Tuesday, August 11, 2009


Posted on: Mon, Aug 10 2009
By Rime

A new generation of gangs and mislead youth is shaking things up throughout Cali’s streets with more crime and gun violence. With a heavy increase of crime in LA throughout the nineties, its no wonder the California Jail System is over-crowded. From his own experiences, Los Angeles raised “O.G. Lepke” chronicles the life inside LA County’s “Super Max” prison in Wayside, CA, and reveals that what lies inside those walls is no joke.

Spellbound through a maze of turns, the LA County Jail bus rolls past a kaleidoscope of visions and curves as it makes its way to its final destination- A concrete fortress known as “Wayside Pitchess Detention Center” a.k.a. Super Max, one of California’s biggest and most notorious holding facilities in the nation. This massive structure is home to thousands of men fighting all crimes ranging from drinking in public to first-degree murder. I notice in the pitch-dark blue of the night how beautifully the stars and the moon are lit-up against the blackness of the clear sky- kind of like having a clear and open mind on my situation that is about to take a turn for the negative.

The next step into this world within a world is something only few are familiar with: the sound of LA’s worst! Yelling at the top of their lungs, “No one’s talking when I’m talking so shut the fuck up, asshole!”
It strikes me for a split second to not even make eye contact with this command, knowing that some of my downest comrades in the gangster game have been struck out for far less. Then a challenge between convict and officer, inmate and deputy, as the first phase of my process unfolds (spread, open, cough three times), thoughts of how something like letting another man, an officer of the law, flash a light in my backside is done as easily as opening the door. They seek an issue of contraband that’s never been found in the 30- some-odd years I’ve been subjecting myself to the revolving door of this California system.

Further down the process scale we stroll down a corridor so long its outright impossible to see the end of it. Not knowing our housing location (six massive blocks, each block has 8 dorms on a bottom floor and the same on the second floor), we approach the crowded dorms. Each block is a whole section of one building housing over 1,000 men. It sometimes reaches 70 men to a single dorm that’s made to hold 36. Tensions flare because of space; the smallest infraction is disrespect to either the black or brown race who rarely see eye-to-eye. Latinos claim various spaces as well as blacks. It could quickly turn real shitty over a piece of toilet paper or a loud comment. Even the wrong look could blow up a dorm so out of proportion that the psychological strain of an event like that could leave a very chilling effect on a person for the rest of their life.

In a world where individuals tend to be followers and not leaders, watered-down loyalty and honor comes out frequently. It causes one to hide behind a purpose that originated from the hoods...a West Coast gangster can no longer see his dedication to a bona fide code of respect, values and ethics —“ a level of quality that will always be found somewhere in the hearts of most men.

True original Sureno gangsters, loc’d-out Crips and G’d up Bloods are slowly but surley waking up every day to the fact that the winner in this is not us and the Wake-Up Call is long overdue. Prison is a state of mind and so is a generation that’s been asleep far too long.

By OG Lepke

Common + Christopher Mintz - "TRAINING DAY"

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Baby Dollz -My Cookie -Behind The Scenes

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Estevan Oriol Vlog #2: Reinventing The Strategy

In his first vlog, famed L.A. photographer/director Estevan Oriol talked about how a new breed of music video directors had messed up the game, resulting in him giving up the trade. In vlog #2, Oriol discusses how he's changed up his hustle, and reinvents his strategy in today's changing world.


It’s hard to imagine everything Mr Cartoon has going on, but with all the press & excitement that surrounded the Live Strong Air Force 1’s that dropped last month, I’m sure he’s staying very busy right now. Not to mention being one of the most sought after Tattoo artist in the world. Here is a sneak peak of a cell phone project he did themed to match with the Livestrong AF1’s. This is definitely a must for any Soul Assassins / Mr Cartoon / SA Studios fan out there. Stay tuned for more info on these.

Thursday, July 23, 2009


S.A. Studios Reel. Mister Cartoon. Estevan Oriol. Joker Brand. Soul Assassins Studios

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Estevan Oriol Vlog #1: The Music Video Hustle

Famed L.A. photographer and director Estevan Oriol sits with us for a weekly vlog, where he will discuss everything from the state of music videos to how digital technology has changed things. To start it off, Estevan goes over how the art of music videos has changed since he got into it.

New LA woman Pre Order at Barnes and Noble..


Monday, July 20, 2009



Thursday, July 9, 2009

Tonight Downtown Art Walk at The Last Laugh

Tonight is the Downtown Art Walk and Mister Cartoon will be here tattooing. We still have a few of the AF1 tees left. Also, Estevan is releasing 2 of his new tees "Broads" and "Skullz".




Monday, June 29, 2009

Mister Cartoon AF1 Release Thursday July 2nd

Please do not be misinformed by NiceKicks.com. The new Mister Cartoon AF1 Stages Collection's official release will be here at
The Last Laugh Store on Thursday July 2nd.

Friday, June 26, 2009

R.I.P. Michael Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009)

The Game ft. VA - Better On The Other Side [Michael Jackson Tribute

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Carlitos is seen above putting in work at The Last Laugh. Also, above is Estevan Oriol chillin’ with Tha Bizness for Rime Magazine.


Carlitos is seen above putting in work at The Last Laugh. Also, above is Estevan Oriol chillin’ with Tha Bizness for Rime Magazine.

Monday, June 22, 2009


Check out the homie Big Flaco on the set of the Clipse I’m Good video shoot
Courtesy of Nah Right

New T-shirts Available on EstevanOriol.com

We've added 8 new t-shirts to Estevan's webstore. Buy now

Thursday, June 18, 2009


ITS FREE!!!!!!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

NEW Estevan Oriol T-Shirt 'For the Lost'

..Now available at The Last Laugh Store....
....THE LAST LAUGH....129 E. 6TH STREET....LOS ANGELES, CA 90014....TEL: 213.488.0313....WWW.THELASTLAUGHLA.COM....

Monday, June 15, 2009


Friday, June 12, 2009




Scouting Report: ROME
Reppin': Los Angeles, CA
Musical Style: Hip-hop

ROME is a young multi-talented artist, in his early 20s, hailing from the streets of Los Angeles. The young of three brothers, the aspiring musician endured a lot of hardships to survive growing up. After his father walked out of his family, his single immigrant mother and his two brothers were left to fend for themselves.

Some of these rough patches of his childhood, and even today's struggle, shines through in his music. Linking up with L.A. based label, BYI, Rome has progressed with his raw production. But as of last year, he's been trying to switch the focus on his solo career.

We caught up with ROME to talk about his struggles, his influences, and what makes this young artist tick.

His upcoming street album, My Demo, hits the streets next week. Get it, or stay up with ROME at Myspace.com/ROME.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Thursday June 11th Downtown Art Walk at The Last Laugh

Come check us out tomorrow Thursday June 11th for the Downtown Artwalk Mister Cartoon will be here tattooing so look for the classic rides in front of the shop.


Monday, June 1, 2009


R.O.M.E - Cryin (Produced by Tha Bizness)

Here goes the long awaited street single from R.O.M.E’s upcoming street album, My Demo, dropping here on June 15th! “Cryin” is produced by Tha Bizness and has R.O.M.E reflecting back on life and the struggle it took for him to get here.. Shout out to LuLu / B.Y.I. Entertainment and DJ Skee..

DOWNLOAD: R.O.M.E - Cryin (Produced by Tha Bizness)http://sharebee.com/fb1bb823

Friday, May 29, 2009



My Mom: “Tell me who your friends are, and I’ll tell you who you are.”
Ever since she told me that I let go of 99% of my friends and turned it
into a inner circle. Go-gettas, hustlers, everyone plays their part.
Why? So we can get the job done and enjoy the life we’ve always wanted
to live.

illRoots.com: Why the name R.O.M.E.?
ROME: Respect Over Money Everyday! I just want people to listen to
my music and take what they can from it to enhance the energy in their
lives. I tell stories and share the dreams I have when I’m asleep or
daydreaming. All I want is the respect from the Hip-Hop community, the
rest will follow. Cut the tree at the bottom and all the leaves and
branches will fall.

iR: Who do you attribute most of your success to?

ROME: The way I was raised. I was raised appreciating the little we
had: [a] 1 bedroom apartment, a single mother, breakfast for dinner,
the same shoes for a whole school year, et al. I attribute my success
to this because that’s what I rap about and lived, and my fans [can]
relate to this. I lay my whole life on the records. I don’t hide
anything about my life because if I did, I wouldn’t be sharing these
highlights of my life.

iR: If you weren’t in the music Industry where would you be?

ROME: I don’t know. The [music] is all I know and will ever know.
I’ve never had a 9-5. I’ve never done anything besides music. I don’t
know how to do anything else besides music.

iR: You’ve worked with the likes of Omar Cruz and Mistah
F.A.B. Who is one artist that you’ve recently worked with that we
should look out for?

ROME: Production wise, I’ve worked with Rick Ross & Jim Jones,
but what I want people to look out for is my album that’s being
released June 15. It’s called “My Demo.” It will be available as a free
download via my myspace. myspace.com/rome

iR: Best piece of advice you got, and from whom?

ROME: My Mom: “Tell me who your friends are, and I’ll tell you who
you are.” Ever since she told me that I let go of 99% of my friends and
turned it into a inner circle. Go-gettas, hustlers, everyone plays
their part. Why? So we can get the job done and enjoy the life we’ve
always wanted to live.

iR: Your thoughts on commerce and art?

ROME: It’s all about the music. If the music is there, the rest will follow.

iR: At the end of the day what matters most to you?

ROME: My family and my son who is on the way. I want us to live a
better life, whether on earth or in the sky. Everybody has put their
last 5 dollars in the pot in hopes of my success. It’s overtime right
now, ’cause pretty soon it can get played out like an old book, you
feel me? I just want the people around me to be happy. And when you do
what you love, it’s all smiles.

iR: As an artist / producer, what do you feel sets you apart from all other artist / producer-type artists?

ROME: My work ethic. I live in the studio, I make the beats and
write my own rhymes. If I’m not in the studio, I’m not doing any of

iR: ROME is ________.

ROME: “Inspiration” I’m good energy. That’s what I produce, light your candle with my knowledge and pass the light around!

iR: You have seamlessly overcome a lot of hardships in your
life up to this point, what do you feel are some of your most recent
conflicts and what have you derived from past experiences that got you
through these hard times?

ROME: The biggest conflicts I have come across is reaching peoples
attention. People are so quick to judge you or compare you to someone.
I know that when people hear my music all of that is gone. I represent
the bottom, so the only place I can take you or myself is to the top!
I’ve learned to adapt to environments and play my position. Life is a
jungle, and when you’re born, you must choose your animal! Thank you
for the support, and God bless!

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ROME behind the scenes

ROME "My Demo" sneak peak
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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Rising Producer Rome Stays Fired Up

24-year old Los Angeles native, Rome speaks about Hip Hop like he’s been studying the game for decades. Despite being a new face on the rap circuit, Rome’s been in the background for years, producing groundbreaking records for Interscope/B.Y.I. artist Omar Cruz. But now he’s hungry for his own voice in the game, and he won’t stop until the world hears what he’s got to say.

“My older brothers were always into Dr. Dre, Biggie, and Wu-Tang. An 8-year-old listening to ‘C.R.E.A.M’ and yelling out ‘Cash rules everything around me’ was kind of rare I’m sure, but that was normal to me.”

It wasn’t long before Rome was writing his own rhymes and started making beats in his garage. To fund this new passion, Rome and his brothers started a graphic design business out of the house while Rome was still in high school. “Me and my brothers would sit in our room trying to figure out how to make some money. Any money we would make would always go back to the music. I never had brand new shoes on, but I had some dope ass speakers and a subwoofer! To me that was cool.”

A chance encounter with music industry veteran Luis “LuLu” Torres, owner of B.Y.I. Entertainment, changed Rome’s life forever. “I met LuLu through one of my brother’s friends. He was working The Clipse at the time, and he needed a flyer done for a B.E.T. party. When he came into the room, he said, ‘Yo, do you guys know of any rappers? I’m looking for hot rappers.’ I told him to check out my music.” While LuLu wasn’t too enthusiastic about Rome’s persona as an MC at the time (“I could tell he wasn’t too fond of it,”) he was very impressed by his production skills. “LuLu told me, ‘I like what you guys are doing over here. I’ve never met young cats grinding like this.’”

Over the next couple of years, LuLu took Rome under his wing and brought him in the studio with producers like The Neptunes and Cool & Dre. “When I was in the studio with Pharrell, he told me, ‘Yo man, when you make your beats, make sure that they’ve got that certain swing to them.’” That swing became Rome’s signature “Latin soul” sound. He would go through his mother’s old Spanish records, chop them up, and add a hip-hop spice to them.

Rome’s big break came in 2006, when the “City Of Gods” mixtape by Omar Cruz that he produced caught the attention of Interscope Records. Shortly afterward, B.Y.I. signed a 50/50 joint venture deal with Interscope to release Omar Cruz’s album “Sign Of The Cruz”, and Rome was positioned to produce the majority of the record. “The experience I’ve had working with Omar Cruz has no price tag on it. It’s almost like a rapper’s internship. I picked up how the game worked.” With “Sign Of The Cruz” set to drop later this year, Rome has also been busy in the studio, working with Rick Ross, Jim Jones, and Busta Rhymes among others. But now, Rome’s taking it upon himself to step up to the mic and pursue his number one desire. “I’ve made a lot of beats, and I’ve done a lot of records, but I really want people to hear my story now.”

Rome makes new records every day, and releases nothing but free music online with a sole purpose of gaining a loyal fan base. “I could have zero dollars in my pocket, but have the biggest smile in the world on my face, because I know I’m working toward my future. My mom would always tell me, ‘Today we’re going to eat tortillas and beans, but tomorrow we’re going to go to that buffet you guys like.’ That’s how I live my life. I’m gonna sacrifice today for a better tomorrow.”

Monday, May 25, 2009


Xzibit Portrait by Estevan Oriol:Submit Your Email Address To Win It

Xzibit Portrait by Estevan Oriol:Submit Your Email Address To Win It

To coincide with the release of The Run UP Estevan Oriol interview, and to continue the 10th Anniversary festivities, Upper Playground is giving away an Estevan Oriol photo of Xzibit. The photo is a black and white portrait of Xzibit, is framed and measures 2 feet x 2.5 feet. To enter, all you have to do is sign up for the Upper Playground email list. If you are already signed up, then you are already entered to win. The contest is open for 2 weeks and a winner will be announced on Wednesday, June 3rd. For details, rules and more information read below.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Estevan Oriol t-shirt drop Thursday May 14th

Tomorrow, Thursday May 14th, in conjunction with the Downtown Art Walk, Estevan is dropping 2 new tee's, The Varrio and SA Kennels here at The Last Laugh Store.

Tomorrow, Cartoon is also dropping a new tee as well, stay tuned for the next post later tonight!