But Jae-P has also been influenced by Los Angeles' Kid Rock (who was the first important Mexican-American rapper on the West Coast) and has successfully incorporated Latin styles such as norteño/Tex-Mex, flamenco and cumbia (which originated in Colombia but has been extremely popular among Mexican listeners). Like Public Enemy, BDP/KRS-One and Ice-T, Jae-P can be quite sociopolitical; Latino pride has been a major theme of his recordings, and he hasn't hesitated to rap about the social and economic problems facing inner-city neighborhoods. One of his songs, "Un Pandillero Más" (which is Spanish for "One More Gangster") is about the dangers of thug life, a subject that Ice-T and KRS-One both dealt with extensively in their '80s and early-'90s heyday. But Jae-P wasn't even born when Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five recorded their seminal "The Message" -- the first famous sociopolitical rap single -- back in 1982.
Born Juan Pablo Huerta in Los Angeles on May 24, 1984, Jae-P is the son of Mexican immigrants; both of his parents were originally from the southern part of Mexico. Growing up in South-Central L.A., Jae-P heard his parents playing Mexican norteño, banda, ranchera, Tejano and mariachi music at home but heard hip-hop, funk, and R&B in the streets; his musical diet growing up in the '80s and '90s was part LL Cool J and part Banda el Recodo -- part Chuck D and part Chalino Sánchez (a great Mexican singer). And like so many Mexican-Americans, he grew up speaking English and Spanish equally well. Jae-P was 18 when, in 2002, he signed with Univision Records, which released his debut album, Ni de Aqui Ni de Alla (Neither from Here Nor There), the following year; the album sold more than 140,000 units.
Univision Records (which is part of the Latino empire that also includes the Univision television network) released Jae-P's sophomore album, Esperanza (Hope), in September 2004; "Latinos Unidos" was released as the album's first single. ~ Alex Henderson, All Music Guide Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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