2Deep: The Boricua Edition

blame it on JES7 June 8, 2014

I’m of 100% Japanese descent, and one thing we pride ourselves on is our culture. And not in a cocky, “I’m better than other Asians” type of pride. Just simply “I’m proud of my culture and being Japanese” pride.

Despite being third generation born in the United States, that instinctual pride is engrained into my DNA – and it was only natural that as I matured, I did everything in my power to learn Knowledge of Self. From retracing my ancestry/family tree to wanting to learn Japanese language, food, customs and history. The former, I’m still working on, while the latter is a touchy subject, and for now, I digress.

Today marks the 57th annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade; a day in which all Puerto Ricans celebrate their heritage as the parade marches down Fifth Ave in New York City. I’ve always admired Puerto Ricans and the same love of culture and traditions as many other ethnicities share. They’ve made countless contributions to Hip-Hop, and more importantly, American culture, which is what inspired today’s 2Deep sessions.

To help celebrate the Puerto Rican Day parade and all the contributions Puerto Rocks have made to Rap music, I’ve compiled a list of songs and music videos from some well known boricuas. Feel free to list your favorite artists, songs, etc. in the c-section.

The Bucketheads & Kenny Dope – The Bomb! (These Sounds Fall into My Mind)

Willie Colón – Borinquen

Eddie Palmieri/Harlem River Drive – Idle Hands

Big Pun – Dream Shatterer

Fat Joe – The Sh*t Is Real (DJ Premier Remix)

N.O.R.E. – Sometimes f. Maze

Chino XL – N.I.C.E.

Thirstin Howl the 3rd – Polorican