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all that's left : a photo essay .



on tuesday , october 9 , an electrical fire started in a home studio & left the occupants of 2250 tracy terrace with nothin but their lives . those occupants were none other than kutmah fresh (dj / beatmaker extraordinaire) & my love , brandon schoolhouse (han cholo) .

where it all started . the home studio .


this room used to be filled with classic toys & music memoriabilia , a great vinyl collection that included rare vinyl test pressings , & various instruments .

the drumset was here before it disentegrated . this cage used to house an old roommate's boyfriend . don't ask .


(what used to be) the back room . . .


the livin room .


r . i . p fish . brandon truly adored u . . .


bathroom . . .


kutmah's room housed his livelihood . he's a dj that actually still spins vinyl . his entire collection . . .



. . . his tables , mixer , & mpc . . .


i have only spent the last 8 months in that house as opposed to brandon's 13 years , but i loved bein there . for some reason i was not there the mornin of the fire by sheer coincidence . had i have been there would be two imprints in this bed :



hours after the blaze we went back to retrieve what we could , namely his grandma's jewelry collection , salvageable photos & keep sakes , & his toys :





thank god these are made of metal . . .


. . . cuz if they weren't they would be lyin in this melted pile on the curb :














dark hearts would have band practice in the studio on monday & thursday nites . october 8 was the last practice , & the infamous ghost that lurked in the house made an appearance . brandon saw it standin in front of the amp that was plugged into the faulty electrical socket that started the fire . paris could feel the ghost pushin his head down in the direction of the amp while he played drums . george couldn't play bass in his usual spot cuz he felt somethin crowdin his space . omen , perhaps ?

my heart is so heavy . i cried nonstop for 2 days . i admire brandon for bein so strong in light of this horrific experience . he realizes that this is simply a new beginnin . it's just crazy . . . it's easy to take for granted what could be here today & gone tomorrow . brandon & kutmah alike are loved by so many people , & it's really beautiful to see everyone come together to help them thru this period . many benefits are bein planned this month , the first of which will be held 2morrow (sunday) at the do over party . if u are in the LA area & would like to attend we will be at crane's tavern in hollywood (el centro btw hollywood blvd & selma) all afternoon . stay tuned for another event at the end of the month . . .

. . . oh . also , make sure to put fresh batteries in ur smoke detectors asap & if u don't have renter's insurance u should look into getting some .

we're sad to see the clubhouse go . now , it's just a boarded up house of melted memories .

cheers . . . to new beginnings .

(photos courtesy of yours truly )