I had the honor of interviewing El Compa Negro this week. I learned a lot about “El Compa” including how he actually started singing, his musical aspirations for the future, and some of the similarities between corridos and hip-hop. I really wanted to do this interview because as a Black person who speaks Spanish people are sometimes confused about whether or not we want to be Hispanic. El Compra explains it perfectly by saying that “we’re black and we Speak Spanish. We just have appreciation for other cultures”. El Compa Negro explained that he and his band have actually recorded an entire album, which the fans are definitely anxious for. Great interview, y’all check it out! I will definitely be following El Compa Negro and promoting his content!
This week’s Sunday Bashment is Josephine Johnny. Now if you grew up hearing bounce music then you already know what it is. Bounce music is this super hype music from New Orleans, Louisiana. The music is described as call and response or rhythmic beats. Basically what that means is the rapper will say your ward/project “ninth ward, iberville, west bank, up town, calliope” or where ever and you shout back in response or dance. If you listen to this early 90s track, you can hear some of the same rhymes from juvenile’s smash hit “back that thang up” especially like the big fines and stuff.
Some of the most memorable lines are “Wash your ***** do it well, use summer’s eve or vagisal”, “ima take you to my house lay you down on my bed, you a big fine woman like dem braids in yo head”, “when you see this anaconda baby don’t you get scared” just to name a few.
Welcome back for Episode 6 of Arroz con Chicken; the podcast your abuela warned you about! As usual it’s a real mess fest! We’re talking Stevie Wonder, Raven, Crazy Aunt who sued her nephew and much more!
I’m joined by my wonderful co-host @MDBeaverhousand, Make sure you’re following him on twitter and youtube as well: https://www.youtube.com/user/MDBeaverhousand
This week’s Sunday Bashment comes from Shakira, Nothing more needs to be said. This video/song were HUGE. This was part of that early 2000s Latin wave that Jlo, Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, Paulina Rubio, Daddy Yankee and others rode. We’re talking about established stars in their own right who successfully crossed over to the America market and became mainstays. To say I love this song is an understatement. This song/album taught me how to speak Spanish for that i will forever be grateful. Shakira was blonde, but exotic, slight in stature but powerful and charismatic in her movements. Needless to say Shakira had a 10+ year reign with HUGE mega hits, la tortura, suerte, waka waka, hips don’t lie, etc. Enjoy!!
Daddy Yankee “Gasolina” what better way to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month than with this track. Now many of you guys who are reading this grew up hearing this song. Doesn’t matter if you were Hispanophone or not, you at least knew “ella le gusta la gasolina, dame ma gasolina” The song is basically about a girl who likes to hang out/have a good time (these girls are called “desacata” in Spanish or “down to f***” for the uninitiated). The meaning of the song honestly could go either way. If you were young and didn’t grow up listening to reggaeton you may think “maybe this girl drives a gas guzzler and has to constantly fill up her take” or maybe you knew better. Either way this track was HUGE in the states, in Europe and in Latin America and arguably launched Daddy Yankee’s career as a mega-star. Since then Yankee has gone on to work with Mega stars like Jlo, Marc Anthony and Wisin y Yandel, pero this track started it all
Keeping with this common theme of Hispanic Heritage month our next Sunday Bashment song is none other than “Oye mi canto” by Nore, Nina Sky, Big Mato, Daddy Yankee & Gem Star. To say i loved this song is an understatement. We used to go off to this song!! Growing up listening to dancehall music and then hearing reggaeton music as we got older it was just a natural evolution. The video is full of huge talent from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. This is back when Daddy Yankee was a star, but still on the rise. He was very well known back home in PR obviously pero, not super well known in the states outside of the Hispanic community. This track along with several others from him sealed the deal. Everyone in the states knew who NORE was (well, if they were into NY rap) so he brought a certain American hardness and “gangsterness” to the whole affair. Nina Sky had “Move ya body” so they were on the rise and looking to follow that up with another smash. Great song, great vibe, super heavy como dicen en el DR. Que gozen!!
This week’s Sunday Bashment comes from the rapper/singer Fuego @FuegoFBM. The Domican-American singer has been on the scene for awhile, he’s definitely been making moves since he signed to Pitbull’s Mr. 305 imprint. His most recent tune is “cuando suena el bling” this song is Fuego’s take on Drake’s “Hotline Bling”. Here are some of my favourite lines:
“Antes tu me llamabas el iphone cuando necesitaba [sic] amor” (you used to call me on my iphone when you needed love)
“Se que cuando suena el bling, tengo que pasar por alli” (I know when I hear that bling, I gotta get over there)
“Desde que me fue baby tu tu tu, ya casi no hablabamos. te me hace[sic] sentir como el malo. este novio nuevo calmalo.” (Since you left me baby, You you you…. we hardly ever talk. you make me feel like the bad guy. your new boyfriend? tell him to chill)
We have another great episode for you guys this week. I am joined by @JOHN__JUAN for this mess fest! We talk Sanaa & French, T.I./Iggy, Danity Kane including Dawn’s new face and old attitude, Shannon Bex, Sabado Gigante, Advice, our Lumidee sighting of the week and our Yolanda Saldivar for the week.
In Episode 4 we talk Michael Sam, Frank Gifford, Straight outta Compton, Yolanda Saldivar, etc.
Where in the world is Lumidee? @TheRealLumidee
April 19 2007 I went to get my oil changed in my 2008 Lexus when I noticed a tow truck pulling in with a late model two tone astro van attached. A woman hopped out of the tow truck and came inside of the mechanic shop. The woman looked very familiar. She looked like a famous celebrity. At first I thought it was Taina Morales or the girl who played her and was also on 1-2 episodes of girlfriends as that shitty yoga instructor, but no, this woman was gorgeous and seemed like she was talented. When this woman was done filling out her paperwork the head mechanic told her that the oil had not been changed in 15 years and that the engine had seized up. The repairs were going to cost $5,000 dollars PLUS another $2,000 for labor. The woman seemed like someone who had a lot of money so this $7,000 was not going to be a problem for her to come up with. Once the woman authorized her car repairs she headed next door to get fast food breakfast. I didn’t want to go up to her to find out who she was, but I had to find out who this was. I distracted the head mechanic and glanced at her paperwork. The name at the top of the paper said “Lumidee Cenedo” I KNEW I was in the presence of someone special, I suddenly became nervous I didn’t know what to do, how does one act when they’re in the presence of someone who is considered the “Latin Vocal bible”? I decided to play it cool when she came back inside. She sat down across from me and began to eat her fast food breakfast. Apparently she decided to get griddle cakes, sausage links and scrambled cheese eggs. I asked her if the tv was too loud, but she said “No, it’s fine I’m listening to some really good music right now” I had to walk behind her seat when I went to the bathroom. I noticed that on the screen of her iphone 3 was the single art for the song; “Never Leave You (Uh Oooh, Uh Oooh)”.