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B.B.C. 1/16/04 For Prach Ly (PRATCH LEE), the streets of North Long Beach
are full of ghosts. Some are from a time before he was born,
memories that haunt...
562 Mag. 2/03/04praCh is doin' it, hittin' folks hard with the truth..
Gettin' loose with lyrical realism, makin' 'em feel
Sx3 EntertainmentPrach Ly....who ever said one man couldn't make a difference?
In fact this man is makin the biggest we've ever seen.
He's puttin a new flare into the hip hop nation. Yup,
Prach is a Khmer (Cambodian) rapper that is based on
flowin about different things than a thug life...
U.C.L.A. International 3/05/04Just the fact that he can get his story down with so much
honesty and urgency is enough to give a positive vibe
to the whole project. Give this disc the listen it deserves.
Rock & Rap Confidential We have a lot to talk about and Prach Ly will make a
good discussion leader. If you're lucky, you may be
able to see for yourself on his upcoming nationwide tour..
562 MagazinepraCh has a controlled fury coupled with knowledge and wisdom,
which remind me of why Hip-Hop was great in the first place.
The Gazette Hip-hop artist Prach Ly, 24, performed for the audience outdoors
between dances. Ly was on tour with filmmaker Tiara Delgado,
for whose documentary of four Cambodian families he provided the soundtrack.
WiscTV.com Channel 3000"Refugee" (Wisconsin Premiere) Spencer Nakasako's award-winning
documentary follows a young Cambodian-American who returns to
Cambodia to meet his long-lost father and brother. With filmmakers
Nakasako and Mike Siv (subject of "Refugee" and filmmaker "Who I Became")
in person, plus a special appearance by praCh, the Long Beach, CA
rap artist that Newsweek named a "pioneer of Khmer Rap" and "the first Cambodian rap star."
Ice-T released Rhyme Pays in 1987, the same year The Bangles'
"Walk Like an Egyptian" was No. 1 on the charts. To black kids
in places like Compton, four pretty white girls singing about cops
at donut shops wasn't reality. So when Ice-T bleated,
"I'm a self-made monster of the city streets/ remotely
controlled by hard hip-hop beats," black youth crowned their own spokesman.
Now, 25 years after the Khmer Rouge waged its genocide,
a nation of Cambodian youth have their own spokesman-
a 25-year-old Long Beach refugee named Prach Ly.
New America MediaCalled by Asiaweek "Cambodia's flrst rap star," praCh uses his music
and lyrics to connect younger and older generations,
Cambodia and America. Born in Cambodia in the aftermath of
the Khmer Rouge regime, he and his family left when he was an infant.
ManoaCambodian Rapper Succeeds
Mixing Memories Into Hip Hop Poetry...
Long Beach's Press-Telegram "He's a genius. To use his rap lyrics to tell the stories of the immigrants...
I don't know of anyone else who's doing what he's doing,' said editor Frank Stewart.
N.H.K. Cambodian RapperNHK America present : praCh
From the street of Long Beach, Califorina to the holy
temple of Watt Willow to the self build recording studio
to one of the most respected underground talent/batttle
club scene . praCh life work had been educating people
young and old about the past and the present of not just
Cambodia but the mean streets of America.
N.H.K. "Cambodian Rapper" Best Work 2004NHK Enterprises America ( in New York) has produced 41 programs last year
( April2004 - March 2005) in this series.On March 10, all producers, directors
and staff members worked for these 41programs got together and voted for
the year's best work.
And "Cambodian Rapper" was selected as the Best Work 2004.
Honolulu Advetiser 11/26/04Prach Ly, known as "Cambodia's first rap star," will give a free performance
and answer questions in an appearance set for Tuesday
at the University of Hawai'i-Manoa Architecture Auditorium.
Honolulu : The Art of praCh Free and open to the public, this event is
sponsored by Manoa Journal, the UHM College
of Languages, Linguistics, and Literatures,
the UHM Department of English, the Khmer
Language Program of the UHM Department
of Hawaiian and Indo-Pacific Languages and
Literature, the Cambodian Students Association,
and the Manoa Foundation.
Hawai'i Public RadioIntent and self-effacing in person, he poured his story
out to a recent classes of Punahou writing students
when he realized they were unfamiliar with the Killing Fields,
khmerviews.comHe handed the book for me to browse. My eyes shined
just skimming over the content. There were essays,
fictional pieces, interviews, a film script and poetry,
for the most part, written by Cambodians.
I didn't want to return the book to praCh.