Agua Pa' la Gente

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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
Masters of perhaps the smallest musical genre ever, the Hip Hop Hoodios are always somewhat conscious of the absurdity of their mission to represent urban Jewish Latino alternative rockers. But on Agua Pa' La Gente, their debut full-length, it's the unconscious moments that steal the show. Rapper Josué Noriega seems genetically determined to flaunt his suburban upbringing, legal degree, and circumcision. "Yo Dre, I don't mean to annoy ya, but you're no doctor / And I'm a lawyer," is a sample couplet. Elsewhere, Noriega and his partner in Midrashic mayhem, Abraham Velez, go to great, ahem, lengths to simultaneously inspire both Jewish and Latino pride. The bluntly ...
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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
Masters of perhaps the smallest musical genre ever, the Hip Hop Hoodios are always somewhat conscious of the absurdity of their mission to represent urban Jewish Latino alternative rockers. But on Agua Pa' La Gente, their debut full-length, it's the unconscious moments that steal the show. Rapper Josué Noriega seems genetically determined to flaunt his suburban upbringing, legal degree, and circumcision. "Yo Dre, I don't mean to annoy ya, but you're no doctor / And I'm a lawyer," is a sample couplet. Elsewhere, Noriega and his partner in Midrashic mayhem, Abraham Velez, go to great, ahem, lengths to simultaneously inspire both Jewish and Latino pride. The bluntly titled "Dicks and Noses" alleges a relationship between Semitic sexual prowess and schnoz size; on the anthemic "(No) Nose Jobs," Noriega boasts, "My nose is like a pickup truck." Musically, the Hoodios (it's a play on the Spanish judio, for "Jew") are less a rap group than a funky rock band that can't sing. Ringers from New York's avant-Jewish downtown scene, including the Klezmatics' Frank London and Midnight Minyan's Paul Shapiro, join L.A. alterlatino veterans from Orixa and Jaguares to flesh out the often hilarious raps ("My sound is dirty, like a pound of pork"). Despite their ostensible niche market, the Hoodios, with their unleavened mix of appropriation, parody, and irony, are right at home with such righteous Jewish entertainers as Lenny Bruce, Mickey Katz, and the Beastie Boys. As a treat for longtime fans, Agua Pa' La Gente reprises hits from their independently released EP, including "Raza Hoodia" and the only Hanukkah video ever to air on MTV Latino, "Ocho Kandelikas."
All Music Guide - Tammy La Gorce
"Yo Dre, I don't mean to annoy ya/But you ain't no doctor, and I'm a lawyer/And I'll destroy ya" -- strong words from a gang of Latino-Jewish smartypants from Brooklyn, but they serve their purpose. On Agua Pa' la Gente, the Hoodios' first full-length, listeners bounce across a tightly stretched canvas of klezmer, hip-hop, and salsa splattered by some of the vividest, smartest rhymes to stud a rap disc since Beastie Boys' Licensed to Ill. How seriously to take this bilingual release is anybody's guess. Musically, its guest collaborators, including a Klezmatics player and alterna-Latin heroes from Santana, Jaguares, and Los Abandoned, elevate it to a level way beyond spoof; Karl Perazzo's congas kick on the title track and Paul Shapiro's clarinet keeps "K#k* on the Mic" this side of kosher. Song themes split the difference between offensive "Dicks & Noses" and academic "1492" explores how the Spanish Inquisition resulted in millions of Latinos unknowingly having Jewish roots, but what's kept consistent is the brilliant, self-skewering wit: "My sound is fresh, like a pound of flesh/My nose is large, and you know I'm in charge." Illustrating this illest of Latino-Jewish offerings is still more evidence of the Hoodios' refusal to let ethnic hangups lie: snaps of "Hoodia honeys" in bagel bras, as well as a restaurant advertising kosher burritos, skirt the lyrics.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/2005
  • Label: Jazzheads
  • UPC: 809819114720
  • Catalog Number: 1147
  • Sales rank: 245,625

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pacha Mama Intro (0:04)
  2. 2 Aqua Pa' la Gente (3:57)
  3. 3 K#k* on the Mic (3:53)
  4. 4 Ancient (3:35)
  5. 5 Gorrito Cosmico (4:34)
  6. 6 Nose Jobs (3:22)
  7. 7 1492 (4:22)
  8. 8 Toribio the Clown Gets His Groove Back (3:38)
  9. 9 Dicks & Noses (3:32)
  10. 10 Psychosemitic (2:48)
  11. 11 Ocho Kandelikas (3:31)
  12. 12 Raza Hoodia (4:46)
  13. 13 [Untitled Hidden Track] (1:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hip Hop Hoodios Primary Artist
Frank London Trumpet
Karl Perazzo Conga, Timbales
Juan Manuel Caipo Drums, Electric Guitar, Cajon
Happy Sanchez Percussion, Drums, Glockenspiel, Keyboards, Tambourine, Background Vocals, Clavinet, Synthesizer Bass
Jason Borger Organ
Steve McPherson Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
Flory Jagoda Composer
Mark Pistel Engineer
Gary Hobish Mastering
Tweety González Composer, Programming, Remixing, beats
Happy Sanchez Programming, Producer, Engineer, beats
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