Rhyan Lowery grew up in Compton, the birthplace of gangsta rap. But when he moved to a Mexican community in Perris, California, he discovered corridos. After teaching himself to sing in Spanish, Lowery launched a singing career as El Compa Negro (The Black Homie).
The untimely death of Mitre’s mom sent him into the darkest period of his life. The Mexican singer spoke exclusively to mitú about his journey from Mexico to Los Angeles, remembering his mom and music.
“After I lost my mother, I felt like I had to leave my hometown,” said Mexican-born Mitre who had a brief stint working at Sonic Ranch in Texas, the largest recording studio in the world, before making Los Angeles his home.
Even though he grappled being in this new land, he found strength in his mom’s teachings.
“It’s so important to be yourself,” Mitre’s mom taught him. “To be who you’re truly are meant to be. I’ve learned to listen to my inner voice. I always tell people listen to the music that you have in your heart.”
So he started writing music that meant something to him…
“Latinos, we have this real attachment to our mothers, so losing my mother felt like the end of the world,” revealed Mitre. “My universe collapsed. Now, I can see how it was one of the greatest gifts because the artist that I am today and this album was born in the midst of that storm.”