New Music: Navarro – 8:07AM En Nuevo Laredo (produced by Slot-A)

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Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas is one of main entries into the United States from Mexico. My parents were both brought to Nuevo Laredo at a very young age; they later met there, got married and had my sisters. My dad had previously made his way out to Chicago on his own to work and send money back, while my mother and my sisters stayed behind. He couldn’t do it; it wasn’t worth it if he didn’t have his family by his side. A couple years later he came back to the US, this time he brought his family. The plan was, he would wait on the other side of the border in a car with a couple of bags of clothes, while my mother and my 3 sisters walked across the bridge, my youngest sister was 1 years old at the time. My mother was to tell the immigration person that she needed to go buy milk for her daughter in Laredo, Texas, if they could please let her go and she would come right back. They did, and she didn’t. Instead they joined my dad and drove to Chicago; drove in search of a better life. The year was 1978.
I tell you that, to tell you this. Nuevo Laredo was their home. They left it behind, along with their families, in hopes of making a better life for their children. Years passed where they couldn’t visit, until finally they received their green cards and they were able to go back. This was when I went for the first time, and every year there after. This was home away from home. This is where I told people I was from when they asked me. Nuevo Laredo was beautiful to me in its humility and it brought sense of reality to what my parents went through. There was many extremely poor people, living in conditions I had never seen in Chicago. If we thought we had it bad, they had it worst. You live and you learn. As the years passed, things changed. We couldn’t walk around Nuevo Laredo like we used to. I won’t get into details, because honestly, it may not be the safest thing for me to do. Neither maybe was this song. But I had to at least shed a little light on what has happened to the city my parents called home.
It’s 8:07 AM En Nuevo Laredo.

New Music: NAVARRO – Maybe (produced by THEMpeople)

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Navarro, formerly known as Scheme*, releases new music produced by THEMpeople. Maybe, is a spoken word piece; an audio interpretation from a piece Navarro wrote and released a few weeks ago, which was shared by major Latino websites, as well as NBC Latino news analyst and more. He considered restructuring it into a “rap song format,” but this wasn’t that. This had to stay the way he wrote it; every word.

The painting for the artwork is by artist Chantala Kommanivanh (www.chantalism-art.com).

Written by NAVARRO and THEMpeople

Produced by THEMpeople

Twitter: @SchemeNavarro | @THEMpeoplemusic

Sites: NavarroMusic773.com | Soundcloud.com/THEMpeoplemusic

*The reason for the name change is due to the refocusing of music in both Spanish and English for Navarro. Scheme wasn’t the easiest name to translate into Spanish for new fans and editorials, so Navarro chose to use his last name as his artist alias starting now. This is his 1st release under Navarro. Same music, only difference is the message is now worldwide. Same rebel, new cause.

Maybe

Maybe – Stream of thought ….

Maybe I grew up in a mostly Latino and African American neighborhood because that was where my parents could pay rent. Maybe they could only pay rent there because my parents immigrated into this country with only a bag of clothes. Maybe they worked 16 hrs a day 7 days a week in ranches cutting cabbage. Maybe they worked 2 or 3 jobs, and yet it was barely enough to get by. Maybe there was a crack house on the corner that not only served the junkies within the blocks, but the people who came in from surrounding suburbs to get their fix. Maybe the cops harassed the lady selling tamales and elotes outside the grocery store to feed her family, but never once pulled over the white gentleman who came to pick up his drugs in his Cadillac. Maybe that made me question the police and their morals. Maybe my father would get pulled over walking home after work at night because he looked suspicious. Maybe there was gangs in the blocks I lived in. Maybe I had to throw gang signs every time I walked past the corner, as I walked to my cousins house down the block, just to make sure I was clear to pass. Maybe I had to choose one of the gangs in my block, because I felt the need to feel safe when I walked my neighborhood. Maybe that was a bad decision. Maybe that wasn’t true. Maybe when my friend got shot and killed while he played basketball, the police never came. Maybe when my father was mugged at gun point, the police never came. Maybe when the gentleman who worked the grocery store night shift came out to throw garbage out and got shot in the head, the police never came. Maybe this made me feel like we weren’t worth their time. Maybe this made me feel worthless. Maybe this made me question the police. Maybe at 18 I smoked a joint. Maybe I had been asked to smoke hundreds of times before, and I had always turned it away. Maybe I finally made a decision as an 18 year old that I wanted to try it. Maybe that isn’t true. Maybe I have photos of me smoking a joint with a friend. Maybe I have a picture of me and my friend throwing a gang sign. Maybe that isn’t true. Maybe that was the reality I lived in. Maybe I knew there was more to the world, but at this moment I had to live in this environment. Maybe we did get out of this neighborhood eventually. Maybe my dad had a better job. Maybe I graduated high school. Maybe I graduated college with a BA and planned to go back for my masters.

Maybe a police talked down on me as I walked down the street with a friend. Maybe after all of the years of seeing the injustice going on in my neighborhood, I talked back to the cop. Maybe he didn’t like me talking back to him. Maybe there was an altercation. Maybe he shot me once. Maybe I ran. Maybe he kept shooting. Maybe I turned around and ran back because I figured this cop doesn’t stop shooting me, and from most of my experiences I’ve had, I’m really not worth much to him. Maybe let me fight with every thing I have at least. Maybe this isn’t true. Maybe he shot me once, I ran away, then when he continued shooting, I turned around, fell to my knees with my hands up. Maybe this isn’t true. Maybe I died on the street. This is true. Maybe the cop hasn’t been questioned or detained. Maybe I didn’t ask for people to protest my death. Maybe you’ll call me a thug. Maybe you’ll forget I was human.

Maybe we shook hands before. Maybe we talked and laughed before. Maybe you thought I was a good person. Maybe you didn’t know much about my past. Maybe I was left dead on the street. Maybe you’ll base all of your opinions on the pictures you saw of my past on TV. Maybe you’ll forget I was human.

The one thing I know for sure, is what side you will be on before a trial is even underway. You will be on your computer, calling me a gang banger, a thug and using every racist undertone that exists in your mind, but are too scared to let out on a daily basis. Thanks for letting me know where you will stand, if I were ever killed, shot 6 times in the middle of the street. Maybe.

– Navarro

Navarro on Univision

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Last week, Navarro was featured on Univision’s website. The story written by Angelica Lasala focuses on Navarro’s name change from Scheme, as well as his upcoming projects. You can read the entire article by CLICKING HERE, and watch the accompanying video below.

La Clika – Behind the Scenes Footage

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With the release of La Clika video coming very soon, we decided to let loose of some behind the scenes footage for you all to enjoy.

The video is shot and edit by George Sol for SOL Films.

Watch it and SHARE!

New Music: Scheme – Vista Del Mar (produced by The Analyst)

Scheme decides to let loose a brand new version of Vista Del Mar which is produced by SRNC‘s own The Analyst. As Scheme continues to prep for his upcoming projects, Pocket Full of Pesos (Mixtape by DJ Scend) and Pesos Turn to Dollars LP, he and Analyst will make sure to keep releasing music to keep you in tune with what’s coming up next. You may even see an EP from the two in the near future.

Scheme continues to merge his music and his culture, with the mixture of Spanish and English music. This is just the beginning.

Download The Analyst latest instrumental album, NonStopFunctional on SRNCMusic.com

It’s Been One Helluva Year … 2012

2012 was personally one of my toughest years in life. I went through a lot, but thankfully learned a great deal. I am grateful for the lessons which have prepared me for what’s ahead. I appreciate those who have helped me mentally and spiritually; you all have made a big change in who I am becoming. My art is created by what I live, and this year I lived a lot. The very good and the very bad. Regardless, I am grateful for it all and plan on executing these teachings, not only in 2013, but from here on out.

For the past couple of years I do a quick recap of what my year was like musically and share it with all my people.

This year we continue tradition.

This is just an overview, there’s a lot of details and moments I can’t capture, but I’ll try my best to go through what went down in 2012.

We started off the year where we left off 2011, which was a video recap of my 2011 release part for Life That I Chose.

1. We released Life That I Chose at the end of 2011 and had a great release party at Akin which was captured by my homie Sense Hernandez.

2. DJ Scend, Slot-A and I had a dope interview over at Chicago’s very own The Hip-Hop Project radio show in regards to the Life That I Chose EP.

You can catch the interview interview by CLICKING HERE.

3. We also started off the year with a very dope show at Double Door as we opened up for Pharoah Monch. Below you can catch some footage of us doing what we do.

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New Music: Scheme – The Change (Glory) Remake

Scheme continues releasing remakes while working on his upcoming LP Pesos Turns to Dollars. This time around he creates The Change (Glory), which embodies everything the artist has experienced within the last 4 months, and also serves as a proclamation of what’s to come, both personally and musically.

 With this remake there’s a catch though; and it involves Scheme & DJ Scend‘s next Two Turntables and a Mic Series. The duo usually releases the name of the producer shortly before releasing a new series, but this time they are taking a different approach. The next producer for the TT&AM Series actually has co-production credits on the original beat for The Change (Glory). For Scheme & DJ Scend part of the fun in coming up with the TT&AM Series is the digging aspect of it. Having to go through beats of producers they respect and finding those gems; well known and underappreciated. This time they leave the homework up to you; listen to The Change (Glory) and figure out which producer has co-production credits on it, and then you’ll know who the next TT&AM Series producer will be.

 Expect a mixtape from Scheme & DJ Scend before the upcoming Pesos Turns to Dollars LP, and expect the next TT&AM Series even sooner.

CLICK HERE to DOWNLOAD The Change (Glory) via AudioMack

New Video: Mig Mora – Kingdom feat. Scheme and Chandler London (Directed by Elijah Alvarado)

Here’s a brand new video from Mig Mora’s upcoming album, Music for the End of the World, which drops on 12/12/12.

The video is directed by Elijah Alvarado; who has also directed videos for Chance the Rapper, Kids These Days, and many other Chicago staples.

Make sure you check out the brand new video and share it with your friends.

Video: Heaven Show Recap

A couple of weeks ago we performed at Heaven, a show put together by BBU at The Shrine in Chicago.

The show was a benefit for those who have lost a loved one due to the violence occurring in our city.

Below you can check out a recap of the show, as well as a very touching piece on the mother who received the money ($1,000) which was collected from the show; her son had been killed just days after the Heaven benefit show.

Situations like these are what really make what I do special. Being able to help someone, even if it’s just in a small way, truly means a lot to me. Knowing that my team and I did our part to help a mother in need is very special. We understand the issue at hand is much bigger than this, and I wish we could help stop the problem before it even occurs, but at this point we are doing what we can with what we have.

God bless that family, and all of those who have lost a loved one to these streets.

– Scheme