Hip Hop is not dead: Introducing Arianna Puello

Dominicans from the island, from New York City or as far away as Spain use the vehicle of Hip Hop to tell their stories. Arianna Puello, went to Spain at the age of eight and influenced by the struggles of women and immigrants, she began to share her experience through rap. Recently, I conducted a phone interview with Arianna, whose fourth album will be released in 2008. Click here to hear her promote a clip from a track in the new album “13 Razones” (“13 Reasons” in English). Her son has a cameo in the background.

Arianna Puello

Hip Hop, Dominicans Style. Part 1.

Dominicans, from the island, from New York or as far away as Spain, use the vehicle of Hip Hop to tell their stories. El Lapiz Conciente, which translates to “The Pencil,” comes from the rough streets of Los Minas in the capital city of Santo Domingo.

El Lapiz came to New York this week to perform at Umbrella’s in Inwood and here’s what a fan, Carlos, had to say.

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