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'La Verdad': The Truth Of Latin American Hip-Hop

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'La Verdad': The Truth Of Latin American Hip-Hop

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Hip-hop has made the world smaller. Since the music's beginnings in the U.S. in the 1970s, it's spread to just about every corner of the world.

This week, we explore how hip-hop has been embraced in Latin America by way of the book La Verdad: An International Dialogue On Hip Hop Latinidades, co-edited by Melissa Castillo-Garsow and Jason Nichols.

Nichols, who joins us on the show, says that hip-hop has challenged convention when it comes to identity, gender and musical tradition. It might sound heavy and academic, but our conversation is as lively as the music, especially when paired with a few hip-hop tracks from all over Latin America.

Tune in and let us drop some knowledge on you.

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Hispanos Causando Paniko

  • Song: La Verdad
  • from De las Calles Para la Calles
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Los Rakas

  • Song: Africana
  • from El Negrito Dun Dun & Ricardo
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El Negrito Dun Dun & Ricardo
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El Negrito Dun Dun & Ricardo
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Los Rakas
Released
2014

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Ana Tjoux

  • Song: Río Abajo
  • from Vengo
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Vengo
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Vengo
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Ana Tijoux
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Nacional
Released
2014

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'La Verdad': The Truth Of Latin American Hip-Hop

Cihuatl-Ce

  • Song: All Sides
  • from FEMI9mm: The Fury of a Wombyn

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Rapadura

  • Song: Amor Popular
  • from Fita Embolada Do Engenho, Vol. 1
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Fita Embolada Do Engenho, Vol. 1
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Fita Embolada Do Engenho, Vol. 1
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Rapadura
Released
2012

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Cypress Hill

  • Song: Latin Lingo
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Cypress Hill
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Cypress Hill
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Cypress Hill
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Sony Music Distribution
Released
1991

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