Published On: Sat, Apr 17th, 2010

The Poetry of Yeyo: Yo Soy Boricua

Buenas Tardes…

The best decision I ever made was to utilize my Facebook Fan Page to really just read / listen to what many of you find everyday…collectively you have been a driving force for the last few months of posts, for that I thank you!

Today I am posting a video of an artist named Yeyo from Cupey Puerto Rico who posted this poem on youtube talking about his love for Puerto Rico…mejor dicho, Borinquen…I normally do not post a lot of stuff in Spanish but this piece is really beautiful. I connect with this piece on so many levels…so as usual I am sharing it with you.

Special thanks to my long time friend Jessie Miro for putting me on to this.

Buen provecho!

George Torres
The Urban Jibaro

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Who is Yeyo?

Born in Cupey, Puerto Rico of Cuban Father and Puerto Rican mother, the MC, writer and producer popularly known as Yeyo, is setting his mark in the world while creating the very best of Latin hip hop. His innate talent for creating rhymes was discovered at the age of 9 when he started writing poetry. At 13 years old, he bought his first set of turntables and quickly started making mix tapes. That's when the vision of blending his words with beats gave birth to the passion for rapping. Since then, he's been doing music. His poems are inspired and derived from his experiences growing up in the turbulent streets of Cupey, PR. Yeyo was the founder and one of three members of one of the first Puerto Rican hip hop groups The Shanghai Assassinz. In 1999, he made history with the production and release of the groups first single Viequez. The song was inspired and dedicated to the struggle that existed between Puerto Rico and the US Navy over military controlled land. 

In 2001 he produced and recorded the theme song for the award winning Puerto Rican movie 12 Horas. The need for taking his craft to another level made him move to Miami in 2003 where he studied Audio Engineering. In 2004 Yeyo masterminded La Conekta, a hip hop mix tape that united the best Latino MCs from around the globe. 2005 was a life changing year, he started his company The Art of Sound Group Inc. and built a recording facility where he is producing and recording new and established artists under his imprint. In that same year he signed a Deal with Epic records for his group **The DEY** along with his partners Divine and Elan and also penned a publishing deal with Sony/ATV. In 2007 he appeared along with his group **The DEY** in the World Wide Pop Smash "Walk Away" with Paula DeAnda which got him a '08 ASCAP award for most played Pop record of 2007.

In 2008 he toured across the United States and Asia with **The DEY**, was the first Puerto Rican to be put on MTV's Times Square Studios Billboards, appeared in Locos por Juana's single/video "Tu sabes muy bien (La Nalga)" which earned him a '09 Grammy nomination along with the Locos Crew, won an ASCAP Award, was on billboards all across the US, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Phillipines, Singapore,Vietnam, was part of the first pop music show in the history of Vietnam, performed in a Mother's Day Special for NBC, performed on Showtime at the Apollo, Sabado Gigante, Despierta America, Escandalo TV, MiTRL, , performed at Sean Kingstons Sweet 18 in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, Lord have Mercy!!!! worked with Timbaland, Stargate, Swizz Beats, Trackmasters, JR. Rotem, Akon, Fernando Garibai, amongst others. If it wasn't enough, along with his team of producers, he did the official 15 year anniversary of the Macarena with Los
del Rio and placed Dead Prez' street single "Pollitrikkks" off of their highly anticipated new album. Not a bad year!!! 2009 promises to be even bigger and better!!! 

Yeyo is an experienced producer with extensive studio knowledge on both analog and digital platforms. His mission is to share his gifts and experiences with the world through his music. He is set to release his first solo project with the ‘Life of a Warrior’ (EP) which will open the way for his Spanish and English language albums that are scheduled to drop in 2010. 

The Poetry of Yeyo: Yo Soy Boricua