The S.O.G. Crew (Thump Records/ Universal Music Group) pays a visit to the community of East Side Long Beach near the corner of Long Beach Blvd. and Pacific Coast Highway as they rocked event presented by DJ Thomas Heck. The Crew was joined by long time member Lezette 'So Blessed' Garza from Indio, newest member Latin singer Esther Escobedo from Upland and longtime S.O.G. Crew Hip-Hop partner Jesus Riche from Victory Outreach Eagle Rock.
"God definitely is opening new doors of opportunities to The S.O.G. Crew locally and on a National level. We are using this time to scout out the land to see if there are any underground cats that we can disciple and encourage the right way when it comes to our Gospel Hip-Hop movement. God has called us to be the light in this world so our vision is to teach the younger generation how to flow and operate with Godly principles outside of the four walls of the church.
A special thanks to Thomas Heck for allowing us to join him at Long Beach event the city that I was born in. Together thanks to the PACE program we have helped reduce crime in Los Angeles County, encouraged students to continue with their studies, and have helped reach out to homeless students.
Jesus Riche from Victory Outreach Eagle Rock is making his Hip-Hop comeback. Years ago Jesus Riche would rock the House of Blues, Knitting Factory, Key Club and most Hollywood Clubs with us. The last few years he has dedicated his life to God in a deeper way and recently graduated from the Victory Outreach Mens Home. It is good to have him back on the scene.
The event took place at Barrel's Saloon predominately an African American Crip Gang Community on the East Side of Long Beach, CA. The area is known for having one of the highest Violent Crime and Property Crime rates in the United States.The impression that The S.O.G. Crew gave to the community was that of trouble with most members of the Crew being of Mexican descent. Battle Ax as he is known in the Hip-Hop community began their set with a statement that the United States and it's allied forces just launched a missile strike on Syria hitting three targets crippling Syrian President Bashar Assad’s ability to make more chemical weapons. The statement caught the attention of all and the encouragement from the music brought comfort on those that were upset with the thought of war.
The night was a success, the show was banging, people were smiling, and the community gave them the opportunity to pray with them especially the OG's. Many thanked the Crew for visiting them with a demonstration of the power of God, love for the people, and a good vibe through the music. Many even stated that The S.O.G. Crew reminded them of Jamaican Reggae legend Eek-A-Mouse.