Tuesday, April 22, 2008
When hip hop first came out it was seen as just a new black form of music when Hispanics were present within the same oppressed communities as African Americans. Chicano rap’s movement came about simply through adding another dimension to hip hop, adding another face that was present from the start and the media ignored. Songs like “La Raza” by kid frost, “Mexican power” by proper dos, and “Mentirosa” by mellow man ace were hit singles that rapped in English along with their native tongue. They also spread awareness of their culture not only by preaching pride of their heritage but simply by featuring Spanish American faces in their videos. This changed the predominantly black association of hip hop to include Spanish Americans as a subculture.