Solo Char's Medellin Video Shoot | Behind the Scene Photos
This month rapper and actor (novela: Rosario Tijeras) Solo Char of the
Medellin-based hip-hop crew “PLG Organizacion” filmed a new music video for his
song “SoloChar”. The music video is for the track that’s going to be featured on
a Colombian hip-hop compilation titled “Brown Pride”. This compilation is a
joint project between www.BrownPride.com and some of the finest artists from
Colombia. The “Brown Pride” compilation will be released in the barrio streets
of Medellin, Colombia and the City of Angels in 2011.
In the 80’s and
90’s Medellin was the most violent city in the world, known for being the home
base of Pablo Escobar, the most powerful drug lord of the 20th Century. The
Colombian government’s (with the support of the U.S.A.) war against Pablo
Escobar ended on December 2nd, 1993. Even after his assassination the shock
waves of the violence are still felt today.
You can say that many of the Medellin rappers today are the bastard sons
of Pablo Escobar. As kids they grew up during the apex of the war and a lot of
their dads, uncles, and other family members were causalities to the chaos that
Pablo created in the streets of Medellin. Some even grew up in the barrios that
Escobar recruited and trained his sicarios (hired assassins).
2008 and 2009, I spent close to 40 days in Colombia and all the rappers I got to
know personally have stories of murder, torture, missing family, missing
friends. Nobody says anything, there’s only silence. One of my closest parceros
(homeboys) is Solo Char who knows firsthand the violence that plagues the
Medellin barrios. He’s one of the founding members of LAS PLAGA aka PLG
Organizacion along with EL CUATE, PLG OSO, and EL QAT. They represent “La Vida
Dura”, surviving the hardest of times and using music to express their scarred
hearts the way only urban poets can.
¡En Cada Barrio,
Salvador "SAVIOR REDS"
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