Interview with Joka Jr. Suarez after the release of his new album, Burning Bridges

 Interview with Joka Jr.  Suarez after the release of his new album, Burning Bridges

10 years have passed since the release of Moonglasses, Gante Blanco’s album that moved thousands of young rap fans who discovered in the “sound of Madrid” a response to years of rhetoric and stagnation on the national scene. Joka Jr. Suarez, hand inside the White Glove, disappeared as cult authors do. Now it’s time to return to the “classic neighborhood” status with a new album with all the cards. Burning bridges until the hype.

Joka Jr. Suarez receives comments and experience of a decade of writing that has not been wasted as one of the artists with the best lyrics on the national scene.

In an interview with, the rapper reflects on music, street, culture and politics.

Question: The album came out on the same day as your son’s birthday

Answer: If you want to think, it does not come out. The energy of creating a record is mixed with new life. But all that passion which is generated is very cold. Now I am a wave of emotions and feelings. The promotion list, shows, merchandise and all the work it has in its offspring.

Q: He was born on 23F.

A: Things to do with emotions.

Q: What must it have been like to see your son’s face for the first time?

A: Not like anything. An incredible vital moment, the journey.

Q: Do you see a personal change?

A: It’s still morning. The thing runs through me and I’m juggling to join the movement.

Q: Your other album, Burning Bridges, is a reflection of everything you’ve felt in the last 12 years that you haven’t released a record.

A: They are all senses and what you have explained in the five years that you have created that scenario where everything happens.

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Q: He gives the impression that he is very careful. But it’s mostly CNN.

A: There is also a position. I wanted to claim that idea of ​​the record that you heard from the beginning. And please begin to do this when you hear it many times. When you are already immersed in the artist’s microworld. It’s something that also happened to me as a listener. Since the album, which I enjoy the most, it has always been like this. I was small, and I was the first to produce gangsta records, either in the deep world of Mobba or Quincy.

Q: What inspirations did you have to create the album?

A: For me, inspiration is something ethereal. And you build a world based on the reflections you see on the street at certain times or the experiences you have with the people around you.

Q: You are part of a generation of rappers from Madrid who have influenced a whole generation but who have perhaps suffered a somewhat exclusive life in the social media.

A: There was a time when I wanted to have a lot of revolution, and sometimes it happens that you hit your head against the wall of things. You want to change everything, and you know it’s a harder thing. It is very interesting that people like Elio Toffana or Dano have kept doing things high and served as an inspiration to the kids who are now on top.

Q: You can see the respect these new artists have for your generation.

A: For me it is a moral reward that you are a sport. Seeing the kids who took your flag and bruised their faces fills me with pride and joy.

Q: There is also a lot of politics in your lyrics, but you have to see it.

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A: In the political aspect of the speech, first I always use the song, Platinum and Ebony, as an example. I posted it with Toscano and we were talking about the village prostitutes. And this was not inherently political, nor did we say to prostitutes, ‘let’s go’. It was supposed to represent what I saw from my window, the same as from Nas in the Project window. I was born in Alto de Extremadura and that was my home. To the rows of cars. We want to go down for a walk with the boys and see the girls being abused. You show something that overwhelms the crowd. What it is, and it is what I see from the window. I don’t like the volume to give you a sheet on a political level and I want to do it differently.

Q: Yes, it should be a bed in which.

A: Yes. Rap doesn’t make sense without the street.

Q: This idea always leads me to the scene from A Bronx Tale in which Robert De Niro tells his son that he is a tough guy, a worker. And don’t start hanging on the mobster, Sonny.

A: Yes, it’s Sonny. and one mother with her son. And the kid who doesn’t have any kind of education and has to get up every day to go to college knowing that he won’t find a job anyway, and the kid who was on a construction site carrying five bags and driving a BMW. If you work, you are honest, you are good, you are strong. I’m also telling you that if you’re a cash drawer, what you’re working for, they won’t catch you, Olé. I do not so despise the unlawful. I despise those who can do the right thing, everyone decides to make fun of them. A kid from a neighborhood without opportunities, who was smarter and asked them there, is worthy of giving Robert de Niro a fucking message to Calogeria. I’m very kinky and I defend kids who throw eggs at him.

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Q: What has also changed is the music that kids listen to.

A: Or there are kids like Morad and Bobby (Ergo Pro) who come from Africa and have a moment that is super important. As always some kids. Likewise, that their women report. The new generation needs mirrors in which to look at itself. It was no different than these things. Kids who come down the street can get a look of disdain and respect.

Q: They interviewed Nickzyy and he told me that sometimes, to be happy, he needs to go back to his neighborhood and go down to the bar to watch the athletic match.

A: Retrogrades can’t be scarier than that. An African kid eating a squid sandwich in the Plaza Mayor and watching Real Madrid. It is as it is and it is as it is. But if you don’t accept it, you’re going to beat a good army against the wall. It makes me very angry. Peña, who has never set foot in a working-class and multicultural neighborhood in his life, is not the only one who fears it. And you see four kids wearing PSG tracks, shit. And you are a dog. You’re afraid of other people because you’re shit. Sit with them, and if they steal from you, they will give to you. Contrary to fear, it is to throw eggs.

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