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Freedom Cost Blood: Are You Willing to Pay? Vol. 5


Freedom Cost Blood, Plain and simple as the Raw and naked Lyrics that strate Crooked deliver with Solid Beats and hardcore Hip Hop. Revolutionary Punch lines that will make you listen from beginig to end, after that you` ll never be the same .
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1. Intro
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2. Lay on Back
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3. Transnational
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4. Free Market
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5. Liberty
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6. Freedom Riders
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7. Impact
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8. Dead on Tyme feat D
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9. Tactics
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10. Internationalist
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11. Chapinitis
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12. Gold Medal
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13. Mediocre
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14. Politican
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15. Camaradas
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16. Transnational (remikz)
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17. Proh-mee'thee-uhs
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Album Notes
Strate originality define the lyrics, Crooked beats with live instruments compose this Revolutionary Hip Hop proposal. Born in 1997 Los Angeles, California, transformed in the mystic rebellious City of Guatemala, land of the Mayans, Strate Crooked has set its niche in the lyrical, social political, hip hop game. “Any revolutionary starved Hip-hop fan that misses out on a chance to discover the raw talents of Strate Crooked becomes a grave injustice to the freedom fighters across the globe”.
Strate Crooked invites you to overcome the struggle. Currently working on the Freedom Cost Blood Vol4 Guerra Psicologica album, which has taken 2 years of research and development, 9 producers from around the globe, such as Empne from Greece, Vector and Illamental Los Angeles, Ca., Beatz Belize, DCO, Gary Avendano, Droop, and many live appearances from Gian Paolo Perini(Primmo) on the Guitar, Lenin Fernandez on the drums(Alux Nahual), and other great musicians to be mentioned. Recorded in the world famous Iximche Studios, where International stars like Ricardo Arjona have started their careers. The album is recorded in Analog , with digital post production , Strate Crooked’s tactics and professionalism, give you the sound you deserve. The album will be followed by the debut Green Hitz Division collection, Strate Crooked lets loose with this compilation of lyrical, off the wall, new school, versatile original compositions, touching base with real hip hop heads around the world. There’s talk of the old school Pledge of a Rider album dedicated to the G’s in the struggle. Strate Crooked is one of the few real hip hop catz still out in the streets, survivors of many assassination attempts, share those experiences and learn about Strate Crooked’s challenges and strifes. Strate Crooked will be making appearances this year in La Habana, Cuba, Caracas, Venezuela, Bogota, Colombia, Los Angeles, Ca., and Guatemala , C.A. You will have the opportunity to get know Strate Crooked by visiting one of their many websites and buying the tracks online. There will be an array of videos posted online as well.
The band is composed by T-Li aka “El Martir” Guatemalan born, raised in the SGV, Los Angeles, Ca. T brings his own style with confidence, philosophy and hardcore lyrics with a special touch, that only experience can bring. Concua Guatemalteco soldado del Peten, lived in Pomona, Ca, brings rebellious, inspirational, blow your head off type lyrics. Yung 1 Lee, Chi towns lost son, Bred in the SGV, Los Angeles Ca. comes correct with flow and social political theory manifested in his lyrics. Elegal Guatemala’s lost soldier, Oakland, Ca. native, Somoship hop radio’s founder provides us revolutionary material that will make Che Guevara proud. Strate Crooked is in it for the long run, backed by the UnOrthodox Productions record label, owning it’s own historic Iximche Studios, they have their own film Crew and personal Director TYNE, strategic alliances with Spinhouse Agency, they have developed a mega infrastructure to take it all the way. Their team is well organized, well trained, and well versed in the business aspect of the entertainment industry. Definitely you will feel the pressure of this historic never before seen hip hop ensemble.
Make sure to check out the most slept on album of 2005 Strate Crooked’s debut album Freedom Cost Blood. Are you willing to pay? Vol. 5 \"Great sound mixed with great lyrics. Makes you think. Perfect balance between sound, lyrics, and style. Good energy, very passionate.\"
T.V. Producer and Radio Announcer Gabriela Orozco

The underground Hip Hop duo Strate Crooked is composed of two MC´s Yung One Lee and T-li. Raised in Los Angeles County, currently residing in Guatemala City, the duo embodies the spirit and essence of Hip Hop. Their Revolutionary rap style deals with contemporary socio-political themes and issues. This is Their first studio album entitled \'Freedom Cost Blood: are you willing to pay? vol. 5\'

Strate Crooked arrives on the scene as a musical proposal for the 2000\'s. Their vocals permeate the air waves and media internationally. A diverse team of five producers from Guatemala, Los Angeles, and New York, compose the sound for their Hip Hop projects. Los Angeles gave birth to the young duo. However, they travel constantly to Latin America to promote their music world wide. Strate Crooked recently debuted with their themed album, \"Freedom Cost Blood: Are You Willing to Pay? vol. 5.\" The independent label UO Productions released this in September of 2005. Consequently distributing units in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Guatemala City. Currently Strate Crooked is in the studio working on two productions. Their album ¨Green Hits¨ will be released late 2007. Their first tour through Latin America is scheduled for 2007. Also coming in 2007 a documentary about the duo. These activities are coordinated with a publicity timing plan, a marketing plan, and a promotional team. Strate Crooked resides in Guatemala City, C.A. at the present time. Chicago, Illinois native Yung Lee and Guatemalan born T-li make up the duo better known as Strate Crooked. The two met and grew up in Los Angeles, California. Strate Crooked had its genesis in 1998. The artists write their own songs in English, Spanish, and French, and mayan languages. They have similar musical influences ranging from Run DMC and Public Enemy to N.W.A. and Above the Law to Mos Def and Dead Prez. Their production team provides beats from different parts of the world. They have performed for international dignitaries as well as appeared on national and international radio, television, and newspapers. Strate Crooked is signed to UO Productions whose network includes Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Paris, Spain and Mexico, with headquarters in the city of Guatemala. Strate Crooked is an international act. They are under the indie record label UO Productions. Currently They are promoting their first studio album \"Freedom Cost Blood: Are You Willing to Pay? vol 5. The first singles \"Freedom Riders\" and \"Impact\" hit the airwaves in the U.S., Latin America, and Asia. They are scheduled to tour Latin America and Europe in 2007.

What people think about Strate Crooked....

\"Ryhme with a reason. Edgefull, impactful, punch throwing lyrics over staccato beats. Deep emotive songs with a boxers cadence.\" Mixing Engineer for UO Productions -Filo
\"Strong hip hop, dense. A distinct projection.\" Journalist for “Siglo XXI” -J.P.Dardon \"No one escapes from the acoustic hypnosis that this music provokes in its listeners...lyrics, through which they attempt to send a message of consciousness to the public. Strate Crooked, one of the most popular in the country.\" Reporter for “Prensa Libre” -Alfredo Vicente \"A powerful and well delivered rhyme. The album was produced under high quality control. Their proposal is positivity.\" Journalist for “Al Dia” -Andrea Taracena
\"Great sound mixed with great lyrics. Makes you think. Perfect balance between sound, lyrics, and style. Good energy, very passionate.\" T.V. Producer and Radio Announcer -Gabriela Orozco \"It´s refreshing to hear music with a solid message, delivered with passion. It seperates itself from the steady garbage that has infiltrated the music today.\" -Black Market Clothing “The sound of Strate Crooked touches your mind thru your ears, rap with a real reason, they speak for those who can’t” USCO Mindlabs -Dj Urban 01 “Most artists out today rely on anything but conciousness to sell, Strate Crooked\'s lyrics will make you think about changing your world view.” Producer for UO Productions -Vector

Song Lyrics

Lay on Back Generaciones de sufrimiento, falta de alimento juntos podemos, juntos venceremos opresores no los queremos Hemos tumbado las luces para ponernos en modo de combate y derrumbarte dejarte sin poder movilizarte hasta la victoria, hasta la gloria…creando nueva historia, escoge tu esquina, el maestro me ilumina…tengo mi candela pa mi ángel de la guarda, dos tolvas en la espalda, listo para cualquier movimiento ligero, nunca espero, reacción sin intención, preparación sobresaliente, aplicado, titulado, bien pagado, soldado que te tira plomo, venimos a reposeer el trono Chorus: lay on back… as we take back the throne… we on the attack… corruption’s… over thrown… we coming back strong.. no enemies left in the zone… it’s on, it’s on Lead follow or get out of the way, strate crooked coming thru with a verbal AK, ready to spray, Guatemala C.A., Influential, potential rebel tactics, when we ignite the masses, to drive out all the fascists, empires crumble to their knees when I blast this, es el momento, el evento, de los raperos mas rebeldes del momento, desde el centro del planeta, lyrica Guatemalteca, so respeta, when I run a mic checka, desde el alto de Huehuetenango, un saludo para Atanasio, nuestro hermano, créalo que su muerte no fue en vano, alerta roja, en La Jungla Lacandona, sexta declaración. Chorus combat states, more than a news flash, exuviates, people to rebels in the clash you claim your conscious, put this on your conscious, you know but you don’t do, you do but you don’t know, we all say we do , but it don’t show, no time for half, ass measures, eradicate your treasures, execute countermeasures, against the oppressors, trying to hold us back, can’t handle the pack, militant on the flank, make crooked politicians, walk the plank, blow up your tank, put up our ankh, let’s stop the monologue, from the underdog, let me kick the epilogue

Freedom Riders Five hundred years, of blood, sweat and tears, Fears. injected in the hearts of my peers. But many volunteers are needed in both hemispheres. To help pioneer, the rebellion, and steer clear, of racketeers, privateers, financiers, and profiteers, From Guatemala to Zaire, Freedom cost blood, that’s the price you pay, That’s what the ancestors had to say, While some say they try, others asking why? You know damn well that’s enough, you got to die. Don’t sit there and cry, try, to forget about your problems n’ get hi, Grab your rifle, run outside, and join the freedom ride, Some inherit wealth, status, and land, Others inherit poverty and struggle with their fellow man, Malik Shabazz already said it, A guerilla is on his own, a rifle n’ his heart is all he owns, Don’t forget it! Can u dig it! wanna get the white man’s foot of your neck? Organize your brothers and sisters n’ claim respect, No longer victims of Americanism, Racism, male chauvanism, euro centrism, Break da mold, even though it takes hold, Of the soul, enticed with gold n’ money to fold, Most become complacent wit a lil crib n’ a whip to roll, That ain’t justice for all, that’s goin’ for self, U wanna ball, let us redistribute wealth… Chorus: Freedom riders burn paper tigers, Guerilla sodiers, Warriors right beside us Problema a diarios, opresión agrarios, asuntos de verdad, enfrentemos la realidad, ten piedad, seriedad, fortaleza, mirar nuestra juventud que crezca, obtenga lo que merezca, no por riqueza, situaciones globales, juntas confidenciales, trato libre entre criminales, ya basta!, no esperemos hasta que vendan nuestras tierras en subasta, agarremos nuestro rifle, que la alarma chifle, código rojo, llego el manojo, rebeldes peligrosos, no es chistoso, como filochofo Tiempo de reflexionar, (scratching), sobre la situación, que tan grave esta, basta ya de indiferencia, apatía, sobre la intervención de la CIA, interfiriendo en el gobierno, día a día, por eso digo free the five and free Mumia… Chorus Freedom riders to the core, its war, at your front door, so little did we know, why the fuck we were poor, Concealed, veiled, mass appeal, couldn’t see the real deal, why didn’t we have a meal? Distracted by events, Fads, sports, entertainments, made us hate each other, Smoke our own brother Guided to a false foe, it was my allied though, Divided we weren’t shit, United we would hit, Invoke change thru ripple, Corrupt system crippled, Read, looked in the right book, Info that made you shook, Discovered the true crook, Suited up played the priest, In the name of Jesus, Whole families deceased… .

Strate crooked, es la propuesta musical del momento para el nuevo milenio, voces de este nuevo grupo ya se hacen notar en la radio y medios internacionales. Productores de distintos lugares, como Guatemala, Los Ángeles y Nueva York, crearon el sonido para este proyecto de hip hop. El dúo Strate Crooked proviene de los Ángeles, pero frecuentemente viajan a Latino América, para promover su música a todas partes del mundo. El grupo recientemente hizo su debut con el album titulado \"Freedom Cost Blood: are you willing to pay? Vol. 5, cuya producción fue lanzada en septiembre de 2005 por el sello discográfico UO Productions, en la ciudad de Guatemala. Unidades de este material han sido distribuidos por los Ángeles, San Francisco, Nueva York y Guatemala. Strate Crooked ya se encuentra realizando los ajustes necesarios para su próximas producciones. Su primera gira está programada para mediados de 2007, a través de Latino América. En ese mismo año, saldrá un documental de los artistas de Strate Crooked. Actividades que están coordinadas con un plan de publicidad y un plan de mercadeo, adheridos a un equipo promocional. Ambos integrantes de Strate Crooked viven en la ciudad de Guatemala. Yung One Lee: nació en Estados Unidos de Norte América y T-li, nació en Guatemala. Dichos jóvenes se conocieron en los Ángeles, California donde se criaron contemporáneamente. 1998, es el año en que nace Strate Crooked apareciendo como un acto. La versatilidad de ambos artistas es demostrada en la calidad de sus producciones y a la hora de escribir sus temas tanto en español como también en inglés y francés. El dúo cuenta con influencias de Run DMC, Public Enemy, N.W.A, Above the Law, Mos Def, KRS-One y Dead Prez. Poseen un equipo de producción, el cual les provee de ritmos y música instrumental de distintos lugares del mundo. Strate Crooked ha hecho sus presentaciones para dignatarios internacionales y han aparecido en la radio, televisión y periódicos nacionales como internacionales. Strate Crooked, está bajo el sello discográfico UO Productions, cuya red abarca los Ángeles, Nueva York, San Francisco, Paris, España y México, su sede central se encuentra en Guatemala. Strate Crooked, es un acto internacional que pertenece al sello discográfico UO Productions. Actualmente el dúo está en fase promocional, por lo cual se encuentran divulgando su primer album profesional \"Freedom Cost Blood: are you willings to pay? Vol. 5, del cual se desprenden los sencillos \"Freedom Riders\" e \"Impact\", que ya se escuchan en las radios de Latino América, Estados Unidos y Asia. Dicho dúo, tiene programada su primera gira para el 2007.-


\"Rimas con razon. Cortante, impactante, liricas que tiran puñetazos sobre ritmos stacatto. Canciones profundamente emotivas con cadencia de boxeador. \" Ingeniero de Mezcla para UO Productions -Filo \"Un Hip Hop fuerte y denso. Un sonido distinto con proyeccion internacional.\" Periodista para “Siglo XXI” -J.P.Dardon \"No se puede escapar de la hypnosis acustica que esta musica provoca en el que la escuche. Lyricas que tratan de mandar un mensaje de conciencia al publico. Strate Crooked, de los mas populares en el pais.” Reportero para “Prensa Libre” -Alfredo Vicente \"Una poderosa y bien lograda rima. El álbum fue producido bajo un alto control de calidad. Su propuesta es positiva.\" Periodista for “Al Dia” -Andrea Taracena

\"Buen sonido con buena letra. Te hace pensar. Un buen equilibrio entro sonido, contenido, y estilo. Buena energia, bastante apasionado.\" Productora de T.V. y Locutora -Gabriela Orozco \"Es refrescante escuchar musica con un mensaje solido, con pasion. Se separa de la basura que se ha infiltrado en la musica de hoy.\" -Black Market Clothing \"El sonido de Strate Crooked toca tu mente a través de tus oidos, rap con verdadera razon. Hablan por los que no pueden.\" USCO Mindlabs -Dj Urban 01 \"La mayoria de artistas usan cualquier cosa menos consciencia para vender, las letras de Strate Crooked te haran pensar de cambiar tu perspectiva.\" Productor para UO Productions -Vector



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this CD is great... the first time i saw it i thought it was a rock band.. but now i get the meaning.. and these guys lyrics are deep... u should buy it

Luis R.

Man This is one of the best Albums that i ever heard !
Yo, when i got the cd and i listen to the lyrics i realised i had in my hands some of the best hardcore shit worth the money and even more. You can't find quality Hip Hop anymore But this CD prove you wrong, there is Real Hip Hop there is Real art, Strate Crooked is prove of that, and i say this shit with their CD on My hand. Revolucion !!


I got this albun and its da bomb!
listen all the tracks from intro to prometheus... i think is a lyrical journey all the way from Guatemala.. i love it


Nice cd!
Great cd! love it!


mark uhlig

the album gefällt me dursch the connection of minimalhiphop, guitars,
electronics und revolutionären lyrics.einmalig.


This cd pretty much kicks ass!


Sweet ass
This is one sweet-ass hip-hop album...need I say more


Hip Hop Revolucion
Revolutionary and hardcore, Good Hip Hop as it shoul be, Bringin back the essence of Hip Hop, Revolucion!


Hip Hop con Sentido!
This is a great album, Hip Hop con sentido.