Sound Cartagena. Photo from the artist’s MySpace.
When someone makes a comic book to promote themselves, you know they’re on some other stuff. And Sound Cartagena doesn’t disappoint. In attempt to defy the tendency to categorize by genre and language, Carata flips a blend of hip hop and salsa laced with Spanglish vocals. Even if you don’t always understand what he’s saying, you can still feel the flow.
Beyond rapping, Soundboy Cartagena can play the drum kit, bongos, congas, and even the trumpet. He’s also part of a rock outfit called Killa Beatz.
Last month, homie dropped a mixtape under the alias Soundboy Spanglish called Spanglish Digital. Some of the songs on it are straight up hip hop joints. Others swim in the same end of the pool but feature prominent drumming and Latin horn interludes. Then there’s the tracks that tend to the Salsa side of things. A drum n bass song with some Asian strings even made it in.
While you’re downloading that (it’s free), enjoy this older song of his: