Latin American hip-hop shines at SXSW

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Eptos Uno at SXSW 2015. Photo by Nancy Flores/American-Statesman
Eptos Uno at SXSW 2015. Photo by Nancy Flores/American-Statesman

Eptos Uno at SXSW 2015. Photo by Nancy Flores/American-Statesman

A growing hip hop movement throughout Latin America has meant the emergence of successful and game-changing rappers over the years. At the Half Step on Wednesday night, several Latin rappers stepped onto the stage proving that hip hop can be a universal language.

I caught two rappers hailing from Mexico, including MC Serko Fu from Gómez Palacio, Durango, who brought hard rhymes over hard, spare beats.

Serko Fu performs at the Half Step during SXSW 2015. Photo by Nancy Flores

Serko Fu performs at the Half Step during SXSW 2015. Photo by Nancy Flores

Freestyle legend Eptos Uno, originally from Sonora and now living in Mexico City, brought his lyrically complex and intricate style to the grimly lit Half Step stage. Along with DJ Tocadiscos Trez, Eptos, who has won freestyle championships, tore through a clean, rugged set. “Whether you speak English or Spanish, hip-hop unites us all,” Eptos Uno said from the stage.

Cuban rapper El B, half of the duo Los Aldeanos and a veteran of several tours through the U.S. and Latin America, kept the energy moving with a set filed with hard beats and a tight flow. As rappers like these are turning heads at the festival, we hope to see the presence of Latin American hip hop continue to strengthen at SXSW.


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