The Poetry Of The Nuyorican Experience


January 2, 2002
Copyright © 2002
THE NEW YORK TIMES. All Rights Reserved.


The Nuyorican Poets Cafe lures young writers like Anthony Morales.
[PHOTO: Ting-Li Wang/The New York Times]


Where are my boricuas?" Anthony Morales shouted during a recent Friday night poetry slam at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, asking for the Puerto Ricans in the house.

The ethnically mixed, gentrified crowd at this legendary Lower East Side space may not have known it, but Mr. Morales was paying homage in his poem to the founders of the stage where he stood, to those

    stoned crazy prophets of revolution,

    giving poetic solutions to political pollution,

    organizing rhythmic confusion of assimilation

    to this untied states nation of eggs, cheese and bacon

    upon wakin'.

One of those prophets was the poet and playwright Miguel Piñero. He is the subject of "Piñero," a new film starring Benjamin Bratt that has put the spotlight on the Nuyorican poets' scene, which came into being in the 1960's and 70's and is still going strong as the popularity of poetry surges nationwide.


Miguel Pinero in 1974, the year he helped found the Nuyorican Poets Cafe and his play ``Short Eyes'' won an award..
[PHOTO: Ting-Li Wang/The New York Times]


Though Mr. Morales, a 21-year-old Bronx native majoring in English and Latino studies at Columbia University, may be far removed from the heroin-infested, crime-ridden, self-destructive world of Piñero, he nevertheless belongs to the same literary tradition, born of the Puerto Rican experience in the United States. "My poetry is about trying to make sense of the world, of being a young Puerto Rican male," Mr. Morales said. "We have incredible stories we got to tell."

In 1974 the story Piñero told in "Short Eyes," a prison drama presented by Joseph Papp's Public Theater and at Lincoln Center, won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for best American play. It was developed in a workshop at the Ossining Correctional Facility (Sing Sing), where he was serving time for armed robbery. That year Piñero, known as Miky, was one of the founders of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe; he died of cirrhosis of the liver in 1988, when he was 41.

His poetry, with verses in both English and Spanish, had a strong political and social foundation, using the language of the street to document urban and prison reality. What became the Nuyorican poets' movement was influenced by Beat writers like Jack Kerouac, firebrand black poets like Amiri Baraka and Puerto Rico's oral poetry traditions. And it was informed by the discrimination, segregation and other harsh experiences suffered by Puerto Ricans who settled in New York.

In the spoken word, the Nuyoricans, or Puerto Rican New Yorkers, embraced identity and culture.

"We were coming out of the 60's, and there was a switch from self-hate to self-love," said Sandra María Esteves, 53, a published poet born in the Bronx to a Puerto Rican father and a Dominican mother and who, along with Piñero, was one of the founding poets of the Nuyorican movement. "That was an important marker for us. Embrace who we are. That was very different from the messages I got when I was growing up."

Today Nuyorican poetry can range from sonnets to the frenzied verses of competitive slams, and its themes are universal: the politics of daily life, sex and love, discovery of self. The poets function in a less cohesive, more glamorized setting than in Piñero's days. This is now poetry promoted by hip-hop and delivered in a more theatrical, performance-oriented way, which some Nuyorican poets criticize as being more often about entertaining and shocking an audience than about self-expression.

Miguel Algarin, the primary founder of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, says poetry today takes place in a more integrated setting. "For once," he said, "America is truly brought together into one from its myriads of ethnicities – 10,000 ethnicities become sharply focused into an art form, and ironically, the North American Puerto Rican, the Nuyorican, has become the mainstream of American poetry."

But a preoccupation with the Puerto Rican condition still anchors Nuyorican poetry and gives it its bite, as it did 30 years ago.

Many young Nuyorican writers said they were driven to poetry by racist encounters in mostly white schools, by witnessing injustices suffered by family members or neighbors at the hands of the police, landlords or welfare workers, and by the need to express themselves, "to prove," as one poet said, "that I was a human being."

Some noted parallels to black and Chicano poetry.

"This is a survival thing," said Willie Perdomo, 34, a Nuyorican poet, who said he had his share of rough times while growing up in East Harlem. "When you see things that are wrong, you want to say it's wrong. It's a raw language for a raw experience."

Questions of identity are also thoroughly explored. In a poem called "Ode to the Diasporican," Maria Teresa Fernández, a 30-year-old Bronx poet known as Mariposa (Butterfly), takes on those who say she is not "the real thing" because she was not born in Puerto Rico. Puerto Rican, she writes, "is a state of mind, a state of heart, a state of soul."

Even the term Nuyorican has often come to encompass Puerto Rican poets elsewhere in the United States. The winner of this year's individual title at the National Poetry Slam in Seattle was Mayda del Valle, 23, of Chicago, who moved to New York only a year ago and competed as part of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe's team.

She won with two poems: "Descendancy," about the frustrations of being stereotyped and limited by labels, and "Tonguetactics," a defense of Spanglish.

"It's a different experience to be a Puerto Rican from Chicago and a Puerto Rican from New York, but there are similar underlying experiences," Ms. del Valle said. "The sense of not belonging in Puerto Rico and not belonging in the United States is something everyone goes through. I consider myself part of the movement and I definitely feel the connection."

The Nuyorican Poets Cafe is still home for many Nuyorican poets and remains a thriving poetry hub, but its neighborhood has become trendy and expensive and freer of crime and drugs. The cafe has broadened its audience and core way beyond its bohemian Puerto Rican roots. At the recent Friday poetry slam, about 120 people crowded around tables and lined the bar: college-age, beer- drinking, well-behaved Latinos, blacks, whites and Asians.

Nuyorican poets today also read at places like the Point in the Bronx, Bar 13 in Greenwich Village and the Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church in the Bowery. Some earn a living conducting poetry workshops in schools and traveling for readings at colleges; others hold day jobs in the news media and publishing.

And they are often found not only reading but also acting and singing in their own shows and performance pieces. "Spic Chic," a one-man show opening at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe this month, features poetry, music, drama and monologues to portray Puerto Rican pride in surviving life in the United States.

Luis Chaluisan, 44, the show's creator, calls it "the further adventures of an unrepentant Rican with no self- pity."

"You know what a Nuyorican is?" Mr. Chaluisan asked. "It's someone who finds solutions. How do I surmount this?"

But despite the vibrant scene and the poets' increasing opportunities to read, teach and be published, the work remains largely marginalized, some poets said. Most of it is not read by mainstream critics and scholars, does not find its way into major literary journals or magazines that publish poetry and is underrepresented in bookstores, they said.

Martín Espada, 44, who has published six collections of poetry and is a professor of English and Spanish at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, says this situation partly reflects the dearth of Puerto Rican editors in the publishing industry. And he says it might also show distaste for reminders of the poor social and economic conditions many Puerto Ricans have endured in this country.

"Puerto Rican poets are chroniclers," said Mr. Espada, a Brooklyn native who cites as his early influences the novel "Down These Mean Streets," by Piri Thomas; the poem "Puerto Rican Obituary," by Pedro Pietri; and "Short Eyes," which was later made into a film.

"We write about the same things everybody writes about," he said. "The difference is that the people who populate our poems suffer from the system that we live under rather than benefit from it; therefore our work is considered political."

Nuyorican poets have expressed a wide range of opinions on "Piñero," written and directed by Leon Ichaso ("El Super," "Crossover Dreams").

Founders and veterans of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, like Mr. Algarin and Mr. Pietri, who also appear in the movie, attended its premiere last month in New York. Some, like Ms. Esteves and Mr. Espada, criticized the choice of Piñero as a subject, noting that there were other worthy poets with less sensational lives, or who transcended drugs or other problems and did not die young.

"Hollywood and Broadway gave us `West Side Story,' " Mr. Espada said. "Decades go by, and what did we get? We got `Capeman.' Why is it that our hero has to die in the end?"

Many other poets, however, said they were moved and energized by the film, which not only recognizes an American literary movement but gives younger generations a sense of being part of a continuum.

"It was validating in saying we exist," Mariposa said. "Not only are we still here, but we have a tradition and a history."

Among some of these younger Nuyorican poets, Piñero remains an icon.

"The language that he used was his biggest influence," Mr. Perdomo said. "He made the street come alive. You could hear people on the street talking the same way. He represented poets who were giving voice to the voices."

Now Mr. Perdomo and his peers are forging their own legacy. A manager at Henry Holt & Company who has published one poetry collection and a children's book in verse, Mr. Perdomo said he wrote with a sense of threat, as the Puerto Rican population in New York shrinks.

"Puerto Ricans on the Lower East Side are being pushed toward the river," he said. "People are moving back to Puerto Rico. A lot of the writing is coming from a sense of urgency."

His goal, he said, was "to leave a solid body of work behind, so that that kid on 110th Street can go to the library and have his world turned upside down and find a voice."

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Latin Arts Weekend
Megan Richards
October 26, 2006

Performers from “The Male Ego” represent a variety of cultures for Latin Arts Weekend.

While poetry readings, movies, and Ryley dances make up typical weekends at Andover, this weekend integrated a cultural twist into the ordinary schedule.

To finish off Latin Arts week, the weekend consisted of a series of events related to Latin culture. Although this weekend’s Latin festivities provided entertainment for the community, the events meant so much more than a cure for Saturday night boredom.

The weekend featured an All-School Commons dinner, a catered Latin Arts dinner, a poetry reading entitled “La Voz Latina,” the theatrical performance “The Male Ego,” a writing workshop, a Salsa dance class and party and a bilingual Christian church service in Lawrence. These events were organized by members of the African-Latino-American Club (Af-Lat-Am). Elinel Almanzar ’07 and Tia Contreras ’07 were the two main coordinators of the weekend.

Almanzar and Contreras set up menus for the Af-Lat-Am dinner, made posters and invitations, organized transportation to the Evangelical Service, decorated Commons and Underwood, and performed many of the other jobs needed to make the Latin Arts Weekend a success.

“[This weekend] was definitely just a piece of the Latin Culture. There are so many subdivisions within the Latin and Latin American culture that one weekend, one week, or even one month would be too little to fully grasp the essence of each country, city, island, and so on,” said Almanzar. “The weekend’s goal was to make a lot of people feel at home and to appreciate some of the food, dances and writing styles that some of these Spanish speaking people share.”

Most of the events during the weekend, including The Male Ego and La Voz Latina were provided by the Timeless Talent Group, a group focused on educating through artistic expression.

On Saturday night, the Latin Arts Dance mixed things up by playing a variety of music, ranging from Justin Timberlake’s “SexyBack” to traditional Merengue music. Before the dance, there was an opportunity for students and faculty to learn how to Salsa dance as well.

Nicholas Collabo ’98, co-founder and head of programming at the Timeless Talent Group, helped pick music for the dance along with world-famous DJ E.M. When Collabo was a student at Andover, he was president of Af-Lat-Am and one of the co-founders of a Latino group on campus.

“The music we played definitely reflected Latin culture,” said Collabo. “We played Salsa, Merengue, and Bachata. We also played a little bit of Latin pop.” Collabo went on to describe the roots of the different styles of music. Salsa originated in Puerto Rico but has roots even farther back with Mambo from Cuba. Merengue and Bachata are both from the Dominican Republic.

“I thought the music he played was definitely appropriate for Latin Arts Weekend,” said Sarah Rodriguez ‘08. “It was also nice to have something different besides the usual rap music in Ryley.”

Collabo described his experiences with the integration of Latino culture on campus when he was at Andover. “There was definitely Latin Arts weekend when I was at Andover,” Collabo said. “The Latino group I helped to form also raised awareness about Latino culture. We held meetings with traditional Spanish food and discussions about our identities, about the diversity within us. My senior year I became the president of Af-Lat-Am, so I brought our club as a subgroup of Af-Lat-Am. Our club has died out since then, but Af-Lat-Am is still doing the impossible – incorporating very different groups of people into one club. They have been doing a great job over the years.”

“It was an amazing experience to be able to come back and connect with the students,” Collabo concluded. “I hope I was able to incorporate a little more Latino culture into the culture here at Andover.”

Many Latino students at Andover are disappointed with the limited amount of Latin culture present on campus. Many Andover students do not take the time to experience the cultures of the numerous minority groups on campus.

“In Andover the only thing that sort of represents the “Latin Culture” is Latin Arts weekend, but after that, nothing else does. Most people do not even know all the countries that Latinos can be from,” said Almanzar.

In addition to the lack of information regarding Latin culture, other students notice that coming to Andover, in many respects, means giving up some family customs.

Frank Pinto ’08 said, “We had a discussion at Af-Lat-Am about Latin culture because a lot of Latino students felt that they couldn’t fully express their culture here on campus. As a Latino kid, you get used to certain things in everyday life at home that you have to give up when you come here, like the food and the language. Although a lot of Latino students don’t speak Spanish at home, I like speaking Spanish with my parents, but I don’t get to use it that often here.”

“I think a lot of students think that all Latinos are either Mexican or Dominican, because Mexican is a common stereotype associated with the ethnicity Latino,” said Pinto.

Almanzar concluded, “The weekend was a great success - everything from the food to the church service - because people were very welcoming of trying new things such as Salsa dancing and the writing workshop. I believe everyone enjoyed the weekend and left learning something new, even if it was just a few new moves on the dance floor.”

Andover’s Own Def Poet
Edward Kang
October 26, 2005

Shantell Cueras' vibratos silenced the room. An impressive feat indeed - especially at the age of thirteen.

Cueras was one of two acts to open in Kemper Auditorium last Friday for acclaimed poet Anthony Morales ’98.

The African Latino American Society arranged Morales' visit for last week’s Latin Arts Weekend.

After a brief introduction from Interim Dean of CAMD Linda Carter Griffith, Mr. Morales’ close friend Juma Waugh ’98 introduced the speaker as “a poet, a lecturer, a lover who speaks of the hidden rhythms of America.”

Morales shocked the audience as soon as he opened his mouth. He spoke very quickly in a mixture of languages that was difficult to understand. It seemed as though he was speaking English, but at times certain Spanish words were also recognizable.

However, the reason for his confusing speech was soon explained. “In the United States of America, we practice the language of oppression that people are looked down upon when they speak with accents and that speaking two languages at the same time is simply unacceptable,” said Morales.

He continued, “One thing that I learned at Andover was the ability to question - to question the ‘fundamental,’ such as what is right or wrong, and how it is so. It's a beautiful thing.”

Beyond the foreign plane of his language, Morales' character was both evolutionary and extraordinary. The more he read his poems, the more the audience became enchanted by the inexplicable spell of his words.

Morales also spoke about his career at Andover - how he met his best friend, how he felt on the day of graduation, how he fell in love with his girlfriend, how he grew up in the Bronx, how his parents became isolated.

He described the sentiment of hopelessness he felt along with other Puerto Ricans when the FBI assassinated Filiberto Ojeda Ríos on the day of their Independence. Morales' ability to freely and artfully share such personal memories with a complete group of strangers was admirable.

By the end of the evening, Morales had given both students and faculty alike a greater perspective and understanding of a culture perhaps entirely unfamiliar to many.

Said Waugh, “He shares so much of himself that he almost becomes vulnerable, and I cannot have anything other than the purest respect for his sincerity and honesty.” Indeed, Waugh's compliment proved itself true.


recent show at brandeis

Breakin’ it down at the Main Event

By Michael Sitzman

What beams with the pride of flags waving, educates us in rhyme and verse, and pulses with tango’s yearning? What commands with flamenco’s exquisite urgency; rivals salsa’s exuberant joy; and curses loudly with the desperation of the street?
It is the struggle to break down the barriers that confine us and it was the theme of this year’s Main Event show.

Sponsored by ¡AHORA!, Brandeis’ Hispanic-Latino student organization, Saturday’s signature event for Hispanic Heritage Month 2006 was true to its theme of “Breaking Borders.” Why borders, not barriers? The word evokes images of immigration, which wasn’t the central topic. Yet the border as metaphor was catchy. Provocative. A theme emerged. And it wasn’t all just talk…

¡AHORA!’s E-Board members did something magnanimous at the opening ceremony on September 20 when they announced their intention to reach out to include more nationalities and cultures in the celebrations. They broke the first border, setting an uncommon example.

In the Main Event, I had the honor to participate in ¡Qué Bonita Bandera!, the opening flag parade, and to serve on the decorating committee. I got the insider’s view this time, and, in my biased opinion, the event was a sweeping success.

The stage backdrop spelled out the theme in looping, red letters with arrow-tipped ends. As the stage lights caught their glitter, the words seemed to suggest devilish naughtiness. Only then did it hit me: Breaking borders means daring to be naughty, to defy taboos. Bingo!

Following the march of flags was ¡Ayer! Fusion, a mix of Aztec, African, punta, and cumbia dances. I can’t describe the talent I witnessed; I hope you saw it for yourselves. I found myself overwhelmed with a deep respect and joy, not just at seeing such dedication, but at realizing how our generation cherishes the traditional along with the modern. Another border gone.

In the next piece, Johanna Nuñez, a.k.a. Jo-Jo, drew thunderous applause and brought me to tears with heart-rending poetry about suicide, broken relationships, and searching for identity. “I don’t like being called a poet, but rather, an educator,” she said after the show. “Realize the strength behind words. Find your voice.”

The Argentine Tango Society next showcased the famous dance style that has won the hearts of Americans. Brooding and melancholy with dragging steps, passionate with choppy rhythms, tango drips with a longing for… something. It defies words, but the feeling is understood instantly by the spectator. I can’t imagine how much that emotion must be magnified in dancing it.

Brake Yo Self Foo, a video created and narrated by Adriani León ’08, brought us home with a series of interviews from around campus. This poignant project explored what borders exist between students. It offered no answers. I think the mere act of questioning is powerful enough.

Candis Bellamy ‘07 kept it real with TIME, a moving spoken-word piece derived from personal experience. It appears that at least two of our friends, through video and poetry, are indeed finding their voices…

Stop the presses; this one should be for the front page. I’m talking about none other than Chispa Sevillana, a flamenco piece performed by Stephanie Spiro ’10. While her flowered dress rivaled the glittering stage backdrop, neither could compare to the sheer color of her motions, alternatingly snappy and fluid in a way that is flamenco and nothing else. Originating in the Andalucia region of Spain, and combining Islamic, Gypsy, and Sephardic Jewish influences, flamenco demands a serious level of grace and precision. Stephanie delivered.

Our local Boston artists, T3K + Ak Flow (Robert Tynes ‘10 and Alissa Nuñez), complemented the tradition of the previous acts with the contemporary Cuando Te Veo. This number showcased reggaetón, a music/dance style introduced to Brandeis at last year’s Main Event.

Brandeis’ own salsa club, Salseros, followed with ¡Cógele El Gusto Otra Vez! When, at just the right moment, Sam Barros ’08 paused and tossed his hat, the audience applauded gleefully, delighting in the show of spunk and flair.

And then, a mix of traditional and modern dance: Rompiendo Barreras, a salad of reggae, R&B, bachata, merengue, and the requisite hip-hop. (The title, by the way, means ‘breaking borders.’) But there was one more number to go, an unusual choice for a final act…

Anthony Morales brought it down to earth with more powerful poetry. This Nuyorican (New York-Puerto Rican) poet, who has been featured on HBO, connected instantly with the audience. His words, which I won’t try to interpret, serve to remind us of our continuing struggle to break borders in a changing world. “It’s an honor and pleasure to be here at a gathering of young adults trying to make sense of things,” he told me. “Writing is a beautiful thing, a way we can share our stories with each other. If I can move people or touch their lives, I did my job.” Indeed he did.

And so, our friends at ¡AHORA! took it again to the next level, pushing the limits in some novel ways. But this show continues, and we’re all in the next act, for we are challenged now to break our own borders. Perhaps Hispanic-Latino history itself, the process of which began long ago in a fusion of cultures and continents, can serve to point the way.

Come, stop by soon at the ICC and meet us. Break it on down, Brandeis!

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where are my boricuas


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what's really good mi gente?

been a minute don't know if anyone checks this but yo!

i'm living

a beautiful thing

quick wrap

hit the studio
recorded a few jawns
worked in summer school
flashback el puente hiphop showcase FIRE
harlem book fair
hartford ct
western carolina university
miami my bro had twins!!! props to james and k holding it down
little jaz and kali are beautiful

that's a funny site

i've always been low on the cyber tip
suprised i'm even writing this

school is crazy. el puente has been kicked out its building.
check out the website www.elpuente.us for the scoop.
politics in new york is crazy

the wire is next level this season. i think somewhere back
i probably scribbled about the corner but baltimore is nuts.
props to people in the struggle all around the world in the hoods.

we gotta elevate yall. plain and simple. if i can't write something
that can put it real like that then what up.

the male ego is real. big up to kayo buddha chief jamaal butta claudia sol
making it happen. here's to more and more....

hip hop is outta control
as usual recommendations for your ear:
mental mixtape madness fall 06

hi-tek and nas common marsha - music for life FIRE
any new styles bottom to the top
new jigga kingdom come
billy paul war of the gods (sample for luda)
john legend again (get yr freak on)
termanology watch how it go down (lawrence stand up)
lil wayne georgia bush (political weezy)
any ransom this dude is hungry
black ice death of willie lynch (inspiration)
skyzoo stop fooling yrself (9th classic with deep lyrics)
lupe fiasco - cool (hiphop quotable about our ills)

my peoples let's build. i'mma be back.



RIP Curly

rest in peace fams. you was a good man. left behind like 5 seeds. we called you the hood ODB. i remember many occasions, mostly cutting on people and playing ball. don't really remember like the first time i met you, but just like started saying what's up. last thing i recall is that oversized big pun shirt you sold me for like 10 bucks. i got the news from the go. i was all messed up in the head because it's like we young, how we thinking about death so soon? did it right in the memory of, just the way you would have wanted it. checked all the news nothing. but it is hood news. everyone knows. everyone misses you. passed by the building crazy candles and crazy notes with bottles and cigars. stay up homie. keep smiling down on us. tell all the peoples from the block to hold us down here till we get there.

RIP Raheem Spruill
RIP Eddie Bauer
RIP C Sparxx
RIP CURLY 1982-2006
Sackwern Soundview Clason Point Hood Alumni


what it do

what's poppin' folks? kid been on a cyber hiatus disclosing all this personal material...last yall heard i was in trinidad limin' it up. been on that grizzle just trying to stay above water ya underdig me?

what is the world coming to? ya man bush is buggin every time he opens his eyes. how can we blow like 9.8 billion dollars a month on the war? (i thought i was buggin too) think of the things we can do if you spent that money on really protecting people, like giving them health care, education, affordable housing, jobs. i ain't even democrat, but isn't this america? I could use other letter choices, but then i might get hate mail. how many more of our problems could be solved not like over night but keep it real. why make it more difficult than it already is. i think that the rich just like their organic food, while the poor just get western beef.

my bad for the soapbox after the delay, but just had to get that off the chest.

my whereabouts:
rutgers new brunswick
soho 323
i co host the nuyorican friday night open 1am till...free!!! oldest open mic in nyc...shout outs to a- trayn who has held it down for a while...
i was out in the bay area shout outs to the peoples in oaksterdam holding me down everybody at youth speaks...it was ill..the bay is the other spot i'd live in the US...for real.

currently top shottas in the ipod

new alchemist album who is that kid bobby creekwater?
new mobb deep blood money...i'm a mobb head i can't front it's aight. i won't hate.
any new jim jones
i'm sure i mention cool calm pete and my man bisc1 over at embedded killing it
big ups to sohh.com, allhiphop.com, soul-sides.com and all the websites filling the ears...

have a blessed spring...be well...i'll be back....eff the govihater...



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what is it?

i've been chilling. hope your holidaze was all good. mine were used to reflect recharge the battery. i went out to trinidad to just kick it, lime it up. shout out to the baker and john families in St. Madeline. i had a blessed chance to relax and get away from the grimey grind of nyc. been listening to a lot of fire like:

bisc1- the ep. (do you is the anthem)
the reavers- terror firma (mega mcs)
cool calm pete- lost (this dude is cool lunacy)
junk science
fantan mojah- give thanks and praise
any new raekwon the chef
surprisingly the new lil wayne - tha carter 2 (tha mobb is motivation)

trust me, i would not tell yall about something that did not move me. i've been looking for inspiration in many places and super hardcore or ultra underground has done it for me. beyond that EVERY OTHER FRIDAY I'm hosting the open room at the nuyo at like 1 am. if you around and feel like getting up on the mic, holla.

El Puente is beautiful.


ps studio time is coming. holla at me producers with beats!!!!