In Colombia, especially in Medellin, hip-hop is a big deal. The multi-generational local scene has a massive following of dedicated rappers and producers, as well as a number of hip-hop schools teaching music and dance as an alternative to violence.
For the past 10 years, Laberinto has been instrumental in both defining the sound of Medellin hip-hop and forming the principles that drive the movement. What began as a musical platform to express marginalized voices has turned into a disciplined crew focused on the international promotion of Colombian hip-hop. Now at the outset of 2011, Laberinto’s New Year’s resolution is set show the world what Colombian Hip Hop is all about.
Laberinto’s unique sound fuses traditional hip-hop breaks with elements of bolero, salsa, tango, and ranchera. Lyrics often include hard-hitting socio-political messages such as the lack of political representation and narco-trafficking violence, giving rise to the voice of the barrio and forcing Colombians to recognize issues that are often overlooked. All their hard work is starting to pay off: Laberinto was recently nominated by Colombia’s esteemed music magazine Shock as one of the best artists in the country.
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This article appeared in issue #10 of The Arepa Magazine
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