Puerto Rican artist vico c, known as the “philosopher of rap” and the landmark of that musical genre, this Wednesday celebrates his 50 years, half a century, which he envisioned to “always” reach despite all the downfalls in his life. .
Luis Armando Lozada Cruz, the real name of this pioneer of Latin rap, reflected, “What is accomplished every year is an achievement in view of all evil, disease or mishap.”
Vico C was born in New York, the exact place where the hip-hop movement began and where it lived for its first 5 years, until his family moved to Carolina, a municipality near San Juan.
Influenced by Anglo-Saxon hip-hop, which includes rap, breakdancing and graffiti, Vico C began composing his first songs.
but It was not until he signed up to perform in a singing competition organized by Puerto Rican producer DJ Negro that his talent and stage dominance came to the fore.
Vico C, only 17 years old, and DJ Negro teamed up to launch the cassette “The Final Straight” in 1989. The production included “Friday the 13th”, “Love Exists” and “Tastes, Gender and Consequences” and the name of the production.
As reflected by “The Philosopher of Rap”, age “doesn’t matter much” as a factor in being a talented creation and becoming a musical phenomenon, but, he insisted, it depends on the individual’s interest and talent. To do .
After “The Final Straight”, Vico C released “Hispanic Soul”, which included the hits “Bomba Para Afincar”, “La Ingles” and “Dulce, Sexy, Sensual”, which was a huge success.
They were followed by another album, “Explosion”, which included the hits “Saborello”, “Cosa Nuestro de Barrio” and “Maria”.
But it wasn’t all good news, he suffered a serious motorcycle accident while on a trip to perform in the Dominican Republic.
from morphine to heroin
As part of his treatment, Vico C was given morphine for pain relief and later became addicted to that drug and heroin.
“Yes, I thought I was going to be 50, although I could have died of a drug overdose along the way,” he admitted. “But out of that fear, I believed that God would not let me die and I had always imagined getting here.”
He had to act in a chair after the accident, which he described as his first “return” (return) in music.
He later produces “With Power” (1996), but after the launch he turns to drugs again.
The artist, however, returned to the art world and began producing “That One Who Had Died” in late 1998, which included another of his hit, “Tony Presidio”.
Following this album, Vico Si worked on his new production, “Amboscada”, which earned him his first Latin Grammy in 2003 for Best Urban Music Album.
falls in jail
However, after the success again, an accident came their way and soon after receiving the award, the rapper was jailed for six months for drug possession.
This time of incarceration was compared with half a century of his life, which he celebrates this Wednesday, indicating that being in prison “gets used to the days” but is now “on the other side”. “It is, they say.
He spent time in prison writing and managed to compose ten songs for the album “In Honor of the Truth”, which earned him another Latin Grammy Award for Best Urban Music Album in 2004.
A year later, the father of four released the album “DesaHogo”, which featured collaborations by Eddie Dee, Ivy Queen, La Mala Rodriguez and Gilberto Santa Rosa.
their highest moment
His latest work is “Babila”, which was released in 2009, and which Vico Si considers his highest moment in his music career.
“It’s the best album I’ve made,” the artist said of an album that includes collaborations with Archangel, Yaga and Mackie, Viso G, Gustavo Loreno and Andy Montanez.
Currently, Vico Si is preparing to publish a new album and even so, he has saved countless songs that he hopes to be included on a disc after he dies.
“I like to have them and have a guaranteed product with my family,” he said.
“It’s not limited to the business of selling music, but the desire to change lives, and since it’s on the agenda, there’s always a lot to do. It’s a project that never ends and my music isn’t just about people. It has been a tool to do good for, but also for me, my identity and society”, he concluded.