One People, One Vietnam

Posted in 2010, API, politics, random thoughts, reflections, social issues, Vietnam by nam on March 31, 2010

I wonder if Vietnamese people really understand my music, or do they just support it because it doesn’t sound typical. If i shared my opinions and politics more openly, would ya’ll still support me? Would you condemn one of your own?

One people, one Vietnam. That’s what I stand for.


Bambu x Geo x MTK – Slow Down

Posted in 2010, 206 shit, API, Bambu, culture, film, FTW, Hip Hop, homies, L.A., music, Oh snap!, politics, rap, social issues, social life by nam on March 9, 2010


“Guerilla with a ‘u’ and you already know…”

Posted in 2010, API, Bay Area, culture, FTW, Hip Hop, homies, music, Oh snap!, politics, rap, reviews by nam on February 6, 2010

You may have seen her on MTV’s Im From Rolling Stone. You may have seen her shittin on the mic from the Bay to LA. You may have read her blog at You may know her as the girl that got a way…sorry for ya. Krishtine de Leon aka Rocky Rivera released her self-titled debut album on February 2nd.

Real talk, its been a long time since I’ve listened to an entire album without skipping a track. Rocky Rivera is a prime example of quality and quantity. 13 tracks of clean, hard hitting Westcoast drizzled beats, with her smooth laid back gangsterrific flow. The album definitely gives you a proper introduction to the victories and struggles of the girl from the Philippines, growing up in the Yay Area (SF) with critical, honest and thought provoking lyricism that makes you makes that face like you smelled something hella bad and rewind the track more than once.

A mother, a wife, a daughter, a fighter, a revolutionary, a lover, a hustler, a G, you get it all right off the bat from the first to the last track. One thing to really peep is that not only is she spittin cold flows, but the beats are nuts. That shit that either makes you wanna bounce in the club, nod your head while you’re (insert non-sober activity here), or pull a drive by like its ’95 all over gain.

A heavy reggae influenced track like “Girl Like Me” ft. Dun Dun of Los Rakas, (you’s a foo for the autotune, girl. haha!) makes you question the type of females you and your boys at the club be lookin for. The more upbeat “Trick Habit”, just makes you question yourself period.

Then you’re hit with a track like “Heart”, a love herstory from all sides, politically and personally. One of my favorites off the album, the guerilla tactical heater “The Rundown”, makes you right-winged super Amerikan hoo-has wanna shit your pants to go along with your blind criticism, and you coffee shop revolutionaries rethink your practices and take note.

From Rocky’s debut album to Bambu’s “Paper Cuts” EP dropping Feb. 23rd, to the growing popularity of Korea-Town, L.A’s Dumbfoundead…2010 already looks like a promising year for independent Hip Hop, especially for API artists.

More info on Rocky Rivera and to pick up her debut album here:

Grandma’s Eyes

Posted in 2009, API, culture, poetry, politics, racism, reflections, social issues, Vietnam by nam on December 9, 2009

My grandma’s tears resemble the bombs dropped our countryside

Raining down like it was our last typhoon

I see her whole life story through her eyes

A different chapter with every blink

A different memory with every stare

She recites her Catholic prayers hours upon hours a day

While staring out her apartment window

I will probably never tell her that I’m not religious anymore

But that doesn’t make me appreciate her faith any less.

Routine psalms whisper under her tongue

Like a soft breeze through a bamboo shoots

and I always wonder who or what she prays for

and if anyone is returning favor.

Raising 3 children, 4 if you count my grandpa, through a war blanketed by bloodshed and confusion,

a refugee camp, a drunken abusive husband and escape through three different countries…

ending up in the one that praises individuality and yet calls us gooks, japs, and chinks because to them we all look alike.

the one that ripped tear filled children away from their mother’s arms

with the illusion that they will be reunited

There’s no such thing as magic, only an illusion

Operation Baby Lift was nothing more than an illusion,

a trick up their camouflage sleeves.

You can’t fool my grandma. You can’t hustle a hustler.

She kept us together without knowing any English

even ‘til this day, besides “hello” “goodbye” and “thank you”.

And that’s more than enough, because to fully understand her,

all you need to do is take a look into her eyes, and see her story

a different chapter with every blink

a different memory with every stare.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Otherside

Posted in 2009, 206 shit, culture, FTW, Hip Hop, homies, music, Oh snap!, politics, rap, reflections, social issues by nam on November 9, 2009




When i first heard of Macklemore, i was really new to the scene, and just finishing up my debut album. I finally copped “Language of My World” about a year after it released and it was one of the best ten bucks i ever spent.  Since 2007, we’ve been good homies and im blessed to know such a real, talented and amazing individual. Its been a minute since we’ve heard any new official music from Mack, so…Christmas came a little early this year…

via 2dopeboyz: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Otherside

Enjoy real music.