According to M-1 of Dead Prez, Bocafloja is down with the R.B.G movement. That was something I learned listening to the intro of Boca’s last CD. However, my curiosity about the guy above first peaked when a professor studying “global hip-hop,” told me in so many words that Bocafloja is the truth.
In other words, he’s the real deal.
(….See a clip from his show and hear the Dead Prez intro after the jump)
Thoughtful lyrics, inspired flows, and fist-raising calls to arms are what mark Bocafloja as an MC. His mostly young fans knew his music by heart and rapped along in revolutionary aplomb. Check out the end of his Thursday night show.
If you took Common, Mos Def, and mixed in a dash of Zach de la Rocha, then maybe you come close to the kind of rapper we have here. His form of “Rap Conciente,” or conscious rap, has taken him all over the world.
He’s further proof, in my surprising foray into Mexico’s hip-hop scene, that the culture is very diverse, and very healthy down here.
Boca is one of the best Mexican rappers you never heard of and also an ambassador for the culture. He travels frequently, including stops in the United States to talk about AfroMexican culture and hip-hop. Right now, he’s living in NYC writing a book with help from a grant he received from the the Mexican government.
Before the show we chatted a little about Mexican hip-hop. Boca said he feels like there’s too much colonial influence with the arts in Mexico and that rap fans here are more apt to show support for rappers from Spain. Deciding who raps better seems to be an ongoing debate.
When I pressed him with as typical a gringo hiphop question as I could: Who’s more influential to you, Kid Frost or Cypress Hill? Boca kind of smiled and told me the essence of Cypress Hill, a group that brought together a Cuban and an Italian in South Central L.A., had the greatest impact on rap in Spanish. Kid Frost he said was “too cholo” for most cats in Mexico City to connect with.
Besides, he grew up listening to Big Daddy Kane. Now, how’s that for representing?
DEAD PREZ INTRO
Listen the sick Radiohead sample in this track off the same album: