The fifth of May has cultural significance nationwide in the United States and regionally in the country of Mexico, most notably the state of Puebla. On this day in 1862, the Mexican army overtook French military forces in what is known as The Battle Of Puebla. It is generally celebrated in the states as a day of Mexican pride and heritage with raucous celebrations going well into the night.
We at RapFix decided to highlight five – see what we did there? – rappers of Mexican descent who have added to the pantheon of hip hop over the years.
B-Real – As the front man for legendary pothead enthusiasts Cypress Hill, B-Real’s nasal rap vocals have thrilled fans for over 20 years and have spawned hits like “How Could I Just Kill A Man” and “Insane In The Brain”. Alongside Sen Dog and Italian homie DJ Muggs as Cypress Hill, they continue to rock stadiums and put out music to this day.
2Mex – As part of the Visionaries collective with LMNO, DJ Rhettmatic, Key Kool and Dannu, 2Mex has enjoyed a long career and worked with plenty of Los Angeles underground vets such as Busdriver and even managed to garner a shout out on wax from Long Beach veteran Snoop Dogg. The lyrical 2Mex continues to tour globally and release music through underground channels.
Baby Bash – After scoring a major label deal with Universal Records in 2003, Baby Bash’s career has been on a steady upswing and he has collaborated and worked with a wide variety of artists such as B-Legit, E-40, Coolio, Akon, Mario and the late Nate Dogg. The multi-talented Bash doubles as a songwriter, penning records for Whitney Houston, Jennifer Hudson and Frankie J. He’s also an on-air personality in San Francisco and has a new set coming this year.
Sick Jacken – Many people considered Sick Jacken’s group Psycho Realm a more lyrically inclined Cypress Hill and the contrast of voices between Jacken and his brother Big Duke certainly added to that comparison. An unfortunate accident left Big Duke paralyzed, but Jacken pressed on and worked alongside a long list of West Coast legends such as Planet Asia, DJ Muggs and Strong Arm Steady. Jacken and his brother aim to make a return as Psycho Realm this year.
Zach De La Rocha – Largely inactive of late musically, front man for rockers Rage Against The Machine Zach De La Rocha has left an impact on music still felt years after his band’s self-titled 1992 debut. Rage Against The Machine hasn’t done a project since 2000 and Zach’s solo EP One Day As A Lion was released in 2008. Hopefully the raging rocker and rapper will make a triumphant return to the microphone.
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