Monday Music Break: Jay-Z, Kanye and Francisca Valenzuela

15 Aug
Fidel Castro speaking in Havana, 1978

"Jigga what?"

Fidel Castro can celebrate his 85th birthday this year knowing that he finally got a shout-out in a Jay-Z rhyme.  He raps on Otis, from the new album Watch the Throne:

“Welcome to Havana
Smoking cubanos with Castro in cabanas
Viva Mexico, Cubano
Dominicano, all the plugs that I know
Driving Benzes, wit’ no benefits
Not bad huh? For some immigrants
Build your fences, we diggin’ tunnels
Can’t you see? We gettin’ money up under you”

Smokin’ cigars with Castro… Viva Mexico, Cubano. Dominicano.

O.k. It doesn’t need to make sense when it comes to Latin America…  At least it rhymes and the beat is hot? (Actually I’m a little skittish when it comes to sampling Otis Redding but that’s neither here nor there.)

Onto some music that’s actually from el sur — Californian/Chilean singer Francisca Valenzuela has a new album, Buen Soldado, out this week.

She is currently touring the US – hitting New York on September 20 and bringing it back to Santiago de Chile in November.


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