There’s A Crew In Mexico Rapping In Maya

It seems like every few years, rap music is criticized for what some perceive as a precipitous decline in lyrical skill and quality. A decade ago, Nas declared that hip hop was dead. Now, artists such as Lil Yachty and Young Thug are often chided for veering too far from the roots of rap music. The debate will probably rage on for years to come, but if you take a moment to zoom out of the U.S. hip hop landscape, you’ll find that rap music still has the ability to give a voice to the voiceless.

Meet the Tihorappers Crew, a collective of Mayan rappers from Tihosuco, Quintana Roo, Mexico.

Credit: ADN Maya Films

For the last four years, they’ve been using rap music to preserve their culture and to instill pride in their community.

Credit: ADN Maya Films

The crew have taken to YouTube and Facebook to spread their message of pride and positivity.

“Lucha Por Tus Sueños” by Jona & Creazy is exactly what the title promises: a track that implores listeners to fight and scratch until they realize their dreams.

“Estoy Contento” by MC Chama, a song about being proud of your roots, features a mix of Spanish and Maya.

“Estoy feliz de ser Mexicano, de ser un Maya con machete en Mano, estoy feliz de ser un rapero, de comer frijol y chile habanero,” raps MC Chama.

The videos, which are clearly self-produced, are a reminder that hip hop continues to inspire people all over the world to pick up a microphone and represent who they are and where they’re from.

Watch more Tihorappers Crew videos here.

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