Kemo the Blaxican

Kemo the Blaxican

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A well balanced dose of provocative Hip Hop and blistering verses influenced by Funk, Soul, Latin Rhythms and some Brass, lyrically charged with sick rhymes to make you think, drink, smoke and have a good time. Making music that feels good. It's all about the music.

Biography

KEMO THE BLAXICAN

The hard-hitting beat is what grabs you first. Then you hear the smooth-yet- powerful baritone vocals attack with a distinctive tone. You recognize the voice as it commands attention with provocative lyrics over the flavorful track. The MC shifts the rhyme from English to Spanish and then back to English again, with such a seamless transition that you barely even notice the language switch. Your head was bobbing the whole way through - it didn't even matter if you couldn't understand the Spanish parts. Then it hits you, you're sure of it. The voice and trademark rhyme flow belong to none other than “The Blaxican” - Kemo, former member of Latin hip-hop pioneers Delinquent Habits, whose highly-anticipated second solo album ‘Not So Rich & Famous’ drops on May 29th 2007.

Two years after the release of his solo debut ‘Simple Plan’, Kemo the Blaxican has stepped up the game with his strongest and most musically-ambitious album to date, the self-produced ‘Not So Rich & Famous.’ The conscious bilingual rapper means business, as evidenced by the opening refrain on the powerful first track “You Know”: “Sixteen bars, three verses – forty eight in all, delivered with a purpose.” Influenced as much by the west coast funk and soul icons he grew up listening to as by hip-hop, Kemo the Blaxican is joined by Tetsuya “Weeping Willow” Nakamura (harmonica player for the legendary War) on “5th of May”; the track is a groove-heavy indictment of urban commercial radio, which has traditionally neglected Latino hip-hop artists except on Cinco de Mayo, “the day they spin some brown.”

As Delinquent Habits’ only Spanish-fluent MC, Kemo spent twelve years with the group, releasing four albums and taking the Delinquent sound beyond borders and around the world. In 1996 the group struck gold with their very first single "Tres Delinquentes", a song that masterfully fused a traditional mariachi sound (courtesy of Herb Alpert's "Lonely Bull") with the raw hip-hop backdrop of the streets. The sound was a breath of fresh air in a stale rap scene, and opened a new creative doorway into which many other Latin hip hop acts would follow.

"Tres Delinquentes" blew up almost overnight, receiving airplay not only on hip-hop radio but rock and Top 40 stations as well. The track eventually landed Delinquent Habits an appearance on NBC's ‘Late Night with Conan O'Brien’ and tours with heavyweights like Korn and Ice T. In no time, "Tres Delinquentes" became a worldwide hit, selling over 1 million copies around the globe and pushing the group’s self-titled album to nearly the same figure. This was the public’s first introduction to Kemo's lyrical skills and flawless bilingual transitions. He stepped into the hip-hop game, introduced himself as “The Blaxican,” and never looked back.


Four Delinquent Habits albums later - after countless tours around the globe including the UK, Europe, Japan, South America, Mexico and Taiwan - Kemo decided to leave the group in 2004 and embarked upon his solo career. The move allowed him to record ‘Simple Plan,’ the solo album that many DH fans had been asking of Kemo for several years. Risky but necessary, Kemo walked away having played a major role in solidifying Delinquent Habits as one of the most influential Latin hip-hop groups of all time and establishing himself as one of today’s top Latino MC's.

Kemo has always strived to keep himself on the move. In 2001, the multilingual LA rapper (of Mexican and African-American descent) recorded a song with Grammy-winning merengue queen Olga Tanon and Egyptian singer Hakim. The track fused hip-hop, merengue, and modern Middle Eastern sounds and was a mainstay on the charts from the Middle East to the Wild Wild West. On top of it all, Kemo still finds time to nurture new artists, cultivate his record label Dead Silence Records, and sell his own streetwear line Joint Clothing to hip hop and streetwear stores worldwide.

2005 saw the release of Simple Plan, Kemo's first album as a solo artist. The disc found the Blaxican taking his talent for wordplay and ability to draw a vivid picture through rhyme and attitude to new heights. With songs that are in English, Spanish and bilingual as well, Kemo’s solo album touched on several topics that have a lot more to do with real life than the superficial images saturating hip hop today. The album featured the popular single “La Receta”, which was featured prominently in the Warner Brothers movie ‘Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants’ as well as Morgan Freeman’s film ‘Ten Items
or Less.’ Kemo’s solo debut also spawned “I Drink, She Smokes,” a jazz-soaked spoken word excursion that landed on the soundtrack to the acclaimed film ‘La Mujer de Mi Hermano.’

With ‘Not So Rich & Famous’, Kemo the Blaxican has shown that he is not only one of the world’s best bilingual MC’s, but also a gifted producer who is not afraid to explore genres and co

Lyrics

La Receta

Written By: David L.K. Thomas

"LA RECETA"

VERSE ONE

I'll individually slice each finger on my left hand
Before I give you the last laugh
And that's the passion that I feel for this
A little more that blood sweat for this
Commuter jet-liners place my feet
Squarely on the ground where the realists meet
Then I hit'em with a strong song
And I'm hoping that I shook the sad song
From the girl that walked in with the aching heart
In a world fucked up 'bout to fall apart
It aint a game but a deadly art
El enemigo dispara before you start
ay cabron
Ya lluego el negrito de los angelitos
Where my people
Every body come on hecha un grito
I'ma do it till you feeling it
Ya te a dicho
Watch me deliver the goods like corridos
Every time I spit to mic it's like chido
Una copa mas before I go
Insane loco mad in the coco

VERSE TWO

Ya ni la chingan
Mira como brincan
Esos cuates from pinga to pinga
Solo por la plata
Veinen con la acha
quieren matar el gallo
Dime que es lo que pasa
Ese vato me cruso
quiere bronca conmigo
Pura babosada lo que le sale
de el osico a mi me vale
Se le fue a la cabeza
They all gassed 'em up
Y no tenia la receta
Ni la vista de antes
We all sacrifice pa salir adelante
Why you think I'm still standing here
With a mic in my hand and a bottle of beer
We getting close victory is near
That Latin season all in your ear
Soy tremendo
Con la rima
Terco con el sistema
Quien los quema con la pura letra
El Blaxicano ve te cuelga jeta

VERSE 3

Corre corre mami El Negro esta rabioso
quiere pelear con migo porfavor llame la chota
Corre core mami El Negro esta rabioso
quiere pelear conmigo porfavor llame la chota
Eso lo que cantaran
No me quiebraran
Domino yo de aqui paya
Como quieres tu que escriba yo
Verso de lana y lujo
Ranflas, joyas, platino
Esto es Guerra aqui no
Se encuentra ese gasto de feria
Por un CD que vale mierda
Esto pa mi gente Latino
Desde el sotano suena lo mio
Fuerte como canonaso
Pa adelante asi marchando
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"La Receta" - translated

VERSE ONE

I'll individually slice each finger on my left hand
Before I give you the last laugh
And that's the passion that I feel for this
A little more that blood sweat for this
Commuter jet-liners place my feet
Squarely on the ground where the realists meet
Then I hit'em with a strong song
And I'm hoping that I shook the sad song
From the girl that walked in with the aching heart
In a world fucked up 'bout to fall apart
It aint a game but a deadly art
The enemy fires before you start
ahh shit
just arrived its that brotha from Los Angeles
Where my people
Every body come on make some noise
I'ma do it till you feeling it
I done told you
Watch me deliver the goods like drug traffic
Every time I spit to mic it's like hell yeah
Just one drink more before I go
Insane loco mad in the coco

VERSE TWO

They go no shame
Look how they hop from jock to jock
Purly for the money
They approaching with the ax
They want to slay the roaster
What’s really going on
That dude over crossed me bad
He wants beef with this man
Nothing but nonsense out his mouth
But I give damn
It went to his head
They gassed him up
But he didn’t have the recipe
Nore the vision that he once had
We all sacrifice to make it ahead
Why you think im still standing here
With a mic in my hand and a bottle of beer
We getting close victory is near
That latin season all in you ear
Im tremendous with the rhyme
Stubborn with the system
Who bruns them all with only lyrics
The Blaxican go one with your sad self

VERSESE 3

Run Run mami The Blaxican’s gone mad
He wants to tangle with me
Please call go call on the cops
Run Run mami The Blaxican’s gone mad
He wants to tangle with me
Please call go call on the cops
That’s what they’ll be singing
They shall not breake me down
I dominate this game from here to there
How ever could you think
That I wold write
Verses about chash and luxury
Cars, jewls, platinum
This here is war no not here
Will you find that waist of money
For a cd that aint worth shit
This here
For my latin people
All the way form the basement
You hear what’s mine
Strong like a cannon
We move forward like that
marching

Discography

"NOT SO RICH & FAMOUS" 2007 ALBUM
"SIMPLE PLAN" 2005 ALBUM

SINGLES RELEASED

"LA RECETA"
"KIND OF STORIES"
"I DRINK SHE SMOKES"
"NOBODY LIKES"
"NO QUE NO"
"EL NEGOCIO"
"5TH OF MAY"
"YOU KNOW"

RADIO AIRPLAY
"LA RECETA"
"5TH OF MAY"
"KIND OF STORIES"
"YOU KNOW"
"NOBODY LIKES"
"I DRINK SHE SMOKES"

Set List

List of Songs:

Oh No
LCL
La Receta
Tres Delinquestes
Rebel
You Know
Breathe
Ugly
Ruido
Somos Trese
Note the Crowd
You Ain't the Type

Typical Set List
25-30 minutes
(longer if necessary)