Tetractys Productions LLC, a music production company located in Santa Fe, NM, would like your help in bringing the untapped creativity and struggle of the young peoples of New Mexico to the ears of hip hop enthusiasts across our great country and across the world. We need your help to bring the HIp Hop 505 compilation album into fruition. Allow me to paint you a picture similar to the one I see.
Consider the following questions: Do you know which city is the oldest capital in the US? Do you know which capital has the highest elevation above sea level? Where is the city that MTV calls the "lowrider capital of the world"? Where was the western most battle of the civil war fought? Who is the first Latina governor in US history? Is the movie The Goods accurate when it uses "Querque" as the "hip" way of saying Albuquerque? And finally, do you know what green chile is?
If you are like me and not originally from the state of New Mexico, these questions are a tad bit harder than the SATs. Now that I have resided here in the city of Santa Fe for several years and witnessed the people's struggle as I faced my own, I can say there is a great many things the world doesn't know about New Mexico; the kind things all people can relate to. While people across this beautiful state are bringing attention to its potential through films (have you heard of "Tamalewood"?) and visual art (eg., Indian Market, Spanish Market), it is our goal to put on display to the world another side of New Mexico; a side conveniently left out of the picturesque image certain elements of her society would have you see.
As a person who grew up in the struggle of the modern South, I recall the how impossible it was to tell the musical story of the people from neighborhoods like mine to an audience outside our region. Many talented people wasted away in jails or graves in that part of the country while the vultures of the "industry" picked the bones out of what was left of the 90s New York hip hop renaissance, and the West Coast explosion. Out here in New Mexico, I see the same kind of hunger, the same kind of grind, and, most importantly, the same kind of cultural uniqueness that put the South on top in the rap music industry today.
We have independent artists ready to educate the rest of America on a unique struggle: Descendants of conquistadors who still fight for la familia today; Aboriginal youth who still speak their grandmother's tongue; The sons and daughters of those who do the work most Americans won't. If it isn't their time to shine yet, so be it, but please help us steal a little bit of that light.