Third Root's Easy Lee and Mexican Stepgrandfather.
Fusing rhymes regarding the struggles of Afro-Chicano culture with beats ranging from funk guitar riffs to mariachi horns and conjunto accordion, Third Root is the collaboration of Easy Lee (Mojoe) and Marco Cervantes (Mexican Stepgrandfather). They've released their newest single, "Bendición/Down in SA," off their upcoming full-length album Stand for Something, to be digitally released on June 19. The song was produced by Mexican Stepgrandfather and features Henry + The Invisibles on guitar and DJ Chicken George in scratches. You can listen to the song here.
"['Bendición/Down in SA'] is a track that pays homage to San Antonio artists that came before us," said Cervantes. "The black and brown fusions we focus on in the Third Root project are nothing new to the city. This cultural merging has been going on for a while and we wanted to point this out. The track also recognizes artists today that engage in cultural mestizaje and not just hip-hop artists. At the root of groups like Bombasta, Piñata Protest, and Vincent Vega we can find black and brown connections. In many ways, the track is a lesson on SA artists in the past and present that display the rich history of black and brown fusions in the city."
"This song summarizes why Third Root is important," adds Easy Lee, "and why Mojoe and Mexican Stepgrandfather are honored and blessed to be part of San Antonio music history."
Third Root has launched a Kickstarter campaign to allocate enough money for the upcoming album release. They have yet to reach their goal, which is $3,500, and need all the support for their ambitious music project.
In case you missed it, here's the Francisco Cortés-directed video for "Pinot Noir," a single produced by DJ Ninja and featuring Karl 'KC' Centeno on trumpet and Trre (Mojoe) on keyboards. — Alejandra Ramírez
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