EN EL DINO AND BEYOND: THE RISE OF THE IE’S NARCOCORRIDOS
My buddy Aldo, a founding member of my crew the Inland Empire’s West Coast Avengers, recently sent me links to this up-and-coming generation of narcocorridos music from our shared home area of the Inland Empire. He lives in Oregon now not too far from Portland and he tells me that he and other Latino transplants from farther south are gathering up there for socioeconomic reasons and that he hears these I.E. songs played way up there in the Pacific Northwest.
The one that stuck out to me most is this one “En El Dino” by Ekipo Uniko. It’s car show scenery and hip-hop stoner vibes juxtapose beautifully against the sweet siren song of the harmonies and guitars. The melancholy honest but still gorgeous anthem will resonate with anyone from the Dirty Dino. Even the New York Times has noticed this music culture, calling them “trap corridos.”
This tender ballad by J Tres also moves me and gets stuck in my head for whole weeks at a time. I hear these kids are from Fontana!
This one, “Cosas de la Clica” from Herencea de Patrones is also a very hip-hop infused piece both in substance, style and video. It’s also very catchy and kind of reminds me of a pirate shanty.
I see these kids at the cannabis seshes around town and marvel at how damn young they are. I see they tour up and down the coast and are amassing thousands of followers. Watch for these young’uns to be the next wave of urban music culture in the Inland Empire and beyond, I certainly will be!
Tristan "Tanjint Wiggy" Acker is a staff writer for Zus Entertainment, a Jooseboxx and Untapped Hip-Hop contributor, and member of the Inland Empire, California based nerdculture hip-hop group the West Coast Avengers