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The Psycho Realm
Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres West Coast Rap, Hardcore Rap, Gangsta Rap, underground hip hop, Political Hip Hop
Years active 1994–present
Labels Sick Symphonies
Ruffhouse Records
Associated acts Cypress Hill
Street Platoon
La Coka Nostra
Website http://www.sickjacken.com
Members Sick Jacken
Big Duke

The Psycho Realm is an American hip hop group started in 1989 by brothers Sick Jacken (Joaquin Gonzalez) and Big Duke (Gustavo Gonzalez) from the Downtown, Pico-Union area of Los Angeles. The first recorded Psycho Realm song, "Scandalous", was released on the soundtrack of the film Mi Vida Loca in 1994. That same year B-Real of the rap group Cypress Hill saw Psycho Realm performing at Olvera Street for an End Barrio Warfare concert. Their performance inspired B-Real to the point that he wanted to join the group. With this time period being the height of Cypress Hill’s career anything Cypress Hill related would get major publicity.

In 1997 Sony released the first Psycho Realm album, labeled as an addition to the Cypress Hill Family by the sticker placed on the CD case. Due to conflicts with the record label the Gonzalez brothers were dropped from Sony as Jacken explains, "the machine was just trying to censor me / Didn't do it for Sony so they ended up releasing me / Independent, no longer locked down for an infinity / So my vicinity stays true to my identity." The brothers then went on to form Sick Symphonies, their own record label, which lacked the big budget for promotion and distribution in chain stores along with group member B-Real, who was stuck on his contract with Sony for Cypress Hill.


On January 29, 1999 at 12:35 a.m. one month before the expected release of the second Psycho Realm album, Duke was shot in the neck in a confrontation while trying to split up a fight at Tommy's Burger Stand at Beverly and Rampart Boulevard in Los Angeles which left him paralyzed from the neck down for life. The shooter, a 24 year old named Robert Gorcsi, who was on parole at the time of the shooting, was given a bond set at 1.6 million dollars, he was eventually jailed for attempted murder.[1] Jacken later that same year released A War Story: Book I with B-Real only appearing on one song. In 2001 the Sick Symphonies label released The Steel Storm the first album of a new group called Street Platoon. Jacken with the help of Street Platoon finished A War Story: Book II which came out at the end of 2003, which was already halfway done before the shooting of Duke.

The group aims to inject pride and knowledge into those who live in the gang infested poverty ridden neighborhoods, but at the same time wants to open the minds of the ones on the outside who look down upon them. Jacken attempts to explain to outsiders with his statement, "my people’s exodus results in prejudice / you ask us why in poverty we become terrorists/ well let me tell you this we don’t choose to tote gats / and selling on the corner is to avoid tax". Duke views the group not as rappers but neighborhood reporters. They choose to document, "a time when its in fashion to be gun flashing, blasting... strapped ready for rivals harassing". The Psycho Realm spoke about the corruption of Rampart police officers from their experiences living in the Rampart district, before the Rampart Scandal hit the media. The group also promotes the unification of gangs with remarks such as "think about who dies when we let the lead out, we’re killing family tragically". The Psycho Realm has grown a worldwide following of "soldiers", and have performed in Mexico, Latin America, Japan, and Europe. At the moment Duke is in charge of all merchandising for Psycho Realm. Duke is known to personally reply to many of his fans emails, and is actively involved in a large percentage of production in Psycho Realm, and other affiliates' work.



Sick Jacken appearances[edit]

Psycho Realm presents Sick Symphonies[edit]

  • 2005: Psycho Realm and Street Platoon Present... Sick Symphonies: Sickside Stories
  • 2007: Sick Symphonies Presents DJ FM Street Mixes Vol.1

Sick Jacken albums[edit]


External links[edit]

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142 news items

LA Weekly (blog)
Wed, 02 May 2012 03:28:33 -0700

That's the iconic emblem of Psycho Realm, the underground rap familia that he and his brother, Gustavo "Big Duke" Gonzalez, founded in the late 1980s as adolescents on the streets of Pico-Union. Since the mask was first used in the album artwork for ...

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DropMusic - Revista Eletrônica
Tue, 24 Feb 2015 13:00:00 -0800

Neste único show no Brasil, o Cypress Hill subirá ao palco depois de Sick Jacken, do grupo de rap baseado em Los Angeles, Psycho Realm. Contam que, depois de assistir a um show do grupo, B-Real, do Cypress Hill ficou tão impressionado que decidiu ...
Fri, 23 Mar 2012 07:26:15 -0700

SMC Entertainment has announced the long-awaited next release from Los Angeles, California veteran Rap group Psycho Realm. Psycho Realm Presents Sick Jacken and Cynic: Terror Tapes 2 will release May 15 and features the likes of Murs, Joell Ortiz, ...
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:03:45 -0800

Nel 2013 si sono esibiti sullo stesso palco dei Good Old Boys a Roma e hanno curato l'opening act di molti altri artisti, anche internazionali, tra cui M1 (Dead Prez), Psycho Realm, Barracruda e Aban. Il 16 febbraio 2015 i quattro propongono un nuovo ...
Mon, 03 Dec 2012 15:49:46 -0800

The Psycho Realm embarked on a tour in support of their latest release Terror Tapes 2 and their collaboration with Tattoo Nation, which started Friday, November 23 in Thessaloniki, Greece and took them across the European continent into Russia and back ...
OC Weekly (blog)
Wed, 07 May 2014 03:42:03 -0700

But he was surprised last month when he found out the Yost was still hosting Psycho De Mayo--a very different Psycho De Mayo, presented by LA hip hop legends Psycho Realm slated for May 4. It turns out the group, led by emcee Sick Jacken, had started ...
Fri, 11 Mar 2011 13:22:30 -0800

Original streetwear line, Tribal, is still dropping new seasons, as they've done consistently over their 20-year existence. Most recently, the San Diego-based brand dropped their brand new, Spring 2011 Collection. Their new line boasts, at least, 10 ...
OC Weekly (blog)
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 04:40:17 -0700

Not since 2001: A Space Odyssey have we been handed such an out-of-this-world impression of sci-fi in pop culture. The music of Let's Drive to Alaska is a majestic journey through electronic beats, jazz, and post-rock that ultimately stimulates the ...

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