“I value all the wisdom I received and live by verses all knowledge I learned.” _East3
This October 5th weekend Mighty4 will be celebrating its 15th Year Anniversary. I’ve been greatly blessed to be able to spread awareness of Hip Hop culture through Mighty4 in the San Francisco Bay Area as well through out the world for 15 years thanks to many NYC and worldwide pioneers and elders who were kind enough to lace me up with knowledge and wisdom.
This years “M” art was created by the Great father of Hip Hop cultural Style, Phase 2 Bronx, NYC. Im very honored being its my 15th Year and was able to receive a design from a founding father of the culture and personal mentor. Phase 2 had practiced every street art form within the culture since its birth and his contributions to Hip Hop will forever be remembered -not to mention he is the original super fly jam flyer designer and he still creating for the culture and keeping in touch with whats going on, he’s forever in the “know”.
The intention of Mighty4 (M4 name created by DJ Shortkut Invisibl Skratch Piklz) was and always will be to educate people that Hip Hop was more than what was on tv or the radio (Rap music) or just one art form, it is a full blown American born culture that unites people from all over the world through music, artistic skills and knowledge.
Growing up in the west coast Hip Hop underground during the early 1990s with influences like Rock Steady Crew, Universal Zulu Nation, Radiotron & BBoy Summit it was no secret that Hip Hop was based on principle of culture and its 4 main artistic “elements”. Witnessing what was being taught by our NYC and West Coast Hip Hop cultural elders we took it in and ran with it.
Sadly in 2013 each art form within Hip Hop continues to grow far apart from each other with younger practitioners rarely appreciating/supporting other Hip Hop art forms or not even realizing their particular art form is relative to the entire culture. Mighty4 will always work to keep the spiritual and cultural integrity of Hip Hop culture alive.
Below are a few flyers I managed to scoop up over the last 15 years that shows the evolution of mind state I went through with how I wanted the flyers to look. In the beginning Mighty4 represented the 4 art forms of Hip Hop, as I evolved spiritually with this culture the Mighty4 to me now also represents the 4 basic principles of Peace, Unity, Love & Having Fun.
June 27th, 1998 we produced our first Mighty4 highlighting dance battles, DJ battles, MC showcases and our flyer design created by San Francisco aerosol Writing King Crayone TWS. Spent long hours and nights with Crayone working on where we wanted to go with this flyer in terms of theme. During the time I spent w/ Crayone creating the flyer Crayone dropped so much knowledge and wisdom on me from his perspective of when Hip Hop came to San Francisco in the early 1980s, always thankful to him for that. RIP Gerald.
2001 connected with Crayone again and flipped out the Westcoast tour flyer. This was the first time I had represented Dream TDK RIP on one of my flyers. Since his passing in 2000 and hearing stories from elders, reading about his work I was inspired early from him, and knew that I always wanted to keep his work alive if possible through Mighty4.
2001 Done TDK had shot me a design and broke it down to that raw street flava. He told me “Skeee, I aint coming with that cute pretty shit, im coming with that True Bay Area street culture”. The illustration has rising fists above the Mighty and brothers below who were forced into street life but strived to over come it with the rising fists above. Done was one of the realest cats I ever met and told me so many Dream TDK RIP stories that inspired me. One Love to Done.
2003 I got together with a child hood friend KMOS of SRXMM and again wanted to flip a Phase2/Buddy Esquire flavor flyer. Looking at it today this flyer was definitely fly in my eyes and is still clowning on flyers out today put out by jams.
2005 I was fortunate to hook up with the artist David Garibaldi. Broke down what I wanted to represent in terms of repping the art forms as well as making sure that ladies were repped on the flyer as most flyers at that time and in the past were primarily all males. Garibaldi had painted it with the earth tones get down and killed it. Big RIP to Dream and DJ Leacy.
2006 I met up with G-Rok of San Diego and sent him past flyers of M4 and he came through and just shut it down with an illustration repping HipHop culture in SF as well as my Pinoy roots.
2007 I finally got a chance to get down with Pres1 of San Diego (designer of BBoy Summit and Freestyle Session flyers) Had spent time building with Pres and at this point in my life I really wanted to do something that no other jams were doing for their flyers in terms of social justice and reppin for ancestors/freedom fighters. James Brown had recently passed and if you look hard enough you can catch all kinds of subliminals. Have to credit my brothers from San Diego Kid Dragon, Living, Ali and the Discourse family for the inspiration and guidance. Also was very hype that he was able to have my son on the flyer rockin a barong like his Pops.
2008 Another Pres 1 sure shot. By this time it was our 10th year anniversary and you already we had to go in. Pres went in and handled his biz. Got to represent a lot of Bay Area street dance pioneers, RIP Granny Robotroid, Frosty Freeze, DJ Rob1 and Respect to the Freedom fighters. Look deep in the photo with your 3rd eye.
2009 Rawkbeez had put together ideas I had in my head to represent as we were producing Mighty4 at Defermery park aka Lil Bobby Hutton (RIP) park in Oakland. You already know what time it is if you do the math just by being in a legendary park like this so we paid full respect for the ancestors and freedom fighters. Its always been bigger than HIPHOP.
For the most part the flyer of your jam is what sets your jam apart from the rest. It shows who you are as a promoter -which is an element of Hip Hop culture in itself and a title earned no different from BBoy, DJ etc. To me I just wanted to be different and do something that other Hip Hop jams were not doing in terms of social justice consciousness, ancestors that came before us and representation of Hip Hop culture as a whole -not just one particular art form. I hope the next generation of Hip Hop cultural organizers can find it within themselves to dig deeper than just putting 4 elements on a digital flyer -something thats been done to death since the 90s. Elevate the game and challenge yourself to be different, sometimes taking it back to black and white without using any Hip Hop image references on a flyer (just pure art) can be just as Fly. You don’t have to scream Hip Hop on a flyer for people to know that you are already Hip Hop. Respect and One Love to all.
Aspire to Master Culture,
“In 2011+ it should be about the artform at this point. Its a different era now. If the old principles are you gotta bomb, rack up, do this & that, the quality of the art never excels. At this point everything has been replicated over & over. The Elevation of Writing is more important to me than having to prove yourself replicating for the sake of being a Rebel. This isnt the same era as the 80s or 90s, Writers aint rackin their paint, books, pens, etc., they’re buying them. So with the change of the era should change the mentality across the board. How can you say youre a True rebel if you’re buying your paint etc.? None of that is Expected anymore. Im sure in other states & countries people are still rackin up not payin for things & doin it that way still, but for Hawai’i its a different thing. If Hip Hop is to expect Hawai’i to overstand the culture, Hip Hop culture has to overstand Hawai’i is Different. Just look at it, we live in Paradise out here.
Theres a deep Hawaiian Culture saying, Malama Ka’Aina (Respect the Land).
It’s deep rooted out here, the Culture, the Family type of feel, the Respect for the Land & Water is big. In every era since the 80s till now here in Hawai’i, maybe 2-3 Writers survive because they all get knocked, & if they get knocked & theyre quitting its defeating the Purpose. How are we going to Elevate dope Writers if theyre just getting knocked & discouraged?
Im not trying to push it to anyone else except for Hawai’i cats.
With the technology advancements given, with the paint, i mean Montana 94, that wasnt meant to do Throwups, that was meant to do Burners. Theres no excuse in this day & era to be doing Great work. From a Krylon can that had high compression to a Montana 94 w/ a special tip & low pressure, that was meant to do something Great with that. I just want the Hawai’i Writers to keep that in mind, we aint trying to be like the mainland US or Anybody, we just need to do us.” -EAST3 www.east-3.com
Aspire to Master Culture,
Keeping this in steady rotation for those on the path (as well as for the ones who aren’t). Peace to ICE-T for constantly promoting Hip Hop as a culture honoring all art forms and the legends that came before him. Really fly to see a legendary west coast icon repping the essence and continuing to do his part in enlightening the masses on what the culture is about. When you do the math on his history you will def catch on that he’s always been a student to the game from day one till day done. Respect.
Aspire to Master Culture,
One of those rare moments in Hip Hop culture that sent chills sheddin tears. Havikoro with a dedication performance to their crew member NAT (Rest In Peace) at the BC ONE. Been watching these heads get down since they were teenagers when I was touring with the Out For Fame US National Breakin Championship in 2000. Beautiful thing to see these brothers stick it out over a decade later still representing for Houston Hip Hop culture. Marlon’s words took us (our era of the 90s) back to a time not so long ago when we were innocent to the senseless politics of what would become of Hip Hop culture in 2013. A time when it was just being free with these art forms, when getting busy with your fam was all that you wanted to do. Gotta salute Marlon and Havikoro for reminding us what it means to represent our culture with Love and Integrity. One Love to all of our Ancestors in Hip Hop that will never be forgotten.
“And so the story goes, these brown kids
From brown blocks
Hearing the same music, dodging the same shots
Sharing the same o same o, the same crooked cops
Leaning on bricks, on same bus stops
And it was bad circumstances
That created these dancers
Step on children with limited chances
Maybe it was the beat to the unforgiving concrete
Which led to these hooligans to finally meet
And they became KNIGHTS OF RHYTHM ODDYSEY
THE BIGGEST PART IN ME
THE BIGGEST HEART IN ME
So Check out my B E A T
Check out my B E A T
Fresh like the 1980s, fresh like the 1980s
And these 90s kids became mighty kid
And in the home of draped up and dripped out
Know what im talking bout
we broke out
And it was house music
Dirty hole in the wall hip hop music
Cassette breaks rewound way too much
Second hand Adidas with second hand touch
Life as a short shouldn’t be so rough MUSIC
And some picked up records some just kept wrecking it
Some just got jazzy some picked up books
Cause ain’t no such thing as half way crooks
While the world she kept on passing me by
And it was those boys turned knights
It was the lab
Those broke kids rocking Pro Keds sleeping in broke beds and dreaming of flying
Its was the better tomorrows, sweating off sorrows
And its always been the game,The flow
The struggle, the concrete
The beats, these damn beats that wont let us sleep 2x
It’s the flow that keeps us flowing
We are the culture THAT KEEPS US GROWING
We are the legendary ROCKSTEADY crew spirit,
Yo FROSTY FREEZE that was for you did you hear it???!!!
the STYLE ELEMENTS killin em,
The killa KAOS,The ACTION FIGURES,the G TRIBE, the WHYNOS chillin em
We are the BATTLE SQUAD,the SQUADRON,the GRIMEEZ, ORIGINAL MOPTOPS dancing on roof tops,
THE FAMILY,BRIAN GREEN so fresh so clean,the zulu spin the zulu spin
We are the ROCKFORCE crew, GERALD my brotha that was for you
the jazzy SKEME RICHARDS,
KEEP ON PREACHIN KEEP ON PREACHIN
THE WANTED POSSE,the big get off me’
we are the get down in james brown, the FLIPSIDE KINGS now
We are the ground zeros, the Japanese hiro, dope as IJO
The MICHAELS THRILLER, KOREAN RIVERS
We are the gurus Jazz mattaz ,we are the cardboards battlnig FLOOR LORDS
THE BOOGIE BRATZ , the wassup with that THE WHATS UP WITH THAT
We are the knuckleheads on the run
The PRINCE IN KEN SWIFT, A CULTURES THEFT
A 3RD WORLD STYLE,
A MASSIVE MONKEY getting down and funky
the old DIRTY BASTARD, THE STREET MASTERS
WE ARE THE SKILLS METHODZ, WE DONT COME 2ND
And WE FLOW MO CUS OF FLOW MO’
SO WHAT MORE CAN I SAY!!!!!!!
And we are hip hop we are hip hop
We are hip hop CULTURE…WE ARE HIP HOP CULTURE…..
WE ARE HAVIKORO….”
- Marlon. HAVIKORO.
Mighty4TV interview w/ Marlon:
Aspire to Master Culture,
ENLIGHTENED BY THE STRUGGLE….