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11) Calle 13 on National Pride and Solidarity

In “La Perla”, apart from writing a homage to this troubled but cultural community in his home country, Residente criticises the idiots who ruin communities, whether politicians or gangsters, and dedicates the track to hard-working people who simply want a … Continue reading

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10) Calle 13 on Emigration

Working with Orishas, the Cuban group who themselves know the pain of leaving their country, Residente wrote “Pa’l Norte” as a homage to all those immigrants in Latin America, and the world, who see themselves forced to search for a … Continue reading

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9) Calle 13: Latin American Identity and Consciousness

Speaking of coca-chewing in the Andes, vineyards in the Southern Cone, and plantations and African rituals in the Caribbean, Residente constructs an image of his beloved Latin America in the song of the same name. Hard work, friendliness, US intervention, … Continue reading

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8) Calle 13 on Reggaeton

As mentioned in my previous post, Calle 13 is a group that, although fallible as all of us are, has used its influence to try and inspire action and critical thought, and deserves recognition among revolutionary circles for this.   … Continue reading

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7) Calle 13 on Police Violence

A big part of bourgeois democracy is keeping the police armed and powerful in order to keep the people effectively powerless. And when the police are undereducated or underpaid, the potential for abuses is greater. In 2007, Residente attacked the … Continue reading

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6) Calle 13: Violence, Resistance, and Independence

In “Digo Lo Que Pienso”, Residente once again emphasises his lyrical independence, highlighting how he doesn’t need to resort to violence to bring his opponents crashing down to earth. In particular, he calls the mayor of San Juan, Jorge Santini, … Continue reading

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5) Calle 13: Standing with the Workers and Against their Oppressors

In a challenge to his critics, Residente criticises himself in “Ven Y Critícame”, whilst justifying his often confrontational and controversial lyrics by saying that he feels obliged to criticise the things that he sees are wrong with the world. This … Continue reading

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4) Calle 13: Infiltrating the System to Destroy It From Within

In the song “Calma Pueblo”, Calle 13 challenged Sony to censure them, both with the song lyrics and the video. However, the song was released, and was critical of the Catholic Church, the USA, the media, ‘popular’ musicians and the … Continue reading

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3) Calle 13: Unified Action and the Power of the Proletariat

In the song “El Hormiguero“, Residente uses the metaphor of an ant colony to represent the fight of workers against the oppression of exploitative capitalist and imperialist forces. It would be difficult to interpret this track in any way other … Continue reading

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2) Calle 13 on Gun Violence

In “La Bala”, Residente starts off by personifying the bullet, showing the cold, feelingless nature of this object of destruction. He then goes on to philosophise about why there is so much gun violence, and how it could be stopped. … Continue reading

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