El Kilo

Paris-based Cuban rappers Orishas are purveyors of a brand of urban Latin music far removed from the repetitive beats of the current reggaetón trend.

Paris-based Cuban rappers Orishas are purveyors of a brand of urban Latin music far removed from the repetitive beats of the current reggaetón trend. Instead, Orishas blend traditional Cuban rhythms with highly lyrical material to create what is best-described as "Cuban rap." The sound ranges from danceable material (the opening "Naci Orishas" and the cumbia-ish "Bombo") to more introspective fare (the electronic-tinged title track) and complex rhythms ("Que Se Bote"). The unifying factors are the Cuban beats—although these vary from track to track—and deftly integrated melody, together with lyrics that are more social than sexual. Somehow, this all comes together in a highly enjoyable, satisfying album.—LC
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