photograph by : Lucas Michael – Newsweek
“Can you be famous but unknown? Can you unwittingly electrify the youth of a homeland
you left as a toddler? Can lyrics written in California bring a new generation
to face Cambodia’s greatest modern horror? This is the miraculous story of how
a refugee named praCh accomplished all that, to his own astonishment.”
hit Phnom Penh like a B-52 bombing raid.”
by telling young Cambodians about the darkest chapter of their country’s history.”
but they’re afraid…In Cambodia, no one would dare say what those guys say.
But when he opens his mouth to rhyme, or when you listen to the fiery rap CD,
praCh an actor’s son who is 22, sounds like he’s 22 going on 50.”
Shattering the stereotype of a rapper praCh is polite and earnest.”
who often have access to MTV and English-language lessons.”
teen-agers buzzing about songs on death,forced labor and broken families.”
“I was very surprised at how big this got. When I did it,
it was just a demo, to pass around to a few friends,”
praCh said in a phone interview from Long Beach.”
“He’s the Cambodia Town Ambassador, an international Hip–Hop artist“
* KCET — new channels
“It’s clear that his experience in both Cambodia and the United States have
shaped his style, and sound which he crafted brilliantly.”
“Story, from the evacuated streets of Phnom Penh to the
freestyle immigrant mix of Long Beach…
he deliver a blistering history lesson.”
” He’s awfully precise, this praCh…Dalama raised, in one way or another,
got Cambodia’s moldering history books-victims of a
bury-the-past mindset-back in the schools.”
I don’t know of anyone else who’s doing what he’s doing,’
resonating with authenticity, vulnerability, and indomitable force, astonished
young and old alike with the immediacy and timelessness of his
brilliant musical and poetic talent“
* June Unrue — HARVARD University
Freedom-to-Write Literary Festival. PraCh is a talented Cambodian American
rapper, writer, poet who tells in stories in beautiful lyrics.“* Robert Coover — BROWN University
“praCh Ly is Long Beach’s next Legend. The Cambodian rapper is
a leader and a visionary. By producing a bilingual album pack
with meaning and history. He electrified his homeland with
lyrics that relentless yet thoughtful.which reminds me of why
hip-hop was great in the first place.”
* Mike Sonksen — 562 magazine
” Your music is very creative, your voice rich with your Battambang accent and
your words cover a full agenda that is political and demand action.
I hear frustration, I hear confrontation but I also hear hope.
ONE CANNOT TAKE THIS ALBUM LIGHTLY AND I THANK YOU FOR THE
VERY HARD WORK , VERY HONEST AND VERY BOLD AND
RAW CRY FOR JUSTICE FOR OUR PEOPLE.
YOU NAME AND SHAME THOSE WHO ARE NEVER SATISFIED
WITH THEIR GREED.
THEY MAY NOT LISTEN TO YOU BUT THEIR
CHILDREN DO AND THERE IS HOPE FOR CHANGE.
It is a very rich album, praCh!
THANK YOU , IN THE NAME OF DEMOCRACY AND JUSTICE.
WITH BEST WISHES FOR SUCCESS, “
* Sochua MuActivist, Humanitarian, *Nobel Peace Prize nominee
Dalama 3 — as is the case with the previous Dalamas —
once again proves why hip hop — and Cambodian/American hip hop
— matters. Drawing together the fundamental elements of hip hop,
Dalama 3 provokes, pushes, and forces a listener response. Filled with
compelling lyrics, Cambodian pop samples, and Khmer backbeats,
Dalama battles oppression around the globe and in your own backyard.
Not content with just one approach, Dalama throws out — in sophisticated,
wonderfully moving fashion — a host of issues, sounds, and beats.
Taking down regimes with rhyme and lyric, Dalama 3 has an unmatched
emotional power. Taken together, Dalama’s end result —
justice-oriented knowledge — makes this a masterpiece by a master MC.
With respect, admiration, and appreciation,
* Cathy Schlund-Vials Ph.D
“praCh is the pride of Long Beach”
* Beverly O’Neil — Mayor of Long Beach, CA.
“I seen him perform live at Celebrate Asia, praCh is the real deal“
* Alvin Brown — Mayor of Jacksonville, Florida.
“praCh is my homeboy“
* Todd E. William — US Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia
“praCh is a genuis, he represent Khmer with pride and it shows”
* Bonnie Lowenthal — Califorina State Assembly 70th District
“praCh work speak volumes, which we should praise and acknowledge”
* Alan Lowenthal — U.S. Congress
“He brings the people and community together“
* Jim McDonnell — Cheif of Police of Long Beach.
“He‘s a gifted artist of unlimited talents“
* Yeland Lee — Califorina State Senator District 8
“praCh is now the most popular rapper in his native Cambodia, here at home(USA),
he‘s a proud Ambassador of Cambodia Town… praCh put the punctuation mark on the evening”
* Andrew Zimmern — BIZARRE FOOD / TRAVEL CHANNEL
” praCh’s voice is a David to the Goliath of history !
This thing has the drama of the work of a fine rapper/artist
and the scope of epic poetry! – Awesome “
* DAVID BRISBIN – production designer – Twilight’s New Moon
The Day the Earth Stood Still, the Exorcism of Emily Rose,
City of Ghost, Dead Presidents, Nice Hat!
Long Beach-raised Cambodian-American rap artist
praCh Ly wants to inspire nothing less than revolution.
It may be actual, it may be spiritual, it may be intellectual,
but it’s revolution. “Dalama” is praCh’s most overtly political work,
as he takes Cambodian leadership to task for the state of affairs
in a country where he sees youth who are aching for change.
So, when praCh writes, “I’m target for death, they want to
delete my existence, I’m a high-risk threat, the leader of
the resistance. The battle for tomorrow, its start today.
Afraid of no one, that’s just how I was raised,” it can be
hard to know where the lines merge and split.And if his
words can’t cause revolution, maybe at least, as he says in
“Therapeutic” “my words are weapons
turning music into medicine. it’s … Therapeutic.”
* Greg Mellen — LB Press-Telegram
” Khmer rap from California wakes up stifled generation in Cambodia.
Some people hope that praCh’s music will kick-start
the creativity of a numb nation.”
As I listened to the album, I found certain parts quite amusing.”
to hearing all of your new pieces. you hit on a lot of important issues
with your lyrical beats and you and your group has a lot of taste
in your music. keep it up, and you’ll find yourself up at the top.”
lead to paper and drawing out sketches to spitting out lyrics.
Prach has an eye for detail and perfection.
There is method to his madness…I think this album:
( Dalama ” the lost chapter.”) is a testament to the evolution
of the individual whose heart beats in time with music
and whose flow is a fusion of experience and narrative genius.”
“praCh is phenomenal!
praCh is a bi-lingual Khmer-American rapper.
He’s smart, raw, talented, inspired,
and so so cool.”
“I saw him performed two years ago in DC
and he blew me away! I don’t normally
listen to rap, but this man had me
off my seat, bopping my head up and down,
laughing, and eyes glued on him.
When I turned to my neighbors,
I saw elder Khmer men and women doing
the same. praCh is a treasure to our community.”
‘First They Killed My Father.’
“praCh Ly is the most authoritative voice
in Khmai and Khmai-American rap.
( Dalama…”memoirs of the invisible war.” )
not only shows his music taking on new
beats and new sounds from traditional
and other sources. The lyrics focus
have a new focus on all of the Cambodian
tragedy from 1970 to the present.
Aware, furious, respectful,
precise — this is political writing at its finest.
Like Nelson Mandela had rapped when he was young.
* Geoff Ryman: B.B.C. / Author—.
‘The King’s Last Song’
nothing less than social revolution !! I am deeply impress with
the depth of lyrics and your detailed following of social issues and
Cambodian politics. Even though you’re physically faraway,
your soul and spirit are here; I feel it in your lyrics and
the songs’ beat and energy. I love your creative mixture of old and new;
Khmer and English – a tribute and recognition of what had gone on
before and paying special tribute to that and then communicating
that to this generation… You have a real gift and I admire your
passion to use this gift to address substantive issues,
in addition to just pure entertaining.
having listened to all of them in one sitting…
a very special privilege I take to heart.
* Theary C. Seng – Activist, Author, Humanitarian
and I just wanted to tell you I loved it. They’re very different works,
but in some ways DALAMA 3, in it’s conceptual ambition and flow,
reminds me of one of my favorite albums – Prince’s LOVESEXY.
And I really enjoyed the going back and forth between English and Khmer.
Please keep me informed on your progress with this fascinating CD!
* Robin Lee – music, editor,..
Star Wars: episode V, Star Wars: episode Vl
the English Patient, Toy Story, Godfather part lll
Upon receiving the opportunity to listen to his album,
I thought that each song, like Cambodia, was so unfathomable
in its emotions and history. The album like what has been said,
teaches and informs us of the unforgotten atrocity of Khmer rouge.
It does not preach. praCh shows his heritage and
love for his culture with taste and does so successfully.
Like all of the classics who have gone before Prach,
like that of Sin Sisamouth and Ros Serey Sothea,
and among others, praCh Ly has lived up to them.
He and like others have shown that of the years we, as minorities
who are starting here and making our new lives here,
have come so far. Good job praCh and thank you for giving me
the opportunity to learn more about your heritage.
* Bee Vang, Lead Actor : Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino
praCh is in rare form, in this, his third effort. His originality is
unparalleled as he matches gorgeous beats with compelling
lyrics in both English and Khmer. praCh Ly is no doubt a rising star,
with the beautiful, emotional voice of a young poet and
a talent that is ripening, along with his maturity.
Dalama 3 is like nothing else being produced today,
and thus, earns its place as “must hear” music experience!
* Louisa Castrodale: Visual and Performing Arts Specialist
I feel that stylistically this is what true rap is. Forget about all the
fluff that is in the modern rap industry—manicures,
threaded eyebrow and posers. Your album makes me
appreciate rap and feels “old skools”, but in a new way.
I long for the days that rap will return to this expression,
and I think you’ve put your finger on it. Also, the political
expression you put into it, again, I really LOVE it. This is what
I call “pure rap” unadulterated rhymes with raw power to
move the hills and mountains, and you’re one of the
few masters of it. Thanks again for this gift to the world.
* David N. Andrzejewski