Raquel Rivera’s Reggaetonica has been popping as of late (more bilingual blogs please). This post references recent waves of police violence in Puero Rico, linking to excellent new response songs by Calle 13, Welmo, and Julio Voltio. (I dropped the lyrically stunning Calle 13 one in my radio show last night, approx here.)
if you harbor any doubts about David Banner’s complicated greatness, I suggest you read his Fader interview.
When people come to David Banner they want some pimpin, a little bit of violence, a little bit of God so they wonâ€™t feel bad about the pimpin and a little bit of revolution just because they know that thatâ€™s me. Past that motherfuckers donâ€™t want shit else from David Banner. I tried to be creative, I tried to change music. Fuck that. We donâ€™t even get the support from our own structures and the shit that we be around. So itâ€™s like, we gotta do safe music, everybody wonder why people in the south do the type of the music they do, because ainâ€™t nobody behind us. We donâ€™t have that support that Eminem has, we donâ€™t have that label support that Outkast has, and then on they last record Outkast didnâ€™t get supported so how can we do something experimental when our label ainâ€™t gonna push it on America? We canâ€™t do what Eminem is doing, like if I had the support that Eminem hadâ€¦shit I might mix some salsa music with some reggae music and throw some 808s in there, you never know what the fuck a nigga might do. And thatâ€™s what movies have done for me. I donâ€™t wanna be David Banner all the fucking time. Thatâ€™s depressing. With movies I could be somebody else.
[foto by Amanda Marsalis, from Fader 28]