Some of you may know of today's Spanish Rap artist already, she got a shot of English fame when her music was featured in the latest season of Breaking Bad.
Despite the language barrier, she was a success. I'd owe this to her complete dominance of the Spanish language. Her flow is slick, the music she uses to back her rhymes is far from mediocre, and it all amounts to such a smooth delivery that it doesn't matter what she's saying because she still sounds amazing.
Today's track follows through with her charismatic style. It'll also feature a very nice modernized bass line and the soulful voice of Monica Blaire.
Give it a listen.
Quizás, literally translated to Maybe, is the only track on the album with English lyrics thanks to the lovely Monica Blaire, and I think that may be the song's only downfall. I like Monica, I think she has a great voice, but I also think she outdoes it a little bit on this track. Aside from that tiny moment, her performance suits the song pretty well.
Then we've got the skill. Tijoux is one of the few rappers out there I've heard who have that classy poetry sound to them. She turns her spoken word into an instrument, a difficult task that does nothing but prove her talent.
Her latest album, La Bala, will show her talents beautifully. If you can understand yourself some Spanish, it's definitely worth a listen.
Of course, for the English speaking population it could also be a decent listen. Though there are songs here and there that would sound a lot better if you could understand the message, there are also tracks with great musical background.
A good example of a message-over-music is Shock. The video is worth checking out. It's well directed, edited and performed, and is about the recent governmental switch in the public university system in Chile. There'll be subtitles to inform a bit on the situation, and some might notice the music will fit well with the message of disapproval.
But for an English speaking audience, I'd say the album is best left to some other tracks. The two above are great lyric wise, something to be expected of Tijoux, but the musical background she uses on some tracks is just stunning.
We owe this mainly to Andrés Celis who produced most of the album's tracks. He's also the keyboardist and Ana's childhood friend.
Some great musical tracks include Sacar La Voz, which features Jorge Drexler (I should probably write about him in the future) and makes for a beautiful track. Another favorite is Desclasificado, a darker sounding track which is ridiculously well put together.
And I have to mention Volver, which even as a final track is far from what would be expected from a Spanish Rap album. It's easy to listen to, and if no other track did it for you today I'd give it a listen. It's an interesting song to chill with. Violins, bass, drums, and Tijoux's beautiful voice among other talents. It's a great way to end a top notch album.