Raul y Mexia: The Sound of Latino America

Interview

Friday, April 05, 2013

Mexican-American rapper Mexia Hernández says he wants to be the voice of first-generation Latinos born in the United States. That's bold, but Hernández isn't some nobody: his father is Hernán Hernández, frontman of the legendary norteño band Los Tigres Del Norte, which has had a huge following in the US and Mexico since the 1960s.

Hernández and his younger brother Raul, working as Raul y Mexia, have just released their first album. Arriba y Lejos (Up and Away) is an eclectic mix of reggaetón, cumbia, hip-hop, even a bit of norteño. But when the boys were growing up and trying to fit in, the old man’s style was a little embarrassing. “Our dad would come home, wearing cowboy boots, the silk shirt buttoned down to the midsection, the gold chain ... and he’s playing the accordion,” remembers Raul. “And I’d be like, man, again? I just want to go to my room and listen to some Michael Jackson.”

The Hernández brothers led separate musical lives until collaborating on 2010’s “Todos Somos Arizona,” a hip-hop anthem in support of Latino immigrants. (Native Northern Californians, they hold dual citizenship.) But the new record is more party than politics, says Mexia. “Music is an escape for some people. We’re just like any other Latino in the US who wants to forget about the situation for a while and just relax.”

 

Bonus Track: "Solo Para Ti"




    Music Playlist
  1. En Tu Boda
    Artist: Los Tigres del Norte
    Album: La Banda Del Carro Rojo
    Label: Fonovisa
    Purchase: Amazon
  2. Sueltalo
    Artist: Raul y Mexia
    Album: Arriba y Lejos
    Label: Nacional Records
    Purchase: Amazon
  3. Barrio Viejo
    Artist: Los Tigres del Norte
    Album: El Otro Mexico
    Label: Fonovisa
    Purchase: Amazon
  4. Todo Somos Arizona
    Artist: Raul y Mexia
  5. Las Escondidas
    Artist: Raul y Mexia
    Album: Arriba y Lejos
    Label: Nacional Records
    Purchase: Amazon
  6. La Jaula De Oro
    Artist: Los Tigres del Norte
    Album: Jaula De Oro
    Label: Fonovisa
    Purchase: Amazon
  7. Solo Para Ti
    Artist: Raul y Mexia
    Album: Arriba y Lejos
    Label: Nacional Records
    Purchase: Amazon

Guests:

Raul y Mexia

Produced by:

Leital Molad

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