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Juan Gotti of Texas Nominated for Latin Grammy
8/25/04 - news



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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 recognition.

"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 next album."

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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