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Temperamento Releases Rap Video with Newfound Faith

12/31/11 at 11:25 PM EST - 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 Santeria.


Temperamento's shift 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  "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 one 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.


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