|Origin||Los Angeles, California, US|
|Genres||Hip hop, Christian hip hop|
|Years active||1997–2009, 2012–present|
|Labels||Eartube Empire, Squint, Basement, Gotee, Syntax|
|Associated acts||Flynn Adam, Rootbeer, Brainwash Projects, Haylieoos Fisherman, Cookbook and UNO Mas|
Joey the Jerk
J-Beits (Great Jason)
L.A. Symphony is an independent hip hop group from Los Angeles, California. Current members of L.A. Symphony are FLYNN (also known as Flynn Adam), UNO Mas, CookBook, Joey the Jerk (formerly Joey's Dream), Sareem Poems (fka Sharlock Poems), Pigeon John and bTwice (collectively known as Brainwash Projects), and J-Beits a.k.a. Great Jason. Past members include Trendi MC (who compose Halieyoos Fishermen with Sharlok Poems and J-Beits), Coy (Paul "Coy" Allen), Xpress, Gaja and Beond of Acid Reign.
Formed in 1997, the band released their first album, 1999s Composition No. 1 on independent record label Eartube Empire. They then recorded an album entitled Call It What You Want between 1999 and 2001 for Squint Entertainment. It contained tracks produced by the band and by Mario C, will.i.am and Prince Paul. It was slated to be released in April 2001 and was sold as a bootleg copy at live shows and online until unofficially released as CIWYW, in addition to a release a promotional EP titled Big Broke L.A. that contained tracks from Call It What You Want. The lead single was "Broken Tape Decks" and was released as a limited edition 12" vinyl and CD single, with B-Side "What You Say?!?". The album was never released due to issues with the label.
LA Symphony independently released the Baloney EP in 2002. Originally, 1000 limited edition copies were pressed, hand-numbered and shipped in resealable sandwich bags. Baloney was later re-pressed.
Following the Baloney EP, L.A. Symphony was signed to Gotee Records. They then released The End Is Now in 2003, Less Than Zero in 2005 and Disappear Here in 2005. 2005 was also a year of personal tragedies for the band. CCM reported that immediately after re-signing to Gotee, three members experienced personal traumas—UNO came down with Guillain-Barré syndrome, CookBook's father suffered from a stroke, and Joey's grandfather also died.
In 2009, the members decided to put the group on hiatus. Since then several members have continued with solo projects.
On December 19, 2011, rumors started circulating (via bTwice's Twitter account) about a reunion of the group. The group would likely welcome back former members bTwice, Pigeon John, J-Beits (aka Great Jason), and J-BoogiE. On February 15, 2012 it was announced by bTwice via Twitter that the group would play the 2012 Paid Dues festival. It was also said that former members Pigeon John, J-Beits (Great Jason), and bTwice will return to the group for this show.
In December 2014, released their first record together with all 8 members since 2003 in honor of their 15th anniversary called You Still on Earth!?!.
|1999||Composition No. 1||Eartube Empire|
|2001||Big Broke L.A. (Promo EP)||Squint Entertainment|
|2003||The End Is Now||Gotee Records|
|2005||Call It What You Want||Squint Entertainment|
|2005||Less Than Zero||Gotee Records|
|2005||Disappear Here||Gotee Records|
|2014||You Still on Earth?||L.A. Symphony Music|
- Call It What You Want track listing
- Broken Tape Decks
- What You Say!? (featuring FatLip)
- Champion Birdwatchers
- Very Expensive
- San Diego
- Easy Now
- David Stoutmeyer (Skit)
- Celly Situation
- Broken Now
- Anything (featuring Black Eyed Peas)
- Call It What You Want
- Portell, Paul. "Interview - L.A. Symphony". Retrieved 2009-01-02. Archived May 5, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
- "LA Symphony at HHHDB". HHHDB (the Holy Hip Hop DataBASE).
- Farias, Andree (November 2005). "Disappearing Act". CCM Magazine 28 (5): 12.
- "L.A. Symphony Reunion In The Works?". Sphere Of Hip-Hop.
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