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New York's Enemigo
8/11/04 - news

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Enemigo is Juan Antonio Matos Torres, born twenty-something years ago in New York City, raised in Puerto Rico and currently living in Hunts Point, the Bronx.  ¿Quién es Enemigo? (Intelligent Music, Inc.) was the title of his debut album, released in October 2000, a formal introduction into the life and times of Latin rapper Enemigo.

Contemporary street poetry, an urban anthology on life, death, and love, representing rhyme and verse, Boricua-style.  Enemigo started rapping around age 15 while in Puerto Rico. “But back then, there were very few Spanish rappers, so it was hard to get someone to take me seriously,” says Enemigo. Then in 1991, back in NYC, he met a group called The Latin Empire who did “spanglish rap” and were signed to Atlantic Records. They introduced Enemigo to real hip-hop culture. Soon after, Enemigo met a producer named Richie, who had discovered early 80’s rapping artists Kid and Play.

In 1993 Enemigo answered a newspaper ad for a “Spanish rapper” placed by an entertainment lawyer by the name of Robert Celestin, who had just finished a three-year stint as vice president of Uptown Records, Inc. (home of Jodeci, Mary J. Blige, Puff Daddy and the Notorious B.I.G.), and was looking for a hot Latin artist for his new record label, Intelligent Music, Inc. Enemigo met with Bob, auditioned and was one of the first acts Bob signed to Intelligent Music, Inc.

Other blazing tracks of his include, “Mi Funky Munequita” (reggae remix by Puerto Rico's own DJ Playero) where his gritty vocals and distinctly hypnotic flow relate the story of a lost love, “Cuando Yo Me Muero,” (an ode to Puerto Rico), “Combates Underground,” (hip-hop for the hardcore heads) “Enamorado,” (a follow-up to Funky Muñequita), "Carlos, Policia Corupto" (a story about police corruption) and the unforgettable, “Tengo SIDA." Stay tuned for his follow up album and his new single, “QUIERO ALCANZAR UNA ESTRELLA (reggaeton remix)”, dropping soon.


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