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Spanish language music: Latin Rap / Hip Hop




ABOUT LATIN RAP & HIP HOP


Hip hip music began in the late 1980s in Spain and in the early 1990s in Mexico under the influence of American rap. The Mexican movement was propelled by the influence of US-Latin performers and led to a new rap-rock style. However, Mexican rap remains largely an underground phenomenon. Spain likewise has no popular hip hop movement, though the style is flourishing in other European countries. While some of the artists listed below sing primarily in English, they are listed here because they are Hispanic in origin and their music is influenced by Latin musical traditions.

LATIN RAP & HIP HOP ARTISTS, CDs & AUDIO CLIPS

Big Pun (South Bronx, USA / Puerto Rico)
CD Endangered Species [2001] • LISTEN BUY CD | CD Yeeeah Baby [2000] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Capital Punishment [1999] • LISTEN BUY CD

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Control Machete (Mexico)

CD / DVD Mucho Barato Decimo Aniversario [2007] • BUY CD | CD Artilleria pesada, presenta [1999] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Mucho barato [1997] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Uno, dos: Bandera [2003] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Solo para fanaticos [2002] • LISTENBUY CD
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Cypress Hill (South Central LA, USA)
CD Black Sunday [1993] • LISTENBUY CD • REVIEW: If a case can be made for gangsta rap, Cypress Hill is the act to make it. The trio of L.A. Latinos has the commercial clout and its raps are mercifully free of the misogyny, homophobia, and anti-Asian, anti-Jewish racism that so often mars the genre. Member/producer D.J. Muggs creates an eerily lean soundscape of whining sirens, off-kilter funk rhythms, metallic percussion, nasal taunts, and gruff warnings that's the aural equivalent of today's nerve-rattling cop flicks and mob movies. ~ Review by Geoffrey Himes

CD Los grandes exitos en español [1999] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Till Death Do Us Part [2004] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Cypress Hill [1991] • LISTENBUY CD
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Delinquent Habits (LA)
CD Merry Go Round [2001] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Delinquent Habits [1996] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Here Come the Horns [1998] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Freedom Band [2003] • LISTEN BUY CD
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Jennifer Lopez (Bronx, USA)
CD On the 6 [1999] • LISTENBUY CD | CD J.Lo [2001] • LISTENBUY CD | CD This Is Me ... Then [2003] • LISTENBUY CD | CD The Reel Me [2003] • LISTEN BUY CD
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Tha Mexakinz (Long Beach, USA)
CD Tha Mexakinz [1996] • LISTEN BUY CD
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Molotov (Mexico)
CD Done jugarán las niñas? [1997] • LISTENBUY CD • REVIEW: Originally banned in Mexico and slapped with a lawsuit in Spain, Molotov, a foul-mouthed rap en español group based in Mexico City, is as fired up as Rage Against the Machine on its debut. The album's title, which translates as "Where Will the Little Girls Play?" parodies ¿Dónde Jugaran los Niños? (Where Will the Children Play?), a 1992 album by Maná, one of rock en español's biggest acts. But that's just the beginning. Rapping in both Spanish and English, the band puts together an explosive blend of turntable scratches, thick bass lines, and flamenco guitar riffs. Initially misinterpreted as a slur against homosexuals, "Puto (Coward)" actually makes fun of anyone not willing to stand up for himself. With its chanted lyrics and anti-authority theme, "Gimme Tha Power" is an anthem for disenfranchised people everywhere. Think of Molotov's Dónde as Mexico City's answer to Public Enemy's It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. -- Review by Jeff Niesel

CD Dance and Dense Denso [2003] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Apolcalypsh [1999] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Molomix [1998] • LISTEN
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Orishas (Cuba / France)
CD A lo cubano [2000] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Emigrante [2002] • LISTEN BUY CD
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Ozomatli (Los Angeles)
CD Ozomatli [1998] • LISTENBUY CD • REVIEW: Multiculti Los Angeles-based 10-piece Ozomatli is more than the sum of their parts: hip-hop, salsa, and funk crash head-on in this surprisingly natural collaboration. Their self-titled debut makes Ozomatli sound like one of the world's great live shows--a party band with a brain--and they pull it off deftly. Rapper Chali 2na ("Charlie Tuna," get it?) has an authoritative voice and a way with words, mixing references from Edie Brickell to Ed McMahon; just he and the Cut Chemist (both of Jurassic 5), who lends his turntable skills to the proceedings, would make for an entertaining album. But it's the way that the two--when they're even featured--build on and blend into the grooves of the wah-pedal-and-brass-section-powered ensemble that sets Ozomatli apart. Danceable and engaging, they've made a promising debut. -- Review by Randy Silver

CD Don't Mess With the Dragon [2007] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Street Signs [2004] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Embrace the Chaos [2001] • LISTENBUY CD
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South Park Mexican (Houston, USA)
CD Soundtrack When Devils Strike [2006] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Power Moves [1998] • LISTENBUY CD | CD SPM: The Purity Album [2000] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Never Change [2001] • LISTENBUY CD | Live CD Hillwood [1999] • LISTENBUY CD
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Vico C (Puerto Rico)
CD Desahogo [2005] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Aquel que había muerto [1998] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Emboscada [2001] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Vico C - Greatest Hits [1994] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Historia [1999] • Vol. 1 LISTENBUY CD, Vol. 2 LISTENBUY CD
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