Nelson González Jr. ...a new vision...2001
Nelson's creativity was not limited to music and song. As early as the age of twelve he demonstrated natural skills in the art of dance. After winning many local contests his father enrolled him in the Dance Inn School, for formal training in modern dance. He served as instructor of modern jazz, salsa and hip-hop, was a member of the national dance troupes "Ballet Juvenil de Puerto Rico" and the "National Folkloric Ballet." He served as choreographer for "Rumba y Bembe," a youth performing group.
Rapping became popular in Puerto Rico in 1989, but "raperos" were limited since it was such a departure from the mainstream. It was comfortably heard in English but when sung in Spanish was considered an invasion on the Latin music scene. During the period of the first wave of raperos, Vico-Si, Ruben-Dj, Grupo Nizze and El General, he recorded with Playero Underground, under the pseudonym of "Yankeeman" in 1990. The production of Spanish Rap music containing explicit language was illegal in Puerto Rico and a lawsuit filed by Playero in 1991 won rights to produce and distribute Spanish rap music with the proviso that explicit language not be used. Playero Underground 38 Clean Lyrics was the first recording to be widely distributed, although Nelson had recorded on previous albums. The group's first hit, "Funeral," which reached number eight on the March 1994 Hit Parade, was written by Nelson under the pseudonym of "Yankeeman." He also wrote and sang "Manos en la Masa" in Ragamotion under the Green Records label as well as the song "Mas Verdadero" for DJ Joe 5 under BM Records.
His decision to settle in New York City in 1997 was influenced by the desire to create a "new vision" and with it, capture a new audience. The paucity of local groups in Puerto Rico creating new rhythms and themes, with many following the first wave of raperos and "el dembow Puertorriqueño" ( a blend of Puerto Rican folkloric music with a reggae beat) also propelled the move. The yearning was to bring a different message to youth using biblical proverbs to guide his interpretation of current events.
While covering the circuit of the new rappers he met some of the members of the Wu-Tang Clan at the Carbon Club's Hip-Hop night in New York City. He was invited to rap in Spanish on the open mike with featured guests Sons of Man. That night he also met Killar Priest and soon after was invited to join him in the recording of the song "Temeroso" with the Macabees. He has collaborated with R&B performer K-7. He continues to pursue the development of a new type of Hip-Hop.
In the Latin music arena, Nelson was a vocalist with the diva La India; has recorded with internationally acclaimed percussionists in Conga Kings Vol.s 1 (2000), and II (2001), and joined them on tour in the US, Canada, and the Caribbean. He is a featured vocalist in Son Mundano (1997), and recent Qbadisc release Pa' Los Treseros (2001).
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