Apr 20, 2014
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Posts tagged: Boricuas

Back To Borinquen: The Rock Steady Crew In Puerto Rico

Words by Kieran K. Meadows—

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Most of the time when we reference rocksteady on LargeUp we’re talking about a late 1960s Jamaican music genre that slightly predated reggae. But there’s another “Rock Steady” force with roots in the Caribbean — namely the island of Puerto Rico. We’re talking about the world renowned B-boy pioneers from New York City, the Rock Steady Crew.

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Canita To Go: ‘Puerto Rican Moonshine’ Goes Mainstream With PitoRico

Words by Jesse Serwer–

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The National Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City (see highlights from yesterday’s edition here) is about as close as you can get to experiencing the “51st state” without leaving the continental U.S. One element of Puerto Rican culture you’re not likely to find on the parade route, though, is pitorro—Puerto Rico’s answer to moonshine and bush rum.

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Boricua Beatles: The Ghetto Brothers’ Vintage Puerto Rican Rock

Words by Jesse Serwer—
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In the South Bronx of the early 1970s, just around the time when Afrika Bambaataa and his Black Spades gang were refocusing their energies into community activism and music, the leaders of a nearby Puerto Rican street organization, Ghetto Brothers, followed a similar path. But where the hip-hop pioneers of Bambaataa’s Universal Zulu Nation took their inspiration from James Brown and obscure breakbeats found in funk and rock records, the Ghetto Brothers’ were inspired by the melodies of the Beatles, doo-wop and the emerging Latin rock sound of the day.

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