Problem Kids: "Our Duty as Cuban Americans to Tell the World How Cuba Really Is"
It takes cojones to lyrically smack down Jay Z. But Problem Kids don't fear the Jigga Man. And they're not afraid of Fidel Castro either.
The six dudes of this Miami-based live hip-hop band insist that if they met that bearded despotic madman in the flesh, they would say nothing. Instead, they'd rely on pure physical brutality to communicate their message.
As for their fans, all Problem Kids hit them with is music. And with upcoming shows and a new studio album on the way, we here at Crossfade spoke with Problem Kids to find out about stacking chips, freedom of speech, and dying in jail.
Crossfade: How was it winning the Ultimate Miami Band competition?
Nick Lebess: That was at the Magic City Casino. We played two cover songs and an original for a panel of three judges and won $5,000. It helped us pay for our "My Ami" music video, and to go into the studio for our full-length album that'll be coming out this spring.
What kind of tracks will the record feature?
Christian Martinez: All hip-hop. Some songs are in full Spanish. Some are in Spanish and English, and it's just very diverse musically, because we have all six people in the band coming up with ideas for it.
Where do you record?
Omar Williams: We have a studio at the house, a studio up north called Artificial Memory, and one down here in Coral Gables called Studio 26.
What does the music sound like?
Christian Martinez: We speak how we feel. It's not bullshit. It's not just words that rhyme on a record. We tell stories. They might take time to decipher. But, like, damn, that's dope. It makes you think.
How did you get into rapping?
Mario Obregon: We were fans before anything. I've been listening to hip-hop since I was a little kid and my parents didn't want me to. We started recording just for fun, and people were like, "Yo, you should really do this!" It might have started as a joke, but when people liked it, we knew that if we took it serious, we could really do something with it.
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