Education of a Felon: The Life and Times of Thief Sicario
Born from the gang and drug infested Sick Side streets and varrios of the Inland Empire on the anniversary of the deaths of rock legends and pioneers Robert Johnson and Elvis it seems as though Thief Sicario was destined to make his mark either in crime or music. He would go on to do a little of both. Simultaneous to this a new form of music and urban expression was created and the two would grow together.
The son of a teen mother, Thief Sicario was raised in the midst of drugs, gangs, prostitutes, exotic dancers, and violence which inevitably led him to foster homes, group homes, and ultimately prison for aggrivated assault and firearms use.
These experiances would influence what started as neighborhood rhymes and evolved into highly devolped lyricism. But it wouldn’t be untill he was sentanced to ten years did he begin to take his music serious. Around 1996 Thief Sicario and other incarcerated Chicano rappers founded the notorious Brown Recluse becoming the first Chicano/Latino rap group to record an album (Arachnophobia) while in prison. Seen as a threat they were blamed for inciting riots, staging strikes, assaulting officers, and promoting security threat groups. Prison officials broke up the group and seized their masters but it was too late, cassettes were being distributed up and down the West Coast and getting airplay on radio stations from Portland to San Diego.
During this period Thief Sicario spent alot of time in the hole giving him the opportunity to write thousands of songs. Upon release from prison Thief Sicario hooked up with long time friends and colaborators Santotzin and Trafek and began doing shows and recording an album in South East Portland that would be stalled at set back due to Thief Sicario’s continued legal problems that landed him in jail twice for parole violations. Much of Education of a Felon was recorded while he was on the run. Persecuted by law enforcement and right wing groups such as the Minutemen for the Revolutionary messages and politics in his music and continued alleged gang affiliation did nothing but fuel Thief Sicario’s drive to create a classic.
Education of a Felon, his 2007 solo debut, has been hailed by many notable Chicano and Latino hip hop legends as a Sick Side classic with it’s thought provoking lyrical masterpieces such as “Numbers” and “Amerika” and for it’s nearly flawless production by Trafek and Spain’s Elespecialista of Verbal System.
Thief Sicario subsequently hooked up with Sick Side underground legend Krazy Race to finish his album making it the first release on Krazy Race’s Realizm Rekords.
Gritty tales of gangs and prison interpreted from the first person criminal perspective in relation to ancient Mesoamerican history, Chicano culture, and Revolution are the themes of Education of a Felon which was named after the autobiography of the late famed convict turned novelist Edward Bunker. Like the books of Bunker, Thief Sicario spins a masterpiece of hip hop literature over dark beats that evoke a mid-ninties classic vibe comparable to Psycho Realm, Immortal Technique, Mobb Deep, and Wu Tang Clan. As seen at the Latin Rap Conference and featured on Divine Forces Radio, kboo.fm (The Soundbox, Non-Stop Hip Hop, The Movement), Brown Town Radio, Brown and Proud Radio, huskeyradio.com, brownpride.com, raptalk.net, lascalles.net, and has performed or recorded with Krazy Race, Sicko Soldado, Kemo the Blaxican (formerly Delinquent Habits), Mic Mc, Bad News, Truth, Trafek, Santotzin Brown caesar, Verbal System, Chino Xl, Immortal Technique, Canibus, Stomper, El Demonio, The Game and many more Thief Sicario is staying prolific with Education of a Felon now available and a series of mixtapes set to drop. Let the Realizm begin.
‘[Thief Sicario] is dope…’ -Sick Jacken (Psycho Realm/Sick Symphonies)
‘I would sign [Thief Sicario] right now…’ -Mr Lil One (Lil Uno)
‘[Thief Sicario] is ill… -Chino Xl
‘Education of a Felon is a Sick Side classic.’ -Santotzin Brown Caesar
‘After I heard [Thief Sicario] I was stunned and had to sit there and shake that sh.. off. I have never heard lyrics spit like that ever.’ -Bruce George (Author of “Bandana Republic”, Co-Founder of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam)
‘[Thief Sicario] touches on a lot of subjects all on one song… I’m feeling it…’ -Truth
‘Amerika [by Thief Sicario] iz a hot track…’ -Hood Surgeon (producer, son of hip hop/gangsta rap pioneer and legend Dr Dre)
”[Thief Sicario] sounds real firme… fuego’ -Mellow Man Ace (“Godfather of Latin Rap”, first Latin rapper to go platinum)
‘[Thief Sicario] is tight as fuck…’ -Big Lokote (Hi Power Soldiers/Insane Asylum)
‘[Thief Sicario] gots fire… -Dj Ace (Rhyme Poetic Mafia)
‘Education of a Felon is fucking clas-sick…’ -One (OG SickFlicks)
‘[Thief Sicario] keeps spitting knowledge… Our gente needs more soldados like us’ -Krazy Race
‘[Thief Sicario is a] dope lyricist..’ -Kemo the Blaxican (formerly of Delinquent Habits)
‘[Amerika by Thief Sicario] is classic..’ -Fly Cat (Sick Symphonies Italia)
‘[Thief Sicario] gots some ill style..’ -Dice (Detroit Hip Hop pioneer and legend)
‘[Amerika by Thief Sicario] is as real as it gets… ..keep them coming …cuz the raza is lisening all over the I.E..and for sure you ringing the bell all over in Riverside..!!’ -TruDukeBlu (ES. Riverside)
‘ I ask my students to watch [the Amerika video by Thief Sicario].. All the responses are they like what [he] has to say…’ -Professor Pancho Macfarland (university professor and author of “Chicano Rap”)
‘That [Thief Sicario] shit is hard homie..’ -Diamonique (“Queen of the West”)
‘Thief Sicario is sick..’ -El Demonio (Hi Power)
‘Thief Sicario is one of the illest in the game..’ -Pelon (Mercenari Records)
‘[Thief Sicario] is definately some authentic hip hop… A colabo would be monumental..’ -Bugsy (Tattoo Ink/Notorious Enemy)
‘[Thief Sicario] is tight..’ -Frost (Godfather of Chicano Rap)
‘Thief Sicario thats whats up..’ -Ernie G (Proper Dos)
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