Spain


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.

PORTADAClick 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.

Peace,

9@home

Thanks to this impressive website chockfull of free legal material, I’ve stumbled over this group by chance – and it makes me wonder how much more dope music is out there that I should know of.

Complot is a hip-hop trio from the Spanish city of Elche. Their constellation is what I might call the new classic formula. One MC, a DJ and a producer, leaving the rapping to one guy and focusing on the music with double the staff. So while MC Trondosh spits top-notch bars, DJ Darke keeps the platters in check and Viccpro cranks out the beats. And if a bit more rapping is in order, hell, let’s just ring up a few buddies from the Elche/Alicante area as well as other southern cities to drop a few verses on their tracks. The Alicante area gets a bit less national attention than Sevilla, Malaga, Barcelona or Madrid, but there’s a lot of talent worth keeping an ear on. I’ll go on record and say that these three underground cats can quite comfortably keep up with the top dudes on Spain’s hip-hop scene. So get this free stuff, cos their next release “The Show” from 2009 wasn’t free anymore, strictly speaking.

Now, I encourage you to browse the whole hhgroups.com website which lets you dl entire albums, beats and whatnot, but the file names and tags tend to be an awful mess. So as a service to you, here’s the neatly formatted album for your convenience.

1. Intro [Producido por Viccpro]
2. Duro como acero (con Lesky)
3. Amor adolescente (con Miss)
4. Naufragos (con El Cerebro) [Producido por Viccpro]
5. Mi magia (con Sucios de mente) [Producido por Viccpro]
6. Esperanza
7. La jaula (con Zackattack y Nitro) [Producido por Viccpro]
8. Prepara un tratamiento (con L.E. Flaco) [Producido por Viccpro]
9. Maquinaria (con BLS) [Producido por Viccpro]
10. Dj Darke vs DJ Gori (con Dj Gori) [Producido por Trondosh]
11. Seguimos con lo nuestro (con Nikoh E.S) [Producido por Trondosh y Nikoh E.S]
12. Reloj atemporal (con Contaco tactico) [Producido por Viccpro]
13. Romanticos (con Yusti y Borja) [Producido por Viccpro]
14. Outro [Producido por Viccpro]

Complot – Volúmen 1 (2007)

more: http://www.myspace.com/complotvolumen1

Moving back to Europe for a short stint in Spain, here are Falsalarma’s two albums. When listening to them, especially to the latest Alquimia, what really stood out to me were their incredibly powerful flows and a very polished, clean sound crafted with love for the detail. I know it sounds daft, but the sound is just very clean, also due to the MCs’ crisp enunciation. This is what learners of Spanish should be listening to all day. :)

Falsalarma are from Las Termes de Sabadell, a couple of kilometers north of Barcelona. They consist of DJ Neas, who used to deejay for 7 Notas 7 Colores (see on my blog), producer Dycache Santiago and the two MCs and brothers El Santo and Titó.

The group has meanwhile established connections to other artists within Spain (Frank T, Tote King, Violadores del Verso etc.) and outside (Freeman and Chiens de Paille from France.) as we can see in the guest spots on their albums.

Falsalarma – La Misiva (2002)

Falsalarma – Alquimia (2005)

Falsalarma website

Paz, 9@home

Since the mid-90s, a duo has been making its way to the top of the Spanish-speaking hip-hop world. Initially blasting the very widespread hardcore sound influenced by Madrid crew El Club de los Poetas Violentos, i.e. rough-ass beats and equally hoarse and raspy voices, DJ Acción Sánchez (Oscar Sánchez) and MC Zatu (Saturnio Rey) have expanded their musical and lyrical horizons with every album and every 12″ they’ve since put out. After a few demos and underground tapes, they dropped their first legitimate album in 1999. SFDK, standing for Siempre Fuertes de Konciencia (Always Strong in Concience) launched onto a voyage from the Sevillan underground to international stardom, doing shows from Spain to Latin America.

SFDK – Siempre Fuertes (1999)

SFDK – Desde los Chiqueros (2000)

While the first two albums are still in hardcore mode, with dope production and impressing lyricism nevertheless, their third album, 2001 Odisea en el Lodo (2001 Mud Odyssey — yes, that’s a Stanley Kubrick reference) features a more soft-voiced Zatu with a healthy dose of humour and a generally more accessible tone. Add to that Acción Sánchez’s production that instantly raised the bar for all others fiddling with music, this album is at once extremely catchy and still far from selling out to the masses. They’ve simply stripped their music of the distracting noise to let the listeners hear just how dope the two are at their craft. One of the great classics in Spanish hip-hop and a must-have for everybody and their moms.

SFDK – 2001 Odisea en el Lodo (2003)

Following one year later is their move to starting their own label SFDK Records. To celebrate this step towards independence, this 12″ Después de… (After…) exemplifies what I just said about the album before. The sound is once again reduced to its bare necessities, so that we get the impression Zatu is rapping straight into our ear and Sánchez does little more than play around on two or three buttons. In the reduction, we can recognize their genius. The tracks on this 12″ are not featured on any albums and it marks the duo’s development towards an even broader musical spectrum, as we will see in the album that follows.

SFDK – Después de… 12″ (2004)

With this album, I’m still not sure how dope it is. Acción Sánchez experiments with live instrumentation, collages of swing rhythms and arrangements that show he’s not just a hip-hop DJ, but a musician. Parallels to Looptroop’s DJ Embee come to mind, even though soundwise, the two populate different fields. 2005 simply oozes creativity and the desire to grow, expand and experiment.
Unfortunately, and I hate to say this, Zatu’s intonation throughout most of the album is a bit grating and he sounds like he’s constantly exclaiming each line. When listening to the whole album in one go, this can be a bit irritating. On the whole, a great album, despite this.

SFDK – 2005 (2005)

For 2007, SFDK have a brandnew album lined up, so watch out. I can’t wait to see where they’re taking us next.

Peace, 9@home

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

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

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.

And while I keep speaking of all these dope Spanish artists, if you’re looking for an online retailer that ships worldwide at extremely good prices, why not try ZonaDeCompras.

Paz, 9@home

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!

Paz, 9@home

From Madrid, Spain. Another crew, consisting of Ricky and El Apodado El Ese, that has disbanded but whose members remain active. I don’t have to say this is dope, whether you understand Spanish or not… Coming from the Fünkdamental horsestable, a name that embodies dope Madrid hip-hop to the fullest.

  1. Intro
  2. Yozoyese
  3. Presente
  4. Tengo + (con Moxe y Souchi)
  5. Viviendo Hip Hop (con El Maese KDS)
  6. Mierda pa rato
  7. La de Dj’s (por El Komite del Scratch)
  8. El apodado el ese
  9. La persona que nunca se quema
  10. Vomitando rabia
  11. Pueblo no llores
  12. El niño contesta a sus mayores (con Dobleache)
  13. Tiembla!! (con Conciencia)
  14. Mi primera vez (Interludio)
  15. Chico fünkdamental (con Dobleache y Min)
  16. Outro (Parte 1)
  17. Outro (Parte 2)

Trovadores de la Lírica Perdida – Nuevo Catálogo de Rimas, Manifiestos y Sarcasmos (2000)

Peace, 9@home

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