Travel around the world – and find yourself everywhere.
Two years ago, he seized the opportunity.
For more than a decade, the 39-year-old has been the face of Calle 13, a member of the Puerto Rican hip-hop band that has grown to a large scale. Two core members – the producer called Visitante Eduardo Cabra and were attacked as Residente Joglar – has won three grammy and twenty Latin grammy awards, and is considered to be one of the world’s biggest Latin arts. Then he decided that he had finished.
“I’m starting to feel comfortable,” he told an interviewer at a stage event at South By Southwest music in Austin, Texas, earlier this month. “As an artist, this is the worst feeling.”
Since then, Residente has been building a new career. His debut album went beyond music: based on his own genealogy of albums, documentaries and interactive websites. It started with a simple DNA test and led him around the world.
“When I got the results of the DNA test, I started making music, and I started to study where I learned there was blood,” he said. “In the studio, I had a map that I could understand better, and then I started to conceptualize the idea of these songs.”
In each country, he collaborated with local musicians and collected live recordings. In China, he wrote about climate change; In Ghana, as a father; In Puerto Rico, it’s an independent song.
He went to the Caucasus – the part of the Russian north ossetia from Georgia’s breakaway south ossetia and the 1990 s, and write down the “granite”, this is a war of hit by years of conflict areas.
“If you listen to the first two verses,” he said, “I’m talking about war in a way – assuming you’re going to die, they’ve surrounded you… And you have a gun, and you keep going, because that’s it, I’m talking about that moment. ”
After exploring the area, his understanding of the war changed. He visited beslan school, and in 2004, chechen fighters took about 1,200 hostages. More than 300 people were killed, 186 of them children. He went with a woman who had lost two children there.
“I began to feel heavy – you know, on my shoulder, on my head, you could feel a lot of people dying there,” said Residente. “And you say, ‘why are these things happening in the world? ‘”
The experience led him to question his process. “Even though I know I need through my music to help people – because this is the way I learn before Calle 13 – I’m also thinking, why do I have to do so, to get the energy?” He said. “But I want to feel it for the sake of writing.” He added the third verse, and the war failed.
Residente says he learned the idea in a child in Puerto Rico that in the 1980s, the battered economy was causing serious unemployment and rising crime rates.
“Puerto Rico was a little violent,” he said. “It’s not because I want to sound dramatic, it’s sad, but half of my friends, they’re dead — you know, they’re killed or they’re in jail.”
Residente grew up in Trujillo Alto, in the southeast of SAN Juan, one of eight siblings of a lower-middle family. His mother, actress, and his father, a Labour lawyer, were powerful in his life. “So I grew up and went on strike, knowing that my father was going to Central America or Cuba,” says Residente. “He likes social movements very much, so I got this from him.”
When he was young, he played drums, alto saxophone and guitar. He also played baseball and enjoyed painting – years later, he would lead him to pursue a bachelor of arts and a master’s degree. He was studying at the savannah school of art and design in savannah, ga., and he began to rap. (as he puts it, “I think art is my tool, right here.” )
His visual sense as a student is often felt in his music. Calle “El Aguante” 13 songs in vivid detail shows the scene: in the struggle of anti violence Aguantamos latigazos, que nos corten los DOS brazos/Fracturas en cualquier hueso, tres semanas con UN yeso – or, “we endure eyelash will cut our arms; Any bone fracture, three weeks of actors. “He wrote black humor and party songs, and the image-driven language discussed the winner of miss universe and Latin America.
Guest DJ: Calle 13.
Guest DJ: Calle 13.
“As an artist, you have to be a reflection of things that affect you,” he told listeners in South By Southwest. “You need to be honest and tell it, life is full of everything, so I just let it go.”
In ray saide, partner in his new album, you can see him with his partners, with the same standard: for songs about his youngest son, he instructed the flute player like playing a raucous celebrations, guest singers sing like her plaudits for a sleeping child.
Elsewhere, he more disrespect: in the song “Somos Anormales”, he wrote about a big nose, unibrows and cellulitis example, show that no one is normal, everyone is a freak.
“I was at the bar looking at different types of people, so I started to describe things,” he said. “We are also different, very happy to be different.”
The video of the song was shot in Siberia and featured with the appearance of John Leguizamo, beginning with the scene of the image, adding to the intense fighting and ending with the group makeup session. “We come from the same vagina,” says Residente. “In the end, we fought for nothing, and we forgot that we were fighting for it.”
These NSFW images may make editing difficult to propagate; Viewers on YouTube must verify their age before viewing it. The rapper says it’s frustrating for him – but the song and video are a good introduction to Residente’s solo artist.
“I think Residente is dark,” he said. “When you make art, you have to be like this: honesty and truth, and the connection to the human being, I think it’s missing in music, and I want to bring it back.”