Obsesi??n is Cuban Rap at its Finest

The hip-hop group from east of Havana is coming to Southern California for the first time, October 21 & 23

By Gabriel San Roman
Published on LatinoLA: October 20, 2011

Obsesi??n is Cuban Rap at its Finest

Over the years, Obsesi??n has finely crafted a potent sound ensuring that hip-hop has become an integral part of Cuban culture and identity. The husband and wife duo of Alexey Rodriguez Mola (...el tipo este...) and Magia Lopez Cabrera (Magia MC) work and hail from Regla, east of Havana.

Since their debut album Un Mont??n de Cosas in 2000, their songs speak from the viewpoint of Afro-Cuban consciousness. Obsesi??n's latest work El Disco Negro (2011) continues in that spirit and excels. If a rhetorical device is needed to grasp the unique vibes of the Cuban rappers, think Buena Vista Social Club meets A Tribe Called Quest, but even that falls short of entailing all that many regard as the conscious of the Cuban hip-hop movement.

The group has had the opportunity to come stateside for tours on two previous occasions, including a standout show at the Apollo Theater in New York in 2003 with the critically acclaimed hip-hop act The Roots. They've also performed with the likes of Common, Tony Touch, and Kanye West among many others. On this, their third musical venture into the U.S., Obsesi??n is coming to Southern California for the first time ever.

A unique opportunity for cultural exchange, the duo will present their music to live audiences during two exclusive shows this weekend in Los Angeles and Orange County alongside special invited musical guests.

Obsesion, who have been featured in a number of books and documentaries about Cuban hip-hop, will bring their blend of Afro-Cuban flavored beats and socially conscious lyrics to Self Help Graphics & Art in Boyle Heights on Friday, October 21st at 9 p.m. and the Juke Joint in Anaheim on Sunday, October 23rd in Anaheim. It is definitely a most rare and even historical opportunity to see the group perform here, a west side epicenter of U.S. hip-hop culture.

Self Help Graphics & Art is located at 1300 East 1st Street in Boyle Heights where there will also be free Hard N Da Paint Hip Hop workshops from 4-9 with the show following afterward. The Juke Joint is located at 735 N Anaheim Blvd. in Anaheim where the early show opens its doors at 8 p.m.

About Gabriel San Roman:
Gabriel San Roman is a Contributing Writer to the OC Weekly
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