Laura Diamante &
9/22/04 - LatinRapper.com news / Too Savvy Entertainment
Laura Diamante (our June
featured artist, click here for her feature) of the
all-female owned and operated Too Savvy imprint has
recently been signed to Sony Latin and is now involved
with the Latin Hip Hop collective known as Syndicato.
The collaborative efforts
and music of Syndicato is a reflection of the artists'
Latin cultures influenced by Hip-Hop, portraying their
lives form the streets to the clubs
The voice of the street has always been a reflection of its
people, originality and lyrics are what keep the streets
listening. Syndicato's featured artists are an assembly of MCs
that lyrically and creatively redefine originality and
versatility within the Urban Latino culture.
Syndicato is composed of Cuatro, Diamante, Don VA, Minority,
Salazar and Sito. Laura Lopez, a.k.a. "Diamante" was born in
Queens, NY to Dominican parents. Her life and music are a
reflection of her inner-city upbringing. In 2001, she toured
with legendary Hip-Hop icon Guru, from the group "Gangstarr"
for his 27-day European Jazzmatazz tour. She sings and rhymes
in Spanish and English, writes her own lyrics, and co-produces
much of her music.
Andres Arturo Dominguez, a.k.a. "Cuatro" was born in 1982 and
raised in Westchester Miami, Florida. His earliest influences
in Hip Hop come from its golden years of 94 through 97, but
the Latin sounds and lingo, Salsa and Merengue where already
engraved in him since his childhood.
Josue Torres, a.k.a. "Don VA" was born in Puerto Rico, his
life was shaken abruptly when him and his family relocated to
Florida and a series of tragic events forced him to fend for
himself. VA found solace, escape and a way of expression in
music as he was first exposed to Hip Hop through "Yo, MTV
Raps". VA began blending thumping Hip Hop beats he heard on TV
with the Caribbean rhythms in his blood, with hardcore lyrics
in English and Spanish.
In 1996: Angel (Puerto Rican), Sito (Cuban) and Mike (African
American) became Minority. The trio has developed a unique
style of flow, rap, harmony twist through Dirty South Hip Hop,
funk and pop sound. Jose Pablo Salazar a.k.a. "Salazar" was
born in Miami, Florida in 1980. Rapping since the age of
thirteen and forming A.O.D (Age Of Destruction) while still in
high school, he realized music was his life project and began
associating with artists such as Trick Daddy and Timbaland.
His style flipped from English to Spanish when he realized the
significant role Latinos play within the urban culture.
Ben Hur Barrero II, a.k.a. "Sito", a thrift shop clothed
specimen, crazy get down beat junkie, whose outburst for music
began through making beats with pots and pans at the early age
of 3. With the exposure of countless performances, breakdance
contests, television commercials, music videos and the sound
of his urban voice on radio spots, Sito has been steadily
positioning himself as an entertainment powerhouse.