Rolling Stone

Trueno’s Brave New Old-School Rap


ARGENTINE RAPPER Trueno is just 20, but he’s already realizing his potential as one of South American hip-hop’s most compelling new voices. Songs like “Hoop Hoop” and “Fuck el Police,” from his excellent second album, Bien o Mal, are steeped in old-school American hip-hop. Splitting the 13 tracks between two sides, “The Bad” and “The Good,” Trueno raps about dictatorsh­ips, economic hardships, crime, and inequality, while urging people to rise and stand together. He says he wanted to turn “the idea of protesting into a celebratio­n,” and that’s exactly what he does. The result is one of the year’s sharpest breakout releases.

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