Rocks Off's 10 Best Musical Discoveries of 2012
MARCO TORRES: I admit it... I'm a huge nerd. The only radio I listen to is ESPN sports or NPR. My heart skips with joy each time NPR music teaches me about a fancy new genre or reminds me of forgotten artists that I never knew about. I was delighted to hear a report on Latino USA about The Ghetto Brothers.
This Nuyorican gang turned musical group from The Bronx just re-issued their 1971 album Power Fuerza, an equal-parts hip-hop/jazz/funk/doo-wop/Latin-rock masterpiece. I plug this into my Spotify playlists, turn up the volume, and imagine myself in NYC at the birth of the hip-hop movement that I so dearly love.