October 7, 2015
By Jessica Formoso
Hip-hop was born in the Bronx back in the 1970s. Cuban Puerto Rican Joseph Antonio Cartagena, a.k.a. Fat Joe, a legend in hip hop who had a number one spot on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart with "Low Joe" back in 1993, talks to us about who influenced him. It was a Latino: his big brother, Angel, the first Latino rapper he ever saw. That was in the 1980s, but Latinos have been involved with hip hop since the very beginning.
Ephram Lopez, better known as DJ Enuff from Hot 97, says hip hop initially was considered black music, but DJ Charlie Chase, Prince Whipper Whip, and others were Latinos.
After Crazy Legs, Tito, Curious George, Kid Frost and Cypress Hill just to name a few, then came Fat Joe, Nore, Kid Forst, and Big Pun. Big Pun was an American rapper and actor, the first Latino rapper to attain platinum sales status as a solo act. He was known for his complex lyrical flow.
Source: Fox 5 NY