Yesterday I was emailed some new Nacido Negro songs and based on how impressed I was with the last songs I was sent, I gave these new tracks an enthusiastic shot. They are again in the same tone of the previous tracks, which is very serious.
Nacido is an emcee that definitely raps about the plight of the urban landscape with a similar style as his peers, but the one thing that really sets him apart is that his songs always have a glimmer of hope in them…or at least a message that states directly or indirectly that things don’t have to be so dire. There is a desire for a better life and/or way of doing things. I like that aspect, because honestly…who needs more gangster rap for the sake of being gangster?
From what I’ve heard of NN, I’d put him akin to early “gangster” rap like NWA and The Geto Boys. They were in it, and had to report about it, but didn’t necessarily enjoy the things they were reporting or reportedly doing. The new gangster is in stark contrast to that as it’s all about capitalistically raping every circumstance possible for shine, fame, etc., with little to no (sometimes negative) redeeming qualities.
You have to remember that the original gangster rap was really “reality” rap that built off of what Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five had previously done when he exposed the street life in the disco rap era. Now fast forward to 2010, essentially 20 years after being “gangster” became extremely profitable and the vast majority of it is just fantasy rap. They are fantasy gangsters.
Well, I’m sure that’s more reading and pontificating than you bargained for, and you really just wanted to listen to the music…so here it is.
“The Wire” –
“187 (Trust That)” featuring J-Reed –
**Sad note about “187 (Trust That)” is that rapper J-Reed who is featured on the song was tragically murdered last year in a home invasion that was believed to be related to drugs, as reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.**