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rapper Cruz

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Name: Cruz

Location: Washington Heights, NYC

Repping: Dominican Republic


Influences: Nas, Rakim, Big Pun, Vico C., Willie Colon and Juan Luis Guerra


Parental Advisory Warning: Songs contain explicit lyrics.  Click ► symbol to listen.


Hip-hop is an art form that has long been connected to the urban landscape of our great nation. The pulsating rhythms and raw lyricism speaks to people of all ages and nationalities. Artist like Nas, Tupac Shakur, Dead Prez, and The Roots have served as muses to the African American experience. Enter Cruz, a Dominican American artist with lyricism and a mic presence that rivals his contemporaries.

Born and raised in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan Cruz began his musical journey listening to his father’s records which included merengue, salsa and bachata. Weekend parties introduced Cruz to the rich Caribbean musical tradition. The neighborhood introduced Cruz to the genre that would become his life’s calling, Hip-hop. Cruz recalls the first time he heard hip-hop on the radio, “I was listening to 98.7 Kiss on a Friday in the late 80’s and Red Alert came on with Slick Rick’s Children’s Story since that day I’ve been hooked.” Cruz learned about his talent at the age of 16 during a cipher in a neighborhood park. Cruz states “I remember just going off the top and getting the same reaction from the crowd as some of the other mc’s that were spitting written rhymes. ” Cruz’s raw talent as a freestyle rapper was evident before he even put the pen to paper. He creates clever punches and metaphors at the drop of a dime, making him not only an inspirational writer but also a battle ready mc.

Cruz’ musical influences include: Nas, Rakim, Big Pun, Vico C., Willie Colon and Juan Luis Guerra. Using these influences Cruz takes raw urban hip hop and blends it with his Latin Caribbean roots. He uses his unique blend to paint vivid pictures of the Latin American experience. An experience that is best portrayed in the language spoken by the people that live it. Cruz mixes both English and Spanish seamlessly, manipulating both languages and using them to catch the ears of his audience. His flawless flow, delivery, distinctive voice and his ability to adapt to any beat, makes Cruz a force to be reckoned with. Add that to the fact that he can do it in either language, and you have a marketing dream. Sky’s the limit for this Latin artist!





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