Mayalino, your favorite JBlock Street Gang member of Southeast's Magnolia, just released a high-quality video, "We Alive Now," from his Fuck These Wet Wacks album, dropping the third week of April. "The song is really real to the Mayalino contrast, rebelling against hip-hop rules, rebelling against - amongst rappers - Latinos who gather up in a circle and become best friends, hoping to make it big," Mayalino says about the song. "That song speaks against bullshit rap, weak hip-hop culture, no competition. It's a very powerful song." "I'm making an album that [intends] to be disrespectful to any Latin artist that's not cool with me and disagrees." If you want context to what Mayalino is talking about, check out "Behind The Lyrics" piece on him from February. The "We Alive Now" video is very gritty, has scenes that are true to Mayalino's D-Boy lifestyle, complemented with some real sharp cinematography. Houston's Chase Rees, of ThinkBIG Producitons, directed Mayalino's video and a continuation of it starts filming in early April. Check out Rees' demo reel. This man should be arrested for what he does with the camera. His body of work is very impressive.
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Oakland's Big Dan of BRWN BFLO and H-Town's Chingo Bling have a track and video together being released soon, called "Lentes," which translates to eyeglasses, or sunglasses, in English. This is the first time we've seen a trailer for a video. We'll say it again: A trailer for a video, not a movie. Big Dan got at us on MySpace after he read the blog we wrote on BRWN BFLO last week. He pointed us toward the "Lentes" trailer, and we couldn't resist showing it to you because it certainly builds anticipation. When it drops, we'll make sure you see it, but check out the short trailer. Someone asked us the other day, "Rolando, what's Latino hip-hop, anyway?" We said nothing in reply. We just played this track.Rolando Rodriguez is the managing editor of RedBrownandBlue.com. Follow him on MySpace and Twitter.