Record Label: Kept Records
A tribute to Kid Frost and El Chicano (featuring El Dusty, Mellow Man Ace, Niña Dioz, Mexstep, Kool AD, Amaze 88).
Austin-based Grammy-nominated psychedelic latin funk band Brownout debuted their remake/tribute to Kid Frost’s 25 year old Latin pride hip-hop classic “La Raza,” digitally via NPR last year. Now, after many calls for a physical release, on Oct. 10th, 2016 or Dia De La Raza, Brownout adds to the celebration of the heritage of Latin America and cultural heritage by releasing this limited run 45.
Brownout are no strangers to hip hop, having backed GZA (Wu-Tang Clan) regularly, being DJ/tastemaker favorites and veterans of the international B-Boy battle scene, performing live at many battles over the last ten years. After knocking out a live reworking of the song, which contains a famous sample of El Chicano’s “Viva Tirado,” the band called on their peers and heroes alike.
Mellow Man Ace, the legendary Cuban American rapper best known for his 1989 hit “Mentirosa” was the first collaborator for the tune. “Mellow was my very first concert as a kid in Laredo, TX” says song producer Adrian Quesada, “so for him to jump on board quickly sparked the fire.” Others include DJ Dus (aka El Dusty) and Mexstep of the group Third Root representing the South Texas Chicano experience, Niña Dioz, an explosive female MC from Monterrey, Mexico, Afro-Cuban MC Kool AD (Das Racist) and his DJ, the Chicago born Amaze 88.
The coming together of multiple races and cultures is more important now than ever in today’s increasingly divided political climate and Brownout’s version of “La Raza” pays homage to the past, keeping one foot firmly planted while putting their sincere and creative stamp on visioning a more united future.
The flipside is an instrumental original that, as the title teases, has some Arab flare. The recipe for this cut seems to blend a dash of Cairo Jazz Band with and a pinch of desert-psych funk groove, in turn creating a full, slow-burning groove that is sure to mellow and get heads nodding.