Hip-hop celebrated its 50th official birthday this year. Since its beginnings in the Bronx, hip-hop has become an inextricable part of the musical landscape across Las Americas. For the last week of Hispanic Heritage Month, music journalist Sandra Treviño points to Latine artists who are weaving traditional music into their takes on the uniquely American genre.
Here are Treviño’s suggestions for rounding out your hip-hop playlists — and as always, you can find more of her musical musings at her site, Enchúfate.
Kaczynski Composite Sketch, “BELTESHAZZAR”
SANDRA SAYS: “MC Sorcerer leads Kaczynski Composite Sketch, a project that just debuted on the Chicago label No Sé Discos with the album, ‘Deviled Ham on Rye.’ He’s got beats, brains, bravado and a unique way of making sense of philosophical musings through rap, poetry and hip-hop.”
Louwop, “No Soy de Aqui, No Soy de Alla”
SANDRA SAYS: “I love Louwop’s music because he uses hip-hop to share stories of hope and empowerment representing families like his, immigrants and refugees, and reflecting the migration of music and poetry. His debut album as a solo artist is titled ‘La Ofrenda’ and in this gem, you’ll hear a blend of hip-hop with son clave, cumbia and other Latine rhythms that highlight its endless possibilities. A warning: The video for this song will definitely hit you in the feels.”
La Dame Blanche, “Oídos Sordos”
SANDRA SAYS: “She’s a percussionist and known for her flute-playing talent. She reflects her beliefs, her spirituality and religion in her music, combining it with Afro-Cuban rhythms, reggae, dancehall, cumbia and rap. She’s a fierce contender in Latine hip-hop. This track features some dope fusions of funk and jazz.”