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Friday May 31

Primavera Sound Barcelona

Lotus

22:35

¡Préndelo! Tony Touch has been playing with the fuse of Latin hip-hop for years.  When this New Yorker of Puerto Rican descent debuted in the year 2000 with The Piecemaker he was already well-versed in rap and Latino genres: he knew that this music smelt of the street not of any executive tower block. Joseph Anthony Hernandez considers himself continuator of traditional Nuyorican music (in his own way, he is the outlaw successor to The Fania: he even paraphrases Lavoe and has collaborated with Rubén Blades) and he is at the same time an instigator of the American reggaeton that followed in his wake. Now, when he gets together with his friends in the hood (amongst others, Soni withanEYE and Don Chezina, the man behind your tra,  tra when you want to seem urban) at his parties the combination of tarmac hip hop and reggaeton flower beds maps out the neighbourhood where mi gente live with more precision than Google Maps.  

The Piece Maker 3: Return of the 50 MC's  (Touch Entertainment, Red River Entertainment, 2013)

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