There were very few albums released in 2017 that got us excited and emotional as much as Residente’s debut.
The Puerto Rican rapper, former member of the referential duo Calle 13, is undoubtedly one of the most recognised voices in the Latin hip-hop scene. The millions of albums sold and dozens of prizes won (shared with his stepbrother Visitante) are arguably minor recognitions considering the creative talent of the MC, writer, filmmaker, producer and video-clip director from San Juan.
Clear proof was indeed the first album published under his name: an instinctive musical crossover between cultures and traditions (from China to Central America), social themes and everyday life struggles.
You will have plenty of Residente’s sharp rhymes, neat beats and wide-ranging instrumentals if you join him (and us) on 8th July at Koko for his solo London debut.
I am writing this review at the Santa Monica Pier in LA, surrounded by sea, sand, a Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., street singers of oldies, families, skaters; plunged in living a visually and sonically loud setting. I’ve chosen to pick a shade and to live it until I leave. Others…