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Soundcloud Latino Rappers And Their Controversies That Shook Their Fans

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Hip hop and rap music has always been embroiled with controversy and conflict, and Soundcloud rappers are no different. In case you haven’t listened to a Soundcloud playlist in a while, this type of music is also called mumble rap. Basically, the lyrics are sometimes indecipherable. Latino artists have been making a name for themselves in the microgenre, but not without hitting some bumps along the way. Here are three of the artists who have stirred some kind of controversy.

1. Lil Xan

Born in Redlands, California to Mexican parents, Diego Leanos bounced around motels before dropping out of high school and working as a street cleaner while selling drugs. Lil Xan starting getting noticed on the streaming music site SoundCloud when he began making music. Following a massive hit with his song “Betrayed,” Lil Xan got people upset when he said in an interview that Tupac Shakur was a 2 out of 9. He was also hospitalized recently for eating too many Hot Cheetos. To top it off, Lil’ Xan has been telling magazines that his relationship with Noah Cyrus was forced on them by the record label. With all of these mini controversies on his plate, perhaps that’s why Lil Xan said he would retire from music after the death of Mac Miller in September 2018.

2. Teikashi 6ix9ine

Oh boy, we might need a whole separate article to talk about all of the controversies Teikashi 6ix9ine has been a part of. Raised in New York by his Mexican mother and Puerto Rican father Daniel Hernandez began releasing songs in 2014. He became an internet meme thanks to his rainbow locks and grills. In the fall of 2015, Teikashi 6ix9ine pled guilty to three felony counts stemming from a case of using a child for sexual acts. This summer he was also arrested for an outstanding warrant for allegedly choking a fan at a Houston mall. Then there’s all the feuds he’s had with other rappers. It’s safe to say that 6ix9ine is one rapper that should be canceled.

3. Lil Pump

Another rapper known for his bright dreadlocks and run-ins with the law is Miami-born Gazzy Garcia, a.k.a. Lil Pump. His song “Gucci Gang” became a top three hit on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and cemented the notion that Gucci is one of the hottest designer brands to be sporting. Earlier this year, Lil Pump was arrested for discharging a weapon in an inhabited place. Police were called to investigate shots fired at his San Fernando Valley home after people tried to break into the home. Police found that bullet hole in the door showed the bullet exiting the house, not entering. Police even investigated his mother for endangering a minor for having an unsecured gun in the home because Lil Pump was only 17 years old at the time. He was also arrested for driving without a license in Miami and said he would be bowing out of the public eye to serve a parole violation. But on September 29, he appeared on Saturday Night Live with Kanye West dressed as a Fiji water bottle.


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Bad Bunny Strikes Again And Graces A Security Guard’s Debut Single

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Bad Bunny Strikes Again And Graces A Security Guard’s Debut Single

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San Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, more commonly known as Bad Bunny, El Conejo Malo, is very familiar with the transformative effects of SoundCloud. Bad Bunny was bagging groceries at a supermarket when he gained a cult following on SoundCloud. Since then, he’s risen to international fame, with dozens of accolades under his belt. Last year, he won the Latin American Music Awards Artist of the Year award and Billboard awarded him the Top Latin Song of the year for “Te Bote.”

Bad Bunny’s style and attitude might seem odd to some, but that’s given him all the success in the world. Like a true saint, he has a history of prioritizing his people over fame and glory. Just last month, Bad Bunny canceled a European concert tour last minute to fly home to Puerto Rico and participate in the Ricky Renuncia protests.

For the last year, Bad Bunny has been secretly working with other SoundCloud traperos to help boost their career.

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In a way, nothing has changed for Bad Bunny when it comes to what matters most to him. He’s prioritizing Boricuas and Latin trap, hanging out with his friends, and listening to SoundCloud. 

That’s how he discovered Jesús Antonio Dominguez Collazo, A.K.A. Shootter Ledo.

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Ledo has a biology degree and just fools around with music on the side. Right now, he’s working as a security guard. It just so happened that Dominguez and Benito had a mutual friend in La Paciencia, a producer with ears in all the right places. Last fall, La Paciencia played “Subimos de Rango” for Bad Bunny, and the trapero couldn’t get enough of it. Apparently, Ledo and Omy de Oro had spent just a couple hours making the track before they posted it to SoundCloud.

Bad Bunny loved the song so much that he created some verses to add.

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La Paciencia had given him a heads up that they wanted to share the track with Bad Bunny to see what he thought of the song as a single. Dominguez says he honestly hadn’t even thought of getting off SoundCloud and creating a track, let alone with El Conejo Malo, when he got the call that San Benito already was writing verses for the song. 

It’s no mistake that Bad Bunny is helping produce new artists.

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It seems that La Paciencia and Bad Bunny had set up the hotel room specifically to hear artists spit lines in person. When Dominguez first walked into the hotel room with Bad Bunny, he was nervous. Bad Bunny knew it, and afterward, asked him to come back the next morning to try again. For Bad Bunny, it felt like he was “forcing it.”

So Dominguez went back to his security guard night shift and went back the next morning with new verses.

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He literally wrote new verses during his shift and nailed it. La Paciencia and Bad Bunny took him on and more. Bad Bunny is a featured artist on the single. “What that man did, no one does…,” Dominguez said. “The most popular artist in the world did a remix to someone else’s first song. And he didn’t even know me…. no tiene nombre lo que él hizo.”

The track’s cover art honors El Conejo Malo’s own letras.

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It’s a full-circle moment when Bad Bunny gets to rap about his Gucci wallet and how, “Si quiero, me retiro feliz y contento.” He knows that he’s in his moment, and that if he were to die, they’d erect a monument of him (Me muero y me hacen un monumento / estoy en mi momento).

Now, Ledo is just waiting to see if Bad Bunny’s help with “Subimos de Rango” jump-starts his music career.

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“I’m going to see what fruits this [single] brings,” he says thinking about what’s next. “I’m going to see who sticks, who wants to collaborate. Pero, yo estoy puesto pa’ zumbar canciones… and get to where I need to get to.”

You can watch the full music video, by Shootter Ledo and Omy de Oro, featuring Bad Bunny right here.

The video premiered just two days ago and already has 700,000 views. The most liked comment on YouTube translates, “Wow, Bad Bunny with the surprising theme and bringing back trap. Thank you Bad Bunny.”

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Mexico’s President AMLO Says That ‘El Chapo’ Should Of Got A Different Sentence, Not Life In Prison

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Mexico’s President AMLO Says That ‘El Chapo’ Should Of Got A Different Sentence, Not Life In Prison

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Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Thursday called the jail conditions of Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman ‘inhumane’, after the drug lord was rushed out of New York within hours of receiving life sentence. 

Lopez Obrador said at his regular morning conference that sentences like the one for El Chapo – ‘a sentence for life in a hostile jail, hard, inhumane’ – made a life no longer worth living. 

The convicted Mexican drug lord was forced to immediately depart for the highest security prison in the U.S. to serve his term, his lawyer confirmed on Thursday. 

At his daily press conference, AMLO said he felt the life sentence ‘El Chapo’ received was inhumane.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Thursday blasted Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s life sentence as “inhumane” — echoing comments made by the convicted druglord himself.

“A sentence for life in a hostile jail” would be “hard” and not worth living, said AMLO at a morning press conference.

He did, however, call Guzman out for his murderous ways and drug-fueled life of crime. “It’s something very painful,” said López Obrador, adding that he had “many victims in mind.”

AMLO’s comments come a day after Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán was sentenced to life in prison.

Guzman will spend the rest of his life in Colorado’s supermax prison after being convicted in February on an array of drug-trafficking charges.

Ahead of his sentencing this week, the Sinaloa Cartel leader claimed his incarceration was “physical, emotional and mental torture” — and “the most inhumane situation” he had ever experienced in his “entire life.”

After the Mexican President’s comments went public…this was basically the country’s collective response.

Many said the president was bringing shame to his country with ignorant comments about a man who was connected to the murder of thousands of people.

While some speculated that perhaps the rumors of corruption among AMLO and his alleged connections to El Chapo may be true after all.

Many in Mexican media weren’t buying any of AMLO’s take. Many accused him of complete hypocrisy.

Many took issue with the Mexican President’s treatment of migrants fleeing violence in their home countries to get to the US – and crossing through Mexico in the process. Mexican authorities, at the direction of AMLO, have began series of zero tolerance campaigns aimed at cracking down on migrants.

The government has placed record numbers of migrants in detention centers – similar to those in the US. And as one Twitter user pointed out, AMLO seems more concerned about the treatment of a convicted murderer than that of people fleeing violence.

AMLO also plans to go after any assets seized by the US to use in his own country.

In his sentencing order, the judge demanded a $12 billion forfeiture from El Chapo to the US government for the impact his crimes have had on society. However, AMLO said that he would work to get every asset seized by the US back into the hands of Mexico.

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