New York's Enemigo
8/11/04 - LatinRapper.com news
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
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