Since its origins in the ’70s in the crime-afflicted South Bronx, black and brown people have coalesced to create the beautiful movement and culture that today has manifested itself into the mainstream as “hip-hop.” Early movies that are now cult classics, such as Wild Style, Style Wars, and Beat Street recognized and highlighted this important cultural link between the black and Latin communities – featuring such iconic hip-hop legends as Lee Quiñones, Lady Pink, and the Rock Steady Crew. We’ve seen this connection reverberate throughout the nation through celebrated acts like N2Deep, Kid Frost, Mellow Man Ace, 2Mex, Delinquent Habits, A Lighter Shade of Brown, Psycho Realm, Cypress Hill in the West, Kurious, Fat Joe, Big Pun, NORE, Chino XL and Immortal Technique in the East.
The South has, for the most part, been silent in this field, despite showcasing the phenomenal Miami Bass crossover and providing a platform during the industry’s focus on Houston. This is where a recent Atlantic Records signee by the name of Kap G comes in to play. The 20-year-old has already been touted by Pharrell as “the future.” He’s shown an ability to bridge the divide between the Latin and black hip-hop worlds, coming out of the same College Park neighborhood that has birthed Ludacris, Yung Joc, and 2Chainz. Kap G has quickly, within the last year, established a credible position for himself in the burgeoning hip-hop scene in Atlanta with the release of his debut mixtape, Like A Mexican, which gave us “Jose Got Them Tacos” featuring Jeezy and the summer banger “Tatted like Amigos” featuring Wiz Khalifa and Kirko Bangz. We were able to sit down with the young Southern star, fresh off of the Cultura Dura tour that brought him to Los Angeles and chat with him about his hoop dreams, his wild ability to write amazing hooks, growing up Mexican in Atlanta, and the story behind his anti-police anthem, “La Policia.”