“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.”
* Gina Chon—CAMBODIAN DAILY / Wall Street Journal
” praCh’s incendiary tales of Cambodia’s past, told in the defiant tones of rap, hit Phnom Penh like a B-52 bombing raid,..Cambodia First Rap Star,.. the Pioneer of Khmer Rap”
* Adam Piore—NEWSWEEK
” A brash new rap album made in Southern California is breaking the taboos by telling young Cambodians about the darkest chapter of their country’s history.”
* LOS ANGELES TIMES
” Everyone wants to express themselves like these guys (praCh and his friends), but they’re afraid…In Cambodia, no one would dare say what those guys say. It’s inspirational.”
* NEW YORK POST
” Long Beach rapper praCh could pass for a wise teen-ager with understanding parents. 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.”
* Theo Douglas—L.B.PRESS-TELEGRAM
” praCh has begun teaching local youths what parents and school have not… Shattering the stereotype of a rapper praCh is polite and earnest.”
* Wendy Thomas Russell—L.B.PRESS-TELEGRAM
” The album has caught on among the trendy urban youth of the capital, who often have access to MTV and English-language lessons.”
” At parties, in bars and in homes around Phnom Penh, the album has teen-agers buzzing about songs on death,forced labor and broken families.”
” He said he never envisioned the music having an impact in Cambodia. “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 brings it to the new generation, and talk about reality, talk about society.”
” praCh’s songs are a step forward.”
“Fierce, honest, unadulterated rap. I love it!
* Mark Coles – BBC the Strand
” praCh is a highly respected Khmer figure. He is the voice of the new generation ”
” If pictures are worth a million words, then his music is priceless “
“The last of a dying breed, but yet the first of his kind,..praCh like Angkor Wat is a wonder”
“Local Rapper Keeps Cambodian Culture Alive…”
* Long Beach Comber
“Just the fact that he can get his story down with so much honesty and urgency is enough to give a positive vibe to the whole project.”
* UCLA International
Explore global cultural movements “in a poetry way”
* the Smithsonian
” Powerful! lyrics with intellect,… inspirational ”
* Harvard Crimson – University
” The future of Cambodia goes by the name of praCh ”
* Brown Daily Herald – University
” Story, from the evacuated streets of Phnom Penh to the freestyle immigrant mix of Long Beach…he deliver a blistering history lesson.”
* Sheraz Sadiq—P.B.S. ‘Frontline‘
” 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….praCh is the KING of KHMER RAP!”
* Rich Kane—O.C.WEEKLY
“praCh represent Long Beach with honor and Cambodia with pride. He is truly a treasure. ”
* Nick Spitzer – American Routes
“He’s a genius. To use his rap lyrics to tell the stories of the immigrants…I don’t know of anyone else who’s doing what he’s doing,’
* Frank Stewart—MANOA -University of Hawaii Press
” By the end of “Dalama,” a listener understands the reality for this population estimated at between 35,000 and 50,000 – the world’s largest outside Cambodia.”
* Nancy Wride – LA-Times
“We have a lot to talk about and Prach Ly will make a good discussion leader. If you’re lucky, you may be able to see for yourself on his upcoming nationwide tour commemorating the 25th anniversary of the end of the Cambodian holocaust.”
* Rock & Rap Confidential
“He is the first person to rap about the Khmer Rouge – and people are really listening,” he said. But Ly’s unique style has also earned him legions of younger fans, said Chim Vannak, 19, of LoveFM. “Ly’s music is so different from what I am used to hearing from other local rappers,” Vannak said. “I actually get excited and share the songs with my friends. His live performance really blew me away.”
* The Phnom Penh Post
“The new album is definitely harder and darker than the previous albums. Masterful lyrics draw the listener into a tortured past, a complex present and ultimately – a hopeful future.”
* Tiara Delgado – Khmer Post
” Cambodian-American rapper PraCh Ly told “Hello VOA” listeners Monday that he loves his work and does not care much whether he makes money. Some of his songs highlight the social ills of Cambodia, the number of people living in poverty, for example, in the midst of corruption.”
“Eloquently captures a powerful voice in the music industry and is an extremely young talented Cambodian rapper from Long Beach, California.”
“I saw the first [Cambodian] hip-hop CD in a store in Phnom Penh in 2002, and I saw it as the beginning of something big,” said Mesterharm. The CD he refers to is the debut album of Prach Ly, a Cambodian-born artist who grew up in Long Beach, California, amid poverty, crime and the growing popularity of hip-hop.”
* The Phnom Penh Post – Hip Hop Festival
” It’s clear that his experiences in both Cambodia and the United States have shaped his style, and his sound.”
* PRI’ BBC the World
“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
“Who ever said one man couldn’t make a difference? In fact this man is makin the biggest we’ve ever seen. He’s puttin a new flare into the hip hop nation. Yup, Prach is a Khmer (Cambodian) rapper that is based on flowin about different things than a thug life…”
* Sx3 Entertainment
A land of immigrants is the perfect musical laboratory Ask Khmer-American rapper Prach Ly, also known as “praCh,” about American popular music and he’ll speak of growing up with Snoop Dog, Dr. Dre, Run DMC, and Public Enemy on the radio and of cutting his first album in his parents’ garage. Lacking a mixing board, Prach used a karaoke machine and sampled old Khmer Rouge propaganda speeches for his powerful musical condemnation of the Cambodian genocide. And readers will learn about the people who make the music, truly American in their stunning diversity. Theirs are perhaps the most wonderful stories of all.
“Renowned hip-hop artist praCh ly, who, in a fearless solo performance resonating with authenticity, vulnerability, and indomitable force, astonished young and old alike with the immediacy and timelessness of his brilliant musical and poetic talent”
* Jane Unrue – Harvard University
“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 MU - Activist, Humanitarian, * Nobel Peace Prize nominee.
“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.”
* Chris Decherd—ASSOCIATED PRESS
“Keep up the good work with your music, bro! i’m always looking forward 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.”
* Vibol Hul—KHMERCONNECTION.COM
” I have to admit! the brother has mad skills. From putting 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.”
* Loung Ung : Activist, Author, Lecturer—.’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: BBC / Author—.’The King’s Last Song’
“WOW, VERY POWERFUL!! You’re incredible !! The album is 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. I am now coming to the end of the album, having listened to all of them in one sitting…THANK YOU SO MUCH for allowing me to hear this, a very special privilege I take to heart. MORE POWER TO YOU, my friend!!
* Theary C. Seng – Activist, Author, Humanitarian – Daughter of the Killing Fields
Cambodian Center for Justice & Reconciliation. *founding director of CIVICUS: Center for Cambodian Civic Education
“I finally got a chance to sit down and listen to your new CD – 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.
” 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, Dalama3 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
” praCh is a phenomenon. I don’t think anyone can argue with that, especially as the Cambodian-American rapper seems set on a course that will ensure he is known to just about every Cambodian across the globe by the time he reaches his next birthday,..”
* Andy’s Blog
” 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 ” I am proud to know you !
* DAVID BRISBIN – production designer – T w i l i g h t ‘ s New Moon The Day the Earth Stood Still, the Exorcism of Emily Rose, City of Ghost, Dead Presidents, Nice Hat !
“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