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17 October 2014
Three veterans on the Spanish hip-hop scene, Rapsusklei and Sharif, from Zaragoza, and Juaninacka from Sevilla decided to drop this free “Poetry 101” on Eterno Miusik.
While the three keep releasing albums for sale and tour (please support!), their commitment to the idea behind Eterno Miusik is intriguing. “It’s not just a label but a platform… to make music in order to cure the wounds of the soul. It’s more about a personal development and about our own satisfaction.” Certainly does it for mine.
Click the cover for the link. And on their site, do the same.
ENERO (beat por Neza)
HALAL (beat por Stash House)
SÏMBOLOS (beat por Baster)
MIGUEL ANGEL (beat por Amalgama Beats)
CLEOPATRA (beat por Viruten Roi)
SANGRE ROJA (beat por Baster)
EL EMIGRANTE (beat por GZE Beats)
OHH (beat por Acción Sanchez)
LICOR Y POESÏA (beat por Stash House)
DICEN (beat por The Unbeatables)
More about Juaninacka on my blog here.
Check the links behind the artists’ names for lots of great free stuff.
21 April 2010
From our old friend Juaninacka, this is a free EP the man and his DJ Makei are giving away online. The 8 “Songs of now and always” are aiming at nothing less than the renewal of the scene as it is. Carefully crafted beats using real instrumentation and mind-boggling lyrics are here to raise the level and prove once again who’s been writing history in Spanish hip-hop. Check the albums under the first link above. I dare you to show me one track in Juaninacka’s catalogue that sucks. (Okay, some links are down, and out of fairness to Juaninacka, I’ll leave them down.) But best of all, this is free. You’d be a fool to pass this up. ;)
Juaninacka & DJ Makei – Canciones de Ahora y Siempre (2010)
4 November 2007
Juaninacka (Juan Ignacio Guerrero) gathered his first experience making music in the Sevillan crew La Alta Escuela. After the group split up, Juaninacka put out one 12″ with the group’s DJ and then went solo to put out his first release in 2002, which was a 6-track promo EP. Then, the following year, he stepped it up with the Versión EP and, just another year later, he had his first full-length album out: Caleidoscopio. Last year, in 2005, he dropped the 12″ El Hombre to get people ready for what was to come. This year has seen the release of his latest solo album to date, which he says has been the most intense and demanding experience so far. And it shows. Luces de neon (Neon lights) gives us his most mature and introspective piece of music that easily holds its own in comparison to international standards.
So to kick it off, here’s the video to Hoy, the Accion Sanchez (SFDK) produced single off his current album for you to watch.
Promo (2002) (EP)
Versión (2003) (EP)
Caleidoscopio (2004) (LP)
El Hombre (2005) (12″)
(*edit: now including instrumentals and the very ill bonus!*)
Luces de Neon (2006) (LP)
21 April 2010
On the same site I got Juaninacka’s mixtape from, DJ Makei’s got another banger lined up. This EP he made with young Sevillan compadre Marco Skinny. To be honest, I’d never heard of him before, and going by his name I wasn’t expecting too much, but this kid is a great surprise. He rides the full breadth of Makei’s beats with the skills of a seasoned veteran. Turns out, this his 4th mixtape, so he’s not as new to the game as I thought. One mixtape I have found dates back to 2006, which is coming up soonish. And I must say, Makei is surely but slowly making it up on my favourite producer shortlist. Dude’s work is just rock-solid.
Do not be fooled by the title. This has nothing to do with annoying-ass dancy pop songs. This is just great free hip-hop from the southern tip of Spain. Enjoy.
Marco Skinny & DJ Makei – Fuego Macarena (2010)
13 November 2006
To continue our little excursion into Spanish hip-hop, let’s turn to another wordsmith from the former Alta Escuela camp. When Alta Escuela disbanded and Juaninacka started his solo career, Tote King also got to work on his own material. After a tape that was never properly released, he teamed up with his younger brother Shotta in 2002 to put together this first album called “Tu madre es una foca” (Your mother is a fat seal.) A phrase that’s become their trademark and that’s meanwhile entered Spanish youth lingo. Word has it that Tote was gonna make a solo album with tons of features but that the record company didn’t have the kinda money to pay for all the guest spots. So his brother came in quite handy. The two work together like fish and chips and both master the flow like they’ve never done anything else in their lives.
Tote King & Shotta – Tu madre es una foca (2002)
Then, in 2004, Tote King finally got the deal to release his first solo album called “Musica para enfermos” (Music for the ill). Easily one of the best hip-hop albums to come out of Spain. But don’t take my word for it. Listen for yourselves.
Tote King – Musica para enfermos (2004)
… and in the same year Shotta put out his own solo record called “La Selva” (The Jungle) on which he features his brother as well as other MCs from the axis of dopeness Sevilla-Malaga.
Shotta – La selva (2004)
But that is still not enough. This year, Tote King has come back with a brandnew album entitled “Un tipo cualquiera” (A regular guy), which he and producer Big Hozone recorded in 3 months. Again, the album’s got it all. Scathing commentary on the world we live in, mind-blowing rhymes, funny metaphors, a guest spot by Cannibal Ox and beats, beats, beats…
Tote King – Un tipo cualquiera (2006)
And as a little bonus, for those who want to know what the guy sounds like before grabbing these albums, here’s an endorsement Tote was asked to do for the Spanish team playing at the basketball world championship in Spain. Tote used to play b-ball himself back in the day, so he was a pretty obvious choice. That’s a crazy harsh beat by Griffi, in case you were wondering.
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4 October 2006
Interestingly enough, if you go back to the first steps of Spain’s hottest MCs, they almost always started out with an uncompromised, hardcore, rough sound. This album, like other early work of Spain’s big dogs in hip-hop, shows that the kids’ lyrical talent was usually far ahead of their production technique.
La Alta Escuela was to the Sevilla hip-hop scene what a bullpen is to a baseball game. Here, they were getting ready to take the field by storm and prove, round by round, who rules. Both Juaninacka and Tote King now have to be counted as two of the most mature and most versatile solo MCs in the country. Juanma, the third MC, can be heard on some guest spots and has only just released an EP in 2005 entitled El que faltaba (=He who was missing.) Indeed, he was. When the group split up, Juaninacka and DJ Randy put together a maxi called Otra historia de Coria (=Another story from Coria. Coria del Rio is the borough in Sevilla where they are from) under the moniker Billy el Niño y Don Dinero in 2000. After that, Juaninacka kept going on his own (see the Juaninacka post.)
So, even though I don’t know much about this album except that it was supposed to be their first demo and, with help from DJ Acción Sánchez of SFDK, was turned into their first (and only) LP, here it is in all its unpolished glory, to give you an idea of how Juaninacka and Tote have evolved from then till now.
La Alta Escuela – De Pie En Vuelo (1999)
Big up to Dorme for sorting me out with this album so swiftly!