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Spanish Hip Hop
In the ‘70’s MC TNT created Spanish rap as a young boy who moved to the South Bronx from Santurce, PR. Hector Lavoe was a friend of my dads. He put me on to music by letting me play the clave in his band. At 9 years old I was rhyming in Spanish in front of Melly Mel and he told me to keep doing my thing, that he had never heard anyone rhyme in Spanish before. I would rhyme in Spanish all over the streets of the Bronx. I was given a Zulu Chapter. Chapter 2 Division 1 was made specially for me. Pow Wow from the Soul Sonic Force was a part of that chapter as well. I met DJ Louie Lou and he invited me to a jam at El Chevere Nightclub on Jerome and 167th Street. I performed and he was the DJ.
Into the 80’s I continued to make cassette tapes of me rhyming in Spanish and English. I used to hang out with the 240 crew in the jams that we used to have on the side of the building. I battled Gizmo, Fat Joe, Dynamite T and T La Rock just to name a few. I met DJ Chubby Chubs and he became my DJ. We performed in street jams all over the BX. I’d bump into people like The Treacherous Three, Force MC’s, DJ Flash and Mean Gene from the L Brothers.
In the 90’s I had my own studio. I met Pun in Forest Projects through Tomb The Sick One. I took him to my studio in the projects on 174th Street and recorded him for the first time. I also worked with Ray D who was producing some of my tracks. The Mic Is Mine, Let The Rhyme Flow and No Kind Of Sense are just some of the songs we did. Those songs got me working with DJ Charlie Chase from The Cold Crush Brothers who had a label named Koala Records which was in the same building as Sleeping Bag Records in Manhattan. During this time I also met an artist by the name of Candela. We made a few songs together such as Por La Esquina, Llorará and La Vida De La Calle just to name a few.
I did a song with DJ Louie Lou around this time titled Cógelo Compi. I met a group called Latin Empire. We began to perform in numerous places such as The Museum of Natural History; we had a global warming exhibit. We also performed in several colleges such as City College and Princeton University. In doing so this landed us a book deal titled From Bomba to Hip Hop.
In 2000 I had a label called Loose Change Pirates with Wah from Ruff Ryders. He gave me all the equipment from The Lox’s first album. I engineered, produced did artist development for many people. I worked with The Fiend from No Limit, Head Ice from Smack, Broadway, Fever and the Gorgeous Gangster from Harlem just to name a few. Presently I have a clothing called MC TNT. I also a song out on all streaming platforms titled Can’t F*** With This. Me and Candela have a song out right now called Llorará (a remake to our original one) under the VOLA (voice of Latin America) album. I am currently working on my next project. I was just recognized as the creator of Spanish rap in PR by one the pioneers named Piro. He has his own podcast titled Piro a La Naturaleza.
Spanish Hip Hop
THE MICROPHONE PRINCE
The Microphone Prince was born May 6, 1967 in Brooklyn New York. His family moved to the Bronx when he was two years old and at the age of 12 he began writing rhymes after hearing Rappers delight in the summer of 1979.
It was at the high school of Art & Design that he met Busy D (Capone Gangster of Comedy) and formed The T-Rock & The Turnout 2. They went on to record “Who’s the Captain” & “Yvonne & Corey” on an independent label. Mixed by DJ Red Alert, both songs got extensive airplay on the only two Hip Hop radio shows at the time. Red Alert & Mr. Magic’s Rap Attack. Wil Smith changed his name to Fresh Prince & wrote “Girls ain’t nothing but trouble” after hearing The Microphone Prince “Girls” on WBLS. (According to Fly Ty Williams of Cold Chillin / Juice Crew fame)
The two toured with the Juice Crew and performed at the Beacon Theatre and other venues with the likes of Eric B & Rakim, Stetsasonic & Fresh Prince, Roxanne Shante & The Juice Crew.
The Microphone Prince also had one of the first daytime Hip Hop radio shows in 1983 @ Medgar Evars college in Brooklyn 91.5 WNYE. The first to play artists such as Special Ed, Nice & Smooth and give DJ’s they’re first “on air” radio time. (Jazzy Joyce & Mr. C were early guests) the show focused on breaking new music, live rapping on air and interviewing members of groups not normally interviewed. (Dancers like Scoob & Scrap etc).
Around 1984 Paradise from X-Clan, (who was TMP’s DJ) GAVE UTFO the outline for Yvonne, a routine written by TMP & Capone and they wrote Roxanne Roxanne based on that. TMP & Capone ambushed UTFO at a performance at the Stardust Ballroom in the Bronx. “Not only had they copied the Yvonne concept, they were performing in OUR hood!” They refused to battle and walked away unscathed. Years later Kangol sang on Tito & TMP’s song “leave him” and Kangols 12 year old son produced “Floss Game” featuring Tito, TMP & Big Daddy Kane.
In 1991, Next Plateau / Polygram was looking to break the first Puerto Rican MC by recording a full length LP. Tito from the Fearless 4 was the prime candidate. He was not interested at the time and sent TMP to the Master OC. Becoming the first Puerto Rican MC to release a solo LP. TMP was signed in 1992 and completed his LP Trunk of Funk with NO guest appearances. The first single “Smooth Criminal” featured Greg Nice of Nice & Smooth on the hook and the video. It was produced by Hip Hop legends Master OC (Fearless 4) and Charlie Chase (ColdCrush Brothers) and TMP.
The second single was a “Trunk of Funk” remix by Marley Marl & was to feature the Lords of the Underground in the video. Sales of the album narrowly missed Polygrams 75,000 copy threshold and the project was scrapped. Next Plateau, however, recorded another single on TMP called “Las Mujeres” a Spanish language club record which generated another two years of Interest and performances for TMP.
The Mid to late 90’s were all underground mix tape years for TMP except for his appearance on the freestyle song called “Still Loving You” by Kimberly.
In 2001, Kool G Rap ignited Tito’s lyrical flames and invited him to appear on “Pop a collar” featuring Nas & Az. This was the catalyst which birthed The IronClad movement spearheaded by Tito & TMP (Boriquaz 4 Life) a self financed effort which included wrapped tour buses & trucks, 4 videos and a tour. But before that all popped off, Tito ran TMP through cyphers with the Likes of G Rap, Big Daddy Kane and Akinyelle to show the industry what they were dealing with. The Akinyelle cypher was a three way phone battle. Tito, TMP & Ak. “That shit was like the third fight between Rocky and Apollo” Nobody saw it but it was legendary.
Kool G Rap said Big Puns SOUL went into my body after hearing me spit. “Tony Touch stopped a song (All out warfare) three times, skipped over every one else’s parts to listen to my verse. Then came over and hugged me and said to please keep what Pun started going” I tried.
Towards the end of the IronClad run, Star from Hot 97 was looking to get at Jay Z. After the whole “Allyah” debacle. TMP supplied the flames for Star who played “The real take over” every day, 3 times a day and went at Jay Z HARD with it. Prompting calls from Def Jam. This eventually led to Star & Hot 97 parting ways as Jay was a stock holder. Jay responded with several subliminals but refused to create another 50 cent by openly accepting TMP’s challenge.
TMP Is currently working on a project titled “The Master Class” an attempt to gear our culture towards mature ideas like accepting responsibility, unity, family, love and teaching and leading our community and culture by example.
The Microphone Prince.
Mr. CAVALUCCI BIOGRAFIA
It's easy MR. CAVALUCCI Biografia: Lugar de nacimiento Brooklyn. New York, New York, Estados Unidos Edgar Santana, alias Mr. Cavalucci o Cavalucci. Nacio en Brooklyn, N.Y. Es de madre Puertoriqueña y de padre Italiano (de Sicilia), pero fue criodo en San Juan, Puerto Rico. Cavalucci Business Inc Entertainer Es Trujillo la region que verá dar sus primeros pasos como cantante. Comienza en el Underground con actuaciones en discotecas, fiestas de música urbana y programas de Television como "el show de Hector 'El Flaco Figueroa", "Viernes de rap", etc o principio de los 90s que lo lanzarian como rapero. Son sus inicios como cantante en el genero del Hip-Hop Cavolucci acepta grabar temos en las producciones como "Boricua Guerrero" "Kilates" "La Mission" junto a "Wisin y Yandel' a trabajado con diferentes productores musicales tales como "Dj Goldy' con la cancion "PUERTO RICO" isla del encanto. Tambien ha colaborado con "Dj Black'" en la produccion "The Wamior
Castro y Gambino
En el año 2000, Yamil y Andres se conocieron, descubrieron que compartían una fusión de
talento, estilo y habilidades de crear una relación dinámica musical componiendo y produciendo,
por lo tanto, formando el dúo Castro y Gambino. El joven dúo produjo varios mixtapes
subterráneos como “Castro y Gambino & Friend”, “Castro y Gambino The Takeover” y “Castro
y Gambino The Lockdown”.
En 2011, la estación de radio "La Kalle 105.9" organizó un concurso "Battle of the Beats" en el
cual participaron Castro y Gambino, eliminando quince concursantes con sus habilidades y
talentos. Con su creciente popularidad y por el boca-a-boca, en cuanto a su estilo incomparable
en el sonido, era una cuestión de tiempo antes de que comenzaron a hacer apariciones en radio y
televisión y actuar en clubes y conciertos. Castro y Gambino hicieron apariciones en el famoso
desfile y festival Puertorriqueño en Nueva York para la estación de radio "La Mega 97.9" de
2008 a 2013. A principios de 2013, hicieron acto de presencia en la Calle Ocho Festival de
Música en Miami, FL para Coca Cola.
Los muchos talentos de Castro y Gambino les han llevado a recientes colaboraciones con Don
Chezina, Mr. Cabaluchi, Alex Kyza, Bimbo, y por último su recién lanzado sencillo "Boca
Suelta", con Tony Sunshine