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Vengo by Ana Tijoux
Released: Mar 2014
Label: Nacional Records
This Chilean MC has wowed us with thoughtful, fire-breathing lyrics. But Vengo takes that provocative world view and expands it to the music. Tijoux's quietly persuasive flow and whip-smart lyrics about patriarchy ("Antipatriarca"), indigenous pride ('Vengo") and even human error ("Somos Todos Erroristas") roll over her richest beatscape yet: Jazz, boom-bap hip-hop, dub, funk, swelling brass and big pinches of traditional Andean music innovatively intermingle with urban production. It's a detailed, powerful, knock-your-socks-off-and-make-you-think album -- the best kind of hip-hop.
Rachel Devitt