Chicano rap, ghetto, racism, gangsters

Chicano rap is one of the hip hop music subgenres that appeared among the Latin American population of the western United States and northern Mexico as a result of the mixing of Latin American hip hop and gangsta rap.

The first well-known chicano-rapper was Kid Frost, whose debut 1990 album of the year with the title single "La Raza" drew attention to a new genre. Gradually, chicano-rap gained more and more popularity thanks to the new artists - A Lighter Shade of Brown, Big Pun, Psycho Realm, Brownside, Kemo the Blaxican, and Cypress Hill became the most famous chicano band.

With its content, chicano-rap is reminiscent of African-American rap: the musicians talk about life in the ghetto, racism and crime. Many performers are indeed associated with criminal gangs, for example, the leader of Cypress Hill was a member of the famous gang Neighborhood Family. Although the genre did not become mainstream, some elements of the culture of the Latin American ghetto — lowriders, distinctive tattoos, dressing style — were spread throughout the world of hip-hop.

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