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The Frontline

The Frontline, commonly known as
Frontline, is a rap duo from Richmond,
California consisting of Left and
Locksmith, also known as Lock.[1] The
group is associated with West Coast hip
hop music.


[1] Group member Locksmith first got national exposure appearing on MTV's Freestyle Battle in 2003. and formed The Frontline in 1997. the album was reissued with additional tracks in 2005 by Ryko as Now U Know. Who R You. selling it themselves from the van in which they travelled to performances.[2][3] He reached the final round.[1][4] After gaining popularity through airplay on local radio stations.The two rappers were both born in Richmond and met while at Richmond Junior High School. but lost to a rapper named Reign Man. They initially recorded mixtapes and released their debut album.[1] . in 2004.

[1] Their hometown. but in the United States. One of the issues that has been brought up in multiple songs is being positive role models for youths. CA has one of the top homicide rates not only in CA. Lock and Left don't consistently make records about violence and do not romanticize it. nor glorifies it in their . While they are not opposed to gangster rap and rapping about previous transgressions. Richmond.Despite gaining popularity around the time of the Bay Area hyphy movement. Their lyrics are more socially conscious than most Bay Area rappers. The Frontline are not associated as hyphy artists. Neither rapper smokes or drinks alcohol.

While promoting their second album. on Bay Area radio station 106. which were released in underground and Bay Area Complication . they discussed the downside to drugs and alcohol abuse.[1] Lock and Left are both UC Berkeley Graduates (LEFT is currently earning a PhD in African Diaspora Studies).1 KMEL.[1] There are also two as-yet unreleased tracks named "I'm Still Livin'" & "Loco". Lock & Left.[1] Their dedication to youth and education is also reflected in their after- school mentoring and tutoring programs they have set up in the city of Richmond California. Much of their work has been produced by E-A-SKI.songs.

Locksmith has recently re-entered the battle arena and has emerged victorious in all of his recent battles (all of said battles are on youtube.Disc. We don't down anybody for what they do. Locksmith was working on his own solo album."[1] In 2009. but at the same time we will show them that there's another route. Frank the Rabbit. Locksmith said if the duo's approach: "We're trying to let them know that there's an alternative to the alcohol and drugs and violence that's going on.[3][5] . produced by

2005) .Billboard Independent Albums #48[6] Now U Know (2005). 2007). "It's Goin Down. Singles "What Is It" (2004) ." is a hidden track on this album. Ryko . The single.1 Who R You (May 10.Discography Albums The Bootleg Album Bootleg 2.Billboard Independent Albums #46[7] Lock & Left (September 25.

P.I.I.P. "Uh Huhh" (2004) "Bang It" (2005) "Take That" (2006) "When You Want It" (2006) "It's Goin' Down" (2007) "R." (2007) The group has had three videos on MTV: "Bang It" "When U Want It" / "The Truth" "R." "When U Want It" / "The Truth" was MTV Jam of the week on MTV Jams and MTV U .

RapReviews. "The Front Line "Bang It!" ". Marian (2005) "HOMEGROWN HIP- HOP: YOUNG TALENT IS STARTING TO BRING BAY AREA BACK TO PROMINENCE ON NATIONAL RAP SCENE ". Bernard. San Francisco Chronicle. Lee (2005) "RICHMOND VIOLENCE FUELS HIP-HOP DUO ". retrieved 2010-07-06 2. 2005.References 1. June 9. Liu. Adam (2009) "Locksmith interview ". The Wire. retrieved 2010-07-06 June 26. 2005. San Jose . Hildebrand. 2009. retrieved 2010-07-06 3.

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