Part II of “A Latino History of Hip-Hop” which premiered March 20th, is premiering this Friday, June 5th on the weekly radio show, Latino USA, distributed by NPR or on SoundCloud. Latino USA is the longest running Latino-focused programing on radio and recent recipient at the 74th Annual Peabody Awards.
Part I discussed the origins of hip-hop in New York City, and hot Latinos added their own cultural flair to the new form of music. Greats like, Devastating Tito, Lee Quiñones, and Charlie Chase offer their own perspectives from living and working during the beginning of it all. But as time progressed, their contributions to MCing, DJing, graffiti, and break dancing became less noted.
Part II offers more by giving a closer look in hip-hop starting from the late 80’s to present day. Latinos have made a profound difference in major cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Miami. The segment will discuss the legacy of Big Pun (Christipher Lee Rios), the first Latin rapper to go platinum and forge through the underground hip-hop scene in The Bronx. Other guests include: Mellow Man Ace, Bodega Bamz, and DJ Laz.