Posted by Elena del Valle on May 11, 2009
Photos, video, song: Hip Hop Hoodios
The Latino Jewish urban singers Hip Hop Hoodíos released a new album, Carne Masada: Quite Possibly the Very Best of Hip Hop Hoodíos late last month on iTunes and this week it will become available at other digital stores, with a money back guarantee to anyone who didn’t like it. Instead the album reached the eighth top spot on iTunes Alternativo Chart. Scroll down to watch Gorritos Cosmico, a video, and listen to Times Square, a single from the album.
The album features the bilingual single “Times Square (1989)” and guest performances from members of Ozomatli, The Klezmatics, The Pinker Tones, Delinquent Habits and Los Abandoned. The Hip Hop Hoodíos are named with hoodio a play on the word “judío”, Spanish for Jewish. The album spans the group’s career, includes liner notes written by Ernesto Lechner, a Rolling Stone and Los Anteles Times music critic.
The band may be the only act to have co-headlined the Salute to Israel Parade and the Barrio Museum in Spanish Harlem. The 2007 Hip Hop Hoodíos release Viva la Guantanamera, benefiting for Amnesty International’s efforts to close Guantanamo Bay Prison, rose to the number nine spot on the iTunes Latino albums sales chart and the top overall slot on eMusic. The band’s music has been featured in Pride and Glory, MTV’s Life of Ryan and a national Volkswagen campaign.
Josh Norek of Colombian decent and Abraham Velez of Puerto Rican decent make up Hip Hop Hoodios, part of a collective of Latino hip hop artists based in New York and Los Angeles. They mix Latin rhythms with hip hop beats and trilingual lyrics (English, Spanish and Hebrew).