Everyone is talking about the controversy surrounding Arizona's SB 1070
, and Rocks Off was curious to take the temperature of the Grand Canyon State's hip-hop community. So we got in contact with our current favorite Arizona Latino hip-hop artist, 23-year-old Garrett Antunez, better known as G-MOE (Get Money Over Everything). Damn, that last name alone might get you deported. G-MOE hails from Avondale, Ariz., and we figured we'd ask a true Arizonan about what's going on in the state that has the nation's attention.
Oh, and about his music too.
Houston, meet G-MOE, because right now Arizona's got the problem.
RO: So you live in Arizona. Seen anyone deported yet?
G-MOE: Yeah, plenty. Even family. It's a sad situation, but unfortunately, we've got to deal with this. [The law] made it worse for us, not only for immigrants, but also for Mexican-Americans. They've been deporting people out of Arizona for years and years. It's nothing new. They just finally decided that the situation is getting out of hand, so this is their way of handling the situation, but in actuality, its going to end up affecting Arizona in the long run, financially and economically.
I was born and raised in Arizona. I don't plan on leaving anytime soon.
RO: So how do you really feel about it?
G: It gets complicated, but it's not right. I think they went at it all wrong. Arizona is already a suffering state, and if the U.S. starts boycotting Arizona, it's going to be even worse - people losing jobs due to businesses shutting down and so on. It's the domino effect. It's the Arizona natives that will suffer, and they have nothing to do with this new law. Immigration is a big issue for Arizona, but at the same time, it needs to be resolved, and I don't think this law is the solution they thought it was.