DJ Phatrick

Honored. revisionmusic: Here’s some footage I shot of the…
April 9, 2012, 4:02 pm
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Here’s some footage I shot of the Native Guns reunion at the 20th Annual Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture (FPAC) last September. When it was announced that they’d be the headliners, I was happy to hear it, but also not as hyped as I thought I would be. I’ve seen them a bunch of times since ‘05 and have a lot of their songs memorized, so I figured it wouldn’t be anything new, but boy, was I wrong.

Once the intro started playing, it brought me back to when I was first exposed to their music, which was also when I started getting more politicized. Prior to them, the only other Filipino I knew about in hip hop was from Black Eyed Peas, and he never really dove too deep. With Native Guns, they dropped so much knowledge about Fil-Am issues (like identity), our people’s history, and the country’s colonial relationship with the United States — it was mind blowing.

As an MC, who also happens to be Filipino, they had a major impact on my music and inspired me to document my own self-discovery via hip hop. Their music really started me on the path of toward a cultural (re)awakening that still continues to this day, which is why I always say that they’ve been the most influential hip hop group for me…hands down.

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DOWNLOAD: Native Guns – “1995” (DJ Phatrick Remix)
June 21, 2011, 10:46 pm
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Recently, O-Dub interviewed me for one of his Sidebar Podcasts and put my remix of “1995” in the intro. I just realized that it’s been almost 5 years since we put out that mixtape. As fate would have it, this was the last project we put out before everyone went their separate ways as musicians.

This is the first and probably last time I’ll ever do a “jacking for beats” DJ remix for anything. I am really proud of how it turned out and hope folks recognize the amount of work it took to do something like this using only turntables, records, and Pro Tools.

DOWNLOAD: Native Guns – “1995” (DJ Phatrick Remix)
From Stray Bullets Mixtape Vol. 2 (Barrel Men, 2007)

DOWNLOAD: Native Guns – “Handcuffs” No Justice Remix (Produced by ET)

Dope remix from our brother, ET of Mass Movement.

In his words:

Today Oscar Grant’s murderer Johannes Mehserle was given an insulting and unjust verdict of “involuntary manslaughter.” The court system confirmed that an officer can shoot an unarmed man cold-blooded in the back, with hundreds of witnesses watching, and get away with a slap on the wrist.

Echoing the words of the Los Angeles Coalition for Justice for Oscar Grant:

We reject the continued official cover-up of the murder of Oscar Grant with a jury exclusive of African Americans, yet including several jurors with police as immediate family, hundreds of miles from the scene of the crime, by a judge notorious for covering police crimes and with slanted rules of evidence.

This remix is dedicated to all the people just like Oscar Grant who never see justice in this inherently unjust system. Today is another reminder that the whole system is corrupt and needs to be changed. The struggle is long, we have to stay strong.

DOWNLOAD: Native Guns – “Handcuffs” No Justice Remix (Produced by ET)

DOWNLOAD: Native Guns – “Handcuffs” (Produced by 6Fingers)
July 7, 2010, 11:58 pm
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So I’m late to my own party…

I’m guessing most of yall have downloaded this already since it got blasted earlier today, but here’s the full 12-inch that includes the unedited version, the clean version, and the acapella.

Justice for Oscar Grant. The verdict should be announced soon, let’s remember to be organized in our response.

For immediate release
July 7, 2010
Bay Area/Los Angeles, CA

Hours away from the verdict of the historic Oscar Grant trial, rappers Kiwi and Bambu (along with DJ Phatrick) have reunited as Native Guns to release their latest song, “Handcuffs” (produced by Six Fingers).

“With so much emotion and uncertainty around the outcome of this case, we felt a sense of urgency to come back together and do this track” states Kiwi, a former Oakland resident. Bambu adds, “We both experienced the L.A riots in 1992 firsthand, and we wanted to remind people of the lessons learned from back then, so we can keep them in mind as we move forward with this current situation.”

Kiwi breaks the song down further: “The message is threefold: to validate the community’s anger around the blatant murder of this young man, to spark a discussion and deeper analysis of what police are there to do beyond just enforcing the law, and to get folks to think strategically about how they want to react to this verdict, whatever it ends up being.”

This is the group’s first song together in nearly 4 years. Their critically-acclaimed debut album, “Barrel Men” (2005), followed by the “Stray Bullets Vol 2” Mixtape (2006) received rave reviews and built them a loyal following that carries over to this day. Their material continues to be used in both college classrooms and community youth workshops alike.

DOWNLOAD: Native Guns – “Handcuffs” (Produced by 6Fingers)

SXSW 2009 Discovery: Mike Baker The Bike Maker


Ok. Last one. I’m kinda stretching on this one because they’re the homies from before SXSW. Mike Baker and his Honor Roll crew were reppin’ Oakland (Alameda in Mike’s case) all up and down Sixth St. in Austin during SXSW! I never got around to downloading his EP, Now Or Never, when it first came out, but luckily, he had a duffle bag full of them and laced me with a cd.

DOWNLOAD: Mike Baker The Bike Maker – “Espionage”
From Now Or Never EP. Produced by 1O.A.K..

This song has been on repeat in my oh-so-stereotypical Acura Integra for the last 3 weeks. Well, not literally. Only when I stop listening to NPR. Nerd.

Download the entire EP HERE.

For more info on Mike Baker:


If you’re a Native Guns fan, you might recognize 1O.A.K.’s work on our Stray Bullets Mixtape Vol. 2:

DOWNLOAD: Native Guns – “Gangsters & Guerillas” ft. Ise Lyfe & Do D.A.T.

DOWNLOAD: A Song For Ourselves Mixtape



1. Iijima, Miyamoto, Chin – “We Are The Children” (Intro)
2. Blue Scholars – “Cornerstone”
3. Native Guns – “Slave Thinking”
4. Native Guns feat. Geologic – “Agitation Propaganda”
5. Iijima, Miyamoto, Chin – “Jonathan Jackson”
6. Bambu – “When Will The Time Come?” prod. by Will Bracy
7. Kiwi – “Gaza 2 Oakland” prod. by DJ Phatrick
8. Blue Scholars – “Back Home”
9. Chris Iijima – “Vietnamese Lament (Live)”
10. Iijima, Miyamoto, Chin – “War Of The Flea” (Senz of Depth Remix ft. Bambu)
11. Bambu – “Chairman Mao” (Paper Planes edit)
12. Blue Scholars – “Fire For The People”
13. Kiwi – “Cause”
14. Native Guns feat. Geologic – “Said It” (Asi Remix)
15. Iijima, Miyamoto, Chin – Divide & Conquer (Fatgums Remix ft. Geologic, Kiwi, & Bambu)
16. Chris Iijima Soliloquy
17. Kiwi – “Imagine”
18. Bambu – “Seven Months”
19. Blue Scholars – “Life and Debt”

Be sure to catch the world premier of A SONG FOR OURSELVES, Tad Nakamura’s new documentary about the life and legacy of revolutionary Japanese American folk singer Chris Iijima:

February 28, 2009

featuring performances from:

with special appearances from A GRAIN OF SAND members:

$10 General Admission
Buy tickets HERE.

Aratani/Japan American Theatre
244 S. San Pedro
Little Tokyo, LA

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DOWNLOAD: Bambu – “When Will The Time Come?”


This song is part of a mixtape I’m working on right now for Tad Nakamura’s newest documentary A Song For Ourselves and the premiere of it in LA on Feb. 28 featuring performances from Blue Scholars, Bambu, and Kiwi.

The film documents the life of Chris Iijima, a Japanese American musician, activist, educator, and father, who’s music was the soundtrack for the Asian American movement in the late 60s, early 70s.

For the mixtape, I’m arranging Chris’s music along with Blue Scholars, Bambu, Kiwi, and Native Guns songs, interwoven with sound bites from the movie. We’re also doing exclusive remixes which sample Chris’s music and feature verses from Geo, Bam, and Kiwi. “When Will The Time Come?” is the first of these to be recorded. The beat is produced by Will Bracy (Oakland producer and former student of mine), and samples “Jonathan Jackson” by Chris and his fellow A Grain Of Sand members, Nobuko Miyamoto and Charlie Chin. When Bam heard it, he wrote the whole song in one hour.

The mixtape drops late January.

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February 28, 2009
Aratani/Japan American Theatre
244 S. San Pedro
Little Tokyo, LA