Confronts Immigration Concerns with New Song
3/27/11 - LatinRapper.com
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With immigration becoming a
heated issue in American politics, one New York rapper has
released a song to reflect his view of the difficult road to
the American dream.
Kop-N-Go Records CEO and
artist Jakpot has witnessed the struggle of immigrants
throughout his life.
While in their 20's, Jakpot's parents left the slums of Peru
bound for the United States, on a one-way ticket destined for
the American Dream. Making a home for themselves in
Paterson, New Jersey, Jakpot's father worked at a textile
factory, and his mother stayed home to care for him and his
But when Jakpot was only
five years of age, tragedy struck in the form of his mother
becoming critically ill with multiple sclerosis. Two
years later, she passed away. Depressed and with a heavy
heart, Jakpot's father moved the family to Long Island, New
York for a fresh start at life.
Bankrupt from medical
bills, and now with five children to care for alone, his
father was left with no choice but to receive welfare.
Unable to speak English, the only job he could find was that
of a janitor, and he often found himself working for employers
who exploited immigrants for their own gain.
Jakpot's first brush with
the reality of hate crimes against immigrants occurred after
his family moved to Patchogue, New York. It was in that
Long Island town that Marcelo Lucero, a dry cleaner employee
from Ecuador, was murdered simply for being Hispanic.
The story made national headlines, and Jakpot has since been
compelled to speak on behalf of Latinos and immigrants who
encounter hate and hardship on the road to the American Dream.
Jakpot recently created a
buzz with the release of his new song "Igualdad" (Equality),
made available as a free download on the BandCamp website.
Through the song, he expresses the frustration experienced by
many Hispanic immigrants looking for a better life in America.
He also makes a plea to fellow Americans to look beyond
Judge me from within
not the color of my skin
nor the way my eyes
never mind the accent
judge me by my actions
the son of immigrants
who escaped poverty
and haven't looked back
"Due to the language
barrier, I feel immigrants don't have a voice." Jakpot told
LatinRapper, while adding "and being bilingual and born to
immigrant parents, I felt that I had to represent their side
in a song."