March 16, 2007
September 13, 2007
Hip Hop, Latin hip hop, Reggaeton
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DISPLACED LATINO Music has time and time again been the focal point for many people and has created many genres that transcend race, gender, culture, and even time zones. But for the Displaced Latino, Muneco Medina, music has taken his thoughts and well versed lyrics to another level. By late 1978, a Cuban family faced the torrential waters of the Gulf in search of a better life for their family, and would reach a new chapter in their lives by setting foot on the safe haven for many Cubans in Miami, Fl. Later, the family would move to New Orleans, Louisiana where their second son, Erick Castaneda, also known as Muneco Medina, would be born at Charity Hospital and move to Kenner City. At a young age, Muneco would fall victim to the influences of living the street life. He would follow the credo that many young talented hustlers follow by getting involved in gangs, drugs and hustling to make the fast money that he would see his uncles make. But the tables soon turned for Muneco with the untimely death of Mike Medina, his best friend and one of the first people who motivated him to start rhyming. "I can remember Mike telling me to write about what me and my family been threw and the things me and him seen growing up" recalls Muneco. The aftermath of this tragic event embarked him on a new journey to a better life. With Music being the only thing on his side, Muneco grasped onto a " KRS One " album to become his major influence. He realized life was short and he would have to reveal to the world with the use of a microphone who Muneco Medina was. After 10 years devoted to New Orleans local label Scratch Pro Entertainment, Muneco now finds himself on his solo journey of his own penmanship and lyricism in search of a new home. Although still close to his fellow artists from the label, they are all trying to excel on a single level first to hopefully meet up again at the top. " I have no regrets of the 10 years I gave Scratch Pro. We all after the same goals, I'm just on a different path to those goals right now" explains Muneco. Now in present day, he has come to accomplish many feats for an unsigned artist. Besides releasing mix tapes and giving away a generous 100,000 units and setting the bar at an incredible level by having the first reggaeton single "Atrevida" to be added into heavy rotation on an urban radio station (104.5FM) in New Orleans, he has also sparked a fuse in the reggaeton scene there. He also opened for many high named artists such as Pitbull, Nina Sky, Soulja Slim, Tony Touch, Nas, Guanabanas, and Voltio just to name a few. In 2006, Muneco came back to his roots to perform in front of over 3,000 people at the world famous Calle Ocho Latin Festival in Miami. Now "Displaced Latino," his first debut project after the wrath of Hurricane Katrina, showcases this talent and proves that Latinos down south can also make a mark in the world of hip hop and reggaeton. The song "Atrevida," is one of the hot singles of "Displaced Latino". It features legendary Tony Touch on the remix and is showcased on the album. "I feel like this album will reach many generations because of my diverse style and me being from down south." exclaims Muneco. Mending Spanish and English like a hybrid, he lyrically uses the simplicity of his tongues to face any battle put to test his talent. Even with great talents, Muneco still keeps humbleness which helps his struggle for the future. Keeping his head held high as he remembers the pain and struggle his family went through, almost as though mirrored in his life and music, it allows him to stay strong through the rough . "I kinda feel like it's the clouds that's on my fingertips because the sky is the limit for me." Stresses Muneco.