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Meet Pacha Massive, The Latino Duo Serving As Musical Catalysts For Change

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Latin alternative duo Pacha Massive has been lauded for seamlessly fusing English and Spanish language with electronic beats and traditional Afro-Caribbean rhythms. The former has allowed the duo Nova (founder/producer) and Patricia Lynn (singer) to connect with American-born Latinos and audiences across the globe.

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Take the group's newest album, for instance. Where We Come From echoes many of Pacha Massive’s cultural influences, like Nova’s upbringing in the Dominican Republic and Patricia's Mexican background, while offering a collection of personal encounters that resonate with the human experience. But what truly sets Pacha Massive apart from the millennial surplus of "alternative" artists is their desire to be the change they wish to see in the world.

"[We want] to provide material to kids that are growing up under the same circumstances that I did, where genius is being wasted under a system that largely ignores them and a community where the need to survive exceeds the need to nurture the future leaders of this country and the world," says Nova.

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Who said originality was dead? Get to know more about Pacha Massive below.

VIBE Viva: You're 10 years in the game. Who was Pacha Massive then and who is Pacha Massive now?
Pacha Massive: Then, Pacha Massive was only dreaming about sharing music with the world. Now, the focus has shifted to making sure every single note and sound on that music makes a positive contribution in a world that needs it more than ever.

If you had to, what would you label your music? Also, what sounds and rhythms go into making it?
We like to call it Global Bass. Global because it is from and for the world, and Bass because it is characteristic of Afro-global culture, which is very prominent in the Caribbean, where I'm from. But also because, to me, the bass as an instrument and the frequency spectrum is almost mystic, it physically grabs and shakes your entire body and every particle within it. The bass, along with a nice drum groove, put you in that dance trance you can't escape.

Who would you love to collaborate with, American or non-?
So many people, but whenever you're asked that question your mind goes blank! But off the top of my head? Wizkid from Nigeria. If you haven't heard of him, do yourself a favor and look him up, I love what he's doing. Quest Love—he's a musical genius. I don't think I need to say much about him. Snoop, because he's Snoop Dogg/Lion! And Vybz Kartel.

How does your ethnic backgrounds play a role in your musical careers?
It's the foundation of my music, sometimes more obvious than others. But as a kid, almost literally, I would eat drums for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In the Caribbean, we're blessed enough to have many African traditions thriving, like Palo [music] and Guloya [dances]. These are traditions that have existed much longer than the 500 years of the mixing, blending, and fusing we've been doing in this side of the world.

Talk a little about the new album.
It's been a true labor of love in more ways than one. First is the fact that we do this and sacrifice everything for it because we love the art. I have never in my life wanted to do anything else. And second, because this album was largely inspired by relationships. My own and that of the many people I've been lucky to come across in my musical journey.

What has been your biggest achievement thus far, and what do you look forward to accomplishing next?
[Receiving] messages from fans telling me that they are happy to finally have someone with whom they can identify, that they no longer needed to pick one language over another, that they could embrace it all without losing their identity.

That's deep.
That way of thinking is dead.

And accomplishments?
To provide material to kids that are growing up under the same circumstances that I did, where genius is being wasted under a system that largely ignores them and a community where the need to survive exceeds the need to nurture the future leaders of this country and the world. To setup youth programs here and globally, where kids that can't go to school because they have to sell peanuts or shine shoes to support their families, can go in at any time and have access to knowledge, encouragement, and communication to the rest of the global village. That's what I'm pushing for.

 

 

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Cypress Hill doesn't always get the credit they deserve for their impact on hip-hop history, but they've been honored forever with a revered star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

With a career of 30 years, the legacy of the four-man group of B-Real, DJ Muggs, Sen Dog, and Eric Bobo (along with former member Mellow Man Ace) includes six platinum albums and 90s zeitgeist songs like "How I Could Just Kill A Man," "Insane In The Brain," and "Hand On The Pump." They released their self-titled debut in 1991 and the chart-topping follow-up Black Sunday two years later,  and have continued creating ever since, releasing their ninth and latest album Elephants On Acid in September 2018. Cypress Hill are considered West Coast rap legends, and the first Latino rap group to have multiple gold and platinum records. Anchored by Muggs' gloomy, gritty production and B-Real's nasal, charismatic rhymes, Cypress Hill is as much a part of rap history as anyone.

The group's ceremony included speeches from Latino comedian George Lopez and fellow West Coast rap legend Xzibit, who said 'it's about time' before detailing the group's illustrious career.

Xzibit pointed out Cypress Hill not only brought Latino representation in an industry that largely lacked it, but that they were staunch marijuana advocates way before today's growing legalization.

"The Grammy-nominated group showed us stoned is indeed the way of the walk. Long before the days of legal dispensaries and medical marijuana, Cypress Hill were advocates of that sticky icky icky oooh wee!" Xzibit shared. "...Cypress Hill are pioneers in their own right. Their accomplishments and accolades reach deep in the roots and history books of hip-hop, and today is another chapter in that saga. Yo B-Real, Sen Dog, Muggs, Bobo: you are our Rolling Stones, Ungrateful Dead, you are the West Coast Public Enemy."

Lopez insisted that out of all the 2,600 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, "there are none more important than the one we're about to unveil for Cypress Hill. There's a lot of actors, there's a lot of comedians, there's a lot of entertainers who are on this (Walk of Fame). But there's only one cypress hill, the first Latino hip-hop group. But to everyone who lives the American dream, not the last Latino hip-hop group to ever be on the Hollywood Walk of Fame."

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Cypress Hill To Make History With Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame

After 30 years in hip-hop, Cypress Hill is due to make history with their latest accolade. The multi-platinum selling group is set to become the first Latino American hip-hop collective to earn a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The induction ceremony, presented by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, takes place on April 18 in front of Greenleaf Restaurant located on Hollywood Blvd.

George Lopez and Xzibit will help unveil the star alongside Rana Ghadban, president & CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. The free ceremony is open to the public and will be live streamed via WalkofFame.com.

“We are proud to honor the first Latino American hip-hop recording group,” said Ana Martinez, Producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame said in a press release. “They have been successful as a group for three decades and we know they will continue their success for many years to come.”

Cypress Hill, comprised of B Real, Sen Dog, DJ Muggs, and Eric “Bobo” Correa, is noted as the first Latino-American hip-hop group to have platinum and multi-platinum selling albums with more than 18 million records worldwide. In the early 1990s, Cypress Hill became the first rap group to have two albums in the Billboard 200 thanks to the success of their self-titled double-platinum debut and their sophomore effort, Black Sunday. The album went on to sell more than three million copies and spawned the rap classic “Insane in the Membrane.”

Cypress Hill released their ninth studio album, Elephants On Acid, last year. Following the Walk of Fame induction ceremony, the group will perform at the famous Whiskey a Go Go club in Hollywood.

 

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Miguel Drops Spanish-Language EP 'Te Lo Dije'

In an ode to his Mexican heritage, Miguel has released a five-track project that is the Spanish/Spanglish version of his 2017 War & Leisure album. Te Lo Dije features collaborations with fellow Spanish-speaking artists Kali Uchis, C. Tangana, Dante Spintetta and Emmanuel Horvilleur, as well as Mexican Mariachi girl band, Flor de Toloache.

Miguel's Spanish-language project is one that he has been teasing his fans with, hence the name of the EP, Te Lo Dije. The phrase means "I told you so" in Spanish and also happens to be the name of a song on the EP. On this collaborative effort, Miguel is mixing in his R&B vibes with his Latin ties, so for fans looking for a mixture of both, they can listen the Spanish version of his hit, "Sky Walker" featuring Spinetta and Horvilleur. Uchis can also be found on "Carmelo Duro" showing off her Colombian roots.

This is the 33-year-old artist's first Spanish-language project and he even said that he thinks he likes "these songs better in Spanish." The R&B artist took to his Instagram account to his express his excitement on Te Lo Dije, as well as give props to people who helped him through the process.

"FIRST RELEASE OF THE YEAR," he wrote. "TE LO DIJE (a selection of songs off of W&L en español)."

 

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FIRST RELEASE OF THE YEAR ! TE LO DIJE (a selection of songs off of W&L en español) I want to thank my cousin @yeyasmiles and @flordetoloache, @kaliuchis and @c.tangana and everyone that helped me translate these songs 🙏🏾. I think you might like these better in Spanish. Enjoy . Love you

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Make sure to listen to Te Lo Dije here.

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