Monteloco Putting Oxnard
on the Map
12/23/05 - LatinRapper.com exclusive interview
With over 10 years
experience writing, producing, recording and performing under
his belt, Left Coast artist Monteloco shows that Fernando
Vargas isn't the only heavy hitter to come from Oxnard.
Born in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Monteloco now reps the 805,
striving to make street music with commercial appeal. Having
shared stages with the likes of Rakim, DJ Quick, Cypress Hill,
as well as a former deal with Thump Records, Monteloco stays
in rotation on West Coast stations.
Monteloco took a few
moments away from promoting to speak with LatinRapper about
his upcoming album, where he's been, and where he's going in
this exclusive interview.
LatinRapper.com How did the name Monteloco come about?
Monteloco derives from my last name, which is Montelongo. I
get crazy with the rhymes, thatís where loco comes from. Itís
a combination of my last name and the character that I am when
it comes down to rhyming and getting crazy with it.
For those unfamiliar with your hometown, what kind of Hip
Hop scene does Oxnard have?
Well for one, Oxnard is in Ventura Country, referred to as the
805. The 805 hip hop scene is very big, we got a lot of
different artists from different genres. We got Locura
Terminal, we got Down, we got the Loot Pack, Mad Lib,
Earthquake Institute. Itís a scene that has a variety of
different rappers and we all come with our own flavor.
How did you get your start in the music industry?
I got my start back in '92, I started recording. I heard
Mellow Man Ace, Lighter Shade of Brown and Kid Frost on the
radio, I was in high school, hanging around a bunch of DJs
into that. One of them, Mad Lib, heís a big producer now. I
really respected that it was Latinos doing it. I got into
recording, putting together demos. My first legitimate deal
was with Familia Records in 2000, then Thump Records in 2001,
then in 2004 with Silent Giant. Thatís how I got into the
Are you still involved with Thump Records?
No, that was a one album deal that I did with them. The new
company I'm with, Aztec Pyrimid Recordings is my label, Silent
Giant distributes for me.
Who are some of the artists that youíve recorded with?
Mellow Man Ace, Mister Shadow, Triple C, Fingers, Stocks
McGuire, who did some work with Dr Dre, and then just a
variety of other musicians. Chico Dateh, Diamonique, the
original crew from Detroit, pretty cool cats out there. Of
course all the local artists I mentioned of this area.
Who are some of the artists that youíd like to work with in
One of them is definitely Devin the dude, out of Houston, I
think heís got some real talent. Its basically whatever fits
the vibe, whatever the style goes. As far as artists, there
are some that are higher levels like John Legend, or with
Kanye West. In the immediate independent grind that we got,
thereís Lil rob, an artist I'd like to work with.
What are you presently working on at the moment?
I am presently working on Playa Papi, the album. I'm in the
mixing stages of it, on that we have features from Paul Dateh,
Fingazz, and some other collaborations with some of the big
artists still pending on that. Itís a full blown album, gonna
be out for summer, release date is June 27, single will be
hitting first week in March.
Is that your real green card used in your promotion
Yeah, thatís actually my real green card. I was born in Ciudad
Juarez, Mexico, across the border from El Paso, Texas. I
changed up some of the numbers so they cant go working with my
card, but thatís where I come from. Music is music, hip hop is
Are you touring to promote your new album?
Yeah, weíll be doing shows all throughout the Southwest, weíll
be down in Mexico for spring break, all the clubs, 'cause
thatís one of the things I really enjoy doing is getting up on
stage and rocking a show. The people enjoy that, I get a lot
of my energy from that.
Would you describe your music as Chicano Rap?
Um, its funny because I was born in Mexico, so I'm Mexican,
'cause there's differences between Chicanos and Latinos.
Certain categories apply and donít apply. Ultimately I would
consider my music hip hop, but Chicano rap is a category, but
I do hip hop music.
How does your music differ from that of other artists in
I think the difference that Monteloco has, I've always had, I
donít know if itís a knack, but its music that was put
together in a manner that people would say ďthat sounds like a
song that belongs on the radio.Ē When you do songs like that,
its more commercial, so I would have to say I always had a
commercial element to my music.
Any last thoughts?
I want to thank all the people that have supported me and
backed me up and have been there for me. I been in this game
for a minute, I'm continually doing what I have to do and
putting out my style of music. A lot of the beginning of the
Chicano rap scene was a lot of samples, thatís what set this
whole thing off. I never been in a gang, my rap is different
than that, its taken 10 years for my audience to accept what
I'm doing, more along the lines of Baby Bash, a little bit
edgier than NB Ridaz.
Commercial acceptable to make this music
for the radio, for all audiences. Thatís why I feel that this
next record is gonna be a good time for people to sit down and
say lets check this Monteloco guy out, I try to give everybody
110%. I'm very excited, trying to do something commercial for
everybody and at the same time, I'm Mexican, so thatís not
ever gonna change.
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