[Hip Hop En Español] Self Provoked, Aleman and Tocadiscos Trez Drop the English / Spanish Music Video “L.A.D.F.”
Hip-hop may have its origins in the Bronx, but the genre has spread thousands of miles across the globe since its humble beginnings in the late ’70’s. Today the story of rap music is like that of many new innovations that, once they become institutionalized as part of the mainstream and pop culture, they lose their edge. It is an example of how success can kill creativity and narrow the range of what is possible. This is true with music and particularly true when once Hip Hop becomes mainstream. Music evolution causes the rise and fall of genres over time and in order for rappers to survive they might need to sacrifice some of their originality and allow commercial trends dictate their musical style. It’s kind of fun, mainstream artists and media outlets reject underground Hip Hop just as much as underground heads reject the mainstream sound.
Despite of what has become of Hip-Hop culture in the US, Spanish Hip Hop reawakened my love for the music and it’s culture. International Spanish Hip Hop has been gaining spot light for a good 20 to 30 years now and has still be able manage to, for the most part remain influence free from the mainstream. Spanish Hip Hop has produced a series of legends and award winning groups and artists from across Latin America and Spain. Some of the stand-out artists that have left their footprint in the history of Spanish Hip Hop are Mexico’s Control Machete, Tiro de Gracia and Ana Tijoux from Chile. From Spain there is Mala Rodriguez, Orishas from Cuba. Sindicato Argentino del Hip Hop from Argentina and Colombia’s Tres Coronas.
One of the rappers currently making wave in the next generation of Hip Hop in Mexico is Aleman and last November JDS Films made posable for Aleman to link up with Self Provoked, a Los Angeles, CA based rapper whom has been helping pave the path for the next generation of Golden State MC’s. The Song is titled “L.A.D.F.” and is produced by Louden Beats and the video was shot and directed by JDS Films in Mexico City and presented as an exclusive of The Cypher Effect Hip Hop Music Network. The song artistically tries to bridge the gap between conflicting emotions, styles and language into one voice. A English / Spanish rap song is by no means new, but there are things that truly sets “L.A.D.F.” apart from other bi-lingual videos have been released in recent times. Although the video was shot in Mexico the song’s production facilitates the mood of the track and gives you the feeling of being both 100 % Los Angeles and 100 % Mexico at the same time. Together Aleman and Self Provoked are lively, smooth and aggressive. The song’s cuts are courtesy Tocadiscos Trez who you may have seen touring across Mexico and the US as Pato Machete’s official DJ.