"I'm still the king though I have no kingdom," Calle 13's René Pérez Joglar rapped on the group's popular song "Muerte en Hawaii."
Pérez has now found a throne - on a float in New York's upcoming Puerto Rican Day Parade. The artist, known as much for his music as for his social commentary and actions that include regular meetings with Latin American presidents, and recently, a collaboration with Julian Assange on the title track of the band's recent album "Multi-Viral," will be king of the parade, which takes place June 8.
The front man of the record-holding Latin Grammy-winning group follows Latin music stars like Marc Anthony as king of the massive event on New York's Fifth Avenue.
Pérez is an outspoken supporter of the Puerto Rican Independence movement.
The parade will also honor the two greats of Latin music, Cheo Feliciano and Gran Combo of Puerto Rico founder Eddie Pérez, both of whom who died in the past year.