Juan Gotti of Texas
Nominated for Latin Grammy
8/25/04 - LatinRapper.com news
Born on the US Mexico
border, Houston-bred rapper Juan Gotti (Juan Ramos)
recently earned his first Latin Grammy nomination with a
Dope House Records release entitled No Sett Trippin.
As a nominee in the "New Urban Artist" category, he is now
firmly established among the pioneers of a popular new genre
that has taken the Latin music world by storm.
"It’s an honor to be recognized for my music," says the San
Antonio resident, christened "Juan Gotti" by his long-time
friends and collaborators in Houston’s underground hip hop
community. Nurtured in an artistic hotbed that has produced
artists such as Destiny’s Child, South Park Mexican, DJ Screw,
Lil Flip and Latin super group La Mafia in addition to actors
such as Debbie Allen and Steve Harvey, Gotti is humbled by the
"I’ve been doing this kind of music for five years," he says.
"It’s my way of giving props to the music I grew up with at
home and the rap music I heard on the streets in H-town."
Fusing the regional norteño and ranchero music of his parents
with the hard-core urban sounds of a vibrant Houston hip hop
and rap scene, Gotti has created a signature sound that has
garnered him notice industry-wide.
Members of two-time Grammy Award-winning band La Mafia, icons
in Latin music, were pleased to include Gotti as a vocal guest
on a track recorded for their upcoming album release. "Juan
represents a new direction in Latin music," says Armando
Lichtenberger, Jr., a founding member of La Mafia and the
highly sought-after studio producer responsible for the Grammy
and Latin Grammy Award-winning albums by La Mafia and norteño
favorites Los Palominos. "We’re proud to feature him on our
According to Gotti, his Latin Grammy-nominated album is titled
in an effort to promote peace and harmony among disparate
neighborhoods or "sets." "Since I got out of the penitentiary,
I’ve been thinking about what I could do to help out, to
change things," says Gotti, who regrets the youthful
indiscretions that led to his temporary incarceration. "Music
should bring people together. I called it No Sett Trippin’
because I wanted to cut a record for everybody, no matter what
‘hood you claim or what colors or flag you fly."
Gotti is excited about his upcoming collaboration with La
Mafia. "Those guys are legends. And it sounds pretty cool to
say that Gotti is recording with the Mafia. I’ve been
listening to them since junior high," he says. His next album,
which features Los Palominos, a popular Tejano-norteño band is
scheduled to drop in late fall of 2004. A number of its tracks
will be recorded at La Mafia’s Urbana Recording Studios, state
of the art facility where at least a dozen Grammy nominated
discs have been mixed and recorded.
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