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Cuban hip-hop duo Krudas Cubensi to release ‘Highly Addictive’ album

Pioneers in Cuba's rap scene, MCs Las Krudas, Odaymara Cuesta, left, and Olivia Prendes began rapping about a decade ago. They left behind their life in Cuba, and now call Austin their home.

Odaymara Cuesta, left, and Olivia Prendes make up Krudas Cubensi. Photo by Alberto Martinez/American-Statesman

Pioneers in Cuba’s rap scene, MCs Odaymara Cuesta and Olivia Prendes began rapping more than a decade ago. As the hip-hop duo Krudas Cubensi, they’ve captivated fans around the world with their powerful socially-conscious rap that touches on everything from feminism to racism.

Their latest album “Highly Addictive” drops July 23 with an album release party at 9 p.m. at The North Door. The celebration, which is presented by allgo, also features special guests Dj Ang. G, La Vibra, Blakchyl and Gabi Allhues.

Austin360 recently featured Krudas Cubensi in the Emmy-nominated video and story series “Austin Gente,” which focuses on Latino/a identity in the U.S. In an interview for an episode centered on Latinx LGBTQ identity, Krudas Cubensi shared insights on their experiences in Austin.

“We’re Afro-Latin, queer, vegan, hip-hop artists in the U.S.” Prendes told Austin360. “At the end of the day we are by ourselves because no one shares those identities with us.” If they go to queer events, they may be the only Latinas. And if they go to queer events specifically for minorities, they may be the only immigrants speaking Spanish.

“We are queers for real,” Prendes said. “Even in the queer community, we are the queerest of the queer.”

Krudas Cubensi have become a fixture in Austin’s music and social justice scene, breaking new barriers with each song.

 

 


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