U5: ABOUT US

this is our story

With a history stemming from the famous Bushwick 1987 U5 Crew in Brooklyn, New York, U5: Enterprises launches on the international scene as the first graffiti-based art & entertainment company to go GLOBAL. U5 reappeared in 2008 with one of its original 5 Prezes, Rated, presenting U5 as a business. Building upon the popular cartoon character (and former pet/U5 mascot) Inky which appeared in various outlets such as Graff News, Fine Print Magazine, The Bushwick Observer, The Frontline Newspaper, and various newsletters - U5's legacy continues.
On July 5th 2008, a long overdue 20-year U5 reunion was held at NYC's South Street Seaport. There Rated met with original U5 members to reveal his memoirs of U5 depicted in "U5: The Truth Behind The Lives." During this reunion, U5 essentially 'reunited' again. Its purpose was to promote its members’ artistic talents, self-empowerment, financial independence, and entrepreneurism. All this was done in the memory of Soni & Slick whose lives were lost in 1989.
The company draws from its individual artists’ abilities to provide a marketable product to offer the public. This company is named U5:Enterprises!
U5:Enterprises is set to become the premiere location for art, live entertainment, unique merchandise, and a growing array of goods and services in a variety of industries. By drawing from our member’s inert talents and contacts, it allows U5 to continue to be relevant to other artists, admired by our customers, and sought after by stakeholders. Our 5-year vision, which began in 2012, came to fruition in 2016 as U5 gained U5 members in all 193 countries; a feat few companies have achieved. U5 being represented in every single country makes U5 the first truly GLOBAL graffiti-based crew/company ever! This push was dubbed World:U5!
U5:Enterprises Founder, and Chapter 3 President - Rated has painted dozens of murals internationally to include Cambodia, Vietnam, Puerto Rico, Myanmar, Thailand, Rwanda, and Uganda.
Just 90 days after U5:Enterprises began, its subsidiary U5:Entertainment saw Jen Bair U5 from Akron, Ohio go on tour in El Salvador launching the company to stardom in San Salvador. There Jen Bair delivered a taste of U5:Enterprises as bewildered on-lookers were amazed at the American talent. After shows at prominent clubs in San Salvador, El Salvador Jen Bair had an opportunity to perform at the American Embassy, El Salvador. Her show prompted major attention and coverage by local and nationwide media alike.
Rated U5 followed up with an unprecedented August 2011 hip-hop art show dubbed “U5:Arternity” in Phnom Penh, Cambodian delivering a taste of all the elements of hip-hop to the Cambodia culture. Building upon that event, Rated entered the "40 Masks Exhibition" at Phnom Penh's Plantation Hotel and a subsequent June 2012 hip-hop art show entitled “U5:Quite Capable” held at the infamous Meta House. In both Meta House shows, Rated brought in vocal artists from his U5:Entertainment business (Lottie Dah and Furor U5). These artists provided Cambodia with authentic New York City 80s era graffiti and vocal tunes.
In the years to follow, U5 COO: U5A, Crys U5 took the helm as the CEO as Rated began his transition to retire from the US Army. During that period U5 began to prosper internationally drawing in hordes of members from Thailand, Myanmar, and Uganda. U5 began to ‘do more than just art’ as they began engaging in humanitarian relief efforts as well as limited charity work in South East Asia. Returning to New York City to hold a huge show entitled “U5: New York State of Mind” U5 brought the likes of Rad, Popcorn, GA, Zeeq, Furor, Por to perform in NYC.
After his retirement from the armed forces, Rated U5 sought work in the private sector’s defense industry and re-focused his attention to the company and its international footprint. The goal of the company is to keep the names of their lost ones alive through this ever growing and evolving ‘movement!”
His second book " Take Everything That I Have, Then Take More...U5: My 5oul to Keep" will be the next book to be released as well as his next issue of "Fine Print" Magazine in 2017. Meanwhile, his first book "U5: The Truth Behind The Lives" continues to soar and receive praise in both English and Cambodian Languages. Book signings are ongoing and have occurred in Cambodia, New York, Arizona, and Washington D.C. A strong push will follow to promote a myriad of U5:Merchandise including U5:GRFX clothing, U5:XTRA's Unique Lingerie, and a movie in the works by the brother of an original U5 member, Javier Ortiz entitled: "Escaping Bushwick."

 

 

 


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