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Caxino Rey Sings And Rhymes Over Beats
By Tamara Harris, Cinque Zenith
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2004-02-20
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The woman rapper is always anticipated on the stage just because she is there in a male-dominated, aggressive hormone arena. Her body is an attracting contrast to her men colleagues and besides, wherever women can be seen they get more attention.

Those who rock mics better make you forget about so-called wars between Mars and Venus. She can command you into her world and make you hit repeat on the CD changer. And when she's really good, you will know the words to her songs. In a latest emergence of the woman rapper, Caxino is grinding to position herself as that woman rapper able to eat up both tasks at once: get you to forget those boys and remember her lines. The Bronx, NY, homegirl has a flow that prickles the sweet of Lumidee and the soft street of an Ashanti. Her songs land on earth, but can be concerned with the ethers. Indie imprint Darkside Entertainment is her business home. Others may get into the fact that she is one of a few Puerto Rican female rappers, but hip-hop is trying to move somewhere that at day's end all you hear is music. In this interview she gives up her thoughts on her music, the industry and hip-hop. Tampa radio is playing her tracks and NYC is seeing her perform in the clubs. What's on the mind of this MC who has added to the fertility of the Bronx?

[Tamara Harris] Where does your music come from?

Caxino Rey My music started as a way for me to escape from trying times...it was the only thing that made me happy when I was going through the struggle. That's how I found my voice and my skill to write.

[Tamara Harris] How does creating your music make you feel?

Caxino Rey It usually excites me ... I'm a pretty energetic person ... so that's usually the feeling I get when I write and when I'm in the lab. Sometimes, I write about sadness and struggle ... to do that ... I put myself in the position of the character ... and I feel those feelings ... during that time I may be sad ... angry or whatever emotion I'm trying to convey in the song ... at the end I'm usually happy with the outcome.

[Tamara Harris] Where are you taking your music? Your vision?

Caxino Rey I don't place limitations on myself so as unrealistic as this might sound, I want to experiment in different genres of music: R&B, Hip Hop, Reggae, Spanish, Alternative with a R&B flava, Pop - girl, I could keep going. My vision is ultimately to inspire, relate to others, kick some knowledge, have fun, be sad, be angry ... be all the emotions that makes us human. I want to be able to reach people... yet not be a wanna be preacher cause I also have a lot to learn. I want to live and learn and keep it moving.

[Tamara Harris] Who are your influences?

Caxino Rey My influences are Lauryn Hill, Mary J. Blige, Tracy Chapman, Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, TLC, Tupac, Biggie, KRS-One.... There are too many to name from old school to new - I've been influenced by a lot of artists.

[Tamara Harris] Who produces your tracks?

Caxino Rey I've worked with different people, but mainly with a company called 2Fat Productions outta Long Island. The producer 's name is Jean Pierre aka Madman JP. Also with Goodfellas NY Entertainment, NSB Entertainment.

[Tamara Harris] Where are people hearing you the most right now?

Caxino Rey I would have to say Tampa, Florida. Being on the radio at 88.5 WMNF reaches a lot more people. I have a lot of support in NYC as well, but it's more localized. And I can forget the WWW... people click on to the web pages I have and listen and post their comments.

[Tamara Harris] Can you tell me more of what you mean by being in the middle?

Caxino Rey OK ... I respect that hip-hop was a way for our peoples to express themselves - to be heard and through the years, some may say that it was sold out for profit ... that is valid. I also respect the fact that this hip-hop game here has helped create a path of purpose for those who pursue it and do it well. It's evolution into the mainstream - knocking down barriers and being heard everywhere - to me is also a good thing. It just re-affirms that hip-hop is here to stay. We still can be heard, but make some change to fill the pockets. Now the content of the lyrics, their message is something different, but hey, we all gotta eat, right.

[Tamara Harris] Do you have any product out?

Caxino Rey I don't have the album out for sale yet. I'm finalizing it. I have promos for now. I have a web store where I sell T Shirts and things of the sort with my picture. www.cafeshops.com/death1

[Tamara Harris] Who have you worked and performed with where have you performed?

Caxino Rey I performed for NYU students at The Violet cafe in the city, Le Nouveau Cafe in Jamacia, Queens, Casbah Lounge, Willies Entertainer's Sports Bar, etc ... places like that. I've perform with old school cats like Grand Wizard Theodore & Kurtis Blow. Worked with emerging talent like R&B Singer Casual, Emcee Gotti - aka Young Breezy, worked with Producer from NSB Entertainment named Iron. Currently I'm working with Paradox of Darkside Entertainment outta Tampa and also a hot singer from Rhode Island named Icey Blue. Girl - I've worked with alot of people - I love it!

[Tamara Harris] What's the next step? Who would you like to work with?

Caxino Rey The next step is to finish my album, do shows, promote, network, promote, network, continue writing, recording of course. Ultimately the goal is to sign with an indie major or major. Something in the works, February 9th & 14th, I will be performing at a lounge on 106th St & 2nd Ave. Just started working with a company in NYC, Bread n Butta Entertainment. Waiting on something to fall through in connection with Jive Records. Radio interviews in Florida & in New Jersey. From the artist stand point, I would love to work with Mary J. Blige, Busta Rhymes, etc. I could give a list.

[Tamara Harris] Being from the Bronx, do you feel pressure to make music in a particular way?

Caxino Rey I don't feel pressure to rep a certain way because I'm from the Boogie Down...I do me and that's bottom line. I put more pressure on myself than anyone else. I'm a perfectionist when it comes down to it. I will be in the lab 'til 4 a.m. laying tracks down, writing, helping in production. Drive home from where ever I'm at - which is usually in LI - exit 43 - an hour and a half away - to be up at 7:00 a.m., get my oldest son to school and hit my 9 to 5 as a Construction Manager, to come back home - be a single mom, to switch back to Caxino and work this thing the best way I know how. So my pressure is not the BX - it's my everyday life. I struggle everyday to keep a positive head, put food on the table, pursue my musical career, and just survive.


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