OK, maybe having a cumbia remix of a rap song is not like the newest thing out there, right? So what? I say if they work well together, let them stay together. Especially if the mix involves two of the biggest names in current rap and cumbia.
Straight outta Monterrey, Mexico, Niña Dioz has swiftly located herself at the head of the new-school rap movement in the last couple of years and her second mixtape, Chicos Tenis y Cachucha, earned a lot of well-deserved blog buzz in 2010 (shall we also nominate it for best mixtape cover art of the year?).
To make the combination explosive, the cumbia infusion was done by no other than El Hijo De La Cumbia himself, one of the authentic pioneers of Argentina’s new cumbia underground, who was deeply involved in the Mexican sonidero scene since a very young age (hence the title of “hijo”). Earlier this year, El Hijo was signed by Ya Basta! Records, the French label that brought us Gotan Project.
This is not the first time El Hijo De La Cumbia does a remix for a hip-hop artist. He’s done cumbia versions for Argentina’s Alika and Mexico’s Sekreto. With the addition of Niña Dioz to his CV, el Hijo is just a few steps away from becoming the next Toy Selectah.
Think we’re exaggerating? Judge for yourself by listening below or downloading El Hijo de la Cumbia’s Niña Dioz remix HERE (right or control click to download).