Brown Town Looters
Brown Town Looters Members:
Oscar F. (D.J. Clear) Venegas
Tony (Critic-T.) Campos
Richard S.(Skinny) Lopez
Coming straight from the East Los Angeles hip-hop underground are the Brown Town Looters.
The Brown Town Looters have been around for many years. The group was formed back in 1989,
when the group was originally named Brown Town. The original members were Critic-T (Boyle Heights),
D.J. Clear, and Shotgun (both of Montebello).
In 1990, a street-smart homie known as Skinny (East Los) joined the group.
In 1992, Brown Town released their first single entitled "Dope House in the Ghetto" on Explicit Records.
That summer, Brown Town was performing at various clubs and car shows. That group was getting ready to
release their album, since reviews of their shows were very positive.
In 1993, their manager, who was also managing "Proper Dos," mismanaged Brown Town. The group
decided not to retain him as their manager after backlash was felt from his management tactics.
Also in 1993, Shotgun left the group, branching out on his own solo endeavors. In 1994, the group
picked up a new rapper, Cash Phlow of South Central Los Angeles. 1994 also brought with it a new name,
Brown Town Looters. With this new-year and new name, Brown Town Looters were coming into their own.
Also in '94 they released a two-song promotional Compact Disc. The group also began to make appearance
at lowrider car shows and concerts. At about the same time, the group started working on another album
and were in the process of negotiating to sign with a record label.
In 1995, the group met with Future Entertainment, after which, the Brown Town Looters' ads were seen in
various magazines such as High Times, The Source, etc. With this new-found exposure, the group,
along with Jose Lopez (Skinny's brother) of Looters Management, and Future Entertainment created
Hemp Town Records. HempTown Records was created to manufacture cassette tapes and Compact Discs of
Brown Town Looter's unreleased album, "Koncrete Phunk." All they needed was a distribution system for
their album. Unfortunately, due to Future Entertainment's mismanagement, this never happened.
After this fiasco, Citric-T and Cash Phlow joined together with D.J. Ray of "Cruising with La Raza,"
a cable show on Buenavision Cable in East Los Angeles. D.J. Ray asked Citric-T and Cash Phlow to host
the show in East L.A. while he hosted the show in Arizona. This arrangement allowed the Brown Town
Looters to gain greater exposure. At about the same time, the group met other hip-hop groups and
formed a hip-hop family which as known as "Brown Town Looters Click." The "Click" consisted of
Brown Town Looters, featuring Mr. Juvenile, 2-Phattal, Explicit, and Lil' Indian.
In 1996, Citric-T and Cash Phlow left the cable show and began their own cable show called
"Undaground Flava." The show consisted of rap/hip-hop videos and interviews with guest from the
hip-hop Industry such as Cypress Hill, W.C., Doveshack, Mellow Man Ace, and Delinquent Habits.
Looter's Management was also booking shows left and right. Brown Town Looters were performing with
music artists such as Cypress Hill, Ice-T, Coolio, Zapp, Rodney O and Joe Cooley, Kid Frost, and Mack 10. In August of 1996, the Brown Town Looters, featuring Mr. Juvenile, were featured in the "Definition of Brown" compilation, a product of Latino owned Green Side Records.
In 1997, Looters' Management made a deal with John Lozoya (one of the original creators of
Lowrider Magazine) of Super Event Entertainment for a Mid-West tour, taking Brown Town Looters to
Texas, Arizona and New Mexico, promoting their new album, "Live and Learn." This new tour brought
new friendships for Brown Town Looters. One such friendship with Street Smart Clothing, a company
associated with Top Nation Clothing. This alliance brought Brown Town Looters a new line of Brown Town
Looters clothing (gear). This association also led to a Japan Super Car Show as the headliners.
In January 1998, "Definitions of Brown, Part Two" was released and again Brown Town Looters were
included. Currently, Brown Town Looters are in the process of releasing "Live and Learn," which will
hopefully be out in the stores by the end of the Summer 1998. Brown Pride Exclusive, you can order
"Live & Learn" (cassette) for only $10.00 (includes shipping and handling) and get a complimentary
Brown Town Looters Poster and Sticker (while supplies last).
Brown Town Looters Album: Live & Learn...
- Goin 4 Broke
- Time Is Money
- Bringin Tha Flava
- Lifes A Struggle
- Live & Learn
- Ready 2 Loot
- Unpleasant Visions
- Puttin Work In
- Facts Of Reality
- Out Law Livin
- Harcore Fanatics
- Stressin 4 Tha Doe
- Against Tha World
- Land Of Tha Steel
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