(What about us)
What about children dying
(What about us)
Can’t you hear them cry
(What about us)
Where did we go wrong
(ooo, ooo)
Someone tell me why
(What about us)
What about babies
(What about it)
What about the days
(What about us)
What about all their joy
(What about us)
What about the man
(What about us)
What about the crying man
(What about us)
What about Abraham
(What was us)
What about death again
(ooo, ooo)
Do we give a damn

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Exile & Dj Day – Halloween Thriller MPC set Root Down Live!

October 31 2009 . 03:46am

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LA Times features RIME and AUGOR | Michael Jackson

July 08 2009 . 04:20pm

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Graffiti artists in L.A. and elsewhere are paying tribute to the King of Pop and his legacy with both colorful murals and simple messages.

Michael Jackson stands in his signature pose: hips popped to the right, left arm raised in the air. His gloved right hand sits on his hip and out of his mouth he exclaims, "Hee-hee!" It’s the King of Pop as immortalized in the parking lot of Mid-West Wholesale Lighting on Hollywood Boulevard by L.A.-based artists "Jersey Joe" / "RIME" and "Augor."

The pair incorporated Jackson’s image into a rough graffiti sketch by New Zealand-based artist "Askew," and the portrait, although cartoonish in appearance and featuring a medley of Jackson’s trademark looks — styled hair, red leather jacket, sequined glove and tight pants — realistically captures the legacy of the famous (at times, infamous) pop star.

"It was all very sudden," said 30-year-old "Jersey Joe" / "RIME." "We were working on this sketch as part of The Exchange," a project through which top-notch graffiti artists swap work, "and a friend of mine called and told me Michael had died. Ten minutes later, we were adding his image to the piece." The mural is just one of a number of tributes from street artists that are popping up on walls across the United States and afar in the wake of Jackson’s death June 25.

In Tulsa, Okla., an artist named "Big N" painted a likeness of the young Jackson on the side of a building near 11th and Mingo, adding the message "Rest in Peace, King of Pop" next to the image. In Tokyo, a side-view caricature of Jackson pays homage to the late singer.

He can even be found on the side of the Kokua Market building in Moiliili, Hawaii; there, 808 Urban’s design showcases Jackson with an open shirt flowing away from his body, his hat slightly cocked to cover his face as a spotlight shines on him.

"For us, as artists, our contribution to his legacy is visual," said "Prime," founder of 808 Urban, a group of artists working in low-income neighborhoods. "Michael made a huge impact on the world. People have turned the mural into a vigil. They go there to pay tribute, to see an image, since we don’t have him here. It adds comfort to the community to see him."

Closer to home, on Melrose Avenue, near Heliotrope Drive, local artist "RABBI" of dtladesigns painted a realistic portrait of Jackson from his "Thriller" days — sporting a red leather jacket, brunet curls cascading over his forehead — with the words "Rest in Peace."

"He made such great music," said "RABBI," 24, of Los Angeles. "The Michael Jackson who made you dance, who made you sing along . . . that Michael Jackson has been gone for a while. I wanted to capture that Mike. Everyone wanted to be that guy."

The piece, done with spray paint, took roughly eight hours to complete.

"I hope when people see it, they just smile and think about the days when they were just dancing to his music," "RABBI" said. "People don’t do enough of that."

Motorists driving down La Brea near San Vicente Boulevard might catch "Mr. Brainwash’s" contribution. There’s no sequined glove. No portrait of the icon. The black and white mural simply reads, "MICHAEL JACKSON: YOU ROCKED OUR WORLD," with "The King of Pop" splashed across the bottom right corner in red paint.

Jackson, certainly, isn’t the first icon to be immortalized in such a fashion. Portraits of Marilyn Monroe, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X can be found on alleyways and buildings throughout Los Angeles.

"Murals are, in some way, the autobiography of a city," said Jane Golden, executive director of the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, which has received a few Jackson mural requests. "When someone dies, you often see memorials happen right away. Art is cathartic that way. What we’re seeing with these murals is an incredible outpouring of appreciation and support for a singer who influenced many peoples’ lives.

"People are not only remembering him through the murals, they’re reliving memories they have in relationship to his music."

yvonne.villarreal@latimes.com

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FAME ONE builds new Michael Jackson site

July 02 2009 . 04:58am

I got the call on Saturday afternoon to re-design the Michael Jackson myspace for Sony Music. It was a rush job due to the tragic events but I was honored to have been chosen for the job. I think it came out pretty good considering I was limited with what little assets I was given but I was a big MJ fan in my childhood days so when I got the call I didnt hesitate to knock it out. Now that it is complete I can get back to focusing on the Known Gallery myspace design and keep putting it down online while the rest of the crew leaves they’re mark mainly outside of ‘cyber space’.

FAME ONE TSL x DEATH ROW RECORDS

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“Thrilling From The Grave & Beyond”

June 25 2009 . 11:24pm

Rime & Augor MSK x The Seventh Letter Tribute to Michael Jackson (RIP)

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