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Do the Chico

Do the Chico

EAST L.A. — For most Angelenos, the holiday season is a time to get together with friends and family, and enjoy a little holiday cheer. For Jose Ramirez (aka Chico Hombre), the holiday season has been a time to deal with painful memories of Christmas’ past. Hombre grew up in the rough and tumble streets of East L.A. and his father was an alcoholic and his Uncle “Frosty” was a notorious cocaine dealer. This holiday season, however, promises to be a better time for dear Chico.  Several years ago, acting on the advice of his therapist, he started writing songs to help him deal with his pain and his songs are now major hits on several Spanglish radio stations. “I think my songs reflect the lives of many Angelenos. Everyone I grew up with had at least a few f*%ed up people in their family,” said Hombre during a recent radio interview. “My aunt was a puta, my cousin is a puto, and my dog got AIDS from a dirty needle he stepped on in the alley behind our house. It’s a pretty messed up world, but singing about it makes it less painful.”  So if you’re looking to lighten your pain burden during this holiday season, check out Chico’s songs, “Frosty the Blowman” and “Police Navidad”, on his My Space site: www.myspace.com/chicohombre

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