The immigration experience served as the inspiring force behind a new album by Bian Oscar Rodríguez, better known in the Cuban hip-hop scene as El B.
He co-founded Los Aldeanos along with Aldo Rodríguez Baquero (no relation). The duo rose to become one of Cuba’s most popular underground hip-hop groups in the past 15 years, with more than 30 albums laced with powerful, controversial messages critical of the Cuban government and social problems on the island.
Two years ago, after being censored in Cuba, Rodríguez decided to try his luck in Miami with a solo career. His new album, titled “Luz” (Light) and produced by his own ZenStar Productions company, “is like a new beginning, a new stage of my life,” the artist said.
Although the album contains songs about human feelings, Rodríguez has not renounced his characteristic direct style of calling things as he sees them and reflecting on Cuban society. “I am Cuban; I can’t disconnect myself, even if I wanted to, from the Cuban reality and I talk about these issues because I’m interested,” Rodríguez said by way of introducing his song “Emigrante” (Emigrant), dedicated to previous and current exoduses of Cubans to the United States.
“In the midst of these supposed changes that are occurring with the opening of relations between the United States and Cuba, that everything is supposedly good, now more than ever Cubans are eager to leave the island by all possible means — by sea, crossing borders, however,” he said.