It’s been two years since Latino rapper Bodega Bamz made a splash onto the scene with his much heralded project Strictly 4 My Papiz – an ode to the late Tupac Shakur – and simply meshed with a diversely Spanish flare. In between time, Bamz, who is of Puerto Rican and Dominican Republic heritage, has been infiltrating blogs and taking concert circuits at hostage, hitting various intimate venues all across the United States, joining the likes of Flatbush Zombies and A$AP Ferg on stage, all the while scoring features with the latter and one fellow named French Montana. Nonetheless, Bamz has the will and heart of a champion.
It’s something he attained during his adolescent years in Spanish Harlem, as he witnessed firsthand the constant hustle and grind of his parents and more importantly his honest-living father, whom did everything in his power to provide a stable roof over the heads of Bamz and his brother. With his mottos “100 Keep It” and “Tanboys” continuously ringing loud and clear throughout his music, the man also known as P.A.P.I., liberates a fresh dosage of material with his newly released project Sunday Service EP, which arrived on the webs today, featuring production exclusively from the Martinez Brothers.
However, the project’s set remains lean on guest appearances, as the only other artist to have a cameo on the tape is none other than Wu-Tang Clan member, Raekwon. Paying homage to the notoriously known salsa-infused Fania Records label of the 1960’s (jump-started by Dominican native Johnny Pacheco and Jerry Masucci in 1964), the cover-art includes an assortment of distinctive elements – many of them memorable – which were rehashed from that of the Fania All-Stars, who achieved phenomenal success in the late 1960’s to early 70's under the tutelage of Pacheco.
There’s undoubtedly no question that Bamz is attempting to reduplicate the accomplishments of the pastime with his very own branded ‘Tanboys’ movement, and with Latin bloodlines pumping through his veins, you can rest assure he will certainly not drop the ball for his community, but he will also hold the torch for his day-one believers, who’ve always ‘kept it 100 from the jump’.
To download and stream the entire set, please head over to Rolling Stone to stream it (as an exclusive premiere), and feel free to view his newest visual “Going to DR,” which can also be found on the mixtape and seen above. In addition, to purchase all things 'Tanboys' related, such as clothing and snapbacks, you can stop by Bamz's merchandise website to scoop up a few pieces.