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.
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).
*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.
Scheme & DJ Scend – Pocket Full of Pesos (Mixtape)
Scheme & DJ Scend team up to bring to you Pocket Full of Pesos. A mixtape which focuses on the MC and the DJ; beats and rhymes. The purpose was to bring back the essence of the mixtape. An MC showcasing his skills, and his DJ blending/mixing the entire thing together. They brought it back to where a mixtape was made to demonstrate skills without any rules. Pocket Full of Pesos is 1 hour of music; non-stop and without filler. The mixtape contains features by Molemen Records own Astonish and Jamal Science, as well as Clew Rock and Oscar Castillo. This is Scheme‘s first offering in both English and Spanish. This is the introduction to Schemebringing every facet of who he is to the table. He has a Pocket Full of Pesos, he’s just trying to make these Pesos Turn to Dollars.
Enjoy the music for what it is. This mixtape is a showing of what an MC and DJ could create; the essence.
Scheme & DJ Scend – Pocket Full of Pesos (Mixtape)
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3. The Pledge
4. Sweet feat. DJ Scend
5. Red Carpet feat. Clew Rock, Astonish, Jamal Science and DJ Scend
6. Bring It (Interludio)
7. Juan Blaze (Kilo Flow)
8.Young Chavez feat. DJ Scend
9. The World Is Ours feat. Oscar Castillo
10. Young Scheme for President
11. The Dive feat. Oscar Castillo
12. 2AM at Pasadita (Interludio)
13. 5AM En Chicago
14. Stay feat. Oscar Castillo
15. Vista Del Mar
16. Lo Mucho Que Te Quiero (Los Rakas)
17. La Gloria (Interludio)
18. The Change (Glory)
19. Mi Clika
20. A Word From The DJ (Interludio)
21. Lord Knows
22. Born In The Trap feat. Astonish & DJ Scend
23. Devil In A New Dress
Scheme brings to you his remake of YNT which will be featured on his upcoming mixtape with DJ Scend, Pocket Full of Pesos (The Remakes). The project will be dropping on 9/23 and will consist of all the remakes Scheme has released in the past year.
Pocket Full of Pesos serves as the first release in which Scheme will have both English and Spanish music. Its purpose is to get the fans in tune with the original work Scheme is currently working on in both languages. For now, enjoy YNT (Remake) and get ready for what’s to come in the near future.
Scheme continues to broaden his horizons with the release of a new Spanish remake from his upcoming Pocket Full Of Pesos (Mixtape) – The project is set to drop soon & it will be entirely mixed by DJ Scend. Pocket Full Of Pesos will consist of both Spanish and English remakes Scheme has previously released. This project is to set the tone for all of the original music that Scheme will be releasing soon.
Pocket Full Of Pesos serves as a transition to Scheme making music for both an English and a Spanish fan base. Be on the look out for more material soon. For now enjoy 5:00AM En Chicago.
Only post I’m making about the Trayvon situation. The young brotha didn’t have to die. End of story.
There is audio from the 911 call where they specifically told Zimmerman to stay away from the kid; they will handle it from there. It could have ended there. He took it upon himself to continue following him. Now if this dude ran up on him and Trayvon felt the need to react, then isn’t that self defense? But then Zimmerman felt the need to shoot and kill him. He was specifically told to leave the situation alone. But he didn’t. You kill someone, you serve time. Yet he’s off.
They can try to corrupt the system and this world, but ultimately we all have to face God. There’s no avoiding that. No money in the world can change your fate.
I wrote and recorded a song when the killing occurred.
Listen to the song and read what I wrote about it back then:
Artwork by Matthew Silva | Music by Scheme & Oscar Castillo
With this particular series, I wanted to talk about the Trayvon Martin situation. I’ve always been fueled to write when certain situations of injustice occur, I just never make it a point to make it so straight forward. The day after the Oscar Grant shooting, I wrote the intro to The Manifesto EP. From the lyrics I penned to the angst in my voice, the whole intro was fueled by the incident. I sometimes feel that too many artist discredit the actual incident by somewhat capitalizing on a current event; but the artist in me also understands that we have the responsibility to be the voice of the people. Some of the greatest music came from a dark place, but it gave a sense of hope and power. I want to give myself that opportunity to make music like that. I’m not going to stop myself from creating just because I feel some artist may be doing it for the wrong reasons, and I don’t want to be seen in the same light by others. Yet, who am I to judge from what place other artists art came from? Nobody. So I did what I’ve always done; followed my instinct and made the music I wanted to create. This is a genuine piece on my behalf. And I hope you receive it as just that.
“Freedom song for the one’s that never made it back home…” – Scheme