What do you get when you mix
- Rico Marquina, an MTSU senior majoring in economics who graduated from Overton HS in 2006, and who is originally from Burbank, CA
- Tyler Ramos, the founder of Nashville's Urban Music Challenge
- Jose Ancir Palacio, a rapper born in Queens of Colombian parents, for whom music was a "way of getting off the streetz"
- Kevin Saul Pichardo de Peña, a self-taught piano-playing military child from North Bergen, NJ, "the first person in his entire family to be born in the United States," born of a Dominican father who was once a communist leader but who later joined the U.S. Army
- the Miami-born son of a Cuban father and Nicaraguan mother who spent the 90's riding the first wave of Nicaraguan Reggaeton on the streets of Matagalpa in that country, before moving back to Miami and later Nashville
- a Kansas City-born adopted son of a military family
- this duo from Nashville/New York/Puerto Rico (with a little bit of KY thrown in)
- IV (whose bio I couldn't find, but maybe someone will leave me a link in the comments)
- Music City landmarks like the Nashville skyline, LP Field, 3rd & Broadway, the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge, the Tennessee State Capitol, the Batman Building, Printers Alley, the Arcade, the Korean Veterans Bridge, the newly landscaped Deaderick Street, Municipal Auditorium, a Richards & Richards sign, the Pinnacle Tower, Demo's, and CMT
- and Music City landmarks like Super Mercado Latino, Taqueria Express, El Tapatio, Tejano West, Las Americas Market Internacional and Restaurante, Tacos & Mariscos El Amigo, La Moda al Dia, Fiesta E-Mart, Taqueria La Hacienda, Estetica Latina & Boutique, Servicio Automotriz Max, and California Fashion
Rolando Rodriguez blogged about the video at HoustonPress.com. Here is an excerpt:
The offspring of these families aren't anything like you might expect. They've been influenced by hip-hop and they aren't anything close to a product of their family's home country - physically - but they are proud of their heritage. In fact, that's how lots of Latino youth live today, straddling a bi-cultural upbringing where they love their hip-hop as much as where they or their family come from. Take note, America. This isn't your daddy's Latino community.
Rocks Off gives props to Rico Marquina, Latino Saint, Gemini Twinz, Stone, IV, Likwid, Enigma and Capo for holding it down for Latino hip-hop in Music City, USA.