Rap Video with Newfound Faith
12/31/11 at 11:25 PM EST - LatinRapper.com news
Rhode Island rapper Temperamento has released a new video
that signals a shift of the MC's approach towards
music. Shot on December 17, 2011 in his
hometown of Providence, "Abre Tu Corazon" marks a new chapter
in the previously turbulent life of Christian Estremera Ramos.
Temperamento, who was born
in Puerto Rico but moved to Rhode Island in his youth, quickly made a name for himself in the Spanish rap game
starting in 2005. Although at the moment his music embraces a
newfound sense of faith, his beliefs weren't always that way.
While living in Miami, the rapper held no traditional Christian views, and
for several years he practiced the Caribbean religion of
towards putting Christ in Hip Hop began with his arrest for
armed robbery. The rapper was sentenced to 27 months in
prison, a year and a half after committing the crime. "It
was the biggest mistake of my life." Temperamento tells LatinRapper.com. "But at the same time, it made me into
the man I am today."
In 2010, one month before
he began serving his prison sentence, the MC received an
outpouring of online messages from fans. Temperamento
recounts how there were "people telling me God told them he
had a big plan for me, and I needed him now. It was such
an impact to me that I sat back and started to reflect on my
career, the things I said in songs."
During that time, the
rapper glanced at the cover of his CD entitled "El M.E.J.O.R.",
and came to a realization. Termperamento was depicted as
a gold pharaoh on the album cover, and it was at that moment
that he saw himself as a false
idol. "The Devil wanted me to feel like I was el mejor,
the best," he explains. His attitude shifted from
viewing himself as a king, to the belief that only God
could be king.
Not long after his
release from prison, Temperamento began work on his new video,
"Abre Tu Corazon." Directed by himself and LGB
Productionz, the video signals the evolution of Temperamento
from a self-described "Hardcore Hip Hop MC" to a positive role
model. The beat was produced by Maestro el Ingeniero
Musical, and was created through a collaboration with Jr el
Exclusivo y El Teacher. Temperamento credits his
conversion to Christianity as the inspiration for the
song and video.
"Abre tu Corazon" is
single from Temperamento's upcoming album entitled "Bajo
Control," which he states is a reflection of God's control of his anger.
In addition to working on his upcoming album, the Rican MC is
also in talks for a possible documentary on his life, as well
as involvement in several independent films. For the
moment, Temperamento is placing an emphasis solely on Hip Hop,
telling us "my main focus right now is spreading God's word
through my music."
Watch the video for "Abre
Tu Corazon" below. Can't see the video on your phone?
Click Here to watch it on Youtube.