Written by Luke Alex Davis 9:43 pm Hip Hop

European Hip Hop Tour #4: Spain

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We hopped over the Portuguese border to Spain for our next stop on the European Hip Hop Tour.

Country: Spain

Population: (2011 estimate) 47,190,493

Capital: Madrid

Currency: Euro (€)

Old places of interest

According to Wikipedia, “Spanish hip hop music began in the early 1980s” or 1979 as the next sentence claims. Skip a decade and you’ll find a wider breadth of talent thanks to CPV, Duo Kie, Chirie Vegas, Violadores del Versos and in particular, 7 Notas 7 Colores.

Current places of interest

Spain is now thriving with the hustle and bustle of new hip hop. Watch out for some of the audible pick pockets: Cookin’ Soul, Mala Rodríguez, Toteking and SFDK. Notably, Mala Rodríguez is a female MC and definitely worth having a look at while you’re in Spain. Her fifth album Dirty Bailarina received 2 nominations at the 2010 Latin Grammy Awards, for Best Urban Album and the first single “No Pidas Perdón” won Best Urban Song. Cookin’ Soul are known for their mixtapes and mashups of a few Jay-Z tracks, one in particular catching the attention of a certain tabloid newspaper as well as a Michael Jackson tribute.

Prospects for growth

Don’t let the Spanish economy fool you. With major labels having Spanish divisions, the talent pool will never run dry. Latex Diamond, Frank T, Arianna Puello, Kase O and Sólo los solo should grab your attention and keep you interested. That’s the good thing about music – no matter what’s happening in the world, music will always grow, especially hip hop, a genre that was founded on the roots of struggle through earlier genres. Sorry, I’m digressing or as they say in Spain, lo siento.

If you have a chance to go underground…

Look out for Ponte, Super Spanish Combo, DJ Tano, Kidy Dany and a collective called The Young Latitudes, based in Brighton and Madrid.

In this fast paced era of music, if they were a car, they’d be…

A Tramontara – Originally starting as a concept, some modifications have taken place after its first exposure into the mainstream, taking elements (as always) from foreign areas. This isn’t just for anybody; you’ll have to be equipped in one way or another to get a level of understanding (this car costs half a million Euros by the way) but there’s no doubt the flow is impeccable.