If you know anything about the Spanish hip hop scene, you know that El Chojin is one of the most respected artists out there. His music, style and talent shine. Here are four facts about the rapper that you need to know.
This guy can rap super fast!
When you try to recite your favorite rap song, you get tongue-tied! Try recreating El Chojin's raps. El Chojin took only 1 minute to rap 921 syllables on his song "Vo-ca-li-za". That is 15 syllables per second. Impressive.
He is not afraid to speak his mind.
Chojin is not known for the club-bangers but rather the social commentary in his lyrics. If you take a listen to his project, Mi turno, you will hear what is known to be his most "radical" work as he calls out topics like discrimination, immigrants and racism. Speak Chojin. Speak.
Chojin is bi-cultural.
The rapper was born in Torrejon de Ardoz, Madrid, to a father from Equatorial Guinea and an Extremaduran (Spanish) mother. Having a father who is an immigrant fueled his passion to raise awareness for the issues that immigrants in Spain often face.
He used his platform to speak out on issues ON NATIONAL TELEVISION.
With his collaboration on RTVE, a Spanish television channel, El Chojin set himself apart by sharing messages of social justice through music. In an age where mainstream rap is focused on money and cars, El Chojin going above the grain to talk about issues that matter. Check it out here!
El Chojin has paved the way for Spanish hip hop on an international level. Not only does he have a great sound but his music has real messages. Check out more of his work if you are interested in international hip hop. El Chojin does not disappoint.
Jelisa Jay Robinson is a twenty-something writer, theatre practitioner and professional Spain aficionada from Houston, Texas. You can find her teaching Spanish, dancing up a storm and making her dreams a reality. You can follow her adventures navigating Afro-Latinidad at her blog Black Girl, Latin World and see some of her writing on the Lati-Negr@s Project website.